He founded his table grape company, “Stevco, Inc.” in 1974 and like many companies, Stevco evolved from humble beginnings. Under his leadership, the company experienced phenomenal growth and success because Steven grew both the commodity and brand.
Steven recognized early on that that in order to ensure quality in growing table grapes, you have to control the process from start to finish. Steven realized the importance of land selection, vineyard development and maintaining the quality in farming, harvesting and shipping. His vertically integrated company has sold to major supermarkets and retailers like Costco, among others and has a loyal and extensive customer base. A prolific grower and expert on table grapes, Steven is sometimes affectionately known as the “Grape Man”.
After a long and productive tenure as a grape-grower, Steven sold his namesake company in 2011. Not content to rest on past feats, Steven founded MMG Agribusiness, Inc. in 2014 and Double Date Packing, Inc. in 2015, and instead of grapes, diversified into dates, almonds, pistachios, and citrus.
Steven was prepared to enter the date business because of his earlier experience growing dates for other shippers. His innovations have brought a welcomed and much-needed efficiency to date packing and distribution, including a brilliant new state-of-the-art facility in the Coachella Valley that houses Double Date Packing.
Steven believes in philanthropy and giving back and donates to various charities, including his support for the Brentwood School. In his downtime, Steven enjoys spending time with his family.