Steve started his olive oil journey 1989 in the heart of Italy, where he worked for several years as an export manager for one of Italy’s leading olive oil exporters at that time.
In 1991 Steve then founded East Coast Olive Oil Corporation (ECOO) which he grew into one of the leading importers and packagers of olive oil in the United States. With a strong focus on quality, sourcing and customer service ECOO became one of the market leaders in the Retail Private Label, Food Service and Industrial Markets. ECOO was sold in 2009 and MANDIA INTL TRADING was born.
Steve has been an active member in the North American Olive Oil Association for 20 years, where he was Executive Committee Member for over 8 years, as well as being a past Chairman from 2009-2011.