The Berry Family Foundation was created to further Loren Berry and John Berry Sr.'s vision of entrepreneurship and a strong community. Our board is made up of carefully selected community and Berry Family representatives. They are responsible for carrying out the mission and core values of the foundation.

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Our founder

Our founder

Loren Berry appreciated the opportunities afforded him throughout his life and he felt strongly about preserving the precious rights of every American citizen. Born in 1888, he was an only child who lived with his widowed mother. They both worked hard; his mother Elizabeth worked as a midwife, a nurse, sold vegetables, and cleaned homes, while Loren did odd jobs, delivered papers, sold advertising, edited his high school paper, and more. His mother insisted on a good education and hard work, which enabled Loren to achieve the American dream—a true Horatio Alger award recipient. He felt lucky to live in a country that had a free enterprise system that allowed him to prosper.

He felt an obligation to ensure others the same opportunities. The foundation will continue to support organizations that encourage free enterprise, American values, personal responsibility, and self-reliance. He also understood that in order to protect a quality of life and economic opportunities for the next generation, you needed to support a good education system. Last, the Berry family appreciates the strengths of the community and feels that supporting organizations that improve upon its core values is a way to give back.

BoardMember

John Berry Jr.

Chairman

John Berry is a Dayton native who graduated from Centerville High School and Northern Michigan University. He and his wife Shirley currently live in Naples, Florida and Dayton, depending on the season.

John is the Chairman of Berry Investments and the Berry Family Foundation. He has served on many boards (The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, YMCA of Dayton, Camping & Education Foundation, KeyBank, etc.) and was the President of The Berry Company from 1988 to 1994. He worked for The Berry Company for 30 years and was the President and CEO from 1987-1995.

John had the privilege to work with and for both his grandfather and father to learn and understand their philosophy and mission to support community, personal responsibility, and further free enterprise. It has been a pleasure to carry on what they started so many years ago and see their vision perpetuated for future generations.

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Charles D. Berry

Trustee

Charles Berry is the Chairman of the Charles D. Berry Foundation and worked for The Berry Company and over 30 years in public affairs.

He has been heavily involved, supporting many community charities and managing the day-to-day tasks of corporate support in the Dayton area. He is a graduate of Kettering High School and Sinclair Community College. Chuck has served on the Board of Dayton Public Radio, URS, and The Berry Foundation.

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David Berry

Trustee

David Berry was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He is a graduate of Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. After attending Denison University in Granville, Ohio for two years, he decided to pursue a career in Film & Photography and transferred to California Institute of the Arts, near Los Angeles, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1973.

He managed a successful career working for Industrial Light & Magic helping to create special effects for films such as Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek, E.T., and Cocoon to name a few. Now retired from professional work, he continues to consult, teach, and explore the boundaries of digital film creation with a passion. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Kamala.

BoardMember

William L. Fraim

Trustee

William is a California native. He moved to Ohio in 1979 to work for The L.M. Berry and Company. In 1983 he was hired as Marketing Manager at AcuSport Corporation in Bellefontaine, Ohio. He retired in 2018 as Chairman and CEO.

William currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at Hillsdale College, serves on the board for The Berry Family Foundation, is a member of the World Presidents’/Young Presidents’ Organization, has served as a member and President of the National Association of Sporting Good Wholesalers, is a past board Member of the United Way of Logan County, and is a past member of the Urbana University Board of Trustees. Bill also chaired the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ Logan County Campaign for eight years, investing an extraordinary amount of time and effort on behalf of the area’s students, recruiting volunteers, and securing donors.

William and his wife Bonita have a combined family of nine children and nine grandchildren.

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William T. Lincoln

Treasurer & Trustee

William T. Lincoln has been President of Berry Investments, Inc. since 1986 where he works with the Berry Family in Asset Management and Philanthropy. Prior to 1986, he was a Senior Vice President at Society Bank (now KeyBank) where he managed the Trust Department. He is also a Trustee of the Charles D. Berry Foundation and President of the Louise Kramer Foundation.

He has also served on several boards: Children’s Medical Center, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, University Of Dayton – Law School Board Of Advisors, Boy Scouts Of America Executive Committee, Alzheimers’s Association, The Dayton Foundation Finance Committee, PACE (Parents Advancing Choice In Education), Victoria Theatre Association, and the Arts Center Foundation. He has assisted the Berry Family in managing their philanthropy for the past 35 years. He worked with John Berry and John Berry Jr. and understands the mission of the Foundation.

BoardMember

James O. Payne

Secretary & Trustee

In 1994, Jim retired from The Berry Company as Executive Vice President-Finance and Administration, following 25 years of service.

He received an Economics degree from the University of Dayton in 1959 and an MBA from Xavier University in 1966. He served three years on active duty with the U.S. Army, twice receiving the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service.

Jim was also very active in the Dayton community. He served as a board member for Danis Building Construction Company and Design Forum, Inc.

He was a member of many not-for-profit organizations: Chair of the Investment Committee of the Dayton Foundation, member of the University of Dayton Investment Committee, eight years on the Centerville City School Board, two as President, and President of the Dayton Chapter of the Financial Executive Institute.

Jim and his wife Suzanne live in Naples, Florida and have five children, 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

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Board Meeting, 2002—Top Row: Dave Berry, Lee Henry, Bill Fraim, John Berry, Bill Lincoln, Jim Payne, First Row: George Berry, Chuck Berry, Martha Fraim, E. Gray
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Board Meeting, 2006—Top Row: Chuck Berry, George Berry, Jim Payne, Bill Fraim, First Row: Bill Lincoln, Lee Henry, John Berry, Dave Berry
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Board Meeting, 2019—Charles Berry, David Berry, John Berry Jr., Bill Lincoln, Bill Fraim, Jim Payne

Past board members

  • Loren Berry
  • John Berry
  • George Berry
  • Lee Henry
  • Martha Fraim
  • Elizabeth Gray
  • Bob Womsley
  • Ray Eshelman