Remembering Tony Hsieh

"Internet marketing professional - Tony Hsieh CEO, Zappos"

Tony Hsieh was a true friend to so many within the IMA, a regular contributor, sponsor, host and supporter of our organization for the past decade. He supported us through the thick and thin.

As the founder of Zappos, his company revitalized culture for Downtown Las Vegas while outfitting shoes for millions. His company’s brand was so powerful that Amazon kept the namesake after acquisition.  His philanthropy, community giveback and selfless acts of generosity will never be forgotten.

He’s the author of best-selling book, “Delivering Happiness”, that has empowered so many organizations around the world. One of my favorite lines from the book: “Money alone isn’t enough to bring happiness . . . happiness is when you’re actually truly okay with losing everything you have.”

Whether it was his pet Llama, living comfortably inside his 31’ Airstream or his insatiable appetite for bringing people together, his spirit was truly one of a kind.

It was just a few months ago that we got to spend time together in Utah. I will truly miss my friend Tony, who inspired and made such a positive impact on so many of us.

I will sincerely miss my friend, Tony.

Sinan Kanatsiz

Chairman, IMA