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Ricky’s NYC founder unveils new venture

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Ricky Kenig, founder of New York City’s infamous beauty supply chain Ricky’s NYC, has left the company to start a new beauty venture. Enter Kenig + Alcone.

Kenig partnered with Alcone Co., a distributor of professional makeup, to open the shop in March 2014.

Located at 6th Avenue and 14th Street in New York City, the beauty curator shop blends Alcone’s professional makeup and brand name with Kenig’s expertise in hair.

“What I tried to do is think back to what I did 25 years ago [at Ricky’s]. And 25 years ago, you didn’t have social media and you didn’t have cell phones,” Kenig said. “… But [we built] a business by remembering the customers and making it so that when a customer came into the store, if we don’t have it, you don’t need it.”

With standout customer service at its core, the store is minimally decorated to let the products take the limelight. The two-story shop carries about 500 specially selected lines in hair and makeup, and also offers educational classes and events.

While Kenig works to fine tune the operation, he plans to open a second New York City location at some point, and eventually expand outside of the city, most likely to Miami’s South Beach.

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NSS brings Manuka Secrets brand to U.S.

BY Antoinette Alexander

ST. LOUIS — National Sales Solutions, a provider of sales, marketing and supply chain management for consumer packaged goods companies, has announced retail distribution for its client, Manuka Secrets. Manuka Secrets is now available at Ulta Beauty stores nationwide.

Manuka Secrets specializes in certified natural skin care created from New Zealand’s indigenous Manuka Tea Tree bush. Manuka Honey is known for many properties that can benefit skin, including its role in encouraging cell regeneration and fighting bacteria, inflammation and free radicals. These properties help smooth skin, diminish signs of irritation and improve the skin’s own ability to brighten and tone, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

According to NSS, Manuka Secrets is the first complete skin care line made from Manuka Honey. Manuka Secrets is certified natural and environmentally friendly.

“Manuka Secrets is a powerful tool for shoppers seeking anti-aging skin care. And for those men and women who recognize the importance of natural personal care, Manuka Secrets offers a certified solution,” stated Angie Echele, EVP of NSS.
 

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Patrick Spear assumes CEO position at GMDC

BY Michael Johnsen

 

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Global Market Development Center on Tuesday announced the completion of its management transition. On June 1, during the organization’s annual General Merchandise Conference. CEO and industry leader Dave McConnell will transfer his role to GMDC president Patrick Spear.
 
McConnell served as GMDC president and CEO for 15 of his 35-year career with the association. He will remain with the association consulting on special projects until the end of the 2015. He joined GMDC in 1980 and served in a number of capacities, including roles in business development, meetings management, recruitment and most recently, CEO. An Ohio native, McConnell earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
 
During its 45-year history, GMDC had two other association leaders: executive director Robert Keats, who served 4 years, and president/CEO Rick Tilton, who served 26 years. 
 
The transition plan was announced last October, when Spear was named the association’s president.
 
A Nashville resident, Spear brought 25-plus years in the consumer and office products industry to GMDC’s senior management team, including work with BIC, Newell Rubbermaid, Mapa Spontex and The Identity Group. His experience spans from retails sales representative with BIC Corporation to president and CEO of Identity Group and founding partner and managing director of Mammoth Office Products.
 

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