Nathan was born in Atlantic and raised in Anita, where he graduated in 1998, and where he played football, basketball, golf, and participated in speech. He is the son of Joel Berg and Denise Schlater. He has 3 brothers, 2 of which are older. After attending Iowa State for a year, he returned to Atlantic, working at the Coke Plant. He then got into the electricity field, and had over 12 years of experience before striking out on his own. Berg Electric has been in business for 5 years, and he now has 4 employees. They provide all electrical services, including residential, commercial and agricultural. Amanda also works there as the office manager and accountant. Amanda was born in Junction City, Kansas. Her father was in the military and they traveled a lot. Her parents, Allan & Christy Yoshida, live in Exira, where the family eventually settled. Amanda graduated from Atlantic in 1998, she was involved in track and volleyball. She took some accounting classes at Iowa Western and has worked at various jobs until the children came along. She then went to work for her husband. Amanda, a lifelong Lutheran, has also been our church treasurer for the past 5 years. She served 4 years on the Preschool Board prior to becoming the treasurer.
Nathan and Amanda met at a New Year’s Eve party in Wiota and later at a super bowl party in Atlantic. Nathan served 15 years with the Army National Guard and has been deployed overseas 3 times, twice in Afghanistan and once in Kuwait. When he returned from his first deployment he proposed and they were married at a wedding chapel in Las Vegas on September 17, 2001. This was right after 9-11 and the airlines were shut down for a while, and they were rethinking travel plans. Thankfully the flights opened up the day before their scheduled departure. A week later they had a reception at the Anita Community Center. Their family includes Zane, who is in 8th grade and is active in Archery, cross-country, track and band, where he plays the trumpet. Belle, who is in 6th grade and is involved in everything, including band, dance, basketball, volleyball, softball, and choir. Belle also enjoys being a Girl Scout along with Amanda, who has been a Girl Scout leader for the last 3 years.
Nathan has been working with the Atlantic School system to help start a trade program for Junior and Senior High School students, here in Atlantic. He loves to play golf and does so at every opportunity. Amanda likes to read, cook (especially Italian foods), garden, and sew. She also enjoys running and has down a couple of half marathons. They also like to travel and just returned from a family vacation in Belize in Central America, where they did some parasailing. Someday Amanda would like to go to Ireland. They currently live on Lomas Circle, but would like to eventually live on an acreage in the country. We wish them God’s blessings!