After 17 years of dedicated service on the Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board, Linda Berndt has stepped down to allow someone else to take her place. Berndt said it was an honor and a privilege to be a part of a board with so many like-minded intelligent people, but because of her responsibilities on other boards and her work, she felt she could no longer give the board 100 percent of her focus and thought it was time to let someone else have the opportunity.
“I’m going to miss all the people I worked with, and I hate to name everybody because I know I would miss someone, and there’s so many – they’re from the utility companies, they’re former CEOs, and there are so many good people on that board. It was such an honor to work with them, and like I said, I learned from them, so I’m truly going to miss them,” Berndt said.
Foundation Board members Bill Sonnemaker and Charles Weaver presented Berndt with a plaque commemorating her years of service on the board, but Berndt was quick to decline any credit; she thanked Weaver and Sonnemaker for their dedication to the county, and their work to improve the industry in the county.
Berndt said she learned something new at every meeting, and it was a pleasure working with such a diverse group of people.
“Every meeting was a learning experience,” Berndt said. “I learned things from so many different people on that board. It’s such a good group of people – we all have the same goal, which is to make Starke County a better place to live in and to bring in the jobs, and we like to bring in new companies, but we also want to retain the ones that are already here, and that’s the main thing. They work so well together, and it was a very good group.”
Greg Matt has assumed Berndt’s place on the Starke County Economic Development Foundation Board, and Berndt said she believes he’ll do a great job in helping to bring new industry to the county.