Steve graduated from St. Paul’s Preparatory School, Cum Laude, in 1971. He then attended Tulane University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Political Science. He graduated Tulane University both Cum Laude and with membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Steve then attended Hofstra University Law School where he obtained his J.D. Degree in 1978. He then joined his family’s business – Charmer Industries, Inc. He soon was appointed President of Universal Liquor Co. in Rochester and Buffalo, Charmer’s Upstate houses. Steve, along with his family, soon saw the evolution of the wholesale beverage industry and acquired Service Liquor Co. in Albany and Syracuse which completed Charmer’s statewide wholesaler network. Steve spent the next 10 years at the helm of Service Universal Distributors overseeing its dramatic growth and Charmer’s presence in Upstate New York.
In April of 2000, he was appointed President and COO of Charmer Industries Metro New York. This consolidated Charmer’s operations in New York State under his leadership.
Steve has been actively involved in supporting the Lawrenceville School in Princeton, New Jersey, as well as the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. However, his greatest sense of pride and accomplishment resides in his wonderful family. His wife, Gail, for 25 years, is truly his partner and source of strength and support. Gail and Steve have resided in Brookville Long Island for 20 years. They have one son, David, who has graduated from the Lawrenceville School, received his B.S. from Cornell University, and is graduating from Hofstra University Law School in May. Their daughter, Megan, also graduated from the Lawrenceville School and is a sophomore at Emory University.
Steve is most proud of this industry and what it stands for. He, along with his two cousins, Charles and Spencer Merinoff, are third generation members of their family’s business and proud and honored to contribute back to their industry.