Ron Furman and Charley Gordon have been friends for 40 years. Ron started his career in his family business, an auto parts distributor, learning sales, merchandising, warehouse and distribution operations. After the family sold the business in 1986, Ron started Max’s Taphouse. At first he built it into the top live music venue in the state and then became involved in managing music artists, even signing a group to a national recording contract with Warner Brothers. Seeing a change in the music business, Ron shifted the focus of the Taphouse to becoming the greatest beer bar in the world, long before the trend in craft beer became popular. The bar has consistently been ranked in the top 30 beer bars worldwide and this year was named in the top 5 in the US. Ron’s career has spanned promoting music concerts, festivals and events. He’s also owned and operated a restaurant and a tobacco and antique shop under the Max’s brand. He brings this varied background to our mission of making the world a better place.
Charley is a CPA, and has years of experience in such diverse industries as Wholesale Distribution; Manufacturing; Computer Hardware, Software and Services; Hospitality; Integrated Marketing; Public Accounting; Music and Theater; and Real Estate Development, Investing and Management - all from the C-Suite and Board Room. As the CPA for the bar back in the early 90’s, he knew that he and Ron worked well together. As Max’s Waxhouse grew and Ron kept asking for his help, Charley quit his CFO job at a $40 million dollar wholesale manufacturer/distributor to join Ron on this social mission.
The two of them haven’t looked back since. As they like to say, “We’re both in the ‘4th Quarter’ of our careers and thrilled to finally be using our powers for good!”.