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With great sadness, Pivot Point International, Inc. announced the passing of Corrine Passage Bernin, 50, on May 16th in Evanston, Illinois. Corrine was the only daughter of Pivot Point founder Leo Passage, who passed away himself May 11, 2011.
Corrine, who served Pivot Point as Senior Vice President, Production and Systems Development until her death, spent her entire professional career with the company.
“Corrine was fresh out of college when she joined us in the publishing department,” says Pivot Point Vice President of Education & Research Judy Rambert. “She earned her hairdressing license as a teenager, and with a new journalism degree, Corrine was a perfect fit for our editorial team. When we needed a fresh critique, we could count on Corrine. Her honest, straight forward approach remained an important gift throughout Corrine's career.”
Corrine's business strengths grew along with the company. She led Pivot Point’s initiative of documenting systems and procedures, enabling functions of the business to continually improve.
Married in 1991 to John Bernin, CEO of FrameOne Productions and PassionDrive Productions, also of Evanston, Corrine was the mother of two children, Jack, 15 and Jessica, 10.
Her passion for children led to her role as the driving force behind “Pivot Point Cares for Kids.” The widely recognized program inaugurated in 1997, has raised more than $1 million for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) through nationally-organized Cut-A-Thons performed by Pivot Point beauty students.
On May 4, 2012 the City of Evanston, under a proclamation formally announced by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, declared May 4th Corrine Passage Cares for Kids Day in Evanston. This proclamation recognized Corrine’s fundraising efforts and dedication to Cares for Kids NCMEC.
“Corrine was extremely proud of her work in the Evanston community and across the country. She was instrumental in creating a company culture where community service is just as much apart of our focus as customer service,” noted Pivot Point CEO, Karen Wilkin-Donachie. “We are dedicated to continue her efforts with the same spirit and tenacity she exemplified for us.”
One of Corrine’s fondest achievements was the recent completion of LEO, a documentary on her father, produced and directed by her husband John. For many years, Corrine encouraged both her husband and father to record the life of the founder of Pivot Point and his passionate contributions to cosmetology education. Since beginning Pivot Point in 1962, more than one million salon professionals have received a Pivot Point education.
The Passage family, including Corrine’s beloved mother Lenie, her brother Robert and the next generation, will ensure that the global Pivot Point Family advances the empowering mission that Leo Passage started 50 years ago and that Corrine Passage continued throughout her life.
Services are planned for Tuesday, May 22 at St Nicholas Church in Evanston, IL. Visitation will be in the afternoon with a ceremony to follow.
DAYSPA Magazine won top honors at the 61st annual Maggie Awards hosted by the Western Publishing Association (WPA).
DAYSPA was recognized as 2011's "Best Health, Fitness and Beauty / Trade" magazine.
A May 2011 feature about attracting and retaining male spa clients entitled "Man Up" was awarded "Best Feature Article / Trade."
The Maggie Awards honor consumer and trade magazines, in print and electronic media, in a variety of trade sectors and categories. This year's competition received entries from more than 400 magazines. Representing magazine publishers and related companies for over 60 years, the WPA serves publications west of the Mississippi River.
Is your spa taking steps to become more environmentally friendly? The Green Spa Network (GSN) just announced the launch of its first-ever "GSN Plastic Reduction Challenge," an 11-month campaign conducted in partnership with The Plastic Pollution Coalition. Awards will be given in seven different categories, to winners from day, resort and destination spas, as well as product manufacturers. Enter for your chance to be recognized for your green efforts!
The contest aims to reduce usage of disposable plastic such as plastic bags and bottles, food and beverage items, product packaging, shipping supplies, etc.
"This effort underscores the very purpose of GSN's existence," explains GSN President and managing director of Baja California, Mexico's Rancho La Puerta Spa, Roberto Arjona. "It's our responsibility to take a leadership role with proactive measures that promote the health and well-being of not only our fellow humans, but also the planet we all share."
Awards will be announced on Earth Day 2013 in the following categories:
*Most Innovative Solution
*Biggest Impact - for size of a facility
*Most comprehensive - by number of categories, including employee plastic usage
*Local Impact - within state
*Alternative Product Packaging
*Plastic Reduction Pioneers
Required Steps for Participants:
*Audit of current plastic usage
*Planned replacement of items
*Measurement of savings
*Tracking progress and reporting: via social media
*Fill out Plastic Reduction Challenge Form provided on GSN Website
*Submit final program materials to GSN approved Panel of Judges by March 20, 2013
GSN Suggested Alternatives to Disposable Plastic:
*Stainless steel or glass water bottles
*Water filtration systems to eliminate single-use bottles
*Stainless steel cups & straws
*Reusable utensils, dishes & cups
*Reusable bags - including dry cleaning bags
*Recycled post-consumer waste, paper or glass packaging
Spas and product companies are invited to register at: www.greenspanetwork.org
Noel Asmar Uniforms' website has a brand new look! The new site includes several exciting features to help customers enjoy their online experience. A zoom-in feature will give visitors a detailed look at the company's entire range of garments. Those who opt to purchase will be advised in the event that an order contains a back order item before checkout is complete. Another new feature will allow shoppers to create "wish lists" and compare those lists. Visit the new site at noelasmaruniforms.com.