About Luster Products
A Leader in African-American Hair Care
Luster Products, Inc. is the world’s leading African-American owned manufacturer of premium personal care products. Luster’s Pink®, SCurl® and Pink® Kids are among its family of brands.
Today, Luster Products, Inc. employs more than 200 people worldwide. Through a dynamic salesforce and trade-partner network, our products are sold nationally and internationally in retail outlets, to male and female consumers as well as to haircare professionals.
Our corporate offices, production facility and warehouse are situated on 17 acres in Chicago’s Stockyard Industrial Park. A second facility, for the production of aerosol products, is located in suburban Blue Island, Illinois.
The phenomenal growth and success of Luster Products, Inc. is attributable to our founder and first president, Fred Luster, Sr., a staff of hardworking, dedicated employees and a loyal consumer franchise. A family spirit permeates the entire organization.
The late Fred Luster, Sr., while working as a successful barber in Chicago, Illinois, was motivated to personally develop hair care products for the health and maintenance of clients’ hair. At the outset, the formulas were sold exclusively in his barbershop. As word spread about his products’ effectiveness, demand increased. Mr. Luster began selling the products to other barbers and hairstylists.
Propelled by early success, Mr. Luster established Luster Products Inc. in 1957. With family support & inspiration, Mr. Luster led the company from a modest storefront operation to an international multimillion- dollar enterprise. Due to his vision, business savvy and commitment, Luster Products flourished and has remained an industry leader.
While experiencing tremendous success, Fred Luster, Sr. became a lifelong supporter of organizations committed to the health, economic welfare, and educational advancement of African-American communities.
Luster Products Principals
Jory Luster President
Jory Luster is the president of Luster Products, Inc. He oversees operations both domestically and internationally, and is responsible for overall company performance.
Mr. Luster is a graduate of Bradley University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He subsequently earned an MBA from the prestigious Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Boards: Near South Planning Board Executive Committee
President of the Luster Foundation.
Honors: Inducted into the Bradley University Centurion Society of Outstanding Alumni in 2019
Fred Luster II Vice-President
Director of Research & Development
Fred Luster, II directs the Luster Products Research & Development Department which develops new products based upon consumer needs and emerging trends. He also directs the Manufacturing Department and oversees operations responsible for maintaining the highest standards of raw materials and finished product production.
Mr. Luster serves as chairman of the Luster Foundation.
Fred Luster, II earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Bradley University.
Sonja Luster-Munis Vice-President/Director Systems Administration
Sonja Luster-Munis joined Luster Products, Inc. in 1984 as Director of Systems Administration. Mrs. Luster-Munis is credited with automating the company’s business & telecommunications systems. As Vice- President, she directs the MIS, Customer Service, Telecommunications and Human Resource Departments. She also assists in the implementation of company policy and operating procedures.
Among Sonja’s many professional accolades and achievements are Black Enterprise’s “Up & Coming Black Professional Women” recognition and the Black Rose Service Award.
Luster Products Philanthropy - The Luster Foundation
The Luster Foundation was established in 1989 by Fred Luster, Sr. as the philanthropic arm of Luster Products, Inc. It is a non-profit, charitable foundation dedicated to supporting organizations which provide service and promote positive values & aspirations for African-American communities. Among the organizations receiving Luster Foundation contributions throughout the years are the American Cancer Society, Habilitative Systems, Lawndale Community School and The Rising Star.
To-date, over a million dollars have been raised to support beneficiary organizations. The Luster Foundation continues to fulfill its mission.
Luster Foundation Golf Outing
The Luster Foundation Annual Golf Outing is a fun-filled day that raises funds for the Foundation’s beneficiary organizations. It attracts hundreds of generous participants, including business sponsors and civic leaders.