Business Career

Bergamo joined Consultants and Designers, a subsidary of the Greyhound Corporation, in early 1974.  He was active in their defense engineering and the tradeshow/exhibit design and manufacturing groups.  His overseas assignments in support of the F-14 Project took him to Iran.  On temporary assignment to Greyhound Support Services, he traveled to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Greece, France and England in support of a $1 billion Infrastructure Project in Saudi Arabia.

His next assignment in 1978 was as Executive Vice President and COO of Greyhound Exhibit Group and Trade Show Services with locations in 17 cities and 3,000 employees.  Bergamo moved to Las Vegas and lived at 3000 Paradise Road, the Las Vegas Hilton.  His mission was to reorganize the company and position it for the next decade.

In 1979, Mortimer Levitt, the owner, recruited him to become President of the Custom Shop Shirtmakers.  He built the operating business from 30 to 85 stores and their real estate investment portfolio from $30mm to $160mm.  During his 12 year tenure, he traveled extensively and the company was recognized as an outstanding growth specialty retailer.  During this period, he joined Young Presidents Organization and became the Chairman of the Metro Chapter which at the time was based in New York City and is the largest in the organization.

He joined the board of Dime Community Bancorp.  The NASDAQ traded company appointed him in 1986 as Director and Audit Chairman.  While continuing to serve in that capacity, he also has served on the Executive, Compensation and CRA committees.

In 1991, he was appointed the Independent Fiduciary on a major MEWA case Local 867 by Frederal District Court Judge Louis Freeh, who later became the Director of the FBI.  The matter continued for six years and was completed in 1996.

However, in 1995 he was asked by Howard Milstein to assume the position of Managing Director of the Milford Plaza Hotel, a 1316 key property in Times Square.  Under his management, the property was redeveloped and became quite profitable.

In 1998 he assumed the leadership role as CEO of Niagara Falls Redevelopment, another Milstein company.  It is a $1 billion project on 142 acres located in downtown Niagara Falls.

Lonestar Steakhouse, a NASDAQ traded company, appointed him in 2002 as Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee.  He continued in this capacity until 2006 when this $650mm public company was sold to a private investor.

In 2003, the Milford Plaza Hotel was sold and he was promoted to Vice Chariman of MB Real Estate, also a Milstein company.  He is primarily involved in the operation and sale of commercial and residential properties, in addition to numerous ad hoc assignments.

In 2010 he was appointed to the board of Steel Partners, LLP, a New York Stock Exchange Company, as the Chair of the Audit Committee and he serves on the compensation committee.  Steel is a holding company with over $1.4 billion in sales with interests in banking, manufacturing, insurance, defense, restaurant and entertainment.

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