Mary Anne Bennett was born and raised in Garden City, New York. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in History. She was recruited by AT&T into their Management Development Program and started a 24-year career there that included management positions in Sales, Operations, HR and Marketing. She rose to the position of AVP Sales and was responsible for the sales teams in the New England states, and later, the Southern region of the U.S. She was tapped by the company as one of its Harvard Business School candidates in 1987 where she graduated and received certification in Advanced Management. She holds an MA in American History.
In 1998, she founded, funded and managed Country Road Communications, along with her husband of 30 years. The company consolidated and upgraded services in several rural telephone companies in Maine, Massachusetts, West Virginia and California. Country Road was sold in 2008. Since that time Mary and her husband founded Wiswall Partners, a small consulting company geared to helping small business CEO’s and not for profit organizations.
Along the way, Mary served on several Boards including at Morristown Medical Center where she developed, directed and implemented a new inpatient TV channel for the Children’s hospital. She was a long-term leader of the Parent’s Council of Washington and Lee University and founded a scholarship for student summer internships. She served on the Board of An Occasion for the Arts in Williamsburg. She is currently serving on the Strategic Planning Committee for Ford’s Colony.