Since graduating from Cornell in 1982 (B.S. Civil Engineering '80, Master Engineering '81 and MBA '82), Steve has had four careers. From 1982 to 1988 he worked in the Air Freight industry, as Vice President Strategic Planning for Burlington Air Express. The best part of that job was designing a hub and spoke system, and buying the cargo airplanes needed to support that system. In 1988 Steve and his wife, Sheri, started The Benjamin Group Inc., a public relations agency working with high technology companies. Initially the company started in Silicon Valley, but eventually spread to Orange County, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon as well. By the time the firm was sold in July 1999 it employed 115 people. Steve moved out of the company in July 2002 after the purchase agreement was complete. In 1992, concurrent with being CFO of Benjamin Group, Steve got into the Customer Loyalty consulting business in partnership with Burke Inc., a Cincinnati-based market research firm. Steve was able to develop and manage significant relationships with key high tech companies like Sun Microsystems and Applied Materials. Since 2002 Steve has been very active in the commercial real estate business with his brothers. Currently the partnership, www.stromiga.com, owns and operates 19 buildings comprising over 650,000 sq. ft. in various Western Canadian cities (Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Regina, Sask.), and Silcion Valley, CA. Investments include warehouses, low rise and high rise office, retail centers and mixed used residential/commercial properties. The partnership focuses on redevelopment opportunities, basically properties with challenges that we believe we can address to create value. Steve is currently the Board Chair for Hillbrook School (a k-through-8 school), and helped the school raise $8.0 million to rebuild the campus. Steve loves working to improve education, which is why he has stayed involved with Cornell, his high school and his children's school. He's also a sportaholic and especially enjoys skiing, water-skiing, surfing and bicycling.
Benjamin, StevenClass of '80, MEN '81, MBA '82 - Saratoga, CAEntrepreneurship@Cornell Advisory Council Vice Chair