It was Northwood University’s focus on business programs which first drew Jesse Torres back in 1998, and its entrepreneurial emphasis and hands-on learning experiences which later inspired the 2002 graduate to develop his own skincare line.
Now the founder of Zach Madison, an organic grooming enterprise, the Roseburg, Oregon native has applied knowledge gained while earning his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Management toward a successful creation of the men’s only merchandise line.
As with many successful product launches, the idea, titled in honor of his children Haley Madison and Christian Zechariah and bearing the moniker on every bottle ‘Inspired in Miami - Made in New York,’ was founded out of necessity.
“After searching everywhere for products that would protect me from the intense South Florida sun and only finding those targeted toward women, I decided to create a brand that would reflect the masculine South Florida lifestyle, while scientifically developed to protect one from the area’s intense rays,” said Torres, a South Beach resident, of how the idea came about.
Now the multinational line is excelling, thanks to sound leadership.
“One of the experiences that helped me grow the corporation was being surrounded by like-minded individuals at Northwood. We were all focused on business and learning the industry, and the professors were able to provide real-life scenarios that were not in textbooks while finding creative ways to overcome challenges,” recalled Torres, who now also has his MBA degree and is focused on giving back.
“I think it's important to be a mentor and coach for other young professionals and to help them along the way by sharing my life lessons. Life is not easy for entrepreneurial people. We take chances, we learn to be flexible, we fall down, we overcome, we feel like just giving up, but somehow our entrepreneurial spirit lives through all of that, and each day we pick ourselves up and we go back at it again - because that's what we ultimately love to do,” he reflected.
All organic, Zach Madison’s wildly successful shaving cream and skin moisturizer lines have grown to include toner, after shave lotions, cleansers, gels and more. Ideal for all skin types, the high-tech assortment works alone or in tandem, providing men with intelligent skincare solutions to anti-aging, shaving, cleansing and basic skincare needs.
“I've enjoyed surprises and blessings. Those surprises have been the people that I’ve gotten to know along the way, and the blessings are how they’ve enriched my life and my professional growth,” smiled Torres.
Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.
Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at two full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida and mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.