Our warmest and most sincere congratulations to Bernie Perryman

Batteries Plus Bulbs franchise owner and recipient of the 2019 ATHENA® Leadership Award. The award was presented to her by the Women’s Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation at the Central Minnesota Community Foundation Annual Dinner on September 10, 2019 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

The annual ATHENA award celebrates professional women opens in new window who have achieved excellence in their careers, who inspire others and give back to the Central Minnesota community. Bernie was chosen for the award because she works diligently both in her career and as a community volunteer, improving lives, strengthening organization and impacting her community in a number of positive ways.

Bernie has a long history of breaking down barriers stretching back to 1982 where she began a career in beer sales for Anheuser-Busch. At the time, she was one of only six women in a field of 2,00 sales reps. She spent a total of 34 years in the beer industry, where she ultimately ascending to the rank of President and CEO of C & L Distributing, the Annheuser-Busch Distributorship in Central Minnesota.

In 2016, Bernie began a new phase of her career as a Batteries Plus Bulbs franchise owner. She continues to excel in this new role, overseeing two unique locations, one in St. Cloud and another in Sauk Rapids.

She is also an active member of a number of community groups, including the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, CentraCare Health Foundation, American Cancer Society, United Way of Central Minnesota and St. Cloud Economic Development Authority. She also helps to mentor up-and-coming female professionals as they negotiate the business world.

We are honored to have Bernie as a member of our team. Congratulations once again Bernie on this well-deserved honor.

Bernie Perryman 2019 Athena Award winner

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