After 50 years, Lee is still there,like a captain at the wheel, guiding his company through the ever-changing currents of a global marketplace.
attired. Josephine had an innate sense of fashion and style, and wanted the company to reflect that. She was strong and independent, preferring to drive herself into Manhattan, while most of Brooklyn took the subway. Led by the Rizzuto clan, everyone at McDonald Avenue worked hard and had fun. And food was always part of it! There were summer barbecues in Brooklyn every year, Christmas parties, and theater nights with dinners at great New York restaurants. Perhaps it was Josephine’s fabulous meals that inspired her son’s love of cooking and the pleasure he took in feeding people. It was Lee who always manned the barbecue at the summer parties, paid the check at after-theater dinners, and stopped at the deli on the way to the airport to pick up a dozen roast beef sandwiches to share with colleagues on trips to Hong Kong and Europe. In so many companies, people come and go. At Conair, they come and stay. Michelle, the daughter of Jerry Kampel, one of the company’s earliest managers, started helping out with filing and various odd jobs when she was fourteen. Today, Michelle is Vice President of the Brushes and Hair Goods Division. Lee has a gift for attracting people who are dedicated, motivated and work together. That’s how it started, and that’s how it keeps growing. What’s the magic? It is the owner. After fifty years, he’s still there, guiding his company through the ever-changing currents of a global marketplace.