In a few short years, Aaron Garrity has become an inspiration to creative entrepreneurs worldwide.
Recognized in a Harvard Business Review study as an enterprising innovator along with top executives at Amazon, PayPal and Ebay, Garrity has invested his career as a socially conscious entrepreneur, building a multi-billion-dollar brand and creating jobs and opportunity — even more noteworthy as it occurred in times of economic difficulty.
With the U.S. mired in a 2002 recession, Garrity and his partners founded XANGO, a category-creating company, and became the first to bring the coveted mangosteen fruit to the global marketplace.
Under Garrity’s leadership as chairman, president and CEO, XANGO became a story of unprecedented success and innovation in the direct-sales industry, pioneering new standards of excellence for distributor compensation, communications and use of technology.
After just five years, XANGO became recognized as a force direct sales and nutrition with over one billion dollars in cumulative global sales and more than one million independent distributors in more than 40 international markets.
Known for his visionary drive and exacting standards, Aaron simultaneously earned MBA and Juris Doctorate degrees while working full time managing product launches for a multi-national nutrition company.
Ernst & Young honored Garrity as a Corporate, Culture and Career Architect with its 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Utah Business Magazine named him CEO of the Year in 2008, noting his achievements in fostering a workplace of service, creativity and leadership at every level.
Garrity sits on the CEO council for WFDSA and the board of directors of the Direct Selling Association (DSA). In 2009, he was named one of the “most influential people in direct sales” just days after ringing the bell on the floor of the NYSE with other industry CEOs.
In the midst of the most recent economic downturn, Aaron Garrity has become the iconic hope to the thousands of entrepreneurs who have come to hear him speak as he travels both domestically and internationally supporting private initiatives in the worldwide marketplace.