Summit Supporters

The 2019 Family Innovations Summit is made possible through the generous support of :

Sam Seltzer '48

Firmly convinced that small business is the foundation of the U.S. economy, Sam Seltzer has been committed to personal enterprise throughout his life. In 1960, he founded Allison Corporation, a company that manufactures and sells a wide variety of automobile accessories with facilities in East Asia, Europe, and the United States. Allison was one of the first American companies to do business in Mainland China.

By the early 1980s, Sam came to recognize the need for undergraduate education in business skills, specifically for those young people wishing to join family enterprises or for those willing to make the commitment and to take the risks to start their own businesses. Thus, he became the founding chairman of Cornell PEP (Personal Enterprise Program); a program that began with one course in Business Planning, quickly grew to over 35 courses, mostly at the undergraduate level, and eventually merged into Entrepreneurship at Cornell (Entrepreneurship at Cornell). Continuing to serve on the Entrepreneurship at Cornell Advisory council, Sam Seltzer has provided consistent leadership and financial support for this program.