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Frank Apeseche

Professor of the Practice
Co-founder, J. Locke; Chairman, Amstar Advisers

Areas of expertise: Finance, Strategy, and Management


Frank brings to Tufts more than three decades of experience building, leading and advising successful enterprises. During his career he managed 4 companies through their initial public offering and sponsored 14 institutional private equity funds with over $7 billion of capitalization. The businesses he supervised span a geography covering the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Frank’s academic interests focus on enterprise formation and growth, strategy and venture capital. His courses include Entrepreneurial Finance, Business Strategy, Finance for High Tech Ventures and Finance and Accounting. He is also an advisor to graduate students completing their Industry Consulting Practicums and Capstone Leadership courses in Tufts’ MSEM and MSIM programs.

Beyond Tufts Frank is Chairman of Amstar, an international real estate private equity firm. He is also Co-founder of J. Locke & Company, a merchant bank targeting corporate growth and repositioning opportunities. In addition,  Frank is a senior member of Launchpad Venture Group where he specializes in financing promising businesses in the technology, life science and cleantech industries.

Previously Frank was Chief Executive Officer of The Berkshire Group, the operating parent of numerous public and private subsidiaries in the healthcare, finance, technology and housing industries. During his 26 years at Berkshire he helped launch and grow over a dozen companies with cumulative assets in excess of $10 billion, including a public Canadian hospital supplier and three separate NYSE listed firms.

Frank has served as Chairman of Amstar Advisers, Berkshire Realty Ventures, Berkshire Property Advisors, BG Affiliates, K-Bro Linen Systems, Berkshire Realty Development and Aspen Furniture; and was Audit Committee Chairman of Building Engines Inc., Berkshire Mortgage Finance, SMS Modern Cleaning Services, and Berkshire Realty Holdings. His public company expertise includes senior officer responsibility for two NYSE corporations and active engagement as an expert witness and industry spokesman to the U.S. Congress on commercial economic development. Frank received his BA from Cornell University and his MBA from the University of Michigan.