Bernie Mermelstein is the owner and chief executive officer of MZ Berger & Company (MZB). MZB is a large family-owned accessory company that has been in the business of manufacturing original timepieces for over 60 years. Founded in 1950 by Michael Zachary Berger and Joseph Mermelstein, the business began as a small boutique on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue. Joseph Mermelstein assumed control of the business years later, and his son Bernie Mermelstein came aboard in 1970.
Under Bernie Mermelstein’s direction, MZB has grown into a full-blown accessories company, expanding its product line to include jewelry, handbags, consumer electronics, home decor, clocks, and more. He also introduced new avenues of distribution for the company. MZB now employs over 700 people in offices in New York City, Detroit, Bentonville, Hong Kong, and Toronto.
MZB has earned the respect of its partners in the retail industry. In past years, it has been honored as Wal-Mart’s Vendor of the Year, Sears’ Partner of the Year, and Kohls’ Supplier of the Year.