Montean LaPorte

Montean LaPorte - The Swanson Group

Montean LaPorte

Director of Business Development

“To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.” Giorgio Armani

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Montean LaPorte has been in the retail beauty industry for over 25 years. She began her career at H20 Plus where she procured chemicals and raw materials for fragrance, bath and skin care categories. At H20 Plus she transitioned into Brand Management where she developed packaging for all categories along with seasonal sets for holidays and back to school promotions. Utilizing her H20 Plus experience, Montean became the Director of Purchasing for Johnson Products. Here she sourced extensively overseas while managing product development, sourcing, contract filling for department store cosmetics, QVC/HSN programs and mass cosmetic lines.

The majority of Montean career was spent at Ulta Beauty. She held Category Management positions in Bath, Cosmetics, Oral Care and Trial and Travel. Montean was the Director of Private Label for Ulta Beauty with responsibilities of product development, category management, merchandising and marketing for all Ulta beauty products. Following her Ulta Beauty experience Montean consulted at Topco Associates where she managed the development and launch of the Beauty Line B’leve.

Montean is truly passionate about finding the “right” beauty solution and successfully launching with a comprehensive marketing and merchandising plan. She can use her expertise to assist a supplier with:

  • Retail Account Management: develop a comprehensive plan retailer specific to your product
  • Marketing: innovative ways to promote nationally or retailer specific
  • Merchandising: including p.o.p. display development and sourcing
  • New item sourcing: domestically or over seas

Montean attends all the major trade shows including PLMA, Total Store Expo, The Housewares Show, ECRM, Cosmoprof and many others annually, staying in contact with industry experts.

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