Gus Scannapieco joined SanitizeIT Clean as a consultant in 2017 working with Founder Autumn Ryan to develop new procedures and products for safer, more effective hand sanitization. Due to immediate growth with the addition of a multi-unit distributor and Gus’s extensive experience in developing company’s internationally, Ryan asked Gus to join her as Chief Operating Officer of SanitizeIt Clean and the parent company Aseptic Health and a member of the board.
In addition to Gus’s finance and accounting background for the first 13 years of his career, he was with Coyne Industries, chemical manufacturing, as a General Manager for three years. During this time Gus’s unit was the most profitable of the company’s seven divisions.
In 1978, he co-founded Sani Fresh International, Inc becoming the preeminent manufacturer and distributor of the leading hand care & dispensing system in the U.S. The company grew to have 800 janitorial supply distributors in the U.S and international licensees in Europe, Africa, Canada, Australia/NZ, Japan and the Caribbean. Gus initiated the developments of Alcohol gel sanitizer, deLimonene industrial hand cleaner and a hair & body shampoo, all firsts of their kind in the U.S. After several successful years in business, he and his partner sold the company to Kimberly Clark.
In 1990, Gus joined Zep, Inc. in Atlanta Georgia as President of its first International Division with the mandate to expand this domestic company into the international markets. Under Gus’s leadership the company expanded distribution to Canada, Europe, Australia/NZ and Puerto Rico. He was part of the initial team that expanded Zep products into Home Depot.
Gus was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He holds a B.S. from Providence College and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island with additional graduate studies in Business Marketing from the University of South Carolina. In addition Gus attended the Business Management Program at Harvard Law School in International Law.
Gus has lectured in Entrepreneurship at Penn State Univ. (1987-89); Georgia Tech (1991-98); and is currently a Guest Lecturer in International and Entrepreneur studies at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.