Chuck Steinmetz is a philanthropist, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He was raised in Miami, Florida and received double majors from The University of Florida in Business and Entomology. After traveling extensively with several pest control companies, Steinmetz made Central Florida home.
Chuck led an extremely successful business life, owning and operating Middleton Pest Control from 1977 through its sale June 2005. Additionally, Chuck started All America Termite and Pest Control, DBA Sears authorized Pest Control in 1982. He grew the business to more than 100 branches in 10 states before selling to Sears in 1997. Chuck revolutionized the industry, changing the pest control business both from a technical and service perspective.
Chuck has received several awards and distinctions during his career including being named Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992 by Inc. magazine for the Southeast service category, PCT Professional of the Year in 1996, and he received the 2002 Pioneer Award from the Florida Pest Management Association for service to the Pest Control Industry.
Always drawn to give back to the community, Chuck helped lead the turn-around of the Orlando Science Center. As Chair and CEO he transitioned the failing organization to one that is now a cornerstone of the community.
Chuck turned his attention to the Arts, and was an early supporter of plans to bring a performing arts center to Orlando. Now Chuck serves as Vice-Chairman of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and is the namesake of the facilities acoustical hall, opening in 2020.
Chuck’s interests also lie with supporting education. He has established a University of Florida scholarship program which provides for 2 entomology graduate students per year, funded the Charles Steinmetz Hall Entomology building at University of Florida, served on Crummer Board of Overseers graduate business school at Rollins College. Chuck is also a proud Pi Lambda Phi and was awarded the Big Pi Award Lifetime Achievement in 1999.
The merger of Chuck’s foundation with that of his wife Margery’s brings together their love for music, theatre and ballet with work utilizing those art forms to better the community and its health.