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Biz Owners Ed | 03/11/2020

Tony Hartl founded Planet Tan in 1995 with three locations. In 2008 he sold Planet Tan with 17 locations and 160 employees. Tony Hartl is the CEO of PAH Capital. In addition to his contributions to the community, Tony has a passion for mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs. He currently sits on the board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an organization dedicated to helping young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativities. Additionally, Tony has been a guest lecturer at The Caruth Institute of Entrepreneurship at SMU’s Cox Business School. His achievements have been published in numerous well-known print media, including Inc. Magazine, Fortune Small Business and The Dallas Morning News.

Tony built one of the most well known tanning salon franchises, Planet Tan. With 160 employees and 17 locations, he sold his company after building an incredible culture and team around him. He now talks about his current ventures and what it takes to build an outstanding company culture.


I was a member of the inaugural class of BOE. What I got out of it was a lot of great contacts, both with the peers who were in the group with me and then the mentors who were there. I also got a lot of good business nuggets.

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Bruce Shultz

CEO The Boardroom for Men

I was really quite blown away by the experience. Not only did I learn things that I've never heard of before as a serial entrepreneur for the past 20 years, but I also met with with a caliber and quality of mentor I never would have had the privilege of sitting down with in any other setting.

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Eve Mayer

CEO Eve Mayer Media

Stewart Hsu, a Principal at CONTI Organization, has been responsible for the acquisition and management of over $89M of multi-family real estate assets in Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio. CONTI lists over 2,200,000 rentable square feet in those markets.

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Stewart Hsu

President Conti