The third-born son of Anthony and Caroline Berini, Joe F. Berini knew from an early age that he would follow the footsteps of his father into the construction industry. He was raised in the world of his father’s stone masonry trade in Durham, and like his four brothers, he felt a connection with the building industry. Upon his high school graduation, Joe took the advice of his mother and enrolled in Duke University’s Engineering School. He graduated in 1939, and entered the field of commercial construction. Although Joe was acknowledged for his abilities and found commercial work challenging, it just didn’t give him the total satisfaction he desired. After considerable deliberation, Joe embarked upon his own residential building and development company in 1959, forming Joe F. Berini Construction Co., Inc.
In the early growth years of the company, Joe brought in another individual who quickly became a key player for the team. Joe’s nephew, Dante Berini, began working with Joe in 1964 while completing his business degree at East Carolina University. Upon his graduation in 1967, Dante came to work with Joe on a full-time basis. Dante’s high standards, eye for detail and strong work ethic meshed perfectly with Joe’s direction for the company. Under Dante’s guidance, the company joined the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Durham and Orange Counties, where Dante served as an Executive Board Member for a number of years and President in the year 2000. On two separate occasions, in 1995 and 2000, Dante was recognized with the coveted “Builder of the Year” award from the HBA. The HBA has frequently recognized Joe F. Berini Construction Co. with Gold, Silver and Bronze Parade of Homes Awards, honoring the company for its high quality work.
One more key employe followed, with the addition of Dante’s son, Joe Berini. Joe had worked for the company on a part-time basis since he was 14 years old. He studied business and construction management at East Carolina University before coming to work for the company full time in 1992.