About C.H. Briggs


From the left: Bob Spangler, Luis Arias, Jonathan Peters, Patti Rowland, Julia Klein, Timothy Keane and Mike Strauss 

C.H. Briggs' executive team is a seasoned and diverse group, with deep knowledge, expertise, and long-time relationships in the wholesale distribution industry. Combined with strong leadership skills, the team is dedicated to driving growth and profitability, while creating an environment where co-workers are empowered to seize opportunities and delight customers.
  • Julia Klein, Chairwoman & Chief Executive Officer


    Julia Klein is the Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of C.H. Briggs Company. She has led the transformation of C.H. Briggs from family business to growth platform company, expanding its products, geography and markets; introducing innovative technology and integrating six acquisitions.

    Now one of the nation's top 100 women-owned businesses, the company has experienced dramatic growth during Julia's tenure, and has been in the top quartile for profitability in its industry segment for 20 years.

    Ms. Klein and the Briggs Team developed the company from a local hardware distributor into a super-regional distributor of a wide range of building materials, known for its early and innovative application of technology.

    Ms. Klein and her company have received many business and community service awards, and she is frequently asked to speak on distribution and technology, growth strategy and women's issues.

    Today, C.H. Briggs is a professionally managed organization of 145 coworkers, with more than 200 vendors and 10,000 customers in the mid-Atlantic and southeast.

    Read more about Julia Klein.
  • Jonathan W. Peters, President & Chief Operating Officer


    Jonathan W. Peters is the President and Chief Operating Officer of C.H. Briggs Company. He joined Briggs in May of 2015. 

    Jonathan joins C.H. Briggs after 15 years at Aramark where he held various executive positions in the refreshment services distribution business that bundled products, equipment, and service to bring value to customers in a way that differentiated the business from traditional and non-traditional competitors. His work at Aramark was built on the foundation of his prior stellar career at GE.

    Jonathan has a B.A. in Business, Marketing from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from Drexel University. 

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    • Luis Arias, Chief Marketing Officer


      Luis joined C.H. Briggs in 1994 and has held various product management and marketing positions during his tenure. Today, as Chief Marketing Officer, he is responsible for the pursuit of market leadership and establishing C.H. Briggs as the preferred sourcing partner for creators and users of every commercial and interior building space. Luis oversees all marketing and business development efforts including strategy and planning, pricing strategy, marketing program development and execution, brand development and management, and corporate communications.

      Luis earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina. He began his career in outside sales with Hettich America and The Pillsbury Company.

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    • Bob Spangler, Chief Sales Officer


      Bob Spangler is Chief Sales Officer at C.H. Briggs Company. Bob joined C.H. Briggs in 1999 and has held various marketing and sales positions during his tenure. Today, he develops and leads sales strategy and execution to drive revenue and profitability, as well as cultivates customer relationships to strengthen the C.H. Briggs brand. Bob also oversees field operations and strategic account development.

      Bob has a B.A. in Communications from The Pennsylvania State University. He began his career in outside sales with Pioneer Plastics.

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    • Mike Strauss, Chief Supply Chain Officer


      Mike Strauss joined C.H. Briggs in 2007 as Vice President of Supply Chain Management and later assumed the role of Chief Supply Chain Officer. In his current role, he provides strategic and operational leadership for all supply chain activities including procurement and logistics, as well as alignment of organizational processes.

      Prior to joining C.H.Briggs, Mike served as Supply Chain Director at Elemica in Wayne, Pennsylvania where he was responsible for go-to-market strategies for an open network of chemical buyers and sellers seeking e-commerce solutions to improve supply chain efficiencies.

      Prior to that, Mike held a Regional Manager position for Netfish Technologies in Santa Clara, California where he established a regional office and led a software consulting team that implemented ERP systems. He also managed the Supply Chain at Reading, PA-based Carpenter Technology Corp., a global steel manufacturer. He has held various positions at firms in Kentucky and New Jersey in order fulfillment and construction project management.

      Mike has a M.S. in Management of Technology from The Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in Systems Engineering, Mike served in the United States Army as an Artillery Officer and Platoon Leader in Germany during the Gulf War.

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    • Patti Rowland, Vice President of Customer & Co-Worker Experience


      Patti Rowland is the Vice President of Customer and Co-Worker Experience at C.H. Briggs.

      Patti joined the company in 2008 and has held several marketing and management positions within the Surfaces and Customer Care Groups.  As Vice President of Customer and Co-Worker Experience, Patti is responsible for leading business improvement initiatives to build organizational excellence and to deliver a world class customer experience. 

      Patti earned and B.S. in Marketing from Philadelphia University.  Patti began her career at CertainTeed Corporation where she held several positions in Corporate Marketing.

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    • Timothy Keane, Chief Financial Officer

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    • Timothy Keane is the Chief Financial Officer of C.H. Briggs Company. He joined C.H. Briggs in July 2017. He came to us having a well-rounded career in publicly held corporations, privately held companies and private equity portfolio companies. He was awarded the “CFO of the Year” award in 2010 by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

    • Timothy is a proven strategic leader of distribution and manufacturing businesses that has focused on creating world class customer experiences that differentiated the businesses from competitors.  He has a collaborative style and places a strong emphasis on coaching and mentoring while achieving a high level of performance.

  • Timothy has a BS in Accounting from Rutgers University and passed the CPA exam.  At one point he held the top financial position in the US for a $220M subsidiary of Puratos, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of food ingredients, responsible for 4 manufacturing plants and 9 distribution centers.  He is an avid golfer, bowler, skier and audiophile.
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