The beauty industry is mourning the loss of Gino Trunzo, associate vice president of business development at Redken. Trunzo was vacationing in Mexico when he reportedly suffered a heart attack.
Trunzo’s career in the beauty industry began more than 15 years ago when he opened Rescue Hand & Foot Spa in West Hollywood, CA. He is well remembered for his time at L’Oréal, which began when Trunzo joined the Essie Professional team as director of education back in 2013 before being promoted to assistant vice president of Essie education in December 2016. In January 2018, Trunzo accepted the role of AVP of business development for Redken and Pureology at L’Oréal, where he successfully grew the premium professional haircare business through his coaching spirit, his trendsetting ideas, and by the immense trust and relationships he built over his career.
Trunzo’s colleagues have shared an outpouring of love on social media, commenting on his love for nail artistry and his passion for education in the industry. “Gino was committed to elevating the business acumen and the artistry of the professional nail industry,” says Teresa Lopez, general manager of Mizani. “He believed in the Essie brand deeply and used it as the anchor of his message. But it was his passion and devotion to the details of this vision that was irresistible.”
Leslie Marino, general manager of Redken US, says, “Gino’s charisma, pride and passion for his business was apparent in everything that he did. Gino’s enthusiasm was infectious. He was well respected and loved by his colleagues at L’Oreal and within the professional industry. Gino will certainly be missed by all who knew him.”