Our Mentors

Bertarelli Institute for Family Entrepreneurship (BIFE)

The BIFE Mentors collectively and individually embody a wealth of knowledge in family entrepreneurship. Students learn from these experienced entrepreneurs from around the world, while at the same time building meaningful, deep relationships that are essential to both their personal and professional growth. Click on the images below to read the profile of our Mentors.


Director, MAS Holdings

Sri Lanka | Fashion, Manufacturing, Sustainability

Co-founder, Runway Kit

Sri Lanka | Start-up, Fashion, eCommerce, Manufacturing

VP of Purchasing, Muffin Town

Boston, MA | Food, Manufacturing

Senior Account Director, Omega World Travel

Fairfax, VA | Travel, Sales, Finance

President, Polycase

Cleveland, OH | eCommerce/Digital Marketing, Manufacturing

Managing Partner, Richard Bergner Holding GmbH & Co.KG

Germany | Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering

Chief Commercial Officer, Boyd Technologies

Boston, MA | Medical Device, Life Science, Healthcare

Business Developement Director, Marvel Vinyls

India | Plastics, Healthcare, Textiles, Chemicals, Retail

Managing Partner and Co-founder, Beacon Data, Inc.

Darien, CT | IT, Consulting, Data Services

CEO, Pyramid Management Group

Syracuse, NY | Real Estate Development, Hotel, Shopping Mall

President, The Leather Institute

Shrewsbury, NJ | Aviation, Restoration Services, Real Estate

President, Canalside Advisors

Pittsford, NY | Food, Management Consulting

Founder & CEO, Think Board

Newton Center, MA | Manufacturing, Start-up

President & Chief Investment Officer, Grimes & Company

Boston, MA | Financial Services

CEO, Viastore Group

Germany | Technology, Software

Senior Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor

Philadelphia, PA | Financial Services


New York | Fashion, Manufacturing

Vice President, Sai Service

India | Auto Dealership, Retail

President, Katsiroubas Bros.

Boston, MA | Food, Wholesale, Distribution

President, Collette

Provindence, RI | Travel, Sales, Non-Profit
Stephen Martiros

Stephen Martiros ’83, MBA’85

President, Collette

Boston, MA | Finance

Director, RAAY Global Investments & Chairman, Nirvana Venture Advisors

India | Technology, Family Office, Investment

CEO, Prinzhorn Group

Austria | Manufacturing

CEO, Grupo Empresarial Rayek

Mexico | Fashion, Retail, Manufacturing, Fitness, Real Estate, Family Office

Managing General Partner, Guard Hill Holdings

New York, NY | Real Estate, Private Equity, Investment
Sylvia Shepard

Sylvia Shepard MBA '09

Partner, Social Venture Partners-Connecticut

Wilton, CT | Family Business Advising

CEO, Geriatric Medical

Boston, MA | Healthcare, Medical Device, Distribution

VP Sales & Marketing, Switlik Parachute Company

Trenton, NJ | Manufacturing

Managing Director, Continental Group

India | Logistics, Global Supply Chain

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, HOF Capital

San Francisco, CA | Technology, Family Office, Investment