The National Beer Wholesalers Association has chosen David Ohnstad, lead route driver at Bernick’s in Minneapolis, Minn., as the winner of this year’s Share Your Story Contest.
“The men and women who entered this year’s contest show the passion that beer distribution employees have for their jobs. It’s apparent that they all enjoy the work they do and are proud to be part of this great industry,” said Rebecca Spicer, NBWA Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. “Every entrant highlighted the opportunities they have in their role and the growth they’ve enjoyed since starting their jobs; and that’s an important part of why so many distribution employees have been in the industry for years and will be for many more years to come.”
“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,” Spicer added. 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.”
As this year’s winner, Ohnstad will receive a complimentary trip to the 2018 NBWA Legislative Conference, April 22 – 25 in Washington, D.C., to learn more about policy issues impacting the beer industry and consumers. Ohnstad also will have the opportunity to attend meetings on Capitol Hill and educate congressional staff on the role beer distributors play in their community.