David ShakarianThursday, February 7, 2019
David B. Shakarian (February 27, 1914 – September 11, 1984) was an American businessman. He was the founder, chief executive officer and chairman of GNC.
Shakarian turned his family health store into GNC, a chain of stores which sold vitamins and fitness products. He served as its chairman and chief executive officer. By 1984, he operated 1,200 stores in the United States and Canada and made 2,000 health products.
Shakarian spearheaded the development of Bonita Bay, a 2,400-acre residential facility in Bonita Springs, Florida, for $1.1 billion. However, by the time of his death, the project was only expected to be completed two decades later.