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Innovate State | Larry Gaynor

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Larry founded tng worldwide (TNG) in 1985 and is the company’s President and CEO. He had the vision for what manicurists wanted and set out to meet those needs. With only three employees, Gaynor produced a 16-page black and white catalog, installed an 800 number for orders, developed the Gold Card (now TIS Rewards) and introduced the first nail show outside of California. In 2001, Gaynor was named Ernst & Young’s Michigan “Entrepreneur of the Year.” TNG has earned the Detroit Free Press “Best Workplaces” award since 2008. Gaynor also brought Gallup principles to TNG, creating a strength-based organization. Every talent knows their signature themes and they are used to enhance engagement with other talent and customers. Today, TNG continues to be a leader in distributing and manufacturing within the beauty and hospitality industries. Gaynor created TNG’s signature brands including ForPro Professional Collection, the beauty industry’s #1 accessory brand; Ginger Lily Farms Botanicals (best-selling shampoo and body wash on Amazon); and EMMA Beauty, the fastest-growing nail polish brand. Gaynor and his wife Teresa (Vice President) encourage a strong connection and commitment to invest back into the community. TNG is a Five-Star Investor with the American Cancer Society and has raised more than $2 million. In addition, TNG participates in annual blood drives to support the American Red Cross and is an avid supporter of Forgotten Harvest. And let’s not forget his love and support for MSU! Gaynor has three children and three grandchildren. He enjoys daily exercise, Texas Hold ‘Em, travel, cooking, and reading. Free pizza and pop will be provided!

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