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Abby Rossi Bartlett - Class of 2000


Why did your family choose Kennedy for your education? If I didn’t go to JFK there would be a graduating class without a Rossi!

What is your favorite high school memory? All of the friendships I made on the soccer field. I still keep in touch with a few of the girls and loved the bond that was created.

Did you have a teacher or class that was a major influence on you? Latin with Mr. Karrenbauer. The class was littered with life lessons between Latin assignments. “Yeah, baby!”

College(s) attended / Degrees Held / Graduation Year: Mercyhurst University, BA in Hotel Restaurant Management, 2004

What career did you choose and tell us a little bit about how you got there? I chose Dietetics when I entered college, but landed in the beer industry. While in college I worked as a bartender and a waitress. Through these jobs, I had the opportunity to meet many in the beer industry which led to my internship at Erie Beer Company. That experience allowed me countless opportunities to promote different beer brands in bars and on boat tours around Lake Erie. With an expense account I made a lot friends and shared a lot of laughs! At the end of the summer they asked me to move to Madison, Wisconsin and work for their sister company. I asked where it was located and my boss responded, “It’s near Chicago! You’re gonna love it!” It was a rough few months 150 miles north of Chicago, but it’s hard to be lonely in the beer industry. 16 years later and I’m still here!

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of? Back in 2017 my boss pulled me into his office and announced that I would be his Vice President of Marketing which also meant I was the top female at Wisconsin Distributors, a 7 million case wholesaler selling beer to 30+ counties in the state. I was shocked and honored. However, it wasn’t until 2019, while attending a Wisconsin Beer Distributor Association meeting with leaders from every distributor in the state, that I realized this truly was an accomplishment because I looked around and was the only female in that room.

What is a specific piece of advice you would give to a Kennedy senior? Do the internships and meet as many people as you can. You never know when you’ll meet the right person that believes you are the missing piece to their team.


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