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September 22, 2006

Betty Buck Named Chair of National Beer Wholesalers Association

Betty Buck, president and owner of Buck Distributing Co. Inc. and Vice Chairman of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, was named 2006-2007 Chairman of the National Beer Wholesalers Association Board of Directors this week during the group’s Annual Convention. Blazing new trails and busting old stereotypes, Buck is the first female to hold the prestigious post of NBWA Chair. During the NBWA Convention, she received two standing ovations – one more than former New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani.

Buck was raised in the distribution business and has a great story to tell. A single mother of four and terminal cancer survivor, she has beaten the odds to become a recognized business leader, heading one of the largest Miller distributorships in the Mid Atlantic.

In her role as chair of the Association, Buck will represent nearly 1,900 independent beer distributors throughout the United States. NBWA is committed to advocating for beer distributors before the federal government and the public. Founded in 1938, NBWA ranked eighth on Fortune magazine’s most recent Power 25 list of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, D.C. The NBWA Political Action Committee (PAC) is currently ranked among the top five PACs in contributions during this election cycle.

Buck has served on NBWA’s Board of Directors since 2000. Throughout the 2005-2006 term, she served as the Association’s vice chair. She has also served as the NBWA secretary and treasurer as well as chair of the Education and Political Action Committees.

Buck Distributing was founded in 1946 by Buck’s father, Irwin Buck. The company currently employs more than 100 Maryland residents and serves Miller Lite, Miller Genuine Draft, Yuengling and Lowenbrau products to the counties of Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s.

She has received numerous business awards, having been named one of the Most Powerful Women in Washington, Washingtonian of the Year and Outstanding Young Marylander of the Year. She was most recently named by the Washington Business Journal one of their 25 Women Who Mean Business.

Buck will become the Maryland Chamber’s first Chairwoman in May 2007.

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