On April, 1 Senior Vice President and General Manager Trey Berlin, credited with growing Coburn’s Gulf Coast footprint, retired after 50 years of service to the company.
In 1972, while Berlin was still studying at Louisiana State University, he started work at Coburn’s Baton Rouge North Street location and later assumed the role of manager. At that same time, the still-young Berlin was entrusted with overseeing the construction of the Airline branch, the ﬁrst from-the-ground-up branch in Coburn’s history.
Executive Vice President Michael Maloney said, “To say that Trey has been hugely instrumental in developing the Baton Rouge footprint is an understatement. The success of our Airline branch is largely due to Trey’s vision. It’s why we asked him to expand further by overseeing the creation of several new branches, including those in the New Orleans market.”
Berlinwas a founding member of Coburn’s Vendor Committee, the forerunner to the current general manager system. He will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.
Coburn’s will miss Berlin's expertise, but most of all, his generous spirit. Colleagues describe him as a selﬂess friend to all in need, which was particularly evident after the 2016 ﬂood when he worked to provide housing and other provisions to people affected by the disaster. Still others describe him as a mentor, willing to share his time and wisdom with those who asked for his guidance.
After so many years of service, Berlin intends to enjoy his retirement ﬁshing and spending time with his wife Tanna, children and grandchildren.