Andrew T. Berlin

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Andrew T. Berlin

Andrew T. Berlin (born June 30, 1960) is an American businessman, attorney, and philanthropist living in Chicago, Illinois.[1]

Berlin is the chairman and chief executive officer of Berlin Packaging, a supplier of plastic, glass and metal containers and closures with a 2014 valuation of over $1.4 billion.[2] His management of Berlin Packaging has been used as a case study in The Human Equation by Jeffrey Pfeffer.[3]

He is a Partner of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team[4] and owner of the South Bend Cubs Minor League Baseball team.[5]

Personal background[edit]

Berlin was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Lake Forest Academy, earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Syracuse University, followed by a Law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1986.[6] At Loyola, Berlin served as Managing Editor of the Law Review.[citation needed]

Professional background[edit]

In 1988, Berlin resigned from his job at a Chicago law firm and joined his father in a business venture to purchase Alco Packaging, later renamed Berlin Packaging, a North American packaging supplier of plastic, glass, metal containers and closures. At the time, the company earned $69 million in annual sales.[7]

In November 2011, Berlin announced he had reached an agreement to purchase the South Bend Silver Hawks.[8] He signed a 20-year cumulative lease agreement with the city of South Bend for the use of Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium. The sale was approved by the Midwest League, Minor League and Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball in early January 2012. On January 12, 2012, the financial and the legal transactions were completed, and Berlin became the sole owner of the South Bend Silver Hawks.[9][10][11]

In September 2014, the team ended a 17-year affiliation with the Arizona Diamondbacks and signed a four-year player development agreement with the Chicago Cubs.[12] The team changed its name to the South Bend Cubs.

Berlin has served on boards of directors, including Hawk Corporation[13] and Channel Products.


Berlin donates to many organizations, including the NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation and the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.[14]

Berlin has served on the board of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including the Chicago chapter of the American Cancer Society, Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest[15] and A Silver Lining Foundation. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.[16]


  1. ^ Podmolik, Mary Ellen (21 May 2012). "From the factory floor to the stadium seats, CEO wants to deliver total package". (Chicago Tribune). Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Casey, Simon (25 August 2014). "Oak Hill to Acquire Berlin Packaging for $1.43 Billion". (BloombergBusiness). Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Pfeffer, Jeffrey (1998). The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First. Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard Business Press. p. 181. ISBN 978-0-87584-841-9. 
  4. ^ Wittenmyer, Gordon. "Andrew Berlin becomes minority investor in the Cubs". (Chicago Sun-Times). Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Stopczynski, Kelli. "UPDATE: South Bend Silver Hawks are now the South Bend Cubs!". WSBT22. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Podmolik, Mary Ellen (21 May 2012). "From the factory floor to the stadium seats, CEO wants to deliver total package". (Chicago Tribune). Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Grant, Lindsey. "One on One: Andrew Berlin, Packaging perfection". Smart Business Chicago. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Semmler, Ed. "Silver Hawks have new ownership". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Jones, Casey (23 November 2011). "Silver Hawks will be sold to Chicago Businessman". Fox28 News. 
  10. ^ "New Silver Hawks owner plans stadium upgrades". The Journal Gazette. Associated Press. 30 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Peterson, Mark (23 November 2011). "South Bend Silver Hawks sold but staying in town". WNDU News. 
  12. ^ Leventhal, Josh. "Tracking The Affiliation Shuffle". Baseball America. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hawk Corporation Announces the Appointment of Andrew T. Berlin as a New Director". PR Newswire. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  14. ^ Shia, Kapos. "Andrew Berlin's interest in national security prompts major gift to his alma mater". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Board of Directors". Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest. 
  16. ^ "Maxwell School of Syracuse University Advisory Board". Maxwell School of Syracuse Advisory Board.