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Frank Apeseche

Professor of Practice, Business Strategy, Finance for High-Tech Ventures and Entrepreneurial Finance
Co-founder, J. Locke; Chairman, Amstar Advisers

Frank brings to Tufts more than three decades of experience creating, building, managing and advising successful business enterprises.


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

Frank’s academic interests focus on competitive strategy, disruptive innovation, and enterprise formation and leadership. He teaches a variety of courses including Entrepreneurial Finance, Financial Management of High Technology Firms, Business Strategy, Financial and Managerial Accounting, and both the Management Consulting Practicum and Capstone Leadership courses in Tuft’s MSEM and MSIM programs.

Beyond Tufts, Frank is a Partner and Co-founder of J. Locke & Company, a merchant bank specializing in corporate growth and repositioning opportunities. He also serves as a Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Building Engines Inc., a national SaaS software company that provides advanced technology solutions to commercial clientele. In addition Frank is an active member/investor of Launchpad Venture Group where he advises and finances promising start-ups in the technology and business services market segments.

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

Frank also has served as Chairman of Amstar, Berkshire Realty Ventures, Berkshire Property Advisors, K-Bro Linen Systems and Aspen Furniture; and was on the Board of Directors of Lodging Capital Partners, Surebridge Inc., Berkshire Mortgage Finance, SMS Modern Cleaning Services, and Berkshire Realty Holdings. Frank’s 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.