In 2018, Rick Burger was honored with a James B. Duke Award, Duke Energy’s highest employee honor for service to the company and community.
The award honored Burger’s lifetime achievement to the company. In more than four decades with Duke Energy, he has become a household name in west central Indiana. He’s taken the company’s commitment to charitable giving and volunteerism to a high level – helping raise millions of dollars for charities.
During the holiday season, you’ll find Burger dropping off cookies to community leaders as a “thank you.” Or, the government and community relations manager might be helping raise money for a new animal shelter.
Burger’s first job for predecessor company Public Service Indiana was as an agricultural representative – working with farmers on their needs for electricity.
Now, he’s the person local reporters contact when they’re chasing an energy-related story – doing more than 100 interviews a year.
When he learned that the police department in Brazil, Indiana, needed a new station, he helped negotiate the sale of an old Duke Energy office to the city.
In 2018, he helped organize an air show that featured the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Air Force’s F-22 Raptor and Tora! Tora! Tora! The event drew 60,000 people and had a major economic impact on the community.
When someone asks Burger how he’s doing, he hands out a business card with a simple message: “Working for the people and living the dream.”