As families grow and enterprises expand, many family firms invite “outside or independent” directors to provide objectivity, seasoned counsel, and accountability for both management and shareholders. Learn when, why and how family firms voluntarily submit themselves to higher levels of accountability; and the value-add for the business and for the family.
Join us to hear from
- Dave Griffith, Serves on multiple family business boards; Executive Director, Episcopal Community Services, Philadelphia, PA, and
- Julia Klein, 3rd Gen Owner, Chairwoman and CEO, CH Briggs, Reading, PA
- David Griffith has deep experience in private and public companies. After several executive positions at IBM, ROLM, and MCI, in 1993 Dave was recruited to serve as President for his wife’s family business Modern Group, Ltd. , where he now serves as board chair. Dave also serves as board chair or director for several other family businesses including JJ Haines Company, Delaware Valley Floral Group, Verus, Mountain Laurel Spirits and Hoober, Inc.
- A nationally recognized speaker on issues of Leadership, Governance, and Family Business, Dave is a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple, and Rutgers. Currently, Dave is the Executive Director and Head Coach of Episcopal Community Services in Philadelphia, a large non-profit in the city, focused on the issues of intergenerational poverty and solutions and advocacy that work in this space.
- Dave authors the blog: Muddy Boots, www.wearmuddyboots.com – inspired by his father’s counsel that you can’t manage from behind a desk – and is a guest columnist at the Philadelphia Business Journal.Married for more than 40 years, Dave and Jacqui are the parents of two married adult children, one grandson, and their exceptional Westie. When not working, you can find Dave on the Beaverkill fly-fishing.”
Growing up thinking she’d never work in the family business and experiencing success in another career, Julia Klein joined C.H. Briggs in Reading, where she now serves as Chairwoman & CEO, Board Director, and leader in the distribution industry. With expertise in strategy, governance, mergers and acquisitions, technology and supply chain solutions, and the residential and commercial construction industries, Julia has led C.H. Briggs for 30 years.
C.H. Briggs is one of the nation’s largest independently owned distributors of specialty building materials. Customers include manufacturers, architects, and designers of specialty interior products. Julia and the Briggs team have successfully integrated 7 acquisitions expanding the C.H. Briggs footprint throughout the Northeast, Middle Atlantic, and Southeast. Strategic use of new technology has established the company’s reputation as an innovator and Julia’s reputation as a thought leader in the industry. Briggs is one of the top 100 women-owned businesses in the country.
Julia is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Eastern States Group, and a Trustee at The College of Wooster. She holds a gubernatorial appointment to the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission and co-chairs the Berks Early Learning Coalition. She serves on the advisory boards of Springboard Enterprises and Modern Distribution Management.
Julia previously served on the Boards of the Berks County Community Foundation, Reading Health System, National Association of Wholesalers Institute, Hedwin Corporation, Quaker Maid Meats, Arbill Safety, and the Philadelphia Forum of Executive Women Foundation.
Married for more than 30 years, Julia and her husband Eric Jenkins are parents of an adult son.