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Advisory Board

Providing valuable expertise and knowledge, this highly accomplished group of entrepreneurs and business executives complements the effectiveness of the C.H. Briggs leadership team as they continue to strengthen Briggs’ position as the premier provider of specialty building materials for commercial and residential interiors.

About C.H. Briggs


James C. Bly, Jr.

Chairman and CEO - HEADWATERS | SC

James C. Bly, Jr. serves as the Chairman and CEO of HEADWATERS | SC, a company that Mr. Bly was involved in founding in 1982.  HEADWATERS | SC is a multi-disciplinary professional practice that provides advisory and finance services to Business Owning Families and Family Offices, which own upper middle market businesses, or larger trans-generational family business enterprises, or complex portfolios of operating businesses or operating assets.

Mr. Bly has over 30 years of experience working with client on matters related to growing larger, more valuable businesses; financing the growth of privately-owned companies; competing generational transitions of operating business; and providing liquidity to shareholders.  He is responsible for the overall strategic direction and leadership of Headwaters and for managing its Family Office Direct Investment Services division.

Mr. Bly has also served as a director or advisory board member to various client owned corporations and estates. Mr. Bly has chaired finance, risk management, investment, and nominating and governance committees of the boards of various multi-generational family businesses.

Mr. Bly graduated cum laude from St. Bonaventure University in 1973. He has been certified in mergers and acquisitions (CMAA) by the Alliance of Mergers & Acquisition Advisors and holds a Certificate in Financial Planning from the American College. He is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisition Advisors, and International Advisors Network, Ltd.



Pamela H. Godwin

President - Change Partners, Inc.

Pamela Godwin is an experienced senior executive and consultant with more than 20 years in corporate leadership and leadership consulting. Ms. Godwin has successfully led significant organizational change in business strategy, cultural and operational integration of acquisitions, operational turnaround, and crisis intervention; and has worked with diverse employee and customer populations. Her work with enterprise-wide strategic change was highlighted in the book, Reengineering the Corporation,by Michael Hammer and James Champy.

Prior to starting Change Partners, Ms. Godwin was President and Chief Operating Officer of GMAC's $600 million Insurance Personal Lines Agency Division with 1,100 employees and an agent force of 12,000. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Customer Management for Advanta Corporation with responsibility for its 6 million-member credit card operations. She has also served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Academy Insurance Group, and Senior Vice President of Providian's Direct Response Group. She began her career with Colonial Penn Group where she held a succession of management and executive positions, most recently, Senior Vice President of Property/Casualty Claims. She has also served as interim President of Womens Way, a funding federation of agencies serving 250,000 women and children in the Philadelphia region.

An active participant in civic and business organizations, Ms. Godwin is a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business Executive Education Advisory Board, Committee of 200 (an organization of senior women business leaders in the U.S.), the Philadelphia Foundation's Board of Managers, the Penn State Great Valley Advisory Board (Chair) and Philadelphia's Forum of Executive Women, of which she is past President.


Lois E. Haber

CLU, ChFC

Lois Haber is the co-founder and retired CEO and President of Delaware Valley Financial Services, Inc. (DVFS), a leading third party administrator to the insurance industry of variable and fixed annuities and variable life insurance.

Working with industry leaders, DVFS was instrumental in establishing national administrative standards for annuity processing and received the industry's most prestigious awards for quality service. In 2003, DVFS was sold to Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, at the time, the fastest growing provider of annuities in the country.

Post retirement, Ms. Haber continues her role as mentor to former employees and several CEO's of early and mid stage companies. She is currently on the Board and has served as Chair of the Center for Women's Business Research (formerly the National Foundation for Women Business Owners), has been an invited speaker at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, the Small Business Development Center and at the Johnson School of Management, Cornell University. She is Chair of the Arcadia University Board of Directors and a member of the Finance Committee, a member of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania's Advisory Council, and a member of the Committee of 200, an international, professional organization of women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. She has been honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners as Woman Business Owner of the Year, recognized as a Women Making History, selected for Pennsylvania's Honor Roll of Women and one of Pennsylvania's Top 50 Women in Business. She was also featured in several articles about entrepreneurship in national publications.

Ms. Haber earned a BA from Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College) and CLU and ChFC designations from The American College.


Thomas R. Hall

Owner - T.R. Hall & Associates, LCC.

Thomas R. Hall's early career started in 1974 with Air Products & Chemicals. He held a variety of positions primarily in the Chemicals Group. Later, Mr. Hall became Vice President of the Chemical Business Divisions. After 26 years of dedicated service, Mr. Hall left Air Products to pursue his own consulting company. Today, Mr. Hall is the Owner of T.R. Hall & Associates, LLC. where his business provides operational consulting services to the private equity industry. Along with his current duties at T.R. Hall & Associates, Thomas also invests in and holds multiple board positions, including Chairman, in a substantial number of private equity companies.

Mr. Hall is a former Chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Bethlehem but remains on the Executive Board. Other charitable organizations that he supports include United Way, Alex de Tocqueville Society, Lehigh Valley Hospital and the Leonard Pool Society.

Mr. Hall's educational background includes a B.S. in Economics where he graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He also holds an MBA with Distinction from the University of Michigan and participated in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

Carl D. Herbein, CPA

Chief Executive Officer - Herbein + Company, Inc.

Carl D. Herbein is the CEO for Herbein + Company, Inc. As one of the leading national accountants within the dairy and food processing industry, Mr. Herbein is often a featured public speaker to dairy industry events.

Mr. Herbein accepted his first accounting position in 1967 at one of the largest national CPA firms. In 1972, he ventured on his own and began his own firm in Reading, PA. His offices in Pennsylvania now include locations in Pittsburgh, Pottstown, Greensburg and Wyomissing. Aside from the dairy and food industries, Herbein also provides services in the areas of litigation, mergers and acquisitions.

As a Certified Public Accountant holding a B.S. in Accounting from Elizabethtown College, Mr. Herbein has an assortment of professional memberships with organizations including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, American Institute of CPAs, Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, PKF North American Network and Reading Redevelopment Authority.

Along with being part of the C.H. Briggs advisory board, Mr. Herbein also serves as board member for Greater Berks Development Fund, Berks County Chamber of Commerce, Berks County Economic Partnership, Elizabethtown College and Berkshire Country Club.

S. Dale High

Chairman of the Board - The High Companies

S. Dale High, Chairman of the Board of The High Companies, joined the family business full-time in 1963 after graduating from Elizabethtown College. Under Mr. High's values-based leadership, the Company began to grow into new strategic directions, adding new products, acquiring companies, and starting new ventures. Today, the organization includes more than 15 entities employing more than 2,400 co-workers in a widely diversified group of growing Companies.

The High Foundation was created by the High family in 1980 to support philanthropic efforts in the community. Contributions have been made to fund dozens of non-profit projects. One of the more significant projects created has been The High Library at Elizabethtown College.

Mr. High was also the key player in the establishment of The Family Business Center at Elizabethtown College. This organization is providing education, support, and peer dialogue for family businesses in the region and is growing annually.

Throughout the years, Mr. High has also been active in a variety of associations and organizations, and has been recognized with numerous awards, some of which include Business Leader of the Year from Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, Master Entrepreneur of the Year of Central Pennsylvania and National Entrepreneur of the Year in Real Estate and Construction from Ernst & Young, Community Service Award from Rotary Club of Lancaster, Business Achievement Award from West Shore Chamber of Commerce and Commerce Bank and Family Business of the Year Award from The Wharton Enterprising Families Initiative.

 
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