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Rebecca Weider

Industry supply giant Universal Companies has promoted Rebecca Weider to the position of vice president of information technology.

Weider, formerly director of this department, lent her technology expertise to the hospitality, travel and petrochemical industries before coming to Universal. Weider’s new role as vice president gives her responsibility for all information technology systems, as well as network and telecommunications systems, at Universal Companies.

New Deals & Fresh Faces

Kara Mangiere

Universal Companies has hired Kara Mangiere to fill the newly created position of director of eCommerce marketing. In her new role, Mangiere, who has an MBA and 15 years of professional experience, will lead and facilitate the company’s online merchandising and email marketing efforts.

New Deals & Fresh Faces

Kathy Anderson

Universal Companies recently promoted Kathy Andersen from director to vice president of human resources.

Royal Polish

Manicurist Marina Sandoval of London-based Jo Hansford Salon reports that her most famous client, Her Royal Highness Princess Catherine, turned to Essie Cosmetics for her wedding day nails. According to Sandoval, the Duchess of Cambridge went with Allure, a sheer pink, for the hand that wears the ring.

“The world watched as William slipped that gorgeous gold band on Kate’s finger and her manicure was the perfect complement,” notes Essie Cosmetics founder and president Essie Weingarten. “Nothing is more classic or elegant than a perfectly flawless pale pink manicure; it truly suited her beautifully.”

New Deals & Fresh Faces

Suzanne Dawson

Aveda Corp. has appointed 10-year veteran Suzanne Dawson to the position of vice president of global innovation. Dawson will work with team members from numerous company departments to help the brand continue to evolve

New Deals & Fresh Faces

Jessica Quick

CND has brought on Jessica Quick to serve as marketing manager for the company’s Spa and Scentsations categories.

New Deals & Fresh Faces

Alicia Alaniz

Alicia Alaniz is the newly appointed master trainer at Novalash. Alaniz has 10 years of esthetics and cosmetics sales experience, which she will bring to bear in educating and preparing lash extension trainers across the country.

The Knead to Protect

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) has stepped up its efforts to track down fraudulent and illegitimate massage schools through its recently formed School Compliance Department—and the result may help put a dent in the nation’s human trafficking problem.

The nonprofit organization’s national School Compliance Program was created after staffers “began to spot the emergence of false and misleading information from schools applying for our assigned school code,” says NCBTMB CEO Paul Lindamood. The evidence became apparent in documents such as transcripts and attendance records that appeared abnormal or inconsistent, and certificates and diplomas that appeared to be falsified.

Investigation into offending schools has enabled NCBTMB to report information to regulatory boards and law enforcement, expose fraudulent and illegitimate activities on the web and impose sanctions prohibiting these schools’ graduates from sitting for the National Certification Exams. Because some research points to the presence of human trafficking activity in the massage industry, the organization was compelled to work with Polaris Project, a group dedicated to combating human trafficking. Together they’ve created “Human Trafficking: What You Need to Know,” a brochure designed to spread the word through wide distribution.

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Christina Zehavi

To celebrate the newly formed professional skincare company Christina-USA, treatment innovator Christina Zehavi recently traveled from Israel to Sarasota, Florida, to provide a three-day, hands-on training of her seven-stage treatment protocol. Under the leadership of Joe Contorno, veteran cosmetics leader and president/CEO of Christina-USA, the new company’s mission is to align Zehavi’s 28 years of esthetics expertise to the unique needs of the American spa professional and client.

Shock Tactics: Embrace the New Year with a Renewing Body Scrub

Shock Tactics: Embrace the New Year with a Renewing Body Scrub

Not for the faint of heart, Korean day spas are renowned for their take-no-prisoners body scrubs. At Beverly Hot Springs (, Los Angeles' only 100% natural hot springs spa, the signature body scrub (30 min./$60) is a classic example of this rigorous treatment. In it, the therapist uses seaweed soap and loofah gloves to remove dead skin cells and impurities, revealing a new layer of skin that's ripe for soaking up post-treatment products.

"Our clients love the Body Scrub because it's so exfoliating," offers operational manager Trish Pham. "It stimulates blood and lymph flows, which helps improve skin tone and tighten the skin. January is the perfect time for everyone to embrace a new beginning with a cleansed mind and body. A body scrub is a small but significant start to get the momentum going, and get the skin glowing too. I've had the treatment myself many times - it's the best way for me to thank my body for working so hard to keep me healthy during the previous 12 months!"

This article appeared in the January edition of Dayspa's Digital Edition.

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