A.J. Steigman is a former Merrill Lynch investment banker, turned entrepreneur. After leaving the corporate world, he co-founded one of the top Nike Tier 0 brick and mortar stores in the country at the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood FL. It was there that Steigman noticed a lot of inefficiencies in the retail industry, and co-founded Soletron.com in 2010. He was the company's CEO until the industry leader Karmaloop acquired Soletron in 2014.
During Steigman's tenure, Soletron was in the top 99.7% of all sites worldwide on traffic. It's board consisted of: Bruce Chizen (Former CEO of Adobe Systems), Santonio Holmes (Super Bowl MVP),Tom Austin (Founder of AND1), John Friedman (Founder of Easton Capital), Bob Rice (Founder of Tangent Capital and Bloomberg Contributor). He was awarded top Under 30 CEOs in NYC and the U.S. by Under30CEO.com.
In his free time, Steigman is an international chess champion, and is in the top 1% of all U.S. players. He became a chess master at the age of 13 which beat Bobby Fischer's record, and was the 2002 U.S. Junior Open Champion. He has represented the U.S. in numerous international competitions including tying for 12th in the world at the 1997 World Youth Championships in Cannes, France. He is a vocal advocate of the positive influences of chess on academics and business. In his free time, Steigman plays with high security prisoners, students, veterans, or anyone that wishes to learn the game.
Steigman attended Emory University's Goizueta Business School on an academic scholarship. He has been featured for his entrepreneur and chess endeavors on: Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Reuters, Sun Sentinal, Miami Herald, LA Times, Business Insider, Venture Beat, NBC, and the Huffinton Post.