Growing up in the ’60s, Andrew Berlin fantasized that one day he would become a brilliant litigator and modern-day Perry Mason. On target to reach his goal, he graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, earned a law degree from Loyola University Chicago, passed the Illinois bar, and landed a job with a law firm in his hometown of Chicago. But after nearly two years of practicing law, Berlin realized he still had a hankering to follow his father—a steel industry executive—into business and commerce. So when his father presented the idea of acquiring a troubled packaging company, Berlin jumped at the chance to join him and never looked back. “Our plan was to fix up this company and flip it, but we never got around to flipping it,” he says. “After my father retired, I took over as chairman and CEO of Berlin Packaging and have been president of the company now for 24 years.”
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