Anthony DiPaolo's Biography
Anthony DiPaolo is a seasoned entrepreneur and executive with over 30 years of leadership experience in retail, manufacturing, product development, product sourcing and domestic and international sales. Mr. DiPaolo has also committed his work ethic and leadership to various volunteer activities in his community.
As a graduate of The George Washington University, Anthony Dipaolo began his career with Mitsubishi as a Sales Representative in their footwear division responsible for $20MM in sales and related product development. He traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Far East brokering deals between Dow Chemical and the Romanian government, and trade agreements with other Eastern Bloc countries. He later became the Vice President of Sales for Shoe Visions, a fashion footwear brand sold through major retailers in the United States including Kinney, Thom McAn, and JC Penney.
In 1990, Anthony purchased Herman Survivors from Stride Rite Corporation. As President and Owner, he grew this quality work boot manufacturing and sales operation from $8MM to $50MM. He was personally responsible for opening 500 new accounts, negotiating all national customer contracts, relaunching brand marketing, completing a major IT infrastructure rebuild, and designing and implementing manufacturing processes that reduced costs and improved product quality in the manufacture of 2.4MM pairs of shoes annually. In 2001, Mr. DiPaolo sold Herman Survivors to Walmart.
Upon selling Herman Survivors, Anthony DiPaolo purchased Work ‘N Gear out of bankruptcy, a 45-store chain specializing in the sale of workwear apparel and footwear. He assumed the role of CEO and President of Work ’N Gear and raised $40MM in venture capital investments. Since 2002, Mr. DiPaolo has built a new infrastructure, a strong management team, and redesigned and repositioned the brand in the marketplace.
In 2011, Mr. DiPoalo launched Scrubology — a new “store-within-a-store” concept that caters to healthcare consumers. In partnership with Sears Holding Corporation, Scrubology was launched in 39 Sears and Kmart locations across the country.
Under DiPaolo’s guidance and leadership, Scrubology has seen tremendous success. Sears Holding Corporation named Scrubology the 2012 “Partner in Transformation” and agreed to launch an additional 52 stores in major metropolitan locations within California, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Scrubology.com was launched in June of 2012 to expand the brand’s reach beyond brick-and-mortar locations around the U.S.
In addition to his successes in the business world, Anthony has made important contributions to his community and beyond. While at Work ‘N Gear, he developed the “Boot Trade” program. Each year, before the cold of winter hits the northern states, this program provides thousands of pairs of gently worn boots to homeless people in 12 states.
Anthony has always been committed to mentoring children. He has been an active volunteer and Coach of Youth Baseball in his current hometown of Cohasset, MA and was formerly the President of Greenwich Junior Babe Ruth Baseball in Greenwich, CT. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, Massachusetts.
Anthony DiPaolo and his wife, Gloria, are proud parents of two boys. Both are alumni of the University of South Carolina. Anthony is an active outdoorsman. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his boys, his friends and his wife, playing a friendly round of golf, and skiing.