SCSU Today

Entrepreneur shares insights

Saturday, March 1, 2008


Tom Petters, owner of Sun Country Airlines, Petters Aviation, Polaroid,, Fingerhut,, Petters Warehouse Direct and other companies, took time recently to talk about entrepreneurship with St. Cloud State students in aviation and business.

Assistant Professor of Aviation Professor Angela Olson, who has been a Sun Country Airlines pilot, invited Petters to talk to students about his past, his career path and the pros and cons of being an entrepreneur. Senior aviation management major Jonas Courneya, Champlin, Minn., found Petters inspiring: “This guy started from nothing ... really self-motivated.” Courneya, who may make the Air Force the first stop on his career path, recalled a favorite Petters quote: “You need to shut out the naysayers.”

Petters Group Worldwide, which has investments in 60 companies around the world, is headquartered in Minnetonka, Minn. Sun Country Airlines, which offers scheduled service to more than 30 destinations in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, is one of the company’s most recent acquisitions.

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