Dan Aronesty, a New York City-based senior branding consultant with distributor Jack Nadel International, passed away on July 2. He was 73.

Aronesty grew up in Long Island, New York, and graduated from Baldwin High School in 1964. A year into his time at Hofstra University, he got his first job in the garment industry. In 1966, he was drafted and spent 10 months in Vietnam in an administrative position. After returning to New York, he re-entered the fashion industry and spent most of his career there working for designer Pat Argenti.

In 1988, Aronesty joined his brother Bobby in the promotional products industry by taking a position at distributor HALO Branded Solutions. He joined Jack Nadel International in 2001.

The distributor put out this statement remembering Aronesty: “He talked of JNI being his family and we all felt that way about Dan. Dan had a magnanimous personality and focused intently on each person he spoke with. Professionally, he was creative and connected to the pulse of culture, creating the perfect promotional products for his clients. It is heart-breaking to lose a person who completely embodied the spirit of joy and connection that makes JNI unique. May Dan’s memory forever be a blessing. And may you find solace in the virtual embrace of your JNI family.”