HRN Hall of Fame: Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk is the chairman of VaynerX, a modern-day media and communications holding company and the active CEO of VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency servicing Fortune 100 clients across the company’s 4 locations. Gary was born in Belerus before immigrating to America with his family. He has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. In his early teens, Gary cornered the local market for baseball cards, often making thousands in a weekend with his keen eye for deals, and his razor-sharp sales-tactics. All of this came to a halt when, at the age of 14, Gary’s father literally dragged him into the family business. Soon enough, after identifying “the internet” as a land-grab opportunity in the late 90’s, he transitioned his father’s local liquor store (then named “Shoppers Discount Liquors”) into one of the first e-commerce platforms for alcohol in the country resulting in explosive top-line growth. Renaming the business to “Wine Library,” Gary grew his father’s company from $3-60MM in sales during his tenure at Wine Library. Gary Vaynerchuk is a board/advisory member of Ad Council and Pencils of Promise, a highly sought after public speaker, 5-time New York Times bestselling author, podcaster, vlogger and prolific angel investor.
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