Chief Human Resources Officer joins Branch Group

The Branch Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Beth Vipperman as Chief Human Resources and Marketing Officer. Julie Beth joined The Branch Group in early May and will be responsible for leading all aspects of the Human Resources and Marketing functions which include branding, internal, and external communications. She brings with her over 20 years of leadership in HR and Marketing roles with global companies across petrochemical, retail, manufacturing, and hospitality sectors. 

Julie Beth holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, a Master’s Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Most recently, Julie Beth was the VP of Global Employee Experience for Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) in Minneapolis, and is now located in Roanoke, Virginia.

Julie Beth will report directly to Will Karbach, CEO, and serve on the executive leadership team. The Branch Group, Inc. supplies corporate services and strategic leadership to its four operating companies so they can meet the growing construction demands of the surrounding communities. Rooted in a history of mutually beneficial relationships with clients and industry partners, the company continues to enhance its reputation as a respected name in the construction industry within the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States.

Headquartered in Roanoke, VA, The Branch Group, Inc., touches all aspects of the built environment through Branch Civil, Inc., Branch Builds, Inc. and our MEP (Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing) companies which consist of G.J. Hopkins, Inc. and L.A. Lacy Inc. The organization is committed to exceptional performance and to developing business relationships sustained by mutual benefit and respect. In 2018, Virginia Business Magazine ranked The Branch Group, Inc., as the 25th largest privately held company in Virginia, and Engineering News-Record ranked The Branch Group, Inc., #249th of the Top 400 largest construction companies in the United States. 

In 2018, The Branch Group had total revenues of nearly $400 million and a workforce of over 900 employees. Through its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), it ensures that every employee has a vested interest in its success.