His 1912 American record at two miles stood for twenty years. He also finished fifth in the individual 5000 meters. After college, Berna had a career in the machine tool industry.
In 1937 he became general secretary of the National Machine Tools Business Association, and he served in that post through World World War World War II He was serving as general manager of the organization in 1950 when he contributed an article to American Affairs.
Berna graduated from Cornell University in 1912 and was a member of the Sphinx Head Society.