Julia Klein | Chair & CEO, C.H. Briggs

Julia-KleinJulia Klein is Chairwoman & Chief Executive Officer of C. H. Briggs Company, a Board Director, and leader in the distribution industry.


With expertise in strategy, governance, mergers and acquisitions, technology, supply chain, and the residential and commercial construction industries, Ms. Klein has led C.H. Briggs for over 25 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 building products. The C.H. Briggs team has successfully integrated 6 acquisitions expanding the C.H. Briggs footprint throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states.


Strategic use of new technology, and culture as a competitive advantage have established the company’s reputation as an innovator and Ms. Klein’s reputation as a thought leader in the industry.

She is currently a Director on the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, a Board member of Eastern States Group, a Trustee at The College of Wooster, and has a gubernatorial appointment to the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission. She is a member of Women Corporate Directors, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and The Committee of 200, a global organization of women entrepreneurs, executives, and board members. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Modern Distribution Management, and Springboard Enterprises.

She previously served on the Boards of Philadelphia Forum of Executive Women Foundation, Berks County Community Foundation, Reading Health System, Reading Health Physician Partners, Hedwin Corporation, Quaker Maid Meats, Inc. and Arbill, Inc.

She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the NAW (National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors) Institute for Distribution Excellence, North American Building Materials Distribution Association, and the Cabinet Industry Distribution Association, which she helped establish.

She was a member of the Board of the Berks County Community Foundation, served as Chairwoman and continues as a member of its Governance Committee, and was a founding director of Berks Economic Partnership.

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, the Voices of Change 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.

She earned a M.A. 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 young adult son and live in Reading, Pennsylvania.