Entrepreneur to Head Gigot

Winter 2012

Jeffrey A. Bernel has been named the new director for the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

“We share the following mantra with our entrepreneurship students:
Start small, think big, and dream bigger. This will be the Gigot Center’s guiding polestar,” said Bernel, a 1994 graduate of the Notre Dame Executive MBA program and longtime entrepreneur involved in a number of industrial real estate ventures, new startups and venture turnarounds.

Bernel is well-known to the Mendoza College community, having taught and served in various capacities for more than 12 years. He was instrumental in establishing the Gigot Center in 1998 and in creating the IrishAngels network, which now has more than 200 members. He also developed and served in the Center’s executive-in-residence program, and currently acts as the College’s liaison for the cross-discipline ESTEEM master’s degree program.