Proprietor The Bernards Inn
Harold Imperatore took the helm at The Bernards Inn in 2006 as Proprietor and has successfully directed the landmark hospitality property’s growth and rebirth. Now more than a century old, the award-winning Bernards Inn has been called a “Garden State dining legend” by the Star-Ledger.
Under the direction of Harold, the luxury hotel and restaurant recently underwent a multi-million renovation and redesign, and celebrated its 100th anniversary under the banner of “Celebrating 100 Years of Gracious Hospitality.” Harold’s commitment to the highest standards of fine dining and service have continued to set The Bernards Inn apart; the Inn has received the hospitality industry’s highest awards. Harold oversees a talented staff of approximately 95 people in the restaurant and hotel.
Harold honed his keen business skills as President of Imperatore Courier Systems Inc., a successful messenger and courier service based in New Jersey that he founded in 1985. The business grew to $10 million in annual sales and employed approximately 120 people.
Harold’s lifelong love of fine food, travel and people attracted him to the hospitality business. As Executive Director of Hampshire Destination Properties, a division of the Hampshire Companies, Harold assumed the role of Proprietor when Hampshire purchased the property in 2006. Harold’s executive background, creative vision and immersion in the business have continued to drive The Bernards Inn’s growth and success.
Harold has always been active in the community. He and his family founded the Paige Whitney Babies Center and Foundation in 1992 in memory of Paige Whitney Imperatore who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The Center provided necessities for babies in low-income families, giving them diapers, wipes, shampoo, clothing and other items, as well as furniture and larger items twice a year. During the 16 years that the center existed, it also gave scholarships to some parents whose babies were part of the center. Today, the organization strictly provides higher education scholarships for children in need.
In addition, Harold served as a Board Member for the Somerset Hills YMCA from 1992 – 2004 and currently serves on the Advisory Board. He also served on the Board of Bergen County, NJ, Boy Scouts of America Council from 1989 – 1995. He was also previously an advisor to the Raritan Valley Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Harold is a graduate of Ithaca College with a B.S. in Business Administration.
He is married and resides with his wife, Deborah, in Basking Ridge. The couple has five children.