I began my affiliation with KCBS as well as the MBA several years ago. I was involved with a small event in Mankato MN. I then proposed the idea of bringing a KCBS sanctioned event to Mankato. The next year I spent traveling across Minnesota and Iowa researching and studying contests. I wanted to know what made an event not only successful but an event that teams wanted to come to and what makes an event that is sustainable year after year. I became the KCBS Event Organizer and Branded the Bend of the River Cookout hosted in Mankato MN. This event is now called the Mankato Cookout. During the year on the road and then organizing that event I met and am still known by so many people and teams throughout Minnesota and the surrounding states. We as a group in Mankato were able to see that event grow and become sustainable and it is still currently running. I have met and been taught much by the member and organizers of the MBS as well as the KCBS reps that have become my friends in the past 7 years. Our contest in Mankato began small with 28 teams our first year and 32 amateur teams in 2013, 2014 we had 50 pro teams and 52 amateur teams cooking and in 2015 we brought in 48 pro teams and limited our amateur contest to 28 teams. Today the Mankato Cookout is a 2 day back to back event and one of the few in the area.
Over the past several years I traveled to, worked with, participated in and assisted at several other events assisting the organizers and the KCBS reps in any capacity that was needed. I have always enjoyed each event and learned that you cannot compare one event to another based on face value. Each event has its own merit, its own purpose and agenda. Each event has its own niche and the organizers know what they are doing and ensure that everyone has as easy and enjoyable weekend as possible. I have been recruited again this year to assist with a few contests, and will work with the leadership to make them successful. I hope to again bring another contest brought to the area that I will be more directly involved in and help grow the awareness of the MBS in the Twin Cities area.
As I was a key part of the developing stages and the introduction of a new event; the research, start up, marketing and involving new people, enabling them and helping them grow and become successful. These are the things I would like to bring to the MBS. To see the growth of the MBS and enable those that are involved to become more successful and to offer other opportunity for others to be involved. Not only to see the numbers of active teams grow but also the awareness of what we have here in the state of Minnesota, the talent that is here as well as the knowledge of Barbeque World. I would like to see our Barbeque Society be more known throughout the state of MN as well as our events be more publicized and further spotlight the level of competition as well as the level of talent here in Minnesota.
Thank you for your consideration to the Board of Directors, I look forward to serving with you and for the members and family of the Minnesota Barbeque Society.