Bert is a principal at Heritage Capital Group, Oaklins’ member firm in Jacksonville and Savannah. His primary focus is advising clients in metals, distribution and logistics businesses on merger and acquisition transactions. Recent transactions include the sale of Maner Builders Supply to US LBM, the sale of Cd’A Metals to Norfolk Iron & Metal and the sale of Klein Steel to Alro Steel.
Bert has 40 years of leadership and management experience in metals distribution, working for both private and public companies. His family owned Savannah, Georgia-based Chatham Steel Corporation, one of the South’s largest metal distribution companies. Chatham Steel was purchased by Reliance Steel & Aluminum Company in 1998 and Bert was appointed president in 2003 and served until 2015. He also served as president of the Florida and Southern chapters of the Metal Service Center Institute (MSCI), the industry’s largest trade association. In addition to serving on the national board of the MSCI, he served as chairman of the plates and shapes division of the MSCI and was an active member of the membership and chapter development committees. He also served as a board member of the North America Steel Alliance, a US$8 billion buying cooperative.