MINERVA, OHIO — Minerva Dairy announced that it hired Steven H. Lefkowitz as its new chief financial officer.

Previously the CFO for ChromaScape, Lefkowitz began his new role with the family-owned creamery on July 5. In the past, he also took on financial leadership responsibilities for companies such as Tire Centers, Monarch Steel and Alco Manufacturing.

“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,” Lefkowitz said. “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.”  

Minerva Dairy co-owner Venae Watts described the new CFO as a “customer-centric financial leader,” praising his understanding of company-wide goals and the impact each department has on the bottom line.

“He will be key to driving our strategic plan through his timely, accurate and relevant financial and operational planning and execution,” Watts said.

At past stops in his career, Lefkowitz helped build Tire Centers into a large independent tire dealer that generated $400-plus million in annual retail sales and contributed to Monarch Steel’s strategic plan that led to sustainable profits. He holds a degree in accounting from Miami University.

Ohio-based Minerva Dairy makes butter and cheese for retail and food manufacturing customers throughout the US.