Dal LaMagna is known as Tweezerman. He founded the company in 1980 and built it into a multi-national, premier personal-care-tool brand that practices responsible capitalism and corporate social responsibility. Part of the company's mission is to benefit all stakeholders: including financial partners, employees, customers, vendors, the community and the natural environment.
Dal sold Tweezerman U.S.A. in December 2004, to the Zwilling, J.A. Henckels Company, a privately held German company. Dal's U.S.A. employees kept their jobs and shared $10 million in capital gains because every one of them was a shareholder in the company.
During the Iraq War, Dal participated in two meetings with members of the Iraq Parliament and others in Amman, Jordan. The first meeting in August 2006, was comprised of a peace delegation where Dal and 15 other peace activists met with Iraqi members of Parliament, sheiks, and torture survivors on a mission to "Listen to the Iraqis." The second meeting was with Congressman Jim McDermott, D-Wash. From both these meetings Dal produced video presentations, which he used to educate members of the U.S. Congress and other Americans about an Iraqi point of view on the war. Dal produced a live videoconference between U.S. Congress members and members of the Iraq Parliament. Dal acted as a citizen diplomat working with Mohammed al Dynee, a member of the Iraq Parliament to negotiate a cease-fire between Iraqi insurgents and the Coalition Forces. The story of this effort became Man vs. History, a segment on NPR's This America Life. He is an executive producer of four feature-length Iraq War movies: The Ground Truth, Meeting Resistance, The War Tapes and Iraq For Sale. He also executive produced War Child - Emmanuel Jal. Jal is a former Sudanese child soldier who is now a hip hop artist building a school in Leer, Sudan Africa.
He is the founder and CEO of www.ReelUMedia.com -- an online film, music and book-distribution company. His book Raising Eyebrows, a Failed Entrepreneur Finally Gets It Right, will be released in October, 2010.
Dal received his MBA from Harvard in 1971 and a master's in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 2002 where he was named a Littauer Fellow for outstanding scholarship and leadership. He graduated from Providence College in 1968. He spent his junior year as an undergraduate at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended the Cathedral Preparatory Seminary his first year of high school.
Dal ran for U.S. Congress twice in the 3rd Congressional District in New York. In 1996 and 2000, he ran as the Democrat, Working Families, and Green Party Candidate. During the 2006 federal elections, Dal served as co-chair of Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell's successful re-election campaign. He ran for President in the 2008 Democratic primary - and received eight votes.
He is a long-standing member of the Social Venture Network (SVN), a group of responsible capitalists who promote social and economic justice through their businesses. He served on its Board of Directors for two years. Dal is currently on the Board of Directors of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI), an MBA program that is "Changing Business for Good." He is on the Tweezerman Corporation Board and is Board Emeritus of Yes Magazine, He is a managing partner of IceStone.
Dal is an active investor in small businesses started and run by friends of his. They include: IceStone, The Huffington Post, Bennett & Company, EZTakes.com, EO Naturals, Delta GNet, the Clean Technology Fund, the Domini Social Equity Fund, The Stoney Field Cafe, Green Harvest, Earthstone, Growstone, Napo Pharmaceutical, Margaret O'Leary, BioChar Engineering, Potomac Energy, Cara Therapeutics and Cempra Pharmaceuticals.
Dal currently lives in three Washington's: Poulsbo, Wash. Port Washington, N.Y. and Washington, D.C. He has two children: Julia who is 29 and Evan 21.