5-10-2021 – Local men among state’s business leaders

Posted on: May 10th, 2021 by admin


May 10, 2021



By Guy Lucas guylucas@newstopicnews.com

May 10, 2021


Two people from Caldwell County are among the more than 200 people that a statewide business magazine lists as the state’s most influential leaders.


Alex Bernhardt Jr. of Bernhardt Furniture and Phanesh Koneru of Exela Pharma Sciences are included in Business North Carolina magazine’s “Power List 2021.”


The list is divided into 18 economic sectors. Bernhardt, the fourth generation of the Bernhardt family to run the company, which was formed in 1889, is among 38 people listed in manufacturing. Koneru, who founded his pharmaceutical manufacturing company in 2005, is among 26 listed in life sciences.


The magazine said that in previous years it limited it’s “Power List” to 100 people, “but we concluded that expanding that number would give a better overview of the people who tend to have the most influence in our state.”


The magazine solicited nominations for the list but also conducted its own interviews and research to determine the final list.


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