Leadership Aberdeen 2023 Concludes with Graduation & Class Project

The 36th annual Leadership Aberdeen program wrapped up on Tuesday, March 28th with a graduation dinner and ceremony at the Best Western Ramkota. Twenty-nine participants completed the program, which kicked off on January 12th.

Brandon Duxbury was chosen as the Dale Stein Leadership Through Service Award winner. This award has been presented to one member of the Leadership Aberdeen class since 2004 to honor the memory of Dale and is underwritten by Leadership Aberdeen alumni working at Avera St. Luke’s.

This year’s class project is the Aberdeen Burger Battle which takes place April 1-30. Ten participating restaurants are competing for the title of the first burger battle winner, which will be voted on online by the general public. Participating establishments include Circus Sports Bar & Grill, Danger von Dempsey’s Pizza + Brewhaus, Lagers Inn, Mavericks Steak & Cocktails, Mulligans Sports Bar & Casino, Pounders Pub & Grub, Red Rooster Coffee House, Schwan’s Recreation, The Zoo Bar and Three22 Kitchen + Cocktails. Net proceeds from the event will benefit The Salvation Army of Aberdeen. More information about the class project can be found at aberdeen-chamber.com/events-programs/aberdeen-burger-battle and www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100090549505453.

Leadership Aberdeen is a comprehensive leadership training program facilitated by the Aberdeen Area Chamber of Commerce. The program provides participants with the opportunity to sharpen their skills, share their experiences, and make life-long connections with fellow participants. Participants follow a 12-week curriculum which focuses on growing their individual skills by focusing on leadership attributes. The class gains broader knowledge of the businesses, opportunities and challenges in our community through tours of local businesses and hearing from local leaders on company philosophies, goals, and success stories. Plus, the class gives back to the community by facilitating a local project, like the Aberdeen Burger Battle, that will have a positive impact on the Aberdeen community.