Neal F. Bermas
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Neal Bermas is the founder and chairperson of STREETS International. In Vietnam since 2009, STREETS is the leading US originated sustainable social enterprise providing hospitality and culinary training programs for street kids, orphans and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam.
For this work, Bermas was awarded a membership to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2014. In 2015, and again in 2018, STREETS was recognized by Hyatt Hotels with a Global Community Grant Award. In 2017, Bermas received a Leadership Award from Consular Affairs of the US Department of State. In 2018, Bermas was honored to be selected a CNN Hero of the Year.
As an independent management consultant and educator he has international experience in the hospitality and tourism industry as well as with economic development. His clients have included The Walt Disney Company, Sheraton, Le Meridien Hotels, the Oneida Indian Nation and Vietcombank, Vietnam. Previously, Bermas was a Director with the worldwide consulting and financial services firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand).
Dr. Bermas has been quoted frequently and highlighted in publications including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Financial Times (London), National Geographic, Gourmet Live, AsiaLife, Thanh Nien News, Cong An and Vietnam News (Vietnam), The Examiner (Australia), and Tiger Tales (Singapore).
For over a decade he held dual faculty appointments at New York University’s Stern School of Business and Steinhardt School of Education. He has also been on the faculty of The Institute of Culinary Education, Culinary Institute of America and the University of Southern California. Bermas earned his Ph.D. from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Boston, MA. He currently serves on its Board of Overseers.
Statement for AmCham
I would be honored to serve on the Board of AmCham. While a recent member, I have already participated in a number of functions, meetings and have been active in the Education and Workforce Development Committee.
AmCham, with its distinguished members as the chief investors and global participants in Vietnam, has the unique opportunity to continue to provide leadership in the overall economic and business development of the country.
At the same time, there is an equally significant role to actively participate and provide leadership and investment in the development of the civic society.
Economic/business investment and leadership are not mutually exclusive nor independent from civic society development. In fact, investment in one demands investment in the other.
AmCham is uniquely qualified and positioned to lead, develop and invest in all. I am eager to serve on the board that serves its members in providing such leadership and opportunity. I believe my business and academic acumen, along with my experience in establishing the leading US-based social enterprise in Vietnam qualifies me for such a role.