Paul Merage, Chairman
Paul Merage co-founded MIG® with Richard and Greg Merage in 2002 after the sale of Chef America to Nestle.
Paul has over 35 years of experience in consumer products. Following 10 years of management experience with major packaged food companies, Paul founded Chef America, a start up frozen food company in 1975 along with his brother David. In time Chef America became one of the largest and most profitable privately held food companies in the US. It is best known for Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets. Chef America operated nationally with a workforce of over 2,000. Chef America was sold to Nestle in 2002 for $2.6 billion.
MIG® and its affiliates were a natural progression of the need for a platform to carefully and professionally manage, preserve and enhance its capital. Paul is actively engaged in providing vision and strategic direction for the MIG® companies.
Paul is also highly focused on a mission to “give back to America”. Paul and his family created The Children First Foundation and The Merage Foundation for the American Dream. The Merage Institute, a philanthropical organization, sponsors educational programs such as the US-Israel Technology Bridge and High Hopes for Children. These foundations are all aimed at improving quality of life through education. Each foundation has gained positive national and international attention.
Paul is active with the University of California Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Dean’s advisory board. In addition Paul and the Merage family support a number of other philanthropic efforts.
Paul received a B.S. in Economics and a MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.