Architect of an empire: Gerald "Jerry...

Architect of an empire: Gerald "Jerry" Rubin takes venture from wigs to riches

There are 19 comments on the El Paso Times story from May 28, 2011, titled Architect of an empire: Gerald "Jerry" Rubin takes venture from wigs to riches. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Gerald "Jerry" Rubin runs Helen of Troy, which sells personal care, health-care, and household products worldwide.

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YeahRight

El Paso, TX

#1 May 29, 2011
Leave it to The Times to write a worship puff piece on this guy.

Why not ask why most of his employees are paid thousands (in some cases tens of thousands) of dollars below the national average, or how most of his workers have not received raises in years while he and his buddies reap millions?

It's nice that he gives to certain members of the community. It would be even nicer if he let his workers share in the profits of Helen of Troy.
lizzypoo

El Paso, TX

#2 May 29, 2011
my first job i ever got was at Helen of troy when i was 16 in the river oaks office during my summer break as a admin assistant. it was a great learning experience they didn't have to take a chance on me but they did and i thank them for that because it helped me a lot after that. and when i returned to school i joined the wrestling team and asked Mr. Rubin if he would be willing to donate money for our new uniforms and he didn't even bat an eye and gave us the money we needed for new uniforms that the school of course was not willing to supply... in the end I'm sure yes he is a business man... this is what he does... he doesn't owe anyone anything... he worked his way up when i worked there he was always the last person to leave he worked on weekends except for Jewish holidays but he was ALWAYS there otherwise... would it be better if he moved away and took all those jobs?? people accept a job knowing what they are going to get paid...
Congrats

El Paso, TX

#3 May 29, 2011
Just wanted to THANK Mr. Rubin for all of his contributions to the El Paso Community. May you continue to succeed!!
RandyC

El Paso, TX

#4 May 29, 2011
My brother worked for him at one of his previous business ventures and could not say enough nice things about the man. In my opinion, Gerald Rubin is truly one of our shining citizens and we should be very thankful he's remained in the community and been so generous. Wish him and all his employees the best of luck!
NOTHINGBUT THETRUTH

El Paso, TX

#5 May 29, 2011
YeahRight wrote:
Leave it to The Times to write a worship puff piece on this guy.
Why not ask why most of his employees are paid thousands (in some cases tens of thousands) of dollars below the national average, or how most of his workers have not received raises in years while he and his buddies reap millions?
It's nice that he gives to certain members of the community. It would be even nicer if he let his workers share in the profits of Helen of Troy.
I wonder why one cannot be happy for someone else's success? This is a story about a man who's parents migrated from Poland and Russia (two places where they WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL because of communism)and through hard work and perseverance became a successful man in El Paso and never left.

The story says Mr. Rubin is a very, very generous man, both he and his wife. He has provided jobs to thousands of El Pasoan's and never even thought of moving his corporate offices out of El Paso.

Haven't we've always lamented that "people with degrees / talent leave El Paso because there are no jobs"?

And now a wonderful story of a man who has been successful and never left .... we decide to criticize him because of his success. Isn't this America where we have the opportunity to succeed?

When you say that his employees should "share the profits of Helen of Troy" well the company is a public held company where his employees can buy stock and "share those profits" which you are talking about.

Unless of course you want that "share" handed down to you free of charge.

This story should motivate you, it should inspire you that you can also do what he has done.

Try opening up a business and see how it goes for you the first year, try it a second year, then let me know how you are doing when there is an ecomomic down turn and see if you are still surviving or even if you are paying yourself.

So if Mr. Rubin has millions in his pocket, more power to him .... because d * m n owning a business is very, very hard .... but again it makes me look and disect my own business to see what I am doing wrong because I sure would like to be where Mr. Rubin is at .....

Tomorrow is another day where I can try again .... and that my friend is the golden ticket ..... I can try again tomorrow even if I failed today.
OurSkylineCallin g MrRubin

El Paso, TX

#6 May 29, 2011
Kudos to you Mr Rubin, now can you move your offices downtown and build a nice grand tower there, put your signiture on our skyline.
Ese

El Paso, TX

#7 May 29, 2011
A true MENSCH! Thanks for all you do Mr. Rubin.
Caruso Hairsetter

El Paso, TX

#8 May 29, 2011
Mr Rubin,

Thank you for manufacturing the Caruso Molecular Hairsetter, I couldn't live without having several of them.
Astynyax

El Paso, TX

#9 May 29, 2011
YeahRight wrote:
Leave it to The Times to write a worship puff piece on this guy.
Why not ask why most of his employees are paid thousands (in some cases tens of thousands) of dollars below the national average, or how most of his workers have not received raises in years while he and his buddies reap millions?
It's nice that he gives to certain members of the community. It would be even nicer if he let his workers share in the profits of Helen of Troy.
And leave it to a loser to come in here and try and rain on the man's parade. I worked at HOT during college and was very happy and well paid there.
What would be even nicer is to see a loser like you get a life.
Cool

El Paso, TX

#10 May 29, 2011
Rubin is cool. I know him and Stanlee stand up for animals. They are cool
raul

El Paso, TX

#11 May 29, 2011
YeahRight wrote:
Leave it to The Times to write a worship puff piece on this guy.
Why not ask why most of his employees are paid thousands (in some cases tens of thousands) of dollars below the national average, or how most of his workers have not received raises in years while he and his buddies reap millions?
It's nice that he gives to certain members of the community. It would be even nicer if he let his workers share in the profits of Helen of Troy.
This is obviously from an employee with an inflated sense of worth...
Why don't you move to one of those other companies and make "thousands more." You're free to work where you want to and Mr Rubin is free to pay what he thinks you're worth.
EWWW

El Paso, TX

#12 May 29, 2011
raul wrote:
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This is obviously from an employee with an inflated sense of worth...
Why don't you move to one of those other companies and make "thousands more." You're free to work where you want to and Mr Rubin is free to pay what he thinks you're worth.
agree, with what you say, but your paragraph turned really ugly at the end with "what you're worth." It sounds like slavery.
tammymills

United States

#13 May 30, 2011
Sometimes there are new introductions of a product to that area which also can bring high value coupons through the "Printapons" or printable coupons
Beckleen

Napa, CA

#14 May 30, 2011
Nice story. Not easy to evolve through the decades to changes in consumer demand, economic cycles, product & material price fluctuations. This is where you see the separation of the proverbial "sheep from the goats." Adjusting, calculated risk-taking, some good preparation and a little good luck have served him well. Like that strategy about licensing that really launched the company. Hmmmmm
Downtown Maven

United States

#15 May 30, 2011
YeahRight wrote:
Leave it to The Times to write a worship puff piece on this guy.
Why not ask why most of his employees are paid thousands (in some cases tens of thousands) of dollars below the national average, or how most of his workers have not received raises in years while he and his buddies reap millions?
It's nice that he gives to certain members of the community. It would be even nicer if he let his workers share in the profits of Helen of Troy.
Share his profits? He shares plenty.

You are a worthless mooch looking for a handout. Loser...
Los angeles spa

Bhubaneswar, India

#16 Jun 2, 2011
The specialists at Vida Emanuel European Day Spa are trained in spa treatments at their European spa in 90210.
Stinky Pete

El Paso, TX

#17 Jun 3, 2011
Brut rocks! Joe Namath wore it, 40 years ago, LOL.

And greasy Vitalis for your hair!

And H of T was a good sponsor for the Sun Bowl.

Now we have the "My Oscar, he's such a good boy Sun Bowl" Too much to write!
Victor

El Paso, TX

#18 Jun 16, 2011
Amazing! I am so glad to read this real-life local examples of success and significance! I am a 31 year old entrepreneur that grew up in Juarez and chose El Paso to build my business! My respect and Admiration to Mr. Rubin!
tom o

Henderson, TN

#19 Nov 11, 2013
i worked for the Helen of Troy for four years during the seventies ,the experence and knowledge i gained from working for jerry has helped me in sucess and rising from failures through out my life as far as how he treats his emploees it was a very happy group ,i would work there again just want to say Thanks Jerry !

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