President of Buck Distributing Company
Instead of playing with Barbie dolls, Betty Buck grew up dreaming of the day she would work at Buck Distributing Company — the alcoholic beverage supplier and distributor business her father, Irwin Buck, started with one truck in 1946.
Taking over operation of the company in 1985, she was named president a year later. Today, the company has more than 100 employees and has increased its portfolio to include brands like Yuengling, Yards, Port City and Flying Dog. They are one of the largest distributors of Miller Brewing Company products in the mid-Atlantic region.
Buck notes a key to her success is “learning how to put the right people in place and then get out of their way.” In 2007, she served a year term as chairman of the National Beer Wholesalers Association — the first and only woman to do so.
Being in a predominately male industry was tough for Buck.
“It was very hard because at first people didn’t listen to me,” she said. “It was very challenging and it was very difficult to be heard. It just meant you had to be louder than everybody else.”
Buck is a strong proponent of community involvement.
“It was something my dad instilled in me that we make our living from the community and we owe something back,” she said. “He was very, very big in that.”
She was the first woman to be named chair of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, served as chair of the Maryland Judicial Compensation Commission and has given her time to a number of other organizations.
When people look back on her career one day, she hopes they will say “that I was a good person that did the right thing.”
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