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Hair Loss Industry Mourns Loss of Sy Sperling

Boca Raton, 20,02,17 – The hair loss industry was stunned to learn of the passing of Hair Club founder and industry icon, Sy Sperling.

Famous for his slogan, “I’m not only the president, I’m also a client,” Sy grew Hair Club from a small studio on New York’s Madison avenue into a multi-million-dollar enterprise

Sy sold Hair Club in 2000, but hair care was always on his mind and even over the dinner table he would regale his friends with new ideas to help people suffering from hair loss.

Sy Sperling’s energy and imagination never slowed down. To hair loss sufferers everywhere, Sy will always be “… also a client.

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Goodbye Sy

It is with great sadness that I have to share the news of the passing of my longtime friend and business associate, Sy Sperling.

I first met Sy when I was an advertising executive working on Madison Avenue. Sy and his wife Amy had just started a hair business a few blocks away. He needed marketing and I was happy to moonlight. He liked to meet in his favorite restaurant, an Italian bistro called Antolotti’s, to develop the sales and promotion material that became the platform for Hair Club. I still have some of the early handwritten business forecasts, painstakingly put together on an old H-P calculator.

We stayed close as Hair Club grew and we constantly exchanged ideas and joked around. Sy had a great sense of humor. Everyone had a nickname and sooner or later fell victim to one of his practical jokes.

After selling Hair Club in 2000, Sy began to devour books. He was an inquisitive and constant reader. His favorite subjects were business startup case histories and historical biographies. I frequently had to bluff my way through a long lunch, pretending to know about an important personality, hoping Sy would do all the talking and not ask any questions. Fortunately, he was happy with that arrangement.

Sy Sperling’s energy and imagination never slowed down. To his friends and to hair loss sufferers everywhere, Sy will always be “… also a client.

The passing of my friend Sy Sperling

Yesterday at approximately 4:15 PM on February 19, I as well as Hair Club, suffered an  irreconcilable loss in the passing of my dear friend Sy Sperling. It will be hard in many ways for me to fully recover from such a loss given the enormous impact and profound  influences Sy had on me and an entire generation of entrepreneurs and young business thinkers.

I will sorely miss him. He was much more than just the founder of Hair Club or an early generation pioneer spokesperson that changed the conventional thinking of TV advertising during that era. For me he was mythological in stature. And as a young man looking to take on the World, he was my own personal “Superhero Action Figure”.

I had often thought of Sy as that “Eternal Optimist”, similar to Pangloss in Voltaire’s tragic comedy “Candide”. Pangloss, like Sy, served as the mentor to the main character Candide who throughout the story was exposed to countless misfortunes and ill-fate events that always had profound life-threatening implications. Pangloss was always by his side as his teacher able to rationalize why at the end of all this misfortune the lessons that will be learned will benefit mankind and deliver Candide to a higher level of wisdom and self-actualization.

Sy was my Pangloss, and I will forever miss the eloquent silence of his strength and the resiliency of his spirit. He will always be thought of by me as the “Soul Engine” of this Company and a Spiritual Healer. In addition, he will always be memorialized of as one of my most influential “lifetime journey companions”. Sleep well my friend.

From a personal eulogy that Hair Club owner, Steve Barth circulated to the Barth Group of hair replacement studios.

 

Sy and Chris 2015

Goodbye Sy

It is with great sadness that I have to share the news of the passing of my longtime friend and business associate, Sy Sperling.

I first met Sy when I was an advertising executive working on Madison Avenue. Sy and his wife Amy had just started a hair business a few blocks away. He needed marketing and I was happy to moonlight. He liked to meet in his favorite restaurant, an Italian bistro called Antolotti’s, to
develop the sales and promotion material that became the platform for Hair Club. I still have some of the early handwritten business forecasts,painstakingly put together on an old H-P calculator.

We stayed close as Hair Club grew and we constantly exchanged ideas and joked around. Sy had a great sense of humor. Everyone had a nickname and sooner or later fell victim to one of his practical jokes.

After selling Hair Club in 2000, Sy began to devour books. He was an inquisitive and constant reader. His favorite subjects were business startup case histories and historical biographies. I frequently had to bluff my way through a long lunch, pretending to know about an important personality, hoping Sy would do all the talking and not ask any questions. Fortunately, he was happy with that arrangement.

Sy Sperling’s energy and imagination never slowed down. To his friends and to hair loss sufferers everywhere, Sy will always be “… also a client.”