The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) recently announced the winning students and honorable mentions chosen to attend Beacon 2015. These students were selected from more than a thousand applicants based on the creativity, presentation and content of their resume, professional portfolio, and creative marketing pieces. All Beacon applications were judged by PBA members, including top manufacturers, distributors and licensed professionals from across the country. Meet these exceptional students at PBA Beauty Week in Las Vegas July 11-14, 2015.

GLAMSQUAD, a leading on-demand beauty app offering professional and affordable hair and makeup services from your home, office, or even a hotel, recently announced its new partnership with essie to bring manicures and pedicures into clients’ homes. 

Pictured left to right: Jerry Gordon, Frank Gironda and Denise Provenzano, Cosmetologists Chicago presidentCosmetologists Chicago initiated a new award for excellence during a special ceremony at America’s Beauty Show, March 21-23, 2015. “There are many awards for hairstyling excellence and other creative aspects of the salon industry,” said CC President Denise Provenzano. “But there are few to recognize the business side of our business.” 

Macadamia Professional recently announced two new hires: Stephenie Staton will be the brand's new Global Director of Channel Marketing, and Sonya Raubeson has joined the sales team as the new Regional Business Development Manager for the East. Stephenie Staton is responsible for leading the strategy and execution of all channel marketing activities including promotions, sales support materials, presentations and trade shows for the distributor, national account and international channels. 

Robert Passage, Pivot Point chairman and CEO and Lynelle Lynch, president and owner of Bellus Academy, and president of The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation.

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa recently announced the appointment of Chad Waetzig as its Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Waetzig brings more than 25 years of experience in the beauty, entertainment, and hospitality industries, to the Red Door Spa executive team. In this role, Mr. Waetzig will be focused on leading Red Door growth initiatives through brand repositioning, new business opportunities, and brand partnerships to address a changing competitive landscape.

Sergiy Shapochka from Ukraine was named the Champion of the American Crew 2014-2015 All-Star Challenge, one of the top annual global competitions for men’s hair styling. The announcement was made on April 20, 2015 at the Fiera Roma Arena, in Rome, Italy.Sergiy’s look (above) was inspired by the movies of the ‘60s and ‘70s, including Rebel Without a Cause. “He is a character like James Dean and James Bond; the guy that is quiet, masculine and discreet, and speaks with his actions, not with his words,” said Sergiy.

This year, the fourth season of Lifetime’s empowering show, Mission Makeover has once again helped contestants completely renew their lives with the help of top health, wellness, and beauty industry experts. To bring the current contestants to the next level of their journey, leading National KMS California and Goldwell Artistic Directors Sonna Brado and Rebecca Hiele will be featured on an all new segment, airing Monday, April 27th at 7:30am on Lifetime.

Just in time for spring/summer, OPI has released 4 new polish collections. Drawing inspiration everywhere from petal-soft spring flowers, to hot summer nights, to tropical Hawaiian paradise, the new collections offer something for everyone.Brights Collection by OPI

Hair by Derrick Zeno, Gold Winner in the Global Partner Colorist division for Color Zoom 2013

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