Entrepreneur in Residence

Girish Sud

Girish Sud

November 7 - November 11, 2022

Girish Sud is a Project Management professional with over 42 years of experience in senior executive positions at FLSmidth engaged in the engineering and construction of plants for the cement and mineral processing industry. He had P&L responsibility for the engineering, procurement, and construction of projects on a worldwide basis managing a project portfolio with revenue of up to $750m. Girish traveled extensively setting up collaborations and negotiating contracts with partners, customers, and suppliers in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and the Far East. Now retired, Girish is currently the Chapter Chairman and Certified Business Mentor for SCORE Lehigh Valley – a national non-profit organization providing free business education and mentoring services to small businesses and startups. He is a member of the Organizing Committee for 1 Million Cups and a Business Council Member of the LV Chamber of Commerce.

Catherine Bailey

Catherine Bailey

March 14 - 18, 2022

Catherine Bailey is the former President/Chief Operating Officer at Rea.deeming Beauty, Inc., the "home" of the original beauty-blender® and most recently, Bounce foundation. She was part of the start-up working with the Company’s Founder since 2002. She held her executive positions from 2010 until her recent transition to an Advisory role. Catherine’s role was to manage and lead the day-to-day functioning of all departments. Her 30+ years of experience in the cosmetic industry, has been instrumental in leading Rea.deeming Beauty to the industry position as a category creator. The company continues its innovations supporting the category leadership it developed around the world from its location in Bethlehem. She was honored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners with the Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2016. Catherine is a mentor and Marketing Chair for SCORE.

Diane Elliott

Diane Elliott

February 14 - 18, 2022

In December 2018, Diane "retired" as Executive Director of New Bethany Ministries, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the homeless, hungry, poor, and those suffering from mental illness after almost 9 years of service. Her work included advocating for safe, secure affordable housing. Shortly after "retirement", she brought together organizations and individuals to brainstorm and develop Catalyst 4. In its pilot phase, Catalyst 4 helps those with impediments to employment, e.g., reentry from prison, mental health or drug and alcohol issues, and other issues that make finding and keeping employment difficult. Diane is also an attorney whose practice focuses on fighting for equity for those who are marginalized, helping them to find a pathway forward in their lives. Diane co-founded the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium, a consortium of colleges and universities whose focus is understanding the issues affecting the Lehigh Valley and providing research to assist organizations in their work. She also served as Director and co-founder of Lehigh Valley Land Recycling, a nonprofit dedicated to the redevelopment of brownfields and recipient of the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence in its first year. She is a board chair at HDC Midatlantic.

Peter Morales

Peter Morales

November 9 - 13, 2020

Peter is considered by many as one of the most innovative and refreshing hospitality executives in the U.S. He is the founder and chairman of Black Hawk Beverage Group, a New York-based global food and beverage trading company. Morales was a leader in the post-apartheid South African wine industry, crafting a historical JV and exclusive import agreements with some of South Africa's top producers. Building upon his commitment to African agriculture and sustainable programs, Peter founded the Vision 57 educational initiative on South African "grape farm" schools. Peter earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Sciences and Psychology from the Lehigh University College of Arts and Sciences. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Lehigh University and is on the Advisory Board for the Follett Family Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The Morales family is intrinsically committed to philanthropy and global humanitarian initiatives.

Kevin Campbell

Kevin T. Campbell

President/CEO, Barry Isett & Associates

October 12 - 16, 2020

Kevin is currently president and CEO of Barry Isett & Associates which is a multi-discipline engineering firm with seven Pennsylvania offices. Kevin joined the Lehigh Valley headquarters of Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. in September 2005 as a staff management analyst. Kevin brought twenty years of leadership capacity and technical experience that would serve to improve the efficiency and resource coordination for the company in the decade to come. For his hard work and success, Kevin was named VP within his first year at the company and promoted to president in 2011. He acquired his executive management skill from his previous employment with Agere Systems, Lucent, AT&T, and Tri-Quint Optoelectronics. Kevin has degrees in Metallurgical Engineering (B.S), Electrical Engineering (M.S), and Business Administration (MBA). Kevin is the former chair of the Lehigh Valley Steering committee of the Delaware Lehigh Valley Green Building Council, has served on the board of Lehigh Economic Assistance Program, volunteered on the Musikfest talent selection committee, and is the current treasurer of the American Wine Society, the Lehigh Valley Chapter. In addition, Kevin also serves on the external advisory board for the Follett Family Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Tim Fehr

Tim M. Fehr

President, BerkOne, Inc.

February 18 - 20, 2020

Tim Fehr will serve as an entrepreneur in residence in the Follett Family Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship from February 17th – 21st. Tim currently serves as the President of BerkOne, Inc. He has been working with the Berkheimer Family of companies for 46 years. Tim has extensive expertise in information technology and services and his early professional years included working in all areas of computers including computer operations, programming, system design and eventually to operations/management.

Tim is a Northampton Community College alum and also serves on the external advisory board for the Follett Family Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Peter Luethi

Peter Luethi

November 16-20, 2019

Peter currently holds the position of advisor to the CEO of Dreamjet SAS which is stationed in the USA. Peter is a co-founder and shareholder of Dreamjet after the airline was built from scratch and registered in 2013. He has proven capabilities in managing multicultural organizations with specific experience in change management, restructuring of organizations, integration of new partner airlines as well as the reduction of business units. 

Peter has taken many management and marketing courses during his educational career at Persens, St. Gallen, AMDI, and Harvard University. Peter is also very involved in the community as he is the Class Chairman for the Harvard Alumni Association, a part of the Harvard Club, the Wings Club, President of the Association Amigos da Canto Verde, and is also a part of the Vaughn College, International Advisory Board.

Fred Rooney

Fred Rooney

October 21-25, 2019

Attorney Fred Rooney is the President/CEO of the Consortium on Access to Justice. The goal of the Consortium of Access to Justice is to provide targeted training to legal professionals to ensure the expansion of, and access to, qualified legal services to communities who lack sufficient affordable legal resources, so that any individual or entity can access well-trained lawyers that will provide affordable legal services

Since December 2016, Fred began working on legal incubator development as a Fulbright Scholar with the Peace & Justice Network (PJN) located in Islamabad, Pakistan. Fred also designed and launched the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law’s nationally and internationally recognized Incubator for Justice

Fred is fluent in Spanish and his advocacy on behalf of vulnerable individuals and marginalized communities, his academic background in bicultural/bilingual studies and law and the decades that he has spent working in Europe, Asia and Latin America provide him with an ability to navigate comfortably with individuals from all walks of life. His work in the development of post-graduate legal education and the powerful incubator that he began in 2007 are encouraging law schools to rethink their responsibilities to their graduates and to the millions of individuals in the US who lack access to justice.

Steven Follett

Steve Follett

September 16–20, 2019

Steve was Chairman and CEO of Follett Corporation for twenty-five years, retiring from the business in March of 2019. Follett is an industry leader since 1948 in designing and manufacturing high-quality, innovative ice and refrigeration-related products for foodservice and healthcare markets. With a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Cornell University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, Steve joined Follett Corporation in 1987 after two years with The Trane Company and five years with IBM Corporation. 

Steve is actively involved in the local community, and has served on both business and nonprofit boards. He served on the Board of Asbury Carbons in Asbury, New Jersey, and Cornell Ironworks in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Foundation Board of Northampton Community College. He is also active in leadership positions at Grace Church of Bethlehem.