Aaron Bourdage

Hello Minnesota BBQ Society Board, and members,

My name is Aaron Bourdage.  I’m asking for your vote, and the opportunity to represent
the Minnesota BBQ Society membership as a member of the board of directors for the
Minnesota BBQ Society in 2018.  As many of you know, Missy Fisher and I compete in
most of the Minnesota KCBS competitions, and have been proud owners of Lucky 19
Sauce Company since 2013 (www.lucky19.com).   We started competition BBQ in
2014, and stepped up to the KCBS side in 2015.  Outside of slinging our sauces and
competing, we also have the pleasure of raising 3 great “kids”, Evan-22, Nathan – 18
and Meghan – 14.  In my day job, I’m a supply chain analyst for 3M.

Minnesota is lucky to have great teams , amazing organizers, super local BBQ
products, and great venues for competitions as well!  The sport is growing at a national
level, and I’d sure like to see that growth continue in Minnesota.  Additionally, we all
share a passion.  A passion for food and competition.  I’d like to see us leverage that
passion in order to do some good in the community at large.

A few things I’d like to see;
Growth;

  • Additional KCBS BBQ contests in Minnesota (annually, there are 18 KCBS
    contests in Wisconsin, 12 in Iowa, 18 in Illinois and only 10 in Minnesota)
  • Growth in backyard teams and competition opportunities
  • Growth in MNBBQS Membership
  • Additional classes for judges
  • Additional volunteer event opportunities (like Battle of the Badges)

Opportunities;

  • Better leverage the social media platforms to promote not only the society, but all
    of its members and their endeavors
  • Celebrate our successes, whether it be new products, new stores, new
    competitions, out-state wins, major wins,
  • A society driven info page for those that may be interested in organizing an event
    (think BBQ Competitions for Dummies)
  • Learn from our neighboring states and their societies, ….what is working, what
    isn’t.

Beyond all of that.  I’m interested in hearing everyone else’s thoughts and opinions.
What is the board doing well?  Where could it do better?  What are we missing?
Thanks for your consideration.  I’m up against some very qualified guys and gals.
There isn’t a bad choice in the bunch, ….other than me!
~Aaron