Scott A. Rudolph, prominent mineral collector and businessman, was born November 30, 1957, in East Meadow, New York, the son of ___ and Arthur Rudolph (1928-2013), founder (in 1971) of Nature's Bounty, the largest manufacturer of natural vitamin supplements in the world. Scott grew up in East Meadow, and was 14 years old when his father formed the company, but he soon found himself becoming interested in health products. He followed his father's work, carefully watching his processes and learning the ins and outs of the supplement industry.
As a 19-year-old college student at Dowling College in Long Island, Scott started his own vitamin company. On nights and weekends, he would package his products by hand--serving his customers one at a time--until his business thrived. From that beginning he went on to establish U.S. Nutrition in 1977, acquired by his father's company in 1986. Scott became President and CEO of Nature's Bounty in 1998, upon the retirement of his father. In 2011, Scott and his son Michael, formed Piping Rock Health Products, a discount supplier of vitamins, supplements, bottled water and water coolers. The company recently spawned a new supplement venture, Nature's Truth LLC.
In 2010, the Carlyle Group purchased Nature's Bounty (NBTY Inc.), the maker of Nature's Bounty, MET-Rx and Solgar nutritional supplements, for $3.8 billion in the biggest leveraged buyout of the year.
Scott is a trustee at North Shore University Hospital and a member of the Young Presidents Organization, dedicated to the development of "better leadership through education and idea exchange." Scott served as President of his alma mater, Dowling College, from September 2010 to May of 2011, and still serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. He received an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from Dowling College. Scott is also an honorary member of Delta Mu Delta, the National Honor Society of Business Administration.
At Washington University in St. Louis (where Scott's sons Michael and Ian attended) Scott established the Scott Rudolph Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences chair in 2013, and supported the Earth and Planetary Sciences Building with a gift in 2012, rededicated as the Scott Rudolph Hall. This professorship is part of a $10 million gift they have given as an investment in people, scholarships, programs and facilities. Scott and his wife Pyong also provided a $1 million scholarship challenge. His connection to the Earth and Planetary Sciences department relates to his avocation, geology and mineral collecting, coupled with his belief that education is the key to moving forward in life. (He also endowed a Professorship in Psychiatry at Washington University.)
Scott purchased Marshall Sussman's Tsumeb collection and the bulk of the Keith and Mauna Proctor mineral collection, as well as many other individual specimens. For several years Scott retained Keith as his advisor; since June 2011 Terry Szenics has been serving as his advisor, purchasing agent, and curator. Scott's collection currently numbers roughly 800 pieces, selected for aesthetic impact and perfection. Mineral specimens from the Scott Rudolph collection have been exhibited at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show and at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. Since the March-April 2010 issue, a specimen from the Rudolph collection has been pictured in every issue of the Mineralogical Record. Scott is also a Senior Fellow of the Mineralogical Record.
Scott has also established his own online mineral business, Shelter Rock Minerals, managed by Terry Szenics and Mat Duren.
Over the years, Scott has been recognized for his dedicated service to the community. He received a proclamation from the New York State Senate, honoring him for his commitment to Youth Activities and Education. He was also named the Distinguished Honoree by the Suffolk Community Center and in that same year, the British-American Chamber of Commerce presented him with the Transatlantic Business Award. Scott was also named Master Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999.
HICKS, M. (1998) Long Island Q&A: Scott Rudolph; Trying to Meet Americans' Demand for Vitamin Supplements. New York Times, November 28.
ALESCI, C. (2010) Carlyl to Buy Vitamin Maker NBTY for $3.8 billion. Blomberg Business News, July 15.
Nature's Truth website: www.naturestruthproducts.com/our-leadership/
Piping Rock company website: www.pipingrock.com
Dowling College website: www.dowling.edu
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