Bernard Chiu, Founder and Chairman
Bernard Chiu is the founder and Chairman of Upland Capital Corporation. Prior to founding Upland Capital, Mr. Chiu founded Duracraft Corporation, a home comfort appliance manufacturing and marketing company. Under Mr. Chiu’s leadership as Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman, Duracraft became one of the fastest growing and most successful brands and companies in America. The company was one of the most successful IPOs when it went public in 1993. As a result of Duracraft’s success, the company was approached by, and sold to, Honeywell in an unsolicited transaction of nearly $300,000,000. Following his accomplishment with Duracraft, Mr. Chiu became Chairman of the Board of First Act Inc., a pioneer and leader in musical products. First Act offers an innovative line of musical instruments for all ages, and was named “Company of the Year” by Music Trades Magazine. A Hong Kong native, Chiu has been a U.S. Citizen for more than 30 years and has become a successful business and real estate entreprenuer who supports various educational and local community groups.
Bettina Janco, Executive Vice President
Bettina Janco manages Upland Capital’s acquisitions, asset management, property management, and leasing activities. Previously, Ms. Janco worked at TA Associates Realty, one of the country’s largest and most experienced privately held real estate advisors. At TA, Ms. Janco held roles in dispositions, valuations, and most recently, acquisitions where she was responsible for sourcing and underwriting office, industrial, residential and retail assets in the U.S., negotiating contracts, and overseeing due diligence. Ms. Janco is also co-founder of SnapSuites, a full-service executive office center in Back Bay. She has served as board member to various organizations including Vice President of the Wellesley Mothers Forum (WMF), commissioner on the Back Bay Architectural Commission (BBAC) and co-chair of the Joslin Diabetes Center’s A Spoonful of Ginger event, an annual food-tasting fundraiser at the Museum of Fine Arts. Ms. Janco is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.