Mentor Spotlight: Bonny Bernat
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Bonny Bernat is a Boston fan living in the Winston-Salem area. While she cheers for the Boston Red Sox, she loves bringing sporting events to her community as the Senior Sports and Event Sales Manager at Visit Winston-Salem.
Bonny works on prospecting and proposal development. It’s something Bonny has to do every day to fight for sporting events.
“I have found that if I can get a prospective event organizer to Winston-Salem, we stand a really good chance of securing the event,” Bonny said. “I also think our servicing of events is strong; we do not operate with a sports commission so we have to provide as many of the same services that we can, within our limits, to compete with those cities who do.”
Building relationships is something Bonny finds important in this industry. It makes for fun experiences.
“It always circles back to the relationships and friends I’ve had the fortune of forming,” Bonny added. “Our industry also takes us to so many other parts of the country and the travel aspect has always been one of my favorite [things].”
Traveling is the top thing on her bucket list. Bonny hopes to go Spain and New York City where she wants to be on the Today Show Plaza and see The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and Hamilton.
Learn more about Bonny Bernat and the rest of Sports ETA’s mentors here.