Building a Community of Leaders with Mayor Ackerman of Frankenmuth

Empowering People to Lead

by Cliff Duvernois

Mayor Ackerman Frankenmuth

Listen On …

We would like to express our sincere sympathies to the family of Mayor Mary Anne Ackerman who passed away on February 24, 2024.

According to her obituary:

Mary Anne’s story ends with her own words. “All of us should listen with respect and genuine interest to everyone’s story.”

In follow-up conversations with Mayor Ackerman, who always talked about the power of story. And how important it was for this show to capture and document those stories.

Because she believed in the power of story, we preserve her interview here for anyone who wishes to listen to it.

Here is the original article:

Like many cities, Frankenmuth weathered the Covid-19 storm.  Virtually overnight, Frankenmuth went from a tourist destination to a ghost town.  Now the town is open and Mayor Ackerman has empowered people to lead to help this vibrant community reopen its doors.

Show Notes:

City of Frankenmuth Facebook Page (Click here)

Mayor Ackerman’s Facebook Page (Click here)


Frankenmuth Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

Frankenmuth is one of the top tourist and family destinations in the state of Michigan.  Known throughout the world, this exciting city is known for creating wonderful memories for generations of people from all walks of life.  From retail shops, indoor dining to outdoor dining and outdoor sporting activities, there’s something for everyone at Michigan’s Little Bavarian.  Start planning your next trip at