Board of Directors

Mordechai Korf


Mordechai “Motti” Korf was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Optima Specialty Steel, Inc. in March 2013. Mr. Korf served as the company’s President from 2008 through 2011. In 2011, Mr. Korf was appointed Chairman of the Board for Optima. Mr. Korf is a Co-Founder of Optima International, a private investment firm with holdings in several businesses located throughout the United States and Eastern Europe. Mr. Korf has established several investment vehicles to pursue opportunities in real estate, steel manufacturing, telecommunications, oil and gas. Mr. Korf is CEO of the real estate company, Optima Ventures, LLC and ferroalloy manufacturer and supplier, Georgian American Alloys, Inc.

John Goodish


John Goodish has served as an independent director on our board since June 2012. Mr. Goodish serves as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Transtar, Inc. Mr. Goodish served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of United States Steel Corp. from June 1, 2005 to December 31, 2010 and also served as its Executive Vice President of Operations from June 2003 to June 1, 2005 and Executive Vice President of International and Diversified Businesses since March 2003. He served as President of US Steel Kosice (USSK), United States Steel Corporation’s steelmaking operation in the Slovak Republic, before returning to the United States as Executive Vice president-International and Diversified Businesses. Mr. Goodish is a 1970 graduate of Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Uriel Laber


Uriel Laber has been a member of our board of directors since December 2011. Mr. Laber is the Chief Executive Officer of Eurotire, Inc. since 2007 and is a senior advisor to, an Internet retailer. For over a decade, Mr. Laber has been an executive of many entities affiliated with the Company.

Velvel Lozynskyy


Velvel Lozynskyy has been a member of our board of directors since December 2011. Mr. Lozynskyy was an employee of Warren Steel Holdings, LLC from 2007 to 2009 and since 2009 has acted in various executive capacities with entities affiliated with the Company. Prior to joining Warren Steel Holdings, LLC he was the First Deputy Chairman of the Board of DATAS, a Ukraine corporation.

Menachem Mayberg


Menachem Mayberg serves as an independent director on our board. Mr. Mayberg is an attorney with over 10 years of criminal and civil litigation experience. Mr. Mayberg holds a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Touro College.

Michael Salamon

President & Chief Operating Officer

Michael Salamon joined Niagara LaSalle Corporation in 2004 and became Executive Vice President of Commercial in 2010. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Company in May 2012, President of Optima and Niagara in March 2013, and was appointed to the Optima board of directors in November 2016. Prior to joining Niagara, Mr. Salamon held various commercial positions at Cargill (North Star Steel) for over 18 years. He is a member of the Cold Finished Steel Bar Institute, and was previously a member of their board of directors, as well as chairman. He has been a member of the U.S. Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Steel (ITAC-12) since 2010. Mr. Salamon holds a B.A. in Economics from John Carroll University and attended the Advanced Management Program at the University of Chicago in 2011.

Menachem Sossonko


Menachem Sossonko has been a member of our board of directors since December 2011. Since January 2010, Mr. Sossonko has been an employee of Felman Trading, Inc. He is the nephew of board member Mordechai Korf.