Chris Landano on âAmerica’s Important Businessâ. (Photo courtesy of America’s Big Deal)
Glendale resident Chris Landano took part in “America’s Big Deal” with his product, the Trakbelt modular belt, on Thursday, November 4th.
The USA Network show invites entrepreneurs across the country to sell their products ready to ship live to home viewers. At the end of the show, the person with the highest dollar sales has the option of making a deal with one of the show’s retail partners, including Lowe’s and Macy’s.
Landano is a retired forensic photographer with the New York City Fire Department.
In 2003, Landano responded to a building collapse in Corona, Queens, where he crawled on all fours to photograph search and rescue efforts. Landano got stuck on his way out of the building when his equipment got tangled in debris.
This is how the idea for its versatile tool belt, Trakbelt360 was born.
Trakbelt360 makes it easy to move tools or equipment pouches around your waist. It also has reflective fabric that is easily seen with foam molding for added comfort, according to Landano.
âIf I had had a product like this on my waist back then I wouldn’t have gotten stuck,â Landano said.
Landano was originally from Ridgewood but now resides in Glendale. He said being a part of this show was a big step towards getting recognition for his product.
âIt’s every inventor’s dream to get on a platform where you can pitch your product and your story in front of people who could snap their fingers and take your product to the next level,â Landano said.
Landano didn’t make a deal with any of the well-known retail partners, but was excited to launch their product.
âI hope someone sees it and contacts me,â Landano said. “I always knew I had an amazing story that is different from others.”
For more information on Landano and its modular tool belt, visit ShopAmericasBigDeal.com.