Conair is full of stories. You hear one and it leads to another. The part-timer who worked in the McDonald Avenue warehouse in the ‘70s was a high school student who kept coming back during the summers when he was in college. His name was Kenny Russo. Today Ken is Conair’s Group Vice President, Sales, ConairPro and Rusk. Asked to share a story about the early days, he recounted one of his most memorable moments. He’d been sent out to cash everyone’s payroll checks and got mugged by a guy with a gun on the way back. Lee and a friend chased the mugger on foot until the thief stopped a car, threw the driver out and got away. Lee was always there for his people. You can’t make this stuff up! Lee’s kids were a familiar sight at McDonald Avenue. Suzie, Lee Jr., Denis and Babe would come to work with their dad, then head for the warehouse to play hide ‘n seek, ride the conveyor belts, and build forts out of boxes. As they got older, they worked as well as played, Suzie stuffing rollers and the boys unloading inventory. Even Babe, the youngest, pitched in. She remembers getting paid to pick up paper clips off the floor. Lee taught his kids to work hard and play hard. His company was always about family. Josephine Rizzuto was a familiar sight, too. Always beautifully dressed, with her snow-white hair perfectly coiffed, she would walk up the block from her home to work, check on business, and make sure everyone was appropriately
Josephine Rizzo Rizzuto
Josephine had an innate sense of style, and wanted the company to reflect that.