Business brief: New leadership at Lakeshirts Beach Shop

Madi Hagen and Kennedy Bridgeman, 2018 and 2021 Detroit Lakes High School graduates, respectively, have been promoted to managerial roles at the beach shop.

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Madi Hagen
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Lakeshirts Beach Shop, on West Lake Drive in Detroit Lakes, will be under new leadership when it opens for the 2021 season on Saturday, May 15.

The shop, which is the only retail outlet of Lakeshirts, LLC, has promoted a former company intern, Madi Hagen, to the position of Beach Shop Manager, and former seasonal shop employee, Kennedy Bridgeman, to the role of Assistant Manager.

Hagen is a 2018 Detroit Lakes High School graduate who started interning at Lakeshirts in 2017 as a school-to-work intern in the human resources office. She returned for three summers in various internship positions.

Hagen is currently a senior at Concordia College, where she majors in business administration with an emphasis in management, a minor in interfaith studies, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Mindset. She was Miss Perham 2019, and is excited to remain in her home community of Detroit Lakes as she takes on the position of Beach Shop Manager.


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Kennedy Bridgeman

Bridgeman is a senior at Detroit Lakes High School and has been employed at the Beach Shop seasonally since 2019. She says she's enjoyed meeting the variety of hometown people and out-of-town visitors who come for the shop’s seasonal “tent sales.” She will be attending North Dakota State University in the fall, majoring in exercise science.

“One of our core values, ‘meritocracy’ is something that we believe very strongly in,” said Kara Ahles, Lakeshirts’ Human Resources Manager, in a press release. “To have team members that are familiar with our culture, our processes and have consistently been contributing to all five of our core values, makes it a simple decision to move them into leadership positions.”

Lakeshirts Beach Shop, located across the street from the city's mile-long beach, is open daily, May through September, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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