Steven H. Lefkowitz has joined Minerva Dairy as chief financial officer. A veteran financial leader and Ohio native, Lefkowitz is a growth-oriented business executive with a strong work ethic and collaborative approach to driving greater profitability.
Lefkowitz, who started in his new role at Minerva Dairy on July 5, brings a new vision of corporate governance to the fifth-generation family-owned company. He earned a degree in accounting from Miami University and has held financial leadership roles at numerous companies over the past four decades, including Tire Centers, Monarch Steel, Alco Manufacturing, and, most recently, ChromaScape, where he served as CFO since 2019.
At Tire Centers, Lefkowitz was instrumental in building the business from a smaller chain with $125 million in annual retail sales to the largest independent tire dealer in the country with $400-plus million in sales. He helped position Alco for a liquidity event that hit its target multiple and timeframe, and he worked closely with Monarch Steel’s owner and president to create a new strategic plan that led to sustainable profits for the company.
“Steve is a customer-centric financial leader who understands the goals of all departments and their impact on our bottom line,” said Minerva Dairy fifth-generation co-owner Venae Watts. “He will be key to driving our strategic plan through his timely, accurate, and relevant financial and operational planning and execution.”
Lefkowitz added it’s an honor to work with the fifth generation of a family-owned business that’s as beloved in Ohio and nationwide as Minerva Dairy.
"My goals are to establish enhanced cash-management tools, develop a greater sense of corporate governance, and bring enhanced financial reporting through a proactive and collaborative leadership approach," he said.