Chair & CEO, C.H. Briggs
Julia Klein is a Chief Executive, Board Director, and leader in the building materials distribution industry. As President, C.E.O. and currently Chairwoman of C. H. Briggs Company, she transformed a local business into a super regional, professionally managed platform company.
With expertise in strategy, governance, mergers and acquisitions, technology and supply chain solutions, and the residential and commercial construction industries, Ms. Klein has led C. H. Briggs for over 20 years. The Company is one of the nation’s largest independently owned distributors of specialty building materials. Customers include manufacturers, architects and designers of specialty interior products. Ms. Klein has successfully integrated 6 acquisitions expanding the C. H. Briggs footprint throughout the Middle Atlantic and Southeast.
Strategic use of new technology has established the company’s reputation as an innovator and Ms. Klein’s reputation as a thought leader in the industry. Over the last 20 years Briggs has achieved top quartile performance in its’ segment, and is among the nation’s top 100 women-owned businesses.
She has served as C.E.O. and Chairwoman of C. H. Briggs since 2007. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of Hedwin Corporation in Baltimore, Reading Hospital Medical Group, the Reading Hospital & Medical Center, and the Advisory Board of Modern Distribution Management. She is a former member of the Advisory Boards of Quaker Maid Meats, Inc. in Reading, Arbill Safety Supply Company in Philadelphia, and the Regional Advisory Board of Wachovia Bank.
She and C.H. Briggs have received numerous industry and community awards. Ms. Klein was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards© in Greater Philadelphia, and was honored with the Junior Achievement Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame Award, the Athena Award, and as a Distinguished Girl Scout Alumna by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. She also received the SmartCEO magazine Brava Award and Best Managed Companies in Philadelphia.
Ms. Klein is actively involved in numerous professional organizations. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the NAW (National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors) Institute for Distribution Excellence, the Board of Directors of the North American Building Materials Distribution Association, and the Cabinet Industry Distribution Association, which she helped establish. She is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and a former member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO); she is also a member of the Committee of 200, an international organization of women entrepreneurs, executives, and board members.
She was a member of the Board of the Berks County Community Foundation for 11 years, served as Chairwoman and continues as a member of its Governance Committee. Ms. Klein was a founding member of the Berks Economic Partnership, and a member of the Nominating & Governance Committee of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
She earned a Master Degree in Public Policy as an Urban Scholars Fellow at the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Ms. Klein and her husband have a son and live in Reading, Pennsylvania.