How the TABASCO Family Keeps Their Cool: Driving Value in Your Family Business Meetings

Luncheon Series | 9.25.17 | Sharonville Convention Center

Sometimes family or private business meetings can heat up like a kick of TABASCO sauce.  It’s never what we plan or hope for, but it happens. So, how can we cool things down in those moments?

Mr. Tony Simmons, President and CEO of McIlhenny Company, is addressing this challenge and more at our September 25, 2017 luncheon series at Sharonville Convention Center.



Hear how Tony’s family business developed a formula for getting the most out of their meetings. The McIlhenny Company began in 1868 and is fifth-generation owned, famously known for their TABASCO Pepper Sauce made on Avery Island, Louisiana.

Here is a taste of what attendees will gain from this program:

  • Learning from the relational challenges and solutions of the McIlhenny family
  • McIlhenny’s formula for communicating better in meetings

Whether in Ohio or Louisiana, private and family businesses often share the same challenges. Come and hear how this business survives the heat, and return to your business with at least one new idea for working better together.




Meet Tony Simmons

Anthony Avery (Tony) Simmons is a great-great-grandson of Edmund McIlhenny, the creator of TABASCO® brand pepper sauce. A member of the fifth generation of the McIlhenny family involved in the production of Tabasco sauce on Avery Island, Louisiana, Mr. Simmons is the seventh family member to assume McIlhenny Company leadership, still family-owned and -operated.

Mr. Simmons is President and Chief Executive Officer of McIlhenny Company. He joined the Board of Directors in 1998 and was elected to Executive Vice President in 2000, President in 2012 and Chief Executive Officer in 2013. Mr. Simmons is also President and a Director of Avery Island, Inc. As an active and concerned member of the community and environment, he also serves on the board of the America’s Wetland Foundation.

Prior to joining McIlhenny Company, Mr. Simmons was President of Manitowoc Southeastern for 10 years, an independent crane distributor located in the Southeast.

Raised in New Orleans and on Avery Island, Mr. Simmons holds a degree in speech from Loyola University in New Orleans. An avid golfer and outdoor sportsman, he is also a fine wine enthusiast and aficionado of classic automobiles. Mr. Simmons resides on Avery Island with his wife Jeanie and has a son and a daughter.


If You Go

When: Monday, September 25, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
What: Keynote address
Attire: Business casual
Location:  Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH
Who should come: Goering Center Core Members, Associate Members, Corporate Partners and anyone interested in the subject matter. Open to the public.
*Cost: Members: $39; Non-Members: $99; (*After September 18, 2017 Price is $49 for members and $109 for non-members)


Thank you to our Corporate Partner Sponsors:

Graydon, KeyBank and Mellott & Mellott