Diamonds of Dorchester

Join Us as We Honor

Emil Frei

Founder & CEO

Berkeley Building Company

with the

John M. Corcoran Award for Excellence

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Boston Marriott Copley Place

“Emil Frei and Berkeley Building Company have been a godsend to St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children. Emil and his team have transformed our residential programs more than once through their talent, dedication, and expertise.”   

 – Deirdre Houtmeyers, President and CEO

In recognition of Emil Frei’s service to the community, philanthropy, vision, and leadership, we are honored to present him with the John M. Corcoran Award for Excellence.

Emil began his construction career working for McCarthy Brothers in St. Louis, Missouri in 1984. In 1986 Emil came to Boston as part of the team building One International Place located in Boston’s financial district. After that project was completed, Emil traveled all over the country building a number of large-scale projects. Throughout his thirty-five-year construction career, Emil has been involved in an array of projects valued at more than a billion dollars and which frame Boston’s skyline today.

In 2010, Emil founded the Berkeley Building Company with offices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire where he serves as CEO. Emil has devoted a significant portion of his corporate resources to giving back to the community, including building covered dug outs at various baseball fields on behalf of the Melanoma Foundation, serving on the board at The Urban League of Massachusetts, supporting both Boys & Girls Clubs in Watertown and Lawrence, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and various other non-profit organizations throughout Massachusetts. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his outstanding leadership in the community.

Since 2014, Emil and his company have participated in multiple pro-bono service projects at St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children via the AGC of MA (Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts), including construction repairs and renovations to the agency’s residential programs. In 2018, Emil stepped up to be the lead general contractor for the agency’s new Recreation Room project, donating hundreds of hours of labor, expertise, and resources as well as galvanizing more than 30 construction companies to join him in the effort. Together his action and leadership made possible the donation of more than $200,000 in pro bono support for the Recreation Room project. Thanks to Emil and the AGC the new Recreation Room provides hundreds of children who each year call St. Mary’s Center home, a safe place to run, play, and enjoy the everyday joys of childhood.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Emil graduated with a degree in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. An avid hiker and cyclist, when Emil is off the job site you can find him with friends in Boston or on the Cape, or out west. Emil resides in Boston with his wife, Lauren. They have two daughters, Chelsea and Carly who live outside of Los Angeles.


Held each fall, our annual gala event Diamonds of Dorchester brings together nearly 500 guests, including business and civic leaders, for an elegant evening and inspiration.

Hope – $50,000 – Special recognition at podium, premier table seating for 20, full-page ad, premium placement in program book, logo, and recognition in event materials.

Radiant – $25,000 – Recognition from the podium, priority table seating for 10, full-page, priority-place ad in program book, logo, and recognition in event materials.

Marquis – $10,000 – Table seating for 10, full-page ad in program book, logo link on St. Mary’s homepage, logo, and recognition in event materials.

Princess – $5,000 – Table seating for 10, half-page ad in program book, logo, and recognition in event materials.

Oval – $3,000 – Table seating for 10, quarter-page ad in program book, recognition, and name in event materials.

For more information contact Daisy Guzman, Development and Communications Manager at 617-436-8600 ext. 493 or dguzman@stmaryscenterma.org.

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