Please join us for the Spring 2017 Gilkey Executive Lecture

Tres Lund's talk entitled “Growing & Developing a Multigenerational Family Business” explores the success of the Lunds & Byerlys grocery chain and building a family business with a focus on community.

Russell T. Lund, III (Tres) serves as the Chairman, President and CEO of Lund Food Holdings, Inc., the parent company to Lunds & Byerlys supermarkets. Founded in 1939, Lund Food Holdings currently owns and operates 26 Lunds & Byerlys stores within the Twin Cities of Minnesota. The retail grocery stores are supported by two company-owned food manufacturing facilities as well as a produce distribution center. Throughout its storied history, Lunds & Byerlys has taken an active role in strengthening the communities it serves through strong job creation, deep customer relationships and charitable giving focused on enriching neighborhoods beyond employment opportunities and the business presence. The Russell T. Lund Scholarship Program, named in honor of the company’s founder, was established in 1997 and has awarded scholarships and tuition reimbursement to deserving students and community members. Tres has extended this community-centric value beyond the company to his own personal and professional pursuits, serving on numerous national and local boards, including the Food Marketing Institute and the Minnesota Grocers Association.

Tres began his longstanding career with the family company in 1978 as a part-time carryout. After venturing to the great state of Montana to attend UM’s School of Business, he joined the family business full-time in 1985. For three years, he trained and worked in a variety of roles throughout the company. In 1987, he was promoted to Vice President of Retail Operations. Then, in 1991, he was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Lunds, Inc., which, at the time, was comprised of 8 Lunds stores. Following the successful acquisition of the 11-store supermarket chain, Byerly’s, Inc., in 1997, Tres was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Lund Food Holdings, Inc.

Connecting Students With Global Business Leaders

The University of Montana School of Business Administration hosts the Harold and Priscilla Gilkey Executive Lecture Series to provide students, faculty, and the community with a forum whereby they have direct access to business leaders.

Gilkey Executive Lecturers address issues across marketing, management, finance, ethics and leadership. In addition to leading classroom lectures and discussion, speakers present a lecture at a public forum on a topic of their choice and are invited to meet with graduate students and campus and community leaders. Participating executives enjoy dynamic conversation and the exchange of ideas with our eager students.

We welcome and encourage executives to share their stories of challenges and success with our students, faculty and community.

The Vision

The Gilkey Executive Lecture Series was established by Harold and Priscilla Gilkey in 2004 to enrich business education at the University of Montana.

Both Harold and Priscilla acknowledge the powerful impact of mentors and role models on their own professional and personal achievements.

Harold Gilkey is a 1962 graduate of the University of Montana and holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is retired as chairman and CEO of Sterling Financial Corporation. Priscilla Gilkey is a 1962 graduate of the University of Montana. She is retired as Vice President of Community Relations for Empire Health Services, a multi-hospital system in Spokane.

Harold and Priscilla Gilkey

Past Speakers of the Gilkey Lecture Series

  • Lisa Stone, CEO and Co-Founder, BlogHer, Inc. (2015)
  • Thomas C. Schievelbein, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Brink’s Company (2014)
  • Michael J. Covey, Chairman and CEO, Potlatch Corporation (2014)
  • Jim McNerney, Jr., Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Boeing Company (2013)
  • Phil Cowdell, Former CEO and Chairman of Mindshare North America (2013)
  • Glenn Johnson, President of Horizon Air, Inc. (2011)
  • Bill McGlynn, President of Memjet Home and Office (2010)
  • Greg Gianforte, Founder and CEO of RightNow (2009)
  • Patrick Byrne, Founder and CEO of Overstock.com (2009)
  • Lester Thurow, Professor and Dean Emeritus at MIT Sloan School of Management (2008)
  • Rick Riccobono, President and CEO of The Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle (2008)
  • Sally Jewell, CEO of REI (2007)
  • Raymon F. Thompson, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Semitool, Inc. (2007)
  • Peter Georgescu, Former Chairman of Young & Rubicam, Inc. (2005)
  • Robert Greifeld, President and CEO of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (2004)