How did you get started in research and development?
I graduated with a PhD in Physical organic chemistry from Yale University in 1970. I worked in the research labs of Union Carbide in oxidation chemistry until 1973 and moved to Los Angeles from NY.
How did you get started with Redken?
I met Paula Kent Meehan [founder of Redken] and ran the Redken labs from 1973 until I retired in July 2009. I am probably more well known to hairdressers for science education and I've literally talked to 100,000's of salon professionals.
What is your proudest accomplishment(s)?
I have 50 patents in hair/cosmetic science and have been fortunate to have great teams over the years who created such industry icons as Redken Extreme CAT Treatment and Shades EQ Equalizing Conditioning Color Gloss. I have taught and represented Redken on television, radio, and in print publications around the world.
Who inspires you each day?
I still truly think of Paula [Paula Kent Meehan] as an inspiration because nothing ever seemed impossible to her and she truly cared about the products, salons and the hairdresser.
What do you do in your spare time?
Personally I am writing a cookbook about 50 years of entertaining.
Do you have any unique collections?
I collect avant garde books and works on paper from 1910-1940, French Art Deco and Belgian Boch Freres ceramics. I have four Shih Tzus and eight cars.