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CEO from XANGO’s launch in 2002 to 2006 and most recently serving as board chairman emeritus, Hollister is one of XANGO, LLC’s six founding members. Under his leadership the company has achieved more than a billion dollars in cumulative sales. Hollister, along with XANGO partner, Aaron Garrity, was also named a national finalist in the 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards. As Chairman Emeritus, Hollister is traveling extensively to support XANGO Distributors and help fulfill XANGO’s aggressive global growth strategy. He also continues meeting regularly with the board of directors, lending strategic insight to his fellow Founders and the executive team.
After graduating, he went to work for the accounting firm Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young), then took a position at Merle Norman Cosmetics before eventually becoming president and COO. In a span of five years, he helped engineer sales going from $60 million to $250 million and doubled the number of franchises. Hollister next became president and CEO of MEI Salons, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After four years, he started the Hollister Group, a marketing organization to serve the beauty and fashion industry.
In 1997, a large multi-national company recruited Hollister to be president and CEO. It was there that he worked with Aaron, Joe and Gordon, and formed his passion for the life-changing benefits of network marketing.