Alan Bernon Joins Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's Board of Directors

  Alan Bernon Joins Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's Board of Directors

PR Newswire

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Alan Bernon, an accomplished
business and civic leader, has accepted an appointment to become a member of
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's Board of Directors.

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Since 2008, he has served as Senior Advisor and President of the Affiliate
Division of Dairy Farmers of America, the nation's largest milk marketing
cooperative and a leading dairy foods processor. In addition, he is a founding
partner and member of the Advisory Committee of Sequel Holdings, a
Dallas-based private equity firm.

"The national board and I are delighted and fortunate that Alan has
volunteered to commit to serve Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in such an
important role," said Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and Chief
Executive Officer Charles Pierson. "His vast business acumen and experience
will provide the board a welcome and fresh perspective as we embark on our
strategic direction to provide safe one-to-one professionally supported
mentoring services to help many more children in the U.S. overcome adversity
to succeed in school and life."

Bernon began his career working in the family business, Garelick Farms based
in Franklin, Mass. Founded in 1931 by his grandfather, Alan and his brother
expanded the company and developed Garelick into a leading milk brand in New
England. The Franklin facility is the country's largest fluid milk processor.
In addition, they founded Franklin Plastics and expanded it to more than a
dozen facilities producing plastic containers for milk, juice and water
products. When the brothers sold the businesses to Suiza Foods (predecessor to
Dean Foods Company), Bernon retained his position as President of Garelick
Farms and became Chief Operating Officer of the Northeast Region of Dean Foods
before eventually assuming the role of President of the Dairy Group of Dean.
He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Dean Foods from 1997
(when his businesses were acquired) until 2008 when he left the company. In
his various roles there, Bernon was significantly involved in several
strategic growth initiatives and acquisitions, contributing to the growth of
Dean Foods.

In addition to his business responsibilities, Bernon has spent the past three
decades deeply involved in a variety of community and philanthropic
organizations. He has served as a director of more than a dozen nonprofits
related to education, youth services, and medical research. Currently he is a
Trustee of his alma mater Hofstra University, and is a member of the Dean's
Advisory Board of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Bernon
has been the recipient of numerous awards for his community service, including
those given by the YMCA, the Lion's Club and the Brain Tumor Society. In
addition, he has received the Alumnus of the Year Award from Hofstra
University and was honored by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater
Boston for 25 years of service.

He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and
economics from Hofstra. He and his wife, Carol, have three children and reside
in Dallas.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported
mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to
achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky
behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better
relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and
others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children
("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and monitors and supports
these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The first-ever
Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012,
substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic,
socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school
graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of
single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or
serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported
one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better,
forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization's 100-year
history. With about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters
serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families. Learn how you can
positively impact a child's life,donate orvolunteer at or

SOURCE Big Brothers Big Sisters

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