By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA
Julie Berger Chamberlin, president of Wauconda, Illinois-based Berger Excavating Contractors, has been recognized as a “Notable Woman in Construction and Design” by Crain’s Chicago Business. She is treasurer of ARTBA chapter affiliate Illinois Road & Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA).
Chamberlin leads the family-owned excavating company, which has revenue of more than $100 million and a workforce of 250. Recent projects include a number of Illinois Department of Transportation road reconstructions, Northwestern University Campus Drive and Welsh-Ryan Arena, Rosalind Franklin University expansion, and a waste management facility for ComEd in Crystal Lake.
Crain’s noted that Chamberlin travels often to Washington, D.C., and the state capital at Springfield to advocate for the transportation design and construction industry on labor, environmental, and other issues. As an IRTBA executive officer, she is involved in leadership roles on many of the association’s cooperative committees with agencies. She strives to identify and support the growth of other future leaders within her company and the industry.
“I first got to know Julie when she participated in the IRTBA’s Emerging Leaders Program a number of years ago,” said association President Mike Sturino. “She is a natural leader, and one of the hardest workers I know. Her passion for her business is matched by her tireless efforts on behalf of all of industry.”
At Berger Excavating, Chamberlin has developed continuing-education and leadership-development programs and included younger employees in strategy and policy discussions. “She is an outstanding role model for women in construction, and exemplifies everything that is great about the people who work in the transportation industry,” Sturino added.