About Our Family

Established in Nashville in 1855, Southwestern Family of Companies is one of the largest and oldest private corporations in Tennessee comprised of family member companies across a range of industries, all with the shared goals of building people and positively impacting communities worldwide.

Our Mission

Since 1855, Southwestern Family of Companies has invested in purpose-driven people who are inspired to build principle-guided businesses that impact the world.


Our History

As a global leader in sales, leadership, and entrepreneurship, Southwestern Family of Companies is a diversified, growing, international, and employee-owned company built on a foundation of principles and purpose.

We are comprised of companies with a shared mission of building leaders and helping others. Established in Nashville, Tennessee in 1855, Southwestern Family of Companies provides a large range of products and services, including educational books and websites, insurance, sales and leadership coaching, executive recruiting, business consulting services, real estate, warehouse distribution, and more.

In its early days, Southwestern Family of Companies had one focus: publishing and selling first Bibles and then educational books door-to-door. In the aftermath of the Civil War, door-to-door book sales provided an opportunity for young people to earn money to pay for a college education. Today, the business—now known as Southwestern Advantage—has college-aged entrepreneurs around the world promoting educational study systems that combine the best features of print and online media. Southwestern Family of Companies has expanded beyond Southwestern Publishing House and Southwestern Advantage to include member companies across a range of industries.