I enjoyed meeting many of the Board members when I attended the meeting this Fall as a guest and would like to express my interest in one of the open MN BBQ Society Board of Director positions. The world of BBQ is exploding right now with backyard BBQ warriors, competitions and is one of the hottest restaurant segments in the industry. I would appreciate the opportunity to contribute my skills and knowledge to the MN BBQ Society to continue the BBQ growth here in Minnesota.
I passionately live the world of BBQ every day and have for the last 10+ years. I started out working as a personal assistant for Famous Dave Anderson; this meant Dave’s life became my life. I have traveled the country attending BBQ events, working everything from a backyard event to the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Reno, NV (the year FD took 1st place), and have had the opportunity to dine and tour the smokers at more BBQ joints than I can remember. My favorite BBQ style is Texas and sauce style is Chicago. And yes, I have to run in my spare time.
Today I am the Chief Operating Officer of Jimmie’s Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse. After Dave Anderson left Famous Dave’s, we created this concept to launch a restaurant that took Dave back to his true roots of barbecue. Slow-smoking, no-reheating, made from scratch BBQ and recipes. I have been responsible for the growth and development of this organization and have an amazing team that helped us to grow from one restaurant to three in a year. I’m proud to say we competed in our first ribfest this Fall (Hinckley Smokin’ Ribfest) and took 1st place in everything. Our restaurants were named Best in America by the National Barbecue News and our sauces have begun winning awards as well including 3rd place at the American Royal! We are currently located in Hayward, Rice Lake, and Hudson and have plans to open in the twin cities in 2017. From the Pits to Paperwork, there isn’t a role in this company that I haven’t done; combining business and barbecue I believe we’re positioned for success.
Prior to entering the world of barbeque, I spend several years as a logistics and event manager working in everything from Festivals and Grand Openings to Product Launches and the NFL Super Bowl. My event experience has proved helpful throughout the years in supplying to support to various BBQ events and ribfests and I believe would be helpful as well for MN BBQ Society events.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Driessen Water/Ultrapure and have for the last 8 years. DW/Ultrapure is an industrial water treatment company as well as a large Culligan franchisee spanning multiple states. Holding this position for 8 years has required 4 nominations & elections from my BOD peers and the shareholders. When I joined this board I spent a great deal of time on board development and positioning for the future. This position gives me a strong understanding of how a BOD operates successfully and experience in transitioning to the next level, which is where I believe the society will grow.
I am a certified KCBS judge with my highest judged event being the American Royal. I do hold certifications from several leadership programs as well.