Tony M. Leonard

Inventor & Technical Director

Tony Leonard is the Technical Director of ColorZen and manages the ColorZen production process as well as developing new technology for the company.  He brings a wealth of experience in textile chemistry and knowledge of its application to the industry.

Prior to joining the ColorZen team, Tony was the president of MFI Technologies Inc., and had been providing consulting and dye and chemical sales to the textile industry since 1984. His thirty years of textile experience proved valuable to his clients while developing new ideas to solve their technical problems.

He has consulted and worked with many US textile mills such as Cone Denim, HanesBrand, Delta Apparel, American Apparel, and Jockey. He has also assisted many apparel companies with their technical challenges including Abercrombie and Fitch, Polo Ralph Lauren, Levi, Lucky Brands, Land’s End, and Nike, while helping them to develop new products and technologies. His prior experience includes serving as president of Select Dye and Chemical, president of Textile Colors, technical director of DiChem, and regional sales manager of GAF Corporation.

Tony attended North Carolina State University and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in both Textile Chemistry and Textile Technology. He has presented papers and been a featured speaker at numerous technical meetings and workshops offered by American Association of Textile Chemist and Colorist, and Cotton Inc.

Tony lives in Mooresville, NC with his wife, Paula. He has one son who is the associate technical director at The Alley Theatre in Houston, TX.