Cosmetics & Toiletries (C&T) counts itself among the lucky collaborators in the cosmetic industry to have had the pleasure of working with Anthony J. O'Lenick, Jr., of Siltech Inc. For many years, he has been a columnist and writer (see his latest column, on mitigating rancidity), advisor and friend to the brand.
Now, besides serving various roles on both domestic and international levels of the International Federations of the Societies of Cosmetic Scientists (IFSCC), O'Lenick has earned the highest award presented by the society: the Maison G. de Navarre award.
This award honors SCC Founder Maison G. de Navarre, whose "curiosity and passion" some 70 years ago helped to initiate and has continued the SCC's mission to advance the cosmetic science profession.
SCC National President, 2017-2018, Perry Romanowski (left), looked on as Tony O'Lenick (center) humbly accepted his award. O'Lenick then honored Amy Wyatt, Ph.D., of Chanel, for her service and dedication as the outgoing IFSCC president, 2016-2017.
As stated, O'Lenick has more than 30 years of experience in the cosmetics industry. During this time, he has helped establish Siltech as an important supplier of novel organo-modified silicones. He is also an accomplished writer and speaker, and has received numerous awards for his contributions to personal care; not to mention his term(s) as SCC president (look for him on your next ballot) and IFSCC education chair.
"I've know Tony for many years," said Rachel Grabenhofer, managing editor of C&T. "He's an amazing and genuine person, just down to earth and 'good people.' I suspect he never sleeps because he's always innovating. When he calls you, you quickly grab a pen because you will get, at the very least, two new ideas that will blow your mind. I think he is fully deserving of the award not only for his creative insight, but his passion and drive for the industry and what the SCC stands for."
When asked for his initial response to receiving the award, he said, "I'm surprised. So many great industry leaders have received this award." Well, they just added one more, Tony. Congratulations!