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Ron Offutt Named 2011 Legacy Leader

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:   Katie Hutton, Communications Coordinator
            218.359.0526 / khutton@fmwfchamber.com

Fargo Moorhead, ND/MN (August 8, 2011) – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber has named Ronald D. Offutt the 2011 Legacy Leader. The award recognizes and emphasizes the important role and contributions of long time local leaders in both shaping and serving the metropolitan community and region. Offutt will receive the award on September 15 at The Chamber’s Annual Meeting.

Offutt is the founder and chairman of R.D. Offutt Company, the nation’s largest producer of potatoes, and RDO Equipment Co., the largest network of John Deere construction and agricultural equipment dealerships in the United States. Offutt’s companies employ over 3,000 people across the nation.

Offutt is a former member of Concordia College’s Board of Regents, a position he held for 20 years. From 1998 to 2010, he held the position of Chairman of the Board. Offutt currently serves as a member of the Global Leadership Board of the Offutt School of Business at Concordia, is a board member for the Farm Foundation Round Table, the Rabobank North American Agribusiness Advisors, Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, Minnesota FFA Foundation Sponsors Board and the Oak Grove High School Foundation. Offutt is also active in the Red River Valley Potato Growers Association, NDSU Teammakers Club, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, Trollwood Performing Arts Center, Boy Scouts of America and Future Farmers of America.

  “Ron Offutt encompasses everything this award stands for,” said Chamber President/CEO Craig Whitney. “Since 2007, we’ve been honoring local business leaders who have helped shape our community. Our region would not be what it is today without the work of people like Ron.”

The Chamber’s Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, September 15 at the Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Cost to attend the luncheon is $35. To register, visit www.fmwfchamber.com or call 218.233.1100.

Media is invited and encouraged to attend. Please contact Katie Hutton at 218.359.0526 or khutton@fmwfchamber.com for more information.

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of 2,000 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 80,000 people. The largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.

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