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Executive Vice President
Client Services

Vice President of Operations

Vice President,
Fragrance Research and Development
Chief Perfumer

Heather Sims
Director of Perfumery

Director of Marketing

Director of Fragrance Evaluation

Director of Business Development




Steve Tanner is President and Chief Executive Officer of Arylessence. Over 20 years, Steve has transformed Arylessence into a major fragrance and flavor competitor known for creative innovation in leading product categories, including beauty and cosmetics, personal care, laundry and household products, air care, as well as prepared foods, beverages, oral care, lip care, confectionery, and pharmaceutical products. He expanded the company's state-of-the-art facility near Atlanta to serve leading marketers in the U.S. and around the world. Today, Arylessence fragrances and flavors are shipped to customers in over 50 countries. A leader in the fragrance industry, Steve participates in activities of the industry's global organization, the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and its independent research affiliate, the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM). He serves as an officer on the board of the U.S. member organization, IFRA North America. He is the former Chair of the Chemical and Specialty Management Council (CSMC); board member of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI); member of the executive board of the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) Air Care Division; and board member of the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. An industry voice for quality, safety and the sustainability of fragrance ingredients, Steve promotes responsible fragrance design, research and manufacture. He encourages close working partnerships among major consumer product companies, institutional manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, and the fragrance industry to address regulatory, governmental, and consumer concerns.
Cynthia Reichard is Executive Vice President of Arylessence. She plays a leading role in the advancement of fragrance research, creative development and testing programs for Arylessence clients. She pioneered the concept known as Arylessence Fragrance Management®. This innovative, consumer-focused approach aligns fragrance creation with a company's corporate, business and marketing objectives and develops winning fragrances that are designed to help brands and businesses grow. Active in fragrance industry affairs, Cynthia serves on committees of the International Fragrance Association (IFRA North America), the fragrance industry's self-regulatory authority, as well as its independent research affiliate, the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM). She is an active board and committee member of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), the National Candle Association (NCA), and the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA). An advocate of sustainable business practices, Cynthia believes in responsible fragrance design and manufacture and helped develop Arylessence programs in global ingredient sourcing and verification, and sustainable manufacturing. She promotes responsibly produced fragrances that create winning products, and protect the planet and our future.
Bret Tanner is Vice President of Operations for Arylessence. An industrial engineer, he designed and implemented the transformation of Arylessence into one of the most advanced fragrance and flavor production facilities in the United States. At Arylessence, production planning, manufacturing, inventory control, materials handling, quality control and assurance, shipping and logistics are combined in a seamless process that provides clients with unparalleled competitive advantages, including the industry's first and only guaranteed three-day production turnaround from received order to dispatch of the finished product. Bret also manages information technology, business systems, and energy conservation to improve productivity, dramatically reduce production costs, and improve efficiency. This helps Arylessence clients simplify logistics and increase speed to market.
Bruce Garlick is Chief Perfumer at Arylessence and Vice President of Fragrance Research and Development. A lifetime perfumer, Bruce is a fragrance innovator, an inspired creator, and a highly experienced practitioner of the 'American' school, where great fragrances are built around a great idea and change the world for a brand and its business. He trained as an apprentice perfumer at International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) under the great Bernard Chant, creator of Aramis and Halston fine fragrances, and then worked extensively in London, Paris and throughout Europe. Bruce made his first mark in fragrance history with Xanadu, a landmark fragrance for women, created for Faberge's Amelia Bassin to reflect the freedom of women who changed the rules in the 1960s. He was also the first perfumer from a major international fragrance company to create candle fragrances, conducting pioneering research into the fundamental properties of waxes and bases and the types of fragrances that work best. He is also an expert on laundry fragrances, how signature laundry scents should be developed, and how these fragrances can be expanded across a diverse product lineup. At Arylessence, Bruce transformed perfumery and fragrance evaluation, highlighting the role fragrance plays in marketing strategy. He pioneered the use of visualizing techniques to create fragrance ideas, and thanks to exceptional insight into what makes a great perfumer, has recruited and trained many Arylessence stars. Today, he remains an active, hands-on fragrance creator.
Heather Sims is Director of Perfumery. A career perfumer known for her competitive marketing insights, Heather builds her creativity on solid principles that have helped her develop winning fragrances across multiple product lines and helped her clients achieve success in highly competitive categories. She believes that rethinking the basics, making innovation happen, and meeting consumer expectations in new, unexpected ways are the keys to creating fragrances that win in the marketplace. She has exceptional expertise in contemporary floral fragrances, a special understanding of woods and musks, and believes that visual factors like color have a powerful influence in fragrance design. Trained as a chemist, Heather's approach is based on strong science and technology, but she believes that great fragrances are always simple, elegant, and pure. She works closely with clients to develop fragrances that help brands stay ahead of consumers, competitors, and the status quo.
Lori Miller Burns is Director of Marketing at Arylessence. An experienced consumer products marketer, she has special expertise in consumer insights, trends and behaviors that help perfumers to develop competitive fragrances and clients to create winning brands. She worked as a marketing executive for some of the best-known and most innovative brands in America, including Clinique, Aveda, and The Body Shop, where her experience included new product development, new fragrance introductions, and consumer marketing. In these roles, she worked closely with Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher as well as Anita Roddick, the inspired entrepreneur who built The Body Shop. At Arylessence, Lori publishes the much anticipated Arylessence TrendWatch®, a comprehensive review of trends that define the American consumer and provide new directions for product development, fragrance design and marketing. She leads a marketing team that develops special insights into products, packaging and colors that are setting new trends in consumer packaged goods, fashion, product design, home décor and furnishings.
Michelle Harper is Director of Fragrance Evaluation and plays a key role in the development of all Arylessence fragrances. She understands each client's marketing objectives, and is intimately aware of competitive dynamics in the marketplace. She works closely with perfumers to develop innovative, winning fragrances, and provides evaluative feedback on their creative ideas. She helps Arylessence clients choose the right fragrances to transform their products, make new consumer connections, and build their brands. An expert in contemporary fragrances, Michelle was a fragrance chemist at Calvin Klein, responsible for quality assurance on personal care products during the development of landmark introductions such as CKOne, the first unisex fragrance for young men and women. She leads a team of experienced evaluators and fragrance chemists, and is active in industry organizations, including the National Candle Association, IFRA North America, the Society of Cosmetic Chemists, Women in Fragrance and Flavor Commerce, and the American Chemical Society.
Gary Sycz is Director of Business Development. He works with Arylessence clients and their retail partners to develop competitive strategies that strengthen product offerings, promote winning fragrances, and build consumer preference and loyalty. Expanding the idea that fragrance is the strongest emotional connection in any product, Gary helps clients leverage that emotive power in product development, fragrance design, and merchandising. He is an expert in developing sustainable advantages in highly competitive categories, and works closely with clients to build marketing platforms that support quality, innovation, and value for the consumer. Prior to joining Arylessence, Gary had a leadership career in the greetings, candle and paper goods industries, where consumer tastes drive decision making and where companies are totally focused on developing products with a competitive edge. His consumer-oriented planning approach and fragrance focus helps clients make success happen.

Arylessence Certifications

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