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 global supplier of plastic, glass and metal containers and closures with 2016 sales in excess of $1.2 billion and a valuation over $2.2 billion.[2] In October 2014, the company was valued at $1.4 billion.[3] His management of Berlin Packaging has been used as a case study in The Human Equation by Jeffrey Pfeffer.[4]

He is a Partner and Shareholder of the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team[5] and Chairman and Owner of the South Bend Cubs, a Minor League Baseball team affiliated with the Chicago Cubs.[6]

Personal background[edit]

Berlin was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended New Trier High School and 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.[7] At Loyola, Berlin served as Managing Editor of the Law Review.[citation needed]

Professional background[edit]

In 1988, Berlin resigned from his job at Katten Muchin & Zavis, Chicago-based law firm, and joined his father in a business venture to purchase Alco Packaging, later renamed Berlin Packaging, an international packaging supplier of plastic, glass, metal containers and closures. At the time, the company had $69 million in annual sales.[8]

In November 2011, Berlin announced he had reached an agreement to purchase the South Bend Silver Hawks.[9] 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.[10][11][12]

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.[13] The team changed its name to the South Bend Cubs. The player-development agreement was subsequently extended through the 2020 season.[14]

In 2015, the South Bend Cubs won the John H. Johnson President's Award, which is the highest honor a franchise can receive in Minor League Baseball. Ballpark Digest named the South Bend Cubs its Team of the Year in 2015. Each season under Berlin's ownership has seen a new attendance record set.[15]

Berlin is a significant investor in the Chicago Cubs.[16]

Berlin has served on boards of directors, including Hawk Corporation,[17] Channel Products, Image Skincare, and Elkay Manufacturing.

Philanthropy & Community[edit]

Berlin donates to many organizations, including the NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation, the Maxwell School of Syracuse University,[18] and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Berlin has served on the boards of directors for several nonprofit organizations, including the Chicago chapter of the American Cancer Society, Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest[19] and A Silver Lining Foundation. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.[20]

In 2010, Berlin helped finance the ongoing teaching and research of issues relating to national security at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The endowment gift was made by the Andrew Berlin Family National Security Research Fund.[21]

Berlin is one of three Commissioners on the Glencoe, IL, Public Safety Commission, a body which recruits, promotes, and disciplines, along with the Director of Public Safety, all of Glencoe's police, fire and EMT professionals.[22]

Berlin started the Glencoe School Safety Project with the goal to add School Resource Officers to enhance safety at Glencoe, IL, schools.[23] The Glencoe School Board also created a Safety and Security Committee at Berlin's request.

Berlin was involved in raising money for the Illinois State Police Memorial. As part of this, he funded a film to honor Illinois State Troopers who died in the line of duty since 1922. The film won a 2015 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Affairs/Current Affairs Programming.[24]


  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. ^ "Berlin Packaging Completes Acquisition of Bruni Glass". PR Newswire. Cision Company. Retrieved January 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ Casey, Simon (25 August 2014). "Oak Hill to Acquire Berlin Packaging for $1.43 Billion". BloombergBusiness. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Wittenmyer, Gordon. "Andrew Berlin becomes minority investor in the Cubs". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Stopczynski, Kelli. "UPDATE: South Bend Silver Hawks are now the South Bend Cubs!". WSBT22. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ Grant, Lindsey. "One on One: Andrew Berlin, Packaging perfection". Smart Business Chicago. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Semmler, Ed. "Silver Hawks have new ownership". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Jones, Casey (23 November 2011). "Silver Hawks will be sold to Chicago Businessman". Fox28 News. 
  11. ^ "New Silver Hawks owner plans stadium upgrades". The Journal Gazette. Associated Press. 30 November 2011. 
  12. ^ Peterson, Mark (23 November 2011). "South Bend Silver Hawks sold but staying in town". WNDU News. 
  13. ^ Leventhal, Josh. "Tracking The Affiliation Shuffle". Baseball America. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Chicago Cubs Ink New Deal with South Bend Cubs". Andrew Berlin. 
  15. ^ Van Dril, Eric (April 7, 2016). "Glencoe's Andrew Berlin turns Chicago Cubs affiliate into model team". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  16. ^ Ecker, Danny (February 20, 2015). "Berlin Packaging CEO buying stake in Cubs". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Hawk Corporation Announces the Appointment of Andrew T. Berlin as a New Director". PR Newswire. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  18. ^ Shia, Kapos. "Andrew Berlin's interest in national security prompts major gift to his alma mater". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Board of Directors". Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest. 
  20. ^ "Maxwell School of Syracuse University Advisory Board". Maxwell School of Syracuse Advisory Board. 
  21. ^ "Andrew Berlin Family National Security Research Fund". Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. Syracuse University. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Committees and Commissions". Public Safety Committee. Village of Glencoe. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  23. ^ Karen Ann, Cullotta (April 7, 2015). "Glencoe voters come out against school security officer". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 27, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Illinois State Trooper Documentary, Funded By The Andrew T. Berlin Family Foundation, Wins 2015 Emmy Award". Berlin Packaging. Berlin Packaging. Retrieved January 27, 2017.