Chairwoman and CEO, C.H. Briggs Co.; Director, Eastern States Group
Julia H. Klein is chairwoman and CEO of C.H. Briggs Co., one of the nation’s largest independently owned distributors of specialty building materials, and a director of Eastern States Group. She is a leader in the building materials distribution industry who 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, Klein has led C.H. Briggs for more than 20 years, serving as CEO and chairwoman since 2007. Klein has successfully integrated six acquisitions expanding the company’s footprint throughout the Middle Atlantic and Southeast regions. Strategic use of new technology has established the company’s reputation as an innovator and Klein’s reputation as a thought leader in the industry. Briggs has achieved top quartile performance in its segment, and is among the nation’s top 100 women-owned businesses.
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 is a Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Distinguished Girl Scout Alumna. She also received the SmartCEO magazine Brava Award and Best Managed Companies in Philadelphia.
Klein is a former board of directors member of the National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors Institute for Distribution Excellence, the North American Building Materials Distribution Association and the Cabinet Industry Distribution Association, which she helped establish. She is a member of Women Corporate Directors, World Presidents Organization, the Committee of 200 – an international organization of women entrepreneurs, executives and board members.
Other board service includes Hedwin Corporation, Arbill Safety Supply, Reading Health System, Reading Physicians Network and the Berks County Community Foundation.
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 college-aged son and live in Reading, Pennsylvania.