The National Beer Wholesalers Association is seeking nominations for the 2019 Share Your Story contest! In its fifth year of sharing stories from beer distribution employees around the country, the annual contest is an opportunity to highlight the industry's 135,000 men and women who make up the independent beer distribution industry.
As in past years, the winner will receive a complimentary trip to the 2019 NBWA Legislative Conference, April 7-10, in Washington, D.C., where they will learn more about policy issues surrounding the beer industry and its consumers. Additionally, the winner will have the opportunity to attend meetings on Capitol Hill to educate Members of Congress and their staff about the prominent role independent beer distributors play in their communities.
Last year, David Ohnstad of Bernick's in Minneapolis, Minn., won the 2018 Share Your Story contest.
“David Ohnstad’s entry really stood out for the passion that he has for his job and the career he wants to build at Bernick’s,” said Rebecca Spicer, former Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs at NBWA. Ohnstad joined Bernick’s as a lead route driver in 2014 after deciding he wanted to get back into driving following a brief break.
“When I started I thought I knew how to put in an honest day’s work; shortly after I learned what that truly was,” Ohnstad said. “At the end of the day there is no better feeling than coming back to the warehouse with an empty truck and seeing the stops being picked for tomorrow’s deliveries, and to do it all over again.”
Ohnstad added, “Bernick's has allowed me the opportunity to be cross trained well beyond my current duties to include our warehousing systems, sales, and supervisory duties, so that when the day comes that I am unable to drive anymore, I am set for a future within the company.”
Check out the video to hear about Ohnstad's experience at the 2018 Legislative Conference last spring.