Ivan and Cheryl Elias announce the engagement of their daughter, Shari Jill Elias, to Cristian Marques Bento, son of José and Maria Bento of Philadelphia and Portugal.
Shari earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Drexel University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree in investment management. She is vice president of institutional sales covering the West Coast at Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC.
Cristian graduated from Drexel University with a bachelor's degree in commerce and engineering. He is the vice president of Joe Bento Construction Company, Inc.
Shari is the granddaughter of the late Albert and Eva Elias, and Simon and Florence Karafin of Philadelphia. Cristian is the grandson of Raimundo Bento of Portugal and the late Idalina Bento, Maria do Livramento and Antonio Marques.
The couple, who met while attending college five years ago, is planning an October wedding.