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From an early age, Lawrence “Larry” Wainstein was instilled with important family values. A strong work ethic, knowledge and learning, and always giving back to the community were central to his upbringing. From his early childhood growing up and playing in the streets of Argentina to his adolescence and young adulthood in Hudson County, New Jersey, Larry always strove to make a better life for his family and community.
Larry graduated from Memorial High School, in West New York, New Jersey and went on to attend Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, where he attained his bachelor’s degree in 1993. To help pay his way through school and support himself, Larry worked at UPS in Secaucus, NJ as a supervisor in charge of distribution. After graduating from Saint Peter's, Larry moved to the corporate headquarters of a major department store, where he gained much of the practical knowledge he would use moving forward to operate a large business of his own.
Larry has applied his business acumen to help grow the family business in beverage retail. After his success with the family business, Larry soon began to diversify into other successful businesses, demonstrating his entrepreneurship throughout the State of New Jersey.
Larry’s business experience stirred a desire to give back to the community by helping other local business owners, so he volunteered to participate in the Urban Enterprise Zone Program for the City of Union City. Larry was elected as the Chairman of the UEZ Program, where he worked tirelessly to help promote a positive working relationship between the City of Union City and local business owners. He also managed a $2 million annual budget for various police security, waste management, and beautification and improvement projects within the commercial zone.
While Chairman for the Urban Enterprise Zone for the City of Union City, Larry worked closely with the administration to help promote economic development during very difficult economic times