The Sterling Team

Charles W. Santoro

Managing Partner & Founder

Charles shares the management and control of the Firm's affairs. Charles currently serves as chairman of Camp, HeartLand, American West Restaurant Group, and as a director of Lipari Foods. He was formerly chairman of All My Sons, Lipari Foods, Excelligence Learning, FCX Performance, Fairway Group Holdings, US Maintenance, and co-chairman of Lazer Spot. He is also a past director of Interline Brands, Opinionology, Survey Sampling International, Washington Inventory Service, and Western Wats.

Prior Experience

Prior to Sterling Investment Partners, Charles served as vice chairman of investment banking at PaineWebber. Prior to that, Charles was a managing director, member of the operating committee, and head of the multi-industry and new business development groups at Smith Barney. He was previously responsible for the firm's cross-border and international investment banking activities in New York and London, serving on its international board of directors. Previously, Charles served as the operations officer of the European M&A department at Morgan Stanley in London and was a vice president in the M&A department at Morgan Stanley in New York and London. Charles earned a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Charles is a member emeritus of Columbia College’s Board of Visitors, and served on the University’s Economic Advisory Council, the Manhattanville Ad Hoc Planning Committee, and the Athletics Campaign Leadership Committee.  He is the recipient of Columbia University’s John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement.  He also is a member of the board of the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation.


M.B.A. Harvard Business School
B.A. Columbia University