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New chamber president/CEO is homegrown

Derek Ricke, a 2008 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School, is the new CEO/president of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Derek Ricke
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Derek Ricke, a 2008 graduate of Park Rapids Area High School, is the new CEO/president of the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Derek Ricke
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His first day was Monday, Aug. 1.

Ricke graduated from the University of Minnesota Crookston with a bachelor’s degree in sports and recreation management, and earned a master’s degree from Minnesota State University-Mankato in sports management.

Previously, he worked for Minnesota Hockey, an affiliate of USA Hockey and the statewide governing body of youth and amateur hockey in Minnesota.

“I was there for just shy of 10 years,” Ricke said, adding he started as an intern, then worked his way up to a manager role in marketing/communications and event management. “It was a great experience.”

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Minnesota Hockey is based in St. Paul, but Ricke has been working remotely in Park Rapids for the past six years.

He was head hockey coach at Park Rapids Area High School for four years and assistant coach for one year. He stepped down last summer. Currently, he coaches with the Park Rapids Area Youth Hockey Association.

Ricke is getting acquainted with the chamber’s current projects and members, but he said, “In general, I think there’s an opportunity to do more youth sport connections.”

From a tourism standpoint, he continued, “that’s really big in other communities – leveraging youth sports to draw people into the community. I think that’s a little bit of an untapped market for us.”

Ricke said he was attracted to the chamber position because it was a good fit for him and his marketing background.

“I love the community. It’s something I’m passionate about, and it has a sense of purpose that you’re making an impact,” he said.

Ricke said he is value-driven. “The three that I live by are passion, integrity and love,” he explained. “Passion means everything I do, I want to be all in. I’m not going to do it unless I fully believe in it, and I’m going to go 110%. Integrity, in my mind, you should always be who you are whether you’re in front of a big group, or your boss, or alone working at home. It’s all the same. The love is to serve and sacrifice for others. That’s something I care about, and I try to have a team mentality.”

Ricke and his wife, Callie, have been married for almost eight years. They have two children: Thane, 1, and John, 3.

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