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MILESTONES

Looking Up
American International Industries president and CEO Zvi Ryzman shares the guiding force behind 40 years of phenomenal success.
“This is not about me; it’s about all of the people around me,” is the first thing Zvi Ryzman, president and CEO of American International Industries (AII) points out when congratulated on the 40th anniversary of the Los Angeles-based professional beauty company (aiibeauty.com). “I’m just like a little nail in the building.” It should be noted, however, that the building in question is a 500,000-squarestarted with us in 1971 and is still with the company, leading our Safety Team,” reports the soft-spoken Ryzman. “In fact, most of management has been here for 30 to 35 years. People like Terry Cooper (executive VP) and Mark Moesta (sales VP)—they’re the oxygen of the business.” Carrying such major nail, skin, waxing and hair brands, including China Glaze, Seche, Body Drench, Ardell, Clean + Easy, Gigi, Club/Pinaud and Woody’s Quality Grooming, comes with its share of challenges, especially in today’s economic climate. “The hardest thing I deal with is layoffs,” Ryzman reflects. On the other hand, the recession has given AII the opportunity to make more job-friendly acquisitions. “Some people say to me, ‘Mr. Ryzman, I know your company is enormous… please buy my company and make something out of it,’ and we try to do that,” he notes. Ryzman acknowledges that AII is affected by industry-wide changes, such as the gradually disappearing mom-and-pop shops that used to comprise its customer base (“Now it’s more e-commerce and department stores”) and the rise of beauty supply chains. What has American International Industries president and CEO Zvi Ryzman demonstrates the not changed in 40 years of art of multi-tasking (perhaps the secret to the company’s 40 years of success). doing business, however, is Ryzman’s unshakable faith. As a Jewish Orthodox rabbi, teacher and foot facility, and that the business contained writer, he draws upon his studies to help him therein involves 54 acquired beauty make appropriate business decisions. He companies that collectively manufacture hints that some of those future decisions will 61,000,000 products per year, sold in 180 include more acquisitions. And although he countries. One might also want to mention quickly adds, “I can’t reveal which ones I that AII employs approximately 800 people, want to buy,” it’s clear that AII is prepared to many of whom have been onboard for 30maintain its current trajectory: onward and plus years. upward. —Linda Kossoff “Our first employee—Gloria Rodriguez—

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In Touch
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First Look
Inside Story
Brand New
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Color Lab
Tool Talk
VIP
Salon of the Month
Milestones
Free Launch
First Person
Beauty 911
Saving Face
Quick Tips
Only Hue
Headlines
Portfolio
Clock-Stoppers
Wigging Out
I.Site
Advertiser Index
Flashback
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