On September 22, 2012, the BCTGM General Executive Board (GEB) elected Steve Bertelli to serve as International Secretary-Treasurer, effective January 1, 2013. He was elected to his first full term on August 8, 2014 by delegates to the BCTGM’s 39th Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas.
Bertelli has been a part of the baking industry for most of his life. At 17 years old, Bertelli went to work as a baker at his family’s donut shop, a BC&T bakery where the pastries were all made by hand. He left the family business in 1986 when he took a job as a shift leader at Mel-O-Cream International in Springfield, Ill. and became a member of BC&T Local 316 (Decatur, Ill.). He served as the local’s business agent and financial secretary from 1990 to 1991.
Bertelli was named a Third Region International Representative in June 1991. He attended Lincoln Land College and the National Labor College.
On January 1, 2008, Bertelli was elected as BCTGM Third Region Vice President by the union’s General Executive Board (GEB). He was reelected to serve as an International Vice President at the BCTGM’s 38th Constitutional Convention in 2010.