Leadership Berks Graduation and Awards Ceremony Announced

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Receiving awards on June 4 will be Peter M. Butera and Freedom Auto Group

Leadership Berks at Alvernia University

Leadership Berks at Alvernia University

Alvernia University’s Leadership Berks program will celebrate the graduation of its Class of 2015 at a ceremony and awards luncheon, Thurs., June 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Peter M. Butera will receive the Leadership Berks Distinguished Alumni Award, and Freedom Auto Group will receive the Art of Leadership-Legacy Award during the event.

Leadership Berks is dedicated to developing, supporting, and connecting community leaders in Berks County. Its 2015 graduation and awards luncheon will begin with a reception and networking (11:30 a.m. to Noon) followed by a luncheon, graduation and awards program (Noon to 1:30 p.m.).

Earning the Distinguished Alumni Award will be Leadership Berks Class of 2014 graduate, Peter M. Butera, Senior Vice President-Wealth Management and Wealth Management Advisor for Merrill Lynch.

Butera joined Merrill Lynch more than 28 years ago. Today he concentrates on advising high-net-worth individuals, business owners and corporate executives. A member of the Butera Jordan Bender Group, he is dedicated to creating custom strategies to help clients achieve goals, including income management, investments, retirement planning, wealth transfer and estate planning services.

Since graduating from Leadership Berks, Butera has continued to serve by recruiting students and providing board or committee placement opportunities within organizations he serves. He has also remained actively engaged in serving the Olivet Boys and Girls Club as both a volunteer and a member of the club’s Board of Directors.

“Peter’s commitment to personal and professional excellence and his record of service to the community make him an ideal recipient for the Leadership Berks Distinguished Alumni Award,” said Toni Eckert, director of Leadership Berks and business outreach at Alvernia University.

The 2015 Art of Leadership-Legacy Award will be bestowed on the Freedom Auto Group. This award is presented to a business or nonprofit organization that has demonstrated significant contributions to the community, through charitable donations, event sponsorships, and employee participation in Leadership Berks and in volunteer service to the community. Recent recipients include VF Outlet, Herbein + Company, Inc., Reinsel Kuntz Lesher, LLP, EnerSys, UGI Utilities, Inc., and Carpenter Technology Corporation.

An automotive leader in the region, Freedom Auto Group sells and services cars in the Reading, Hamburg, Pottsville and Harrisburg areas, placing equal value on cultural production and dollar production. The company considers itself to be in the “Life Improvement Business,” and works to support its mission “to improve the lives of customers, associates, and people in the community, especially those with the greatest need.”

Through a commitment to innovative strategies for recruiting, retaining, and promoting from within, Freedom rewards employees with bonuses and allows them to take part in community service opportunities as part of their work. The company is a proud supporter of Leadership Berks, Olivet Boys and Girls Clubs, Berks Connection-Pretrial Services, and Alvernia University’s Reading Collegiate Scholars Program.

Leadership Berks is a program at Alvernia University dedicated to developing, supporting, and connecting community leaders in Berks County. Participants can choose from the Core Program or the Executive Program for a tailored learning experience.

ALVERNIA is a thriving university that empowers students through real-world learning to discover their passion for life, while providing the education to turn what they love into lifetimes of career success and personal fulfillment, helping them make the world a better place. With a College of Arts and Sciences and College of Professional Studies, Alvernia today offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and minors and a range of graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels through its School of Graduate and Adult Education. Satellite sites are located in Philadelphia and Schuylkill County.

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