Beauty File: Interview With Gino Trunzo, Essie’s Director of Education!


Meet Gino Trunzo, Director of Education at Essie Professional!

NAILPRO: What was your first job ever?
Trunzo: I was a stock boy at Trunzo Meats, my dad’s Italian Meat Market in Brooklyn, New York.

What inspires you?
Taking on a challenge that I fear that I can’t do—and then I go for it!

My guilty pleasures are…
Gummy bears and silly movies.

My childhood ambition was…
To be in the automobile industry. I’m a car enthusiast.

What was your first job in the industry?
I was the spa director at A.F. Bennett Salon & Wellness Spa in Staten Island, N.Y., and later became general manager.

Gino 2Me as a stock boy in Brooklyn.

Are you a morning or night person?
I’m definitely a morning person. I’m up at 5 a.m. every day.

Gino 3Jon & me!

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Personally, it’s my relationship with my partner Jon Wolfe Nelson. (We’ve been together for 15 years!) Professionally, it’s conceptualizing, building, owning and operating Rescue Hand & Foot Spa in West Hollywood, California. My salon was the catalyst for my career trajectory.

My favorite type of music is…
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel and Freestyle always bring me back.
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What are your most treasured possessions?  

My Yorkies, Monti and Lily.

My favorite movies are…
Back to the Future Part I and II

What was your most recent impulse buy?
My 2015 Infiniti Q50.

My favorite foods are…
Italian and Asian.

I can’t discuss nails without…
Looking at my own first!

Gino 5My salon, Rescue Hand & Foot Spa.

What are you most afraid of?
Bugs that fly!

Who would you like to work with?
I have been so blessed throughout my career to work with so many talented individuals. At this point, it is most important that I work with people who need mentoring and career guidance.

[Images: Gino Trunzo]

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