John Bernier

Position: Director of Entrepreneurship
Born & raised in the community of Fields Corner , MA, John is no stranger to the community that BUILD Boston serves today. The youngest of 8 siblings, John attended Boston College High School where he discovered his love for football and music. After graduating in 2003, he went on to attend Boston University where he held multiple student leadership positions and was awarded the highest honor bestowed upon graduating seniors- The Scarlett Key Award. That same year, after a series of influential meetings at his internship site with Sony BMG , John decided to start his own company that focused on managing artists.

As he puts it, “Although I grew up in church, I really didn’t discover gospel music until my junior year in college. It was a very gradual process. I knew that I was good at marketing and I had a passion for music so I just started helping local artists in the genre that I liked the most at the time.” From there John discovered a passion for entrepreneurship and decided to pursue an MBA to further elevate his brand.

While in school John was recruited by PepsiCo post a successful consulting projected.  He worked for the company for two years overseeing marketing strategy elements for Tropicana, Gatorade, and Lipton in New York. In 2014, unable to avoid his passions , John departed his full-time role  and voyaged on a journey back into the Gospel Industry and his hometown of Boston. It was there that John discovered BUILD which seemed to be the perfect opportunity to pair his love for his community and entrepreneurship. In 2015, John began as a part-time E1 teacher at Jeremiah Burke High School. In the years to follow John would come on board full-time as a member of the program staff.

Today as John’s clients include award winning international artists John is often working remotely from the road. Today John’s main focus is E1 Teacher Development and Branding Strategy for BUILD Boston. He also enjoys reading, working out, traveling, and baking.
“I BUILD because I personally love entrepreneurship and believe that if students uncovers their passions while  learning  how to start a business, they are more likely to be more successful in life.”
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