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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Ann Benzel


Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery, Inc.

Ann Benzel currently serves as president of Benzel’s Bretzel Bakery, Inc. a fourth generation family business in operation since 1911.

Ann has a long, impressive and diverse history of community service. Well known for work on the restoration of the historic Mishler Theatre, she is one of only two people in Pennsylvania to chair both the Governor’s Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. In 2012, she was recognized for distinguished service in the humanities by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. Ann had previously served as board chair of the Altoona Public Library and Altoona Regional Health System’s Foundation for Life, and as a board member of the Home Nursing Agency, Bon Secours Hospital, St. Francis University, Altoona Blair County Development Corporation, the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation and the Mid- Atlantic Arts Foundation (Baltimore, MD).

She currently serves on the boards of the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Blair County Arts Foundation, Citizens for the Arts (Harrisburg, PA), UPMC Altoona Health System, UPMC Altoona Health System Foundation for Life and Mt. Aloysius College.

In May of 2002, she was named by Governor Schweiker as one of Pennsylvania’s Top 50 Women in Business.

An avid gardener and devoted grandmother, Ann enjoys reading and playing tennis. She resides in Hollidaysburg with her husband, Bill.

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