Ross Sklar is the CEO of The Starco Group and Starco Brands. He started his career in the oil and gas industry making anti-corrosion chemicals, before pioneering true anti-stick anti-graffiti coatings which coated the largest structure on earth to be coated with an anti-graffiti coating.
Ross then went on to make about a dozen acquisitions in a decade that today make up The Starco Group, a diverse collection of industrial household, personal care and food and beverages manufacturers covering almost all consumer categories. Starco Brands was later born from The Starco Group, and organised as a public venture focused on designing and commercialising behaviour-changing technologies and brands.
In this in-depth conversation, Ross describes how he built the businesses by focusing on solving large societal problems chemically that would provide significant value to society and stakeholders, he explains his ability to invent and create technology and also his robust acquisition strategy that’s enabled him to grow Starco Group to hundreds of employees and many facilities across the United States, and expresses his responsibility to provide tools which can protect communities and “better the status quo” during this crucial time.