Entrepreneur/philanthropist Henry Bertolon '74 to speak at Agganis Forum

Henry Bertolon

On Thursday evening, November 3 at 6 pm, Salem State University’s Bertolon School of Business will host an evening with entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Bertolon—as part of its annual Agganis Forum series. Mr. Bertolon’s public presentation will take place at 6 pm in the university’s recital hall on Central Campus. There is no charge for the event, but seating is limited and reservations are required.

As a Salem State undergraduate, Henry Bertolon ’74 couldn’t imagine the myriad of opportunities he would have as an entrepreneur. After building two very successful high technology companies, and attracting the attention of the Fortune 500, Bertolon sold both businesses in 2001. He spent his “retirement” dabbling in real estate development and producing an independent film, On Broadway.

In 2002, he purchased an inactive 27-acre Christmas tree farm with three goals in mind: to preserve open space, create a unique family experience, and give back to the community. In 2010, with over 14,000 trees planted, the Beverly Tree Farm opened for the first time, with all proceeds going to charity.

Henry Bertolon will engage students and guests at a rare speaking engagement at Salem State University’s Bertolon School of Business, named in honor of Henry and his wife, Donna.

The Agganis Forum is made possible with funding from the Michael Agganis Entrepreneurship Fund established by Madeline A ’79 and Michael J. Agganis ’66 for the benefit of the Bertolon School of Business at Salem State University.

Salem State University’s Bertolon School of Business instills in its undergraduate and graduate business majors the development of strong business skills, sound ethics and a global world view. As Salem State’s largest undergraduate major, it attracts students—and faculty with diverse specialties—from across the region and throughout the world. The Bertolon School of Business, which stands at the threshold AACSB accreditation, offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration, accounting and finance, management, and marketing and decision sciences. The graduate program offers a master of business administration degree along with several certificate programs.

Seating is limited. Please contact 978.542.7594 or jgillis@salemstate.edu by October 20 to reserve your place.