2019 Speaker List Coming Soon.
Dr. David Anderson is the founder of Impacting People, LLC. His passion is to inspire and equip others to live their best lives now in Marriage, Work, and Family. David has served as a professional speaker and licensed counselor for over 30 years. Nationally, he delivers keynote presentations at professional conferences, provides extraordinary seminars for personal and professional growth, and leads marriage retreats for those desiring a stronger and more satisfying relationship. He has a particular interest through the Department of Defense speaking to service members and their families as they navigate the challenges of the deployment cycle. David has a unique communication style full of warmth, energy, compassion, and storytelling. He consistently leads his audiences to make a strong heart-to-mind connection and to leave with relevant takeaways for a more improved and fulfilling lifestyle. David’s career journey has shaped his unique and extraordinary speaking style. In addition to his professional speaking business and private counseling practice, he has served as an area director for Young Life, and worked at a small liberal arts college as an assistant dean of students. David received his Ph.D. in clinical counseling from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Anderson lives near Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Stuart, and has two sons, Ty and Walker, and a daughter, Elizabeth.
Benn R. Konsynski arrived at Goizueta Business School following six years on the faculty at the Harvard Business School where he taught in the MBA program and several executive programs. Prior to arriving at HBS, he was a professor at the University of Arizona where he was a co-founder of the university's multi-million dollar group decision support laboratory. He has published in such diverse journals as Management Science, Operations Research, Harvard Business Review, IEEE Transactions on Communications, MIS Quarterly, Journal of MIS, Data Communications, Decision Sciences, Decision Support Systems, Information Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering. He serves on boards and advisory roles in public and private organizations. Specialist in all things data, Benn consults for many Fortune 500 companies including – UPS, IBM, and AT&T to name a few. Benn has a strong following from his MBA students, calling themselves S.O.B’s.
Leon began his career as General Manager of Vidal Sassoon. He went on to acquire a collection of 320 salons in the United Kingdom. Leon then launched AVD Cosmetics Ltd; and grew the company to $40 million in sales. He started Eurisko Design in 2006 with a vision of designing space around the emotional needs of consumer accommodating the functionality of service. Leon has studied how customers think and act within a specific environment and designs the location accordingly. He has designed and presented a wide range of educational courses to the retail and service industries. His primary objective is to elevate the level of thinking in the beauty industry.
Bonnie Bonadeo-The Connection Coach, Radio Host, BEaUty Inside and Out, President of The Beauty Agent Network, Co-Founder of Naked Audience Productions. Bonnie was one of the 2013 Enterprising Women and graced a 2016 Cover of Salon Today, she is a Certified Emotional Intelligent Speaker, Coach and 2x bestselling Author of ‘Success in Beauty’. Bonnie speaks authentically on her struggles and successes as a person to foster growth and awareness in others and embodies her brand of Connecting You to You.
Chief Operating Officer, Emily Hutcheson-Brown has over 15 years of relevant work experience and 25 years of small business experience that she brings to V’s Barbershop. Emily has been with V’s since 2006. Her passion for small business and entrepreneurship fueled her career path and lead her into the role she plays with V’s today. As Director of Operations and Franchisee Support for V’s Barbershop, Emily is responsible for supporting new and existing franchisees, as well as assisting Founder and CEO Jim Valenzuela. Emily coordinates new store build-outs, as well as training each new franchise owner on retail procedures and business and grand opening ventures. Additionally, Emily manages V’s overall marketing program. Emily attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado and received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in business management and a minor in human resources. She also earned her degree in accounting at Arizona State University West in 2002.
I began my career in the Beauty Industry 37 years ago in Nu Best & Co. Salon in Long Island, NY. Today I successfully own 5 salons in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and employ over 200 people. I am also a Global Educator for Aveda Corporation, teaching leadership and business practices throughout Australia, Asia and North America. Contributing to my trade, my artistic team and I have fun with creativity, by doing fashion shows, make over shows, including "The Oprah Winfrey Show" among others, as well as print work for many fashion magazines. I truly love this industry and enjoy nothing more than helping others reach their full potential within a field that has given back to me, as much as I have given to it. I always make it a priority to give back to the community and participate in many charities, using all I have acquired within an industry I hold dear.
Van Council launched the first Van Michael Salon in the Buckhead area of Atlanta with his brother Michael in 1984 with the goal of creating a high-quality salon offering the latest cut and color techniques in a creative, non-intimidating environment. Before long, Van had not only won a loyal following of local clientele, but recognition among the industry with such prestigious awards as “North American Hairstylist of the Year”, “Avant Garde Stylist of the Year”, “Makeover Stylist of the Year”, as well as becoming a member of the Aveda Global Masters Team. Using his business savvy and building upon the salon’s superior reputation, Van expanded the Van Michael Salon empire with the addition of several Atlanta locations, an intensive New Talents ™ training program for new stylists, and a broadened range of services offered to include makeup, facial waxing and bridal services. In 2014, Van Michael Salon celebrated its 30th anniversary with the opening of two new locations in Atlanta. In 2018, Van launched Van Michael Men, the first ever men-only concept for the salons at The Battery Atlanta. Today there are eight Atlanta-area Van Michael Salons with a combined total of more than 120,000 clients and 370 employees, as well as a Tokyo-based franchise operation. Van himself stays busy with his ever-expanding schedule of private and celebrity clients as well as utilizing his creative and technical expertise as one of the leading spokespeople for Aveda worldwide and his newly appointed position as Artistic Director of the prestigious industry organization Intercoiffure America/Canada.
Susan Dykstra has been the CEO of Van Michael since 2003. She oversees the company’s 375 employees and has led it to double-digit growth year after year. Susan invented the standards for employee evaluation that raised the bar in staff retention and success on an individual and company level. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University, she landed at Neill Corporation, the nation’s largest independent Aveda distributor. She led the company to record annual sales growth of 30 million. The company experienced double-digit growth each year Susan was vice president. With a track record like that, Susan was a perfect fit for Van Michael Salons. She oversees our eight locations, coordinates all our company meetings and training, and developed our standards for employee evaluation and growth. Every person on Susan’s team knows what they need to do and how they need to perform to stay on the team, to make more money for themselves and the company, and to be an integral part of our culture. Susan has raised the bar for our salons, and in turn, raised the bar for the salon industry as a whole.
After many years of leading an “award” winning team, Maggie still relies on her belief in continuing education. She has spent many hours getting educated in salon business management and development. A graduate from the University of Miami, she received a Bachelor’s in Education and taught for several years. The love of teaching has allowed her to develop a culture in the salon which believes in education as well as the spirit of giving back to their community by hosting several annual charitable events.
INTERLOCKS is celebrating its 30th anniversary as an award-winning salon, with a team-based business model supported by 50 employees, including a newly expanded dedicated MedSpa team of nurses and medical director.
INTERLOCKS developed their own in-salon Marketing Team, who execute 99% of all content for print, website, social media, and PR, enabling them to quickly implement promotional ideas and maximize branding. In their workshop, they will share how they created their in-house team, and how it supports their growth and success.
Ginny Eramo is the Owner + Creative Director and meets weekly with
Jordan Becker, Director of Marketing + Business Development who conceptualizes and directs all marketing and promotions. Amy Pirro is the Graphic Designer + Media Coordinator who collaborates and executes the marketing initiatives.
Jenner’s adoration for all things creative began at a very early age. As a second generation hairstylist, great hair care and beauty products were a staple in her childhood home. In 1996, Jenner started working for a major cosmetic company. It was there that she developed her passion for artistry and business. During her 8 years in the cosmetic world, Jenner managed to go to college, graduate from hair school and start her career as a full time hairstylist.
It was in 2002 that she started working at Lunatic Fringe. Shortly after her career began she moved into a leadership role. During these years, Jenner worked as an educator and freelance hair stylist and makeup artist in addition to working behind the chair. In 2006 Jenner became a partner at the Parleys Way location where she worked as a full time hairstylist until she became CEO of Lunatic Fringe in 2008. Since 2008, Jenner has spent the majority of her day managing the day to day business of the Lunatic Fringe Salons. She has played an instrumental role in the development of the Lunatic Fringe Salon Franchise program, as well as working closely with franchisees to develop, educate and grow their salon location.
Jenner still manages to continue working one day behind the chair. It’s a day that she values above all else. She loves the opportunity that it gives her to nurture both guest and team member relationships as well as create natural, healthy and beautiful hairJenner Feroah. [email protected]
Stefanie Fox Jackson desires to live in a world where business owners and their teams are committed to creating higher results and cohesive environments where everyone can thrive. As a business owner she knows that high performing businesses have two things in common: Strong leaders and a clear strategy for growth. Stefanie's work focuses on the development of both. As a sought-after educator and leadership coach, she's been spotlighted in Salon Today, Destroythehairdresser.com, The Metropreneur, Columbus CEO, and Capital Style Magazine for her innovative ways to build connections between teams and their leadership. She spoke at Serious Business 2016 on Millennial Leadership and hosted a panel on Millennial leadership for the Pro Beauty Association.
Belinda is the owner of Salon Visage and the co-owner of The Visage Group in Knoxville, Tenn., which includes six unique brands, has 175 employees and serves over 700 clients per day. Known for her approachable and creative teaching style Belinda has inspired thousands of colorists from around the country and currently serves as the Color Council Director for Intercoiffure America/Canada.
Monty Howard is the General Manager of the Visage Group in Knoxville, Tenn., employing more than 170 people across six unique brands. For the last 10 years, Monty has been a presenter with the
Strictly Business salon-training program, which shares the successful business practices Visage has employed over 30 years in business with salons from around the country. He is also a salon consultant
with Summit Salon Business Center, working one-on-one with salons to establish sustainability strategies such as career pathing, education, customer service training and proper salon culture.
Lauren, the “Red Head Firecracker” has impacted the beauty industry since 1983 by “Inspiring Dreams, Passion, and the Champion Within!” Lauren founded Inspiring Champions in 1995, and has since transformed the lives of TENS of THOUSANDS Salon & Spa Professionals – helping them make more money and work fewer hours while living a more balanced life. Rated as one of the top business trainers and success coaches she has trained and coached THOUSANDS to the top of their careers, using her proven and repeatable business systems for dramatically increasing sales, client retention, income and profit – all while having fun!
Karen Gordon is the owner of J. Gordon Designs, an internationally recognized salon in Chicago and Karen Gordon Hair Loss Solutions. A salon professional for 40 years, she works behind the chair as a Hair Color Specialist and a Hair Loss Specialist. She has trained with many of the world’s top colorists and hair loss experts including in New York, London and Rome. She is a Bauman Certified Hair Coach and will be a Certified Trichologist in 2018. She has been a guest speaker at numerous salon industry events across the country offering creative ways to grow a salon and innovative ways to handle common salon challenges. Karen serves as the Vice-President of Cosmetologists Chicago/America’s Beauty Show, a professional trade organization with more than 17,000 members, the Board of Directors for Intercoiffure America/Canada and the Board of Directors of the International Association of Trichologists. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Applied Business from DePaul University.
Amanda Hair is the Owner & CEO for legacy salon brand Bob Steele Salon with 5 salon locations and a Call Center in the Atlanta Metro area. At 150+ employees, Amanda runs the business with the guiding principles of their Core Values: C3HIC (Caring, Community, Continuous Improvement, Having Fun, Integrity & Celebrated).
Paige Harris has worked in the beauty industry for 15 years, and is currently serving as COO for Modern Salon & Spa. Paige began her journey at Modern Salon & Spa in 2003, and is proud to now lead an amazingly talented team. She is passionate about creating an environment where her 130+ team members can grow and thrive, while staying true to Modern Salon & Spa’s mission of providing unparalleled personal care service.
I was very fortunate to stumble upon hair styling in 1981 as a stepping stone to college in order to become a pilot. Finding this art within me and the passion for what I do daily behind the chair to this day has driven me to change and advance our profession through many channels from platform artist to advising the NY State Board. Co-owner with my wife Maria of NY Jungle Salons & Spas in NY & NJ for 25 years, we are now reforming revenue and ownership of salons for a continued expansion of well-run legitimate businesses.
Christina has been a CPA with Kopsa Otte for over 14 years. She works primarily in our salon and spa division with accounting / analysis, new client set-up & training, budgeting, business tax, and audit resolution. Prior to coming to Kopsa Otte she worked as an auditor for the NE Department of Revenue. Her experience as an auditor gives her a unique perspective on the process which she uses to assist our clients undergoing federal or state audits.
Kopsa Otte has been referred to as “the only CPA Firm that specializes in Salons and Spas.” As a CPA for over 15 years April has a wide variety of experience including financial analysis, taxation, HR, pensions, insurance and leases. She uses this knowledge to help clients in multiple ways. She understands the financial and management challenges our industry faces. She continues to refine her specialized knowledge by serving as a national consultant to salons and spas. Her ability to take difficult topics and make them easy to understand has made her a very popular speaker.
Scott Missad is the President & CEO of Gene Juarez Salons & Spas. He has been in the beauty industry for over 30 years in roles such as Sr. Executive for Maly’s and Beauty Alliance, Sr. Vice President of Sales of Redken, Founder of Strictly Business a nationally acclaimed beauty industry business program, Founder of Sun Bum sunscreen products and is currently a Board Member for Gene Juarez Salons & Spas as well as ISBN.
Before joining Suki's, Bill spent most of his career at BBDO (New York and Los Angeles), one of the world's largest advertising agencies, where he held positions including Executive Vice President. At Suki's he is responsible for the development and implementation of Salon procedures, standards and systems, the development of retailing and merchandising programs, and forecasting. Bill is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the Harvard Business School Executive Program.
Chris is the founder of ZeeZor, a software company focused on data analytics and employee engagement within the beauty industry. A high-energy, curiously-minded entrepreneur who loves figuring out how to make things work better, Chris has emerged as a thought-leader on employee engagement. Currently, he spends much time on the road working with hundreds of organizations in developing essential skills for employee-engagement and retention – most notably recognition and appreciation in the workplace.
Clayton is the Director of Client Engagement for ZeeZor after spending many years in and around the beauty industry. Prior to joining ZeeZor, Clayton was an Academic All-American at the University of North Georgia as a member of the nationally-ranked men’s tennis program. Upon graduation, Clayton founded DevelAppMe, a builder of mobile apps for nationally-recognized brands such as Smoothie King. Today, he combines his expertise in the beauty space and technology to help clients better maximize business opportunities as well as integrate ZeeZor into their salon's operations.
Garrison Neill is a member of a third-generation beauty industry company. His career started working from the ground up in the Aveda distribution business, then moved to San Francisco where he worked in Business Development for software company, Demandforce. Upon returning to New Orleans to re-join the family business, Garrison focused on new business development, Salonbiz Software, and was the visionary behind the Parker Barber Brand.
Chief Executive officer of Personal Brands, Beautyfirst, and Beauty Studio Salons and spas. Consultant and advisor to the professional Beauty Industry's leading salon and spa chains and franchise systems, focusing on brand building, product development and supporting technologies.
Bryan Nunes is as much a follower and thief as he is a leader and innovator. A salon owner/stylist with more than 25 years of experience, Bryan’s curiosity for coloring outside the lines and continuous questioning of every system at Blo, has evolved a two-chair studio into a 4,200 square foot team of forty eclipsing $2.75 million in annual revenue. Bryan’s authenticity and transparency facilitates an honest conversation about the value in squeezing the marrow of opportunity out of our greatest resource for learning, our failures … and our most valuable asset; our people. Whether personally or professionally, he encourages us to ask ourselves what we could do differently to impact our desired outcome.
Brian Perdue was introduced to the salon industry in 1987 after marrying his hairstylist wife. Through her experiences, Brian quickly identified an opportunity to create consistency and provide career paths in the industry while feeding his entrepreneurial spirit. After earning his cosmetology certification and training with a top salon in Atlanta, the first Salon 124 opened in 1991. The 124 Group has grown to three brands encompassing six salon locations and one cosmetology school. With three boys at
home and a love for fishing, Brian attributes the ability to balance life while successfully running a business to ZeeZor (and a great leadership team, of course).
Taelor Pleas was born and raised in the industry and has grown to learn every facet – from sweeping in the salon and cleaning brushes during her early years to opening Protégé Salon by Cutting Loose at the age of 20. A Florida native, Taelor’s passion for hard work and educating others shines through in her dedication to her team at the salon and providing the best for her Guests. She is an Educator at Cutting Loose Salon and a Certified Dream Coach®. She has also been recognized as the Young Professional of the Year in Sarasota. Taelor has had the opportunity to work with companies like Inspiring Champions and Zeezor. As a strong advocate for education, Taelor regularly speaks at salon schools to share her insight into the industry and her tips, tricks, and tools to being a successful hair designer. Passionate about passionate people, Taelor lives to be “Allergic to Average.” She believes that: Talent without passion is a job, Passion without talent is a hobby. When passion and talent come together, that is your calling.
A native of upstate New York, award-winning master stylist Stephen Posta is a founding partner at Dyer & Posta salon in Kennesaw, GA. Across his more than 20-year career, Stephen consistently has impressed clients and been a talented presence in the magazine and fashion photography industries, as well as made appearances at the renowned Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. A consummate innovator, Stephen is known as a hair artist in the truest sense of the words. He is widely regarded as an expert in all aspects of cut and color, preferring to practice the architectural cutting approach for a fuller, softer, more natural look. He continues to pursue ongoing education and regularly travels nationally and internationally to keep track of the most current hair trends and techniques. Stephen and the salon have been featured in leading publications, including Elle, Allure, InStyle, Fitness and Hair Stylist Sophisticate.
Shane Price, Founder and CEO of Green Circle Salons, came up with the idea for a full-scale waste diversion system after observing first-hand the salon industry’s impact on the environment, and inability to manage the waste created. Shane has a background in molecular biology and biochemistry, and is an avid outdoorsman. Before founding Green Circle Salons, Shane offered group expeditions throughout Canada’s rugged wilderness and worked abroad.
Shalene started her career in the beauty industry in 2006 at Lunatic Fringe Salon. Her career evolved from Reservationist, to Salon Director, to C.O.O. She managed their flagship location for 7 years and has been the C.O.O. of the company since 2010. Shalene loves being a part of the Lunatic Fringe team. Their commitment to raising the industry standards, positive culture, and creating a family atmosphere are what attracted her to the company and have kept her there throughout the years.
As owner of Intrigue Salon for the past 35 years, Atlanta, Jeff South drives the success of one of America’s leading independent salons. A revered business and brand builder, his revolutionary approach to salon upgrades is changing the conversation between client and stylist. He has also built an education business, Club Intrigue. With great success, Club Intrigue offers stylists a new community of learning, and creates better communication among hairdressers, forging networks and friendships, and a natural exchange of knowledge and ideas.
Oliver and his wife, Wendy, are salon owners and he is a man with an obvious commitment to the beauty industry in so many ways. He also sits on the board of directors for PBA and Intercoiffure. As a business owner of a very successful salon, Oliver leads, grooms, and mentors the staff to become great at what they do. As a leader and educator, his passion is contagious. He makes learning fun and easy, he can build desire as an individual or salon owner by setting the example of living outside your comfort zone, and always seeking new growth. Oliver Steinnagel is a great asset to the beauty industry that you deserve experiencing.
Valorie Tate currently serves as the Executive Director for the multi-location association, International SalonSpa Business Network. As the only network devoted to the business demands of a chain or franchise salon, spa or barbershop company, the ISBN focuses on networking within it’s members and on collaborative efforts to support the industry. Valorie’s background in marketing and technology stretches over a decade within the hair and beauty business, bringing strategic brand vision and integrated communications programs to companies in several countries and regions. Working with major manufacturers, multi-unit salon spa operations, technology firms as well as the individual salon, Valorie works to bring the industry together in her current role with ISBN.
Saul is a technology entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience helping the growth of companies which have raised over $100MM in funding and created over $2.5B in value across multiple industries including healthcare information technology, drone-based imaging, and cloud computing infrastructure.
Saul leverages technology to capture data, analyze insights and drive innovations for his wife’s business, the Greenroom Salon in Boca Raton, FL, founded in 1995. From implementing data visualization tools to building an Artificial Intelligence "Siri-like" chatbot to easily book appointments, Saul and his wife Andy have digitally transformed the 23-year-old salon, enabling Greenroom staff members to quickly identify opportunities to streamline operations, resulting in revenue growth and increased efficiencies. For Saul, data is everything.
Graham Walt has deep roots in the salon industry. He was a sales consultant for SalonCentric for eight years and received awards for top overall sales for Redken and Pureology. He also earned the status as a million-dollar sales rep for seven out of his eight years with SalonCentric. In 2015, Graham joined his family’s business, Design 1 Salon and Day Spa, five of the most successful salons and day spas in the Midwest. Today, he serves as the director of salon development and education. In addition to his responsibilities at Design 1, in February 2017, Walt and his wife Anna, who has been a hairdresser for 15 years, opened their own business, Unite Salon Suites, in Portage, Michigan.
Frank Westerbeke: As a "rookie" stylist in training, Frank entered the Gadabout family over 35 years ago as one of the first employees hired at a new salon owned by a talented young newcomer to Tucson — Pam McNair, who would become his mentor, his dear friend and ultimately his mother-in-law. The winner of numerous awards throughout his career, Frank channels his creativity by bringing out the personality of his guests through innovative style and color techniques. That same creativity allows him to develop cutting edge building and space design for the Gadabout & VerVe Salons. This year Frank will celebrate his 23rd anniversary with his wife Jana with whom he has two beautiful daughters--Wylie and Wagner--and will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of Gadabout Salon Spas -- the business that brought them together, continues to be a labor of love. And the future is ever unfolding for this dreamer of beauty.
Megan Jasper - Director of Operations and Marketing: Megan started with the company 17 years ago working at one of the salons as a guest service representative. Having worked in many roles and capacities to grow my experience and responsibilities, she has been in her current, ever changing role, for about 9 years. She is responsible for the operations of 7 salons and communication center, brand image, web design, event planning, strategic planning and her greatest passion is the coaching, mentoring and leadership of the management team and guest services. Operationally lead the Directors of Education in all departments to facilitate education classes and incorporating guest speakers/artists. Megan developed and supports the salon’s “Leadership Academy” for staff wishing to grow within the company. Quotes that guide her professionally and personally: “I am here to coach and lead so others succeed.” Jana Westerbeke; and “Never touch another’s life without leaving it better and happier.” Mother Theresa adaptation.
Industry Involvement: 1st Vice President – Intercoiffure America/Canada; Co-Founder: International Haircolor Exchange; Founding Board Member: American Board Certified Haircolorist
Michael is the Director of Education for Strategies and was a business owner for 17 years within the beauty industry. Michael now has the privilege of teaching, mentoring, and coaching others in reaching their business and personal goals. As a presenter and coach Michael believes that, "There is no magic pill, or easy fix. However, a willingness to work hard and stay true to the systems that drive your business will allow you to reach the goals you have set."
Heather is the creator of Neatbeat Salon and PIP University. Neatbeat opened it’s doors in October of 2013 in a 200 sq ft closet. Yes, you read it right. At a Sola salon, where she could touch the color bar, shampoo chair, and waiting area, all at the same time. Heather opened as the only income producer with 2 smart, cosmetology graduates to assist and cover Guest Happiness. Today, Neatbeat resides in a 5,000 sq ft piece of sacred ground that is the home to The Neatbeat Brigade, a team of hand selected and highly favored individuals. There is a servant-driven, committment to excellence mentality that breathes through the company. All of that directly equates to a happy, profitable business. Heather’s life mission is to share her faceplants and breakthroughs with other salon professionals for the goal of Positively Impacting People in the beauty industry, resulting in Global Domination :)
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The Data Driven Salon Summit Wrap Party by Minerva you won't want to miss!
Saturday night through Tuesday lunch - Parties, Prizes, Dinners & Networking!