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MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -- While Minnesota Vikings owner Red McCombs says he has no intention of giving up control of his billion-dollar empire, he has started grooming his successor: Marsha Shields, the second of his three daughters.
"She is my successor in all of our businesses," the 73-year-old McCombs said. "But I'm going to make decisions until the day I die."
If she succeeds her father, Shields could become the first woman to own a major sports franchise in Minnesota and only the second woman in NFL history to run a team.
Shields dismissed speculation that her father might sell the franchise because of difficulty in getting state funding for a new stadium.
"We are in this for the long haul," Shields said of owning the Vikings. "That's why I've been brought in more actively, and that's why I have my children here, working in training camp. It is a family, multigenerational effort. If you look at any game, you will find that there are at least three generations there, and that is the way we do things."
During the last year or so, Shields has attended important meetings for various family businesses, including three for NFL owners. She spends three to five days a week at the family's business headquarters in San Antonio, where she has an office.
Shields, 46, was 5 years old when she started following her father to work when she was not in school.
"I was always fascinated by what he did," Shields said. "Even when I was in graduate school and taking courses, I found that I could learn a lot more sitting in his office and just listening to the conversations he had with the different people who came in or who called than I could in any textbook because his knowledge is incredible. He knows business and he knows people, so he combines those two to be an incredibly successful man."
For the last 22 years, Gary Woods has been president of McCombs Enterprises, and he emphasized the importance of keeping the family legacy alive.
"Although it's a huge business, it's still a family business," Woods said, "and it's critical that someone from the family be involved in the business. We have a very comprehensive dynasty plan that will keep all the businesses intact, not only for Marsha but for her children."
Shields said her sisters, Lynda and Connie, and her parents encouraged her to learn about the businesses and investments. But after graduating from Duke University in 1976, Shields spent two years teaching at a public high school in Devine, a town southwest of San Antonio.
She began working for her father while pursuing her master's in business at Trinity University. After a year, Shields stopped attending classes and concentrated on her father's businesses.
McCombs had Shields train as if she were working in various departments. For instance, the family owned a chain of convenience stores at the time, so she learned about the purchasing and marketing departments, as well as the tasks of employees who work behind a counter.
She then took a hiatus to tend to her children, Anna, 17, and Joseph, 10, along with her husband, John, who is a lawyer and state representative. With the children older, Shields has more time again for work.
Woods isn't sure what type of businesswoman Shields will be. But he said Shields doesn't appear as willing to take risks as her father, although Woods admires her perceptiveness and intelligence, and her ability to learn quickly.
Shields said she suspects that she and her father have different styles, but she added that she will use the core tools she has learned from him.
"I've spent enough time with him to get an appreciation for how he makes decisions and why he makes decisions," Shields said, "and to me that's more important than some other details."
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