John Esposito | Co-founder, Owner
A Westfield, NJ native, John grew up with a passion for playing lacrosse and attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on a lacrosse scholarship. He graduated with a BA in American Government and returned to New York City following graduation. After a few years working as a mortgage broker at Hilliard Farber & Co. on Wall Street, John went on to earn his MBA from Columbia University. Post graduate school, John joined IBM New York as a strategic marketing executive.
During observations in business meetings, John noticed a lack of quality haircuts, style, and proper grooming. Perhaps it was due to demanding work schedules and lack of time spent on personal style and grooming, or maybe it was from being wind-blown or having hat head from the daily commute, or perhaps it was from the sparse availability of men’s hair experts who specialize in the detailed, meticulous nature of cutting men’s hair.
John noticed an opportunity. In addition to lack of male-centric establishments that focus on cutting men’s hair, studies show well groomed men earn more money and there was a lack of male-centric establishments that provide high quality haircuts – just for men.
The inspiration was born to create an oasis in the city for men to receive not only superior service with the highest trained men’s groomers in New York City, but also a place where they could feel like the most important person in the room and leave looking and feeling their best.
In 2006, John resigned from IBM to start the new standard in men’s grooming: Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers.
Lorraine Carlin | Creative Director & Stylist
In 2006, Lorraine Carlin followed her passion for men’s grooming after spending nearly a decade in a unisex salon. Lorraine trained under Rick Haylor, co-founder & lead trainer of John Frieda Salons and was hired as Truman’s first stylist at Truman’s Midtown Manhattan location. At Truman’s, Lorraine is the “go to” stylist for New York’s most discerning clients including dignitaries, professional athletes, actors, entertainment personalities, and global business leaders.
Lorraine has been featured in several national and regional publications for her expertise in men’s grooming. But ask Lorraine what she enjoys most about men’s grooming, and she will always say it goes back to teaching the intricacies of the craft to passionate stylists.
As Truman’s Creative Director, Lorraine re-designed Truman’s training program and launched the Truman’s Academy, the most intensive men’s grooming training program in New York City. Lorraine believes that Truman’s team of stylists and staff stand out from the pack because of the technical and interpersonal skills the team received in training. In addition to styling and training, Lorraine has been a lead developer in creating Truman’s line of award-winning grooming products.
Tomasz Niemczyk | Head of Education & Stylist
Tomasz was born in Poland, but has lived in New York for the past 20 years. While in Poland, Tomasz balanced his two passions – men’s grooming and soccer. He attended cosmetology school and played professional soccer before coming over to the United States.
Tomasz’s passion for the industry is powered by those around him. As the head educator, Tomasz is responsible for teaching Truman’s future stylists the skills necessary for success. Seeing those trainees succeed and then watching clients walk away feeling great is his reward.
“I strongly believe in building trust and developing a long-term relationship with everyone that walks in the door.”
Favorite Truman’s Product: Truman’s Hair Paste