February 24, 2014
Founder of Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Author
Anne Beiler began twisting pretzels in 1987 to support her husband's vision to offer free counseling services in their community. What began as a single farmer's market stand grew into Auntie Anne's Inc., the world's largest hand rolled soft pretzel franchise with over 1,200 locations worldwide. Beiler is among an elite group of women that have founded national companies in America, and is one of an even smaller number that have owned an international franchise company.
Beiler's journey to become a leading female entrepreneur began many years before the first pretzel was rolled. In September of 1975, Beiler and her husband experienced any parent's worst nightmare—the loss of a child. This event propelled Beiler into years of darkness during which she nearly lost her husband, her family and her faith. Out of her pain came purpose and the desire to persevere towards personal and professional success.
Beiler's vision to serve, inspire and give has been recognized multiple times. She was named one of America's 500 women entrepreneurs by Working Women and Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine. Beiler's entrepreneurial insights and personal story have been featured on national television shows including Secret Millionaire, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, ANDERSON, The 700 Club and The Joyce Meyers Show. She has been featured in Fortune Magazine, Guidepost, Nation's Restaurant News and Christianity Today. Beiler has also received honorary doctorates from Eastern College and Elizabethtown College.
Auntie Anne Beiler's commitment to excellence is rooted in the belief that we give to get, to give again; and that success can only be realized when you have a great product, great people on your team and a purpose greater than yourself.
In 2005, Beiler sold Auntie Anne's and authored Twist of Faith, a revealing look at the inner workings of her life while building an international corporation. Today, she is a highly sought after public speaker inspiring audiences around the world. She lives in Texas with her husband Jonas. They are parents to two daughters, both married, and proud grandparents to four grandchildren.