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Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals, a professional skincare company, has appointed Shannon Esau as the Director of Education to guide the advanced education initiative at the new Rhonda Allison Education Center.
In her new role, Esau will oversee the educational and instructional programs at the Center, developing the course curriculum, structure and schedule. She will also coordinate a continuum of courses that will be live streamed, which will enable global interactive learning and 24-hour access to archived training courses. Shannon brings more than 14 years of experience in the aesthetic industry, having served as national educator within Rhonda Allison. Esau also completed advanced chemistry studies in cosmetic formulation.
“Continued education has always been one of our top priorities, and now with our new Education Center and Shannon at the helm, we are in a unique position to raise the bar on advanced aesthetic training and enhance our abilities to better serve our clients and partner with them more directly,” said Rhonda Allison, founder of Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals. “Shannon’s knowledge of the aesthetics industry, years of experience in leading educational programming, and expertise in the chemistry of formulations will prove invaluable.”
“I’m passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, and helping people grow their businesses – education paves the way for both of these,” said Shannon Esau, Director of Sales and Education.
Prior to becoming a Rhonda Allison national educator, Esau owned and operated three skin care salons in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, selling Rhonda Allison products. Before finding her passion in the aesthetics industry, she worked in corporate America as a Microsoft Certified Engineer (MSCE) and Certified Novel Engineer (CNE).
Universal Companies recently announced that Jaime Huffman, MPH, joined its team on July 30, 2014, as Senior Vice President of Spa Development. In her new position with Universal Companies, Jaime leads the Product Development, Education, and Equipment teams. Brenda Elliott, Universal Companies CEO said, “We are very glad to welcome Jaime to the team. She has an impressive resume, with more than 25 years of leadership experience in spa, hospitality, education, and health care. Her experience and understanding of the complexities involved in delivering an exceptional spa experience makes her a perfect fit for this Spa Development position.”
A widely respected spa and hospitality industry leader, Jaime was most recently with The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, where she was Executive Spa Director, Member of Senior Operations. There, she helped The Grove Park Inn Spa become one of the most highly ranked spas in North America.
Prior to her 14-year tenure at The Spa at The Grove Park Inn, Jaime provided operational and educational services in two hospital-based wellness centers, a medical/psychological group practice, and in her own consulting business. She holds a master’s degree, a license in therapeutic massage and bodywork, and she is a certified corporate speaker.
“I am excited to be part of Universal Companies,” said Jaime. “We provide a full range of solutions that allow customers to create their perfect spa — whether they are looking for equipment, doing a major renovation, or building a new spa — and I’m looking forward to sharing that with the industry. We also help spa customers find solutions for training and education, and of course, product development has always been at the heart of Universal Companies’ mission statement, delivering innovative solutions to maximize our customers’ success. I am very pleased to be a part of this mission.”
Jaime has worked with a host of prestigious clients, including Mandarin Oriental in New York, Hawks Cay in Florida, and Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Vermont. She is a sought-after advisor, teacher, writer, and speaker in the hospitality industry and has been a catalyst for positive change in the spa industry. Jaime has served as President of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), on the Executive Committee of the International Spa Association (ISPA), as Chair of the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy, as an instructor for the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute and as advisor for several colleges. She currently serves on the advisory board and as a professor for UC Irvine's Spa and Hospitality Management program. Jaime has contributed to numerous industry textbooks that are used in spa management courses internationally.
Executive Officer, Kristy Underwood, and other representatives of the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, will participate in an urgent Q&A session during the Advanced Education Conference Program at Face & Body Northern California on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 5:30–6:30 PM.
The purpose of this emergency session is to provide California estheticians with an opportunity to understand the nature of proposed changes to the regulation of their licenses and communicate directly with their board. The changes include the proposed master esthetics license, LED operation requirements, the ability to perform services on inflamed skin, and more.
Registration for the Advanced Education Conference Program is required to attend the emergency session. Visit www.FaceandBody.com/california/register to register, or complete your registration on-site at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA.
Professionals may submit questions for early consideration to email@example.com.
Christine Heathman has been appointed by to the Utah State Board of Cosmetology/Barbering, Esthetics, Electrology and Nail Technology Licensing. Christine Heathman played an instrumental role in establishing the first Master Esthetic License in the country in 2001 and is thrilled to be nominated to the board where she can continue to affect the requirements for state licensing. The appointment comes from Utah Governor, Gary Herbert.
The three-year appointment charges Ms. Heathman with carrying out a number of important responsibilities relating to licensing and in protecting the interests of the people of Utah. The opportunity to review current licensing issues and work on legislation related to state licensing is something that Ms. Heathman takes seriously. Working alongside staff members from the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Christine Heathman will have a number of duties and responsibilities to perform over the coming months.
Utah was the first state to enact a Master Esthetic License in 2001. Since then Virginia, Washington and California have each passed legislation requiring licensing for aestheticians and master aestheticians. The current requirements for a license in Utah are 600 hours for an esthetic license (LE) and 1200 hours for the master esthetic license (LME). In 2000, Christine Heathman worked tirelessly with other business leaders in the community to lobby the Utah State Legislator to require licensing for everyone using chemicals in the treatment room. She keeps the original signed House Bill, HB105 as a treasured memento of her work.
Christine Heathman is a skin expert and esthetics pioneer who has helped to shape American skin care throughout her 30-year career. She helped pass the first state Master Esthetician license, has appeared as a guest expert on popular national television, and has been described as a "legend" in the profession. Christine is the owner of GlyMed Plus Professional Only Skin Care and remains an innovator in research and development of unconventional and progressive skin care protocols, used in skin care and medical clinics all over the world.
The Green Spa Network (GSN) recently announced the preliminary agenda and speakers for its Annual Congress, the only spa event in the industry devoted to sustainability education and inspiration. With a theme of "Living in Spirit: Leadership Without Limits," this year’s event will be held at the award-winning Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 21-24, 2014.
With keynotes by author and alternative medicine pioneer, Larry Dossey MD, and VP of Global Sustainability for Nike, Sarah Severn, the three-day event is designed to be solution driven, creative and interactive. Attendees will take up where last year’s session left off – creating the building blocks for reaching the goals set for the spa of the future or “Eco Spa 2020,” where spas become community education centers for wellness and green living.
The overarching goal of the event is to inspire attendees to explore sustainable and profitable ways to approach and lead their businesses. Peppered throughout the program will be a variety of breakout sessions on: Leadership, Marketing and practical use of the Green Spa Network Sustainability Assessment Tool.
Keynote Dr. Larry Dossey - a distinguished physician, deeply rooted in the scientific world, and an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare.
Keynote Sarah Severn - 21 years at Nike, most recently as VP of Global Sustainability. Presently a Reiki master with extensive training in shamanic healing, she will share insights from working on both ends of the sustainability spectrum.
Sponsor Showcase - Interact with resource partners in a casual, fun setting.
Outdoor Movie Screening of James and Robert Redford's documentary - Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West
Group Exercise with Donald VanHowten - An author, Ayurvedic practitioner, Feldenkrais teacher and certified massage therapist.
Green Carpet & Sustainability Awards Dinner - Seven categories will be honored, including:
- Healthy Spa Cuisine Award
- Innovative Green Product of Year
- Corporate Brand Dedicated to Sustainability
- Green Building Award
- Green Product Company or Service Provider of the Year
- Sustainable Spa of the Year
- Green Spa Network Visionary Award
“In a recent United Nations Study, 73 percent of consumers feel businesses are failing to take care of the planet and society,” says GSN Executive Director, Paul Schmidt. "This year’s Congress is a chance for spa industry professionals to learn how to lead the way in tangibly impacting their customer’s lives by providing them with truly sustainable options. And how fitting that we come together in breathtaking Santa Fe, which has inspired visionaries for centuries.”
Started 7 years ago by eco-savvy spa professionals and now recognized as the leading educational forum for promoting health and wellness sustainability, GSN is sponsored by a range of entities from Fortune 500 companies to sustainable textile companies to green personal care products. Congress attendees will include day, resort and destination spas, product companies, as well as greening and wellness experts.
Congress registration is $750. Full speaker bios, draft agenda and registration at greenspanetwork.org.
Style Bar Day Spa (www.stylebarspa.com), Palm Beaches’ luxury salon and day spa, recently announced its exciting new partnership as the Official Salon and Day Spa for the Palm Beach Makos Cheerleaders (www.facebook.com/MakoCheerleaders).
From color to curls, nail and massages, Style Bar will provide signature game day looks for all the Makos Cheerleaders. More than just a pretty face, each cheerleader embodies the spirit and message of intelligent beauty. The Makos Cheerleader organization is dedicated to being an inspiration and role model for young children as they support hundreds of charity and community groups throughout Palm Beach County.
“Partnering up with such a wonderful group of young, intelligent and dedicated women who represent Palm Beach County is very exciting to me and the salon. We want to have community involvement and are looking forward to making the Makos Cheerleaders look and feel their very best,” says Perrie Gurfein, owner of Style Bar Day Spa.
Palm Beach Makos Cheerleaders will shoot their 2015 Swimsuit Calendar and Squad photo this September with hair services being sponsored by Style Bar. “Cheerleaders and beauty go hand in hand and after 5 years of searching I've found a home for the cheerleaders to take care of them to look the very best,” says DeShon Allen, Director of the Makos Cheerleaders.
Paola Berrios, owner of Bellezza Spa of Centreville, VA, is joining the “Look Good Feel Better” campaign held at Life with Cancer, a hands-on workshop conducted by professional cosmetologists to help women manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Berrios will teach Look Good, Feel Better workshops on Aug. 12 and Oct. 14 in 2014; and Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20, June 15, Aug. 17, Oct. 19 and Dec. 14 in 2015 at Life with Cancer offices at 8411 Pennell Street in Fairfax, VA.
“Bellezza Spa is honored to be a part of the Look Good, Feel Better Campaign at Life with Cancer,” said Berrios. “Through the workshop, we hope our beauty tips and techniques can provide some rejuvenation to cancer patients."
For more information, please visit www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.
Known in the spa industry for its annual Spa Resource Book, Universal Companies has now delivered The Spa Inspiration Book, a collection of protocols, savvy business solutions and treatment tips gathered throughout the years from educators, industry experts, Universal Companies staff and customers. The Spa Inspiration Book will be available in August 2014.
“Our hope is that this book serves as a muse rather than just a resource for products,” says Universal Companies CEO Brenda Elliott. “In our search for products and solutions for our customers, we are continually inspired by a vast array of ideas and protocols that we are now excited to share in The Spa Inspiration Book, a limited edition containing practical, unique approaches to grow your business. This book is designed to be enjoyed leisurely, to be leafed through while soaking in the tub, enjoying a glass of wine, or reclining on the couch after a long work day.” She adds, “Businesses are about dreams, hopes, inspiration and passion. By sharing more of what we’ve discovered from spa experts around the globe, we are offering not only products, but also inspiration that enables our customers to provide greater value.”
The book covers more than 40 protocols for skin care, massage and body treatments, as well as for manicures, pedicures and waxing. Protocols include menu description, an equipment and supplies checklist, “What You’ll Need” (professional products) and “What They’ll Want” (recommended retail products), plus cost, suggested price and time required per treatment. Other highlights include insider tips, treatment menu ideas and links to relevant articles, plus information about Universal Companies’ e-Learning, CEU courses and schools programs.
The Spa Inspiration Book is designed to work in concert with The Spa Resource Book, published in February. Marti Morenings, Universal Companies Founder & CEO says, “The Spa Resource Book has always included tips to make running spa and salon businesses easier. In The Spa Inspiration Book, we’ve gone further and added treatment ideas and retail suggestions. We hope our customers will be inspired to find the full protocols and other helpful information on our website.”
See The Spa Inspiration Book online at www.UniversalCompanies.com.
Dermalogica, one of the world’s top professional skin care brands that is committed to empowering women worldwide to become financially independent, celebrated women in business and entrepreneurship at the recent Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) “Bold Beginnings, Brave Futures” conference held in Austin, TX. Jane Wurwand, the brand’s Chief Visionary and co-Founder, representing the thousands of women entrepreneurs within the skincare industry, spoke before an invitation-only group of more than 200 women entrepreneurs, all of whom spoke upon several topics including how to grow and scale businesses using the newest technologies and resources to produce both immediate results and long-term sustainable social change.
Since Dermalogica was founded in 1986, the brand has supported more than 100,000 professional skin therapists, many of whom have started their own businesses within the skin care industry. In 2011, Dermalogica continued its mission to support women’s financial independence through the launch of FITE “Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship” (www.joinFITE.org), which helps women to start or grow a business across all industries. Since its launch, FITE has helped more than 40,000 women worldwide.
“The professional skin care industry puts more women into business than any other industry in the world” said Wurwand. “Dermalogica supports more than 30,000 salons and spas owners worldwide, most of whom are women. In fact, 98% of professional skin therapists are women. So speaking on entrepreneurship and the importance of supporting women in business is a topic that we are passionate about.”
Following the panel at DWEN, professional skin therapists representing top authorized Dermalogica retailers and skin centers in Austin offered guests signature Dermalogica services, including Face Mapping, at the “Relax and Recharge Reception” at the W Hotel. Activation-kiosks, provided by Dell, allowed attendees to instantly make microloans to the hundreds of eligible women entrepreneurs identified worldwide as part of FITE.
The DWEN conference also served as the venue at which Dell announced the findings of its second annual Gender-Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI) index, which examines opportunities for women entrepreneurs in 30 countries worldwide, and is the only metric index of its kind (for more information about the index, visit: http://dell.to/1pB38AG).
Dermalogica was one of the businesses featured in Dell’s award-winning “New Beginnings” television advertising campaign that first aired on January 1, 2014. The ad spotlighted entrepreneurial, “home-grown” businesses which began on a grassroots level.
[Image courtesy of Dermalogica]
Pivot Point International, Inc. and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, recently announced the formation of the Leo Passage Endowment Fund to benefit competition, scholarships and lifelong learning among students and professionals. The announcement was made during a press conference held during “Beauty Week,” at Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas, NV.
The Leo Passage Endowment Fund, established by the Passage family, honors the founder of Pivot Point, industry leader for more than 50 years, who passed away in 2011. The Fund will be endowed with a $1,000,000 donation from the Passage family, and implemented through the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation.
“My father believed wholeheartedly in providing hair, beauty and wellness professionals a thorough and complete education in their craft, as well as how to be successful. Lifelong learning, and the value of competition among hairdressers were also pillars of his philosophy in developing Pivot Point,” said Robert Passage, Pivot Point Chairman and CEO. “It gives my mother, Lenie, and me, along with our entire family, immense pleasure that we are able to continue to support his beliefs through the establishment of the Leo Passage Endowment Fund.”
“Leo Passage truly lived his life to the fullest,” added Pivot Point President Melanie Kopeikin. “He motivated everyone who knew him to do the same. He encouraged everyone he met around the world to follow their hearts and their dreams. His personal life mission became his company’s mission: through Pivot Point education Leo Passage inspired more than a million people around the world. His humility was well known and respected — always sharing with others without self-interest and possessing a timeless, creative spirit.”
It is in this spirit of creativity that the Leo Passage Endowment Fund will be established to support the following three facets of a student’s or professional’s career: competition to help launch successful careers for those who follow their passion; scholarships to serve as an entry port for creative people to be part of this exciting profession; and lifelong learning to take careers to the next level. To quote Leo Passage, “No experience is ever fully mastered.”
In addition to the establishment of the Leo Passage Endowment Fund, Robert Passage and Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, announced that the 2015 Legacy Award event would be held in honor of Leo Passage, on Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Chicago, IL, during America’s Beauty Show. Leo Passage is the third recipient of the Legacy of Style award.
“Leo Passage was more than an esteemed icon – he was a true visionary,” said Ms. Lynch, following the announcements. “His generosity and passion for professional excellence, competitions and lifelong learning will live on, and provide opportunities for a new generation of hair, beauty and wellness visionaries. The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation is humbled, and honored to receive this Endowment Fund. We all look forward to honoring his memory even further at our Legacy Award event in Chicago next March.”