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Tony Hartl biography

Tony Hartl Biography

Mr. Hartl graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1991. Beginning in 1988 through 1994 he focused his business career goals in the fitness industry. Growing quickly, he attained the position of Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for a Health Club Chain with multi-unit responsibilities in three states managing 350 employees.

In 1995 he founded Planet Tan in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with three locations and a vision “to provide an affordable luxury where everybody can feel better about themselves”. The company grew into one of the most recognizable brands in the area and represented the premier collection of indoor mega-salons in the country.

By 2008, Planet Tan boasted 17 locations and 160 employees, and generated average per unit sales of $1 million, the highest in the country. That November, Mr. Hartl sold the company and soon made plans to travel the world.

In 2009 he visited 12 countries in 12 months, hiking in Patagonia, touring Machu Picchu in Peru and Ephesus in Turkey, sailing in Greece, cycling in Italy, and taking time to read and sample great wines at every stop along the way.

Mr. Hartl makes his home in Dallas and New Orleans, and in addition to his contributions to the community, he has a passion for mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs. He sits currently on the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship Board and has been a guest lecturer at The Caruth Institute of Entrepreneurship at SMU’s Cox Business School. His achievements have been published in numerous well-known print media, including Inc. Magazine, Fortune Small Business, and The Dallas Morning News.

Mr. Hartl also serves as a director of the $10 million TFS fund for entrepreneurs. Thomas Franchise Solutions, LTD, represents a world-class network of franchise experts who provide mentorship and guidance to entrepreneurs as they bring forward their ideas and successful businesses.

Recognition and Achievements:

  • Dallas 100 – Awarded by SMU’s Cox School of Business recognizing Planet Tan’s accomplishments as one of the top 100 fastest growing privately held companies
  • Selected as a “D” Magazine Top Entrepreneur Under Forty
  • Top Entrepreneur Finalist – The Dallas Business Journal 2006
  • Looking Fit magazine Top 250 Tanning Salons in the USA
  • Featured on cover of Tanning Trends, September 2008
  • Held seat on Board of Directors for the Indoor Tanning Association
  • Planet Tan selected as a recipient of the “Inc. 5000” in recognition of its qualifying as one the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States in 2006 and 2007
  • “Best Place to Work” by The Dallas Business Journal in 2006 and 2007
  • On cover of Fortune Small Business for feature story on gauging customer service

Tony Hartl

Planet Tan Tanning Centers

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