Sushil K. Tuli
Sushil Tuli has been one of the leading figures in lending and banking in Massachusetts for nearly thirty years. Mr. Tuli founded Leader Bank in May of 2002 and has guided Leader Bank to become one of the top community banks in the county, with well over 225 employees across seven full service branches, three loan production centers and over $1 billion in assets. During his time as President, Mr. Tuli has grown all facets of Leader Bank’s business.
Mr. Tuli and Leader Bank have been repeatedly honored for their success over the last decade. Under Mr. Tuli’s leadership, Leader Bank has received both a 5-Star Superior Rating from Bauer Financial in every quarter since 2010 and an “A” or “Excellent” rating from Weiss Ratings.
In 2013, Banker & Tradesman named Mr. Tuli as a Community Bank Hero. In 2015, the Boston Business Journal honored Mr. Tuli with Leader in Diversity award. In 2015 Mr. Tuli also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from TiE-Boston for his work mentoring and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses.
In 2015 he also received President’s Award from HomeStart, Inc., for his dedication to combatting homelessness.
Mr. Tuli’s leadership extends beyond his work with Leader Bank, having served in 1999 as the Chairman of the Massachusetts Mortgage Bankers Association, the largest mortgage banking industry association in New England. He is currently serving as a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Depository Institution Advisory Council.
Governor Charles Baker also recently appointed Mr. Tuli to board of Massachusetts Capital Growth Corporation. and until recently, Mr. Tuli also served on Fannie Mae’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council. Mr. Tuli received a master’s of public administration in 1975 from Punjab University and graduated from the Harvard Business School’s OPM Program in 2010.
Peter Conrad
Mr. Conrad is the retired President and CEO of The Cooperative Central Bank in Boston where he served for fifteen years. Mr. Conrad also was an adjunct professor of finance at Bentley University for ten years, with a focus on commercial real estate and secondary mortgage markets.
As part of his leadership of The Cooperative Central Bank, Mr. Conrad oversaw the insuring of state chartered cooperative banks above FDIC limits, and he worked closely with many regulatory agencies, including the FDIC, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Massachusetts Division of Banks. In particular, Mr. Conrad was responsible for monitoring many local banks in times of financial crisis, and he ultimately managed six Massachusetts cooperative banks in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to ensure their continued viability.
Mr. Conrad has also served as a director of the National Cooperative Bank in Washington DC, an OCC regulated institution, where he chaired the audit committee.
Priscilla H. Douglas
Priscilla H. Douglas is the founder and principal of PHDouglas & Associates, a consulting firm that coaches individuals and executive teams to be more skillful at working collaboratively and strategically.
Her professional career includes key executive positions in government, academics, and business, where she was often the first woman and the first African American. Dr. Douglas served as a White House Fellow as a Special Assistant to William H. Webster, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She also served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as the Assistant Secretary for Public Safety and the Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations. Dr. Douglas held two innovative positions at Xerox Corporation. She led the education and government value marketing team, and also was the principal for Knowledge Sharing Competency, designing and developing a knowledge-sharing curriculum for worldwide implementation that led to ASQC, KM Magazine recognition in this emerging area. At General Motors she worked closely with the originator of the quality movement, Dr. W. Edwards Deming.
Dr. Douglas taught courses in management, leadership, and organizational behavior as an instructor for the master’s program for Harvard University Radcliffe Seminars. She received a Doctor of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Master of Education and Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University. She has published two articles on knowledge sharing and is currently working on an article entitled: “Leadership is a Conversation.”
Dr. Douglas previously served on Leader Bank’s Advisory Board, which was formed in 2004 to review operations and strategic planning for the Bank.
Rajiv Lal
Rajiv Lal, Ph.D. is the Stanley Roth Sr. Professor of Retailing at Harvard Business School, where he recently co-chaired the Executive Education Program on Building and Leading a Customer Centric Organization. Professor Lal joined Harvard Business School in 1997, and has served as the course head for the Marketing required study for all first year MBA students and the Faculty Chair for the Global Management Program.
Professor Lal is one of the authors of the 2005 book Marketing Management, and has authored or co-authored over twenty five articles on topics covering various marketing and retail topics, including the effects of globalization on brand marketing. Professor Lal has been nominated for numerous awards for his scholarly work, including the Frank Bass award and the John D.C. Little award, which he was awarded on two occasions. In addition to his academic accomplishments, Professor Lal has advised some of the largest companies in the country on business strategies and financial services marketing, including Nordstrom, Target, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Citizens Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Microsoft, among others.
Prior to joining the Harvard Business School faculty, Professor Lal spent fifteen years as a professor for the Stanford University School of Business. Professor Lal holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, India and a Ph.D. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
James M. McKenna, Esq
James M. McKenna presently operates a consulting firm that serves small businesses and start-up ventures in the areas of business development, public and media relations, and marketing. Since 1995, Mr. McKenna has assisted numerous small to mid-sized for profit and not-for-profit entities to secure venture capital investment funding, strategic planning, media relations, press and marketing materials assistance and business development. In addition, Mr. McKenna serves as a feature article writer, speechwriter, and public speaking coach to senior executives.
Prior to starting his consulting firm, Mr. McKenna served as the Town Administrator of the Town of Dover, Massachusetts from 1989 to 1995. Mr. McKenna also worked as a Strategic Planner for the Executive Office of Communities and Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1986 to 1989.
He both founded and presently serves on the Board of Directors of, an e-commerce business that serves U.S. performance artists on tour in Europe. He is a Director of Proxa Contracts, Inc., a Pharmaceutical Clinical Research firm, and is a member of the Finance Committee for the Town of Rockport, Massachusetts.
Mr. McKenna earned his Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University School of Law in 1992. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Urban Planning and a B.A. in Economics and English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mr. McKenna is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and is a licensed Real Estate Broker. Mr. McKenna has authored several published works on the real estate industry, community development, and regional planning.
V.G. Narayanan, Ph.D
V.G. Narayanan is the Thomas D. Casserly, Jr. Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School in Boston, MA. His research interests are mainly in managerial accounting, with an emphasis on control issues in inter-organizational settings and aligning incentives in supply chains. Since Dr. Narayanan’s teaching career began at the Harvard Business School in 1994, he has taught a variety of courses, including Financial Reporting, Measuring and Driving Corporate Performance, Management Control and Performance Measurement. Though Dr. Narayanan studies a range of topics, he brings to Leader Bank his expertise in the study of customer profitability measurements and customer relationship management within the retail banking industry.
Peter Palandjian
Peter Palandjian is the Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation, overseeing the affiliated operating companies with primary responsibility for Investment Strategy and Institutional Relationships. Prior to joining Intercontinental in 1993, Mr. Palandjian worked as the assistant to the CEO of Staples, Inc. Before joining Staples, Mr. Palandjian was an associate with Bain & Company, an international management consulting firm.
Mr. Palandjian holds memberships with the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers (NAREIM). Currently, Mr. Palandjian serves as a board member of several institutions, including: Board of Overseers for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston; Dana Farber Cancer Institute; Belmont Retirement Board; the New England Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP); the Tennis Hall of Fame and the Taubman Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Palandjian earned his BA from Harvard University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Eric Silverman
Mr. Silverman is an active entrepreneur and investor in a number of businesses. He is a Founder and General Partner of Eastham Capital, a private real estate investment business based in Newton, MA. He is also a Founder and Partner of Transitions Capital, LLC, a Cambridge, MA-based investment firm with a focus on investments in out-sourced services businesses. Mr. Silverman is also a Principal and Founder of St. James Capital, LLC, a FHA-approved lender specializing in multi-family residential housing financial services. For three years (January 2004 to January 2007) he owned MCMUSA, Inc., a national design/build construction company. And from 1998 through 2001, Mr. Silverman was the President of Aspen Investment Group, Inc. (“Aspen”) working out of Boston, MA. Aspen is a private investment company based in London, England.
Mr. Silverman is also the non-executive chairman of RentGrow, Inc., a company where he served as President from 1995 to 1998. RentGrow provides resident screening tools to the multifamily housing industry. Before joining RentGrow, Mr. Silverman was a Founder and Principal in St. James Mortgage Company, a Fannie Mae-approved residential mortgage banker. From 1991 to 1994, he directed and implemented the company’s retail expansion into Massachusetts and New Hampshire and managed operations in those states. St. James has since spawned Triumph Title, a real estate closing agency in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
In 1986, Mr. Silverman co-founded St. James Financial Corporation, the predecessor and parent of St. James Mortgage Company. At St. James Financial, he advised real estate developers on interest rate risk management. He also worked as a consultant with Recapitalization Advisors, Inc., in Boston, MA, advising real estate developers and owners on the preservation of lower income housing properties through HUD’s LIHPRHA program. Mr. Silverman is also a Vice President of Holtzman and Silverman Construction and Realty, based in Southfield, MI, which is an asset manager of apartment and retail properties. In 2002, he became a founding non-executive director of Leader Bank.
Mr. Silverman graduated from Bowdoin College in 1985 with an AB in Mathematics. In 1991, he earned the degree of Master of Science in Management, with a concentration in Finance, from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an active alumnus of MIT, where he served as a judge in the $100K entrepreneurship competition for seven years. He is also an active angel investor in a number of businesses and a member of the Hub Angels, LLC investment group. Mr. Silverman is also on the Board of a number of non-profit organizations including The Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Boston, The Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network, Partners Continuing Care and Julie’s Fund.
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