Our People

Joel Mersereau

Vice President of Business Development, Fiber Division

Joel was born in Connecticut and grew up in Norwalk, OH. He graduated from University of Toledo with a degree in business. He started his fiber career in a local fiber mill where he fed a picker, stacked pads and swept floors.  From there he worked for major automotive Tier 1 & 2 interior suppliers for over 15 years.  In 2006, he joined BiT. Working very closely with Mervyn, they’ve experienced great growth by developing new products, entering new markets and finding the best talent. 

Kevin Bernet

Chief Operating Officer & Head of Fabric, Pre-Cut, and Garment Divisions

Kevin was born in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and attended the University of Leeds in England. He graduated in 1981 with a dual degree in textile management and finance. Kevin joined Bernet International in 1986 after completing his CPA degree. He has focused his 35 years of textile industry experience in the area of fabric production and logistics.

Mervyn Bernet

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Head of Fiber Division

Mervyn was born in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and attended college in Leicester, England. He graduated in 1977 with a degree in textile technology. He  gained experience in international trading while working with Kanematsu (headquartered in  Japan). Mervyn has over 35 years of experience in the textile industry, specializing in fiber sourcing.

Julius Bernet

Fabric and Fiber Consultant

With over 50 years of experience in the textile industry, Julius is a pioneer in his field. He has helped form the backbone of Bernet International, providing immeasurable knowledge and skill throughout the office. His experience permeates across every business transaction as he advises on the overlying strategies of the company.

Ryan Bernet

President & Co-Head of Fiber Division

Ryan grew up in Los Angeles, CA. He earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the family business, he served as Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank in the commercial real estate originations and troubled-assets divisions. Ryan is responsible for the daily operations of the Fiber division including sales, procurement, marketing and logistics.

Linda Sugiura


Linda majored in economics and runs the day-to-day operations of Bernet International.  She also handles the financials of the company while overseeing the dealings of the fiber and fabric divisions.

Kevin Lerman

Head of Garment and Accessories Production 

Kevin was born in Zimbabwe and attended college in Leicester, England. He graduated with a degree in textiles. Kevin spent ten years in Hong Kong handling garment production for large retailers in Europe. He moved to the United States in the 1990’s, where he helped Bernet International Trading start its garment division.