David Pirrotta — Founder
David's career began in New York City on the cosmetic floors of Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys New York. It was there where he learned in great detail how to sell, manage, and built esteemed relationships. His extensive beauty and fashion knowledge continued to grow and evolve in varied positions: Sales and Marketing Director at Jeffre Scott New York, Sales and Education Director for red flower, Sales & Business Development Director for The Art of Shaving, and Vice President of Sales for Sharps Barber and Shop.
With over 20 years of industry experience, David was inspired by the demand for a boutique agency that helps build the foundation for brands to grow successfully. This laid the groundwork for his eponymous firm, David Pirrotta Brand Management and Distribution - known today as David Pirrotta Brands. Established February of 2010 in Los Angeles, he has since launched some of today's most coveted brands including ILIA Beauty and RODIN Olio Lusso, which was acquired by Estée Lauder in 2014. David's unwavering and creative eye for aesthetics, paired with his strategic business sense, has led him to partner and curate trade shows, participate in various consulting projects, and chairing advisory boards. Today, he leads his team in providing a sweeping array of customized services to each of our brands, bringing them to our customers, and expanding them into international markets.
Chelito Villaflor — Sales Director
With over a decade of design and retail experience, Chelito brings a uniquely creative edge to David Pirrotta Brands. Educated in merchandising and art history and gaining much knowledge with his extensive professional background in both Texas and California, he has applied his innate eye for aesthetics by helping our brands gain significant traction and elevate them to the next level. His working experience in design, interiors, and merchandising has contributed to his continued growth as a brand manager within the company and successful creative direction in our trade shows.
Ashleigh Van Pelt — Business Development Director
A true lover of sales, Ashleigh joins the David Pirrotta team after years in both the fashion and beauty industries in New York City and Los Angeles. She has an extensive background in growing and building strong partnerships with retailers and brands. Ashleigh thrives on facilitating combinations of true creativity and commercial success focused on product and sales.
Kerry Geise — Operations Director East
Kerry’s interest in the beauty and grooming industry is rooted in his childhood, having spent many a Saturday afternoon at his father’s two-seat barbershop in the Mid-West. He made his way to NYC in 2002 and began working in the industry with Sharps Barber and Shop Brand. Kerry has since developed his knowledge of logistics, customer service, inventory and business management having worked for several beauty brand distribution companies. Kerry's always on the lookout for a great facial cleanser, unique pie recipes and he adores basset hounds. He joined David Pirrotta Brands in 2016.
Cody Sai — Marketing Director
Cody joined David Pirrotta Brands with over a decade of experience working in fashion and beauty in New York City. His excitement for working with and growing young brands began when he helped launch one of the top luxury nail polish brands in the US and Internationally. Leading our digital marketing activities with his passion for design and attention to detail, he loves to create beautiful work that communicates a brand’s unique voice and vision. Cody expands David Pirrotta Brand’s reach by working directly with retailers to insure marketing initiatives are executed successfully. He studied fine arts at Pratt Institute and fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Ben Trust — COO
Ben has worked at the intersection of creativity and management for a wide
range of industries. His strong background in finance and operations
gives Ben the ability to develop new strategies and business models
to transform revenue potential. For David Pirrotta Brands,
Ben’s role as COO focuses on corporate and financial operations as well as working closely with the CEO on day-to-day operations and
longer term strategic planning.
Miguel Duarte — Regional Manager
Miguel joins the David Pirrotta team bringing an extensive background in cosmetics, skincare, editorial, runway, and tv/film. He's building and managing an amazing field team and is so excited to share his expertise, passion and energy for beauty.
Sean Gin — Junior Sales Manager