George Schaeffer has built OPI Products, an extraordinary nail care company, through an acute business sense and an extraordinary commitment to the professional beauty industry and its needs. But he has actually built even more.
George with team at the launch of Route 66 lacquer collection.
George Schaeffer has built the American Dream.
Schaeffer immigrated to the United States from Hungary with his family in 1956. After receiving his college degree from City College of New York, Schaeffer began his career in the family garment manufacturing business in NYC.
With an enormous appreciation for America and a dream of an even better lifestyle, Schaeffer heeded the famous words, “Go west, young man,” and moved his family to California in 1981.
In Los Angeles, Schaeffer started on the path to what would make him a legend in the beauty industry. The path started in the most unlikely of places – a dental supply business that Schaeffer purchased called Odontorium Products Inc.
Schaeffer soon realized that the acrylic “porcelains” used to make dentures were similar to and, in fact, even better than the materials used by Nail Professionals for crafting acrylic nails. Seizing upon the opportunity, Schaeffer applied his knowledge of dental technology to the nail industry to formulate superior products for nail technicians. [text provided by opi.com]
[right] George Schaeffer, president of OPI Products, and his daughter Nicole, host the OPI Annual Computer Giveaway to OPI employees at the company's North Hollywood, CA, headquarters.
August 1, 2006
NAILS recently asked OP president George Schaeffer to look back on his 25 years in the nail business.
January 1, 2001
May 1, 1998
August 1, 1997
A legendary bash was held in honor of George Schaeffer's 50th birthday.
December 1, 1984
What is it that goes into OPI sculptured nail products? Personality…and lots of it. The personalities of the two key individuals who run and manage this acrylic product firm, and the imprint they have left on the three-year-old Southern California company, tell as much about their product as any chemical analysis…and probably more. A company’s policies and style are very much a reflection of the people who run it. Therefore, the question is not necessarily “what is OPI?” but “Who is OPI?”