Bergey Participates in Ukraine Horticulture Development Project

By Purnell T. Cropper | October 6, 2010

Bryce Bergey ’08 M.B.A. traveled to Ukraine in June 2010 with the Mennonite Economic Development Associates as a board member. MEDA is an association of business women and men who invest in families living in poverty around the world. The association helps men and women sustain their families without emergency or ongoing support. In Ukraine, Bergey participated in the Ukraine Horticulture Development Project, a five-year project to increase the incomes and competitiveness of 5,000 farmers living in poverty in southern Ukraine.

Bergey, accompanied by his wife, Maureen, who is also a member of MEDA, attended board meetings and in-country project visits to discuss and support the association’s objectives. Bergey observes that his work with MEDA and his travel experience to Ukraine demonstrates the Arcadia Promise.

“Arcadia’s M.B.A. program taught me the importance of constantly trying to analyze emerging global trends, collaborating across borders, and applying technology so that we can allocate resources more effectively, thus effecting business in new ways,” Bergey says. “By communicating more clearly and through lenses of cultural awareness, we can lead teams and organizations to achieve goals, missions and new market frontiers.”

For Bergey, the most important part of his involvement with MEDA is the opportunity to help work toward its vision. “I believe in the power of the markets and the power of people,” he says. “MEDA uses the best of both of these to provide new business solutions to entrepreneurs around the world.”

Bergey is an Institutional Investment Officer at Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a MEDA board member, he is also a member of MEDA’s Audit Committee, the Board Chair for Delaware Valley MEDA’s local chapter and the Treasurer for Sarona Asset Management Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of MEDA. For more information about MEDA, visit Read Arcadia’s M.B.A. Newsletter.