Posted: 12:21 am ET
Updated: Jan 8/18, 7:29 pm PT
Update: On January 8, one of the nominations sent by the White House to the Senate was that of Leandro Rizzuto as Ambassador to Barbados and six other counties in the Eastern Carribean, so that answers our questions:
Leandro Rizzuto, of New Jersey, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Barbados, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
On January 4, the White House announced the President’s intent to nominate Leandro Rizzuto as the next Ambassador to Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia. The White House released the following brief bio. Note that Leandro Rizzuto, the founder of Conair died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017; the son named Leandro Rizzuto, Jr. is the nominee. Confusion could have been avoided had the White House did this announcement correctly.
Leandro Rizzuto of Florida, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Barbados, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary America to St. Kitts and Nevis and to Saint Lucia. Mr. Rizzuto, a prominent businessman, is past Chairman of the Professional Beauty Association (PBA). He has been Director of North American Beauty Events since 2005, the producer of Cosmoprof NA—America’s largest B2B Beauty Show—creator and publisher of “Style Source Magazine.” For over 30 years, he helped build his family’s business, Conair, into one of the largest private companies in the United States, with offices in Asia, Europe, Australia, and Latin America. At Conair, he was Senior Vice President for Professional Global Business Units and had increased sales from $25 million to $300 million and was credited with over 25 United States patents. Mr. Rizzuto attended Arizona State University, where he majored in marketing.
Note that the announcement only mentions service as Ambassador to Barbados, and concurrent service to St. Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Lucia. The Chief of Mission to the US Embassy Barbados is traditionally accredited to six other countries in the Eastern Carribean: Antigua / Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent / Grenadines. A couple quick questions to WHA folks: 1) Is the Administration planning on nominating a separate individual to be accredited to the four countries not listed in this announcement? and 2) Do you know that we have a Principal Officer assigned at the US Embassy in Grenada? When did that happen?
Our previous posts on Barbados:
- US Embassy Barbados: Paradise Inspected, Again — Still Expensive, Isolated and Uh-oh! (Updated)
- US Embassy Barbados: Paradise Inspected
- The View From Barbados: George Gaines Case, “the matter is more than a little troubling”
- US Embassy Barbados: Death of RSO George Gaines “Unnatural,” Investigation Ongoing
- State Dept’s Suicide Prevention Resources — A Topic So Secret No One Wants to Talk About It
- US Embassy Barbados: Death of the Regional Security Officer
— USEmbassy Bridgetown (@USEmbassyBbdos) January 5, 2018
New: Trump names billionaire son of Conair founder Lee Rizutto as US Ambassador to Barbados. WH statement >> pic.twitter.com/7gAGdOIhJM
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) January 5, 2018
I've deleted a tweet about Leandro Rizzuto being named ambassador to Barbados. Rizzuto Sr. passed away last month. It's his son (Rizzuto Jr.) who got the nod from the administration, although the White House was vague in its announcement.
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) January 5, 2018
um, is that the same Leandro Rizzuto who died last month? https://t.co/EtaMRyDvsl
— Stephen Jackson (@sdjacksondc) January 5, 2018
And Conair CEO Leandro Rizzuto was a big time Trump donor https://t.co/zNK78DZOHo
— Matthew Shadle (@Matthew_Shadle) January 27, 2017
Windermere 'another product' for developer: Leandro Rizzuto Jr. talks about Windermere on the Lake in Stamford o… http://t.co/nLrZnpZ1
— Shannon Pyatt (@BShannonPyatt) May 14, 2012