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Jay Halaby

Jay Halaby President Jay Halaby & Associates   Originally from? Glendale, California…Still call it home   How long have you been working in professional beauty? 23 years   What was your first job in professional beauty? I worked for a small Nail Company, helping in outside sales, working shows, and even worked in the factory filling Nail Polish, Making Nail Files, and building out Nail Art Kits     What’s so great about this industry and why? I love the innovation. We are such a niche industry that people who understand the industry can create great products that actually...

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Sara Jones

Sara Jones General Manager, JOICO Arcadia, CA   How long have you been involved with professional beauty and what was your first job in professional beauty? I started my first job in the industry as a hairdresser in 1980. I only worked behind-the-chair for 3 years before starting on the product side as a full time educator for Redken. So, I’ve been in the industry for 33+ years now. What’s so great about professional beauty and why? From a financial perspective, it’s a stable industry to be in. Some call it “recession- proof”, but I prefer to call  it “recession...

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Dottie Lanham

Dottie Lanham Director, Education Administration – West SalonCentric – Professional Beauty Partners Valencia, CA How long have you been in professional beauty? Seems like yesterday actually a lot of yesterdays…Since 1973 What was your first job in professional beauty? My very first job…I was a hairstylist at Venti’s House of Beauty Salon, a salon that specialized in Finger Waves, Italian Tops and Roux Rinses. What’s so great about professional beauty and why? Great question, there are so many unlimited opportunities in our industry no matter what role one plays. The saying goes, “beauty is only skin deep” but we...

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Eric Allen

Eric Allen Freelance Makeup Artist Los Angeles, CA     Originally from? I grew up in the San Fernando Valley. I have been called the original valley boy as I remember when the valley was filled with strawberry fields and orange trees.   How long have you been involved with the professional beauty industry? I started in the beauty industry on October 1st in 1989   What was your first job in professional beauty? I started as a customer service rep for Sebastian International at the same time I was an assistant to the Trucco Artistic Team. I cleaned...

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LeAnn Price- Beauty in the Background

LeAnn Price Regional Sales & Education Manager Bosley Professional Strength Utica, Illinois Where are you originally from? Marseilles, IL   How long have you been in professional beauty? Since 1973   What was your first job in professional beauty? Bertha’s Beauty Salon (Stylist)   What’s so great about professional beauty and why? Great question, the unlimited opportunities we have in our industry from stylist, salon owner, cosmetology Instructor/manager, educator, platform artist to corporate education/sales and Management.  The opportunities really are endless!  Plus this is one of the few professions where you can make a profound difference for people.  ...

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Gregg McConnell- Beauty in the Background

Gregg McConnell Western Regional Manager and Custom Publishing Director Sales Modern Salon Magazine Newbury Park, CA Where are you originally from? Chicago, IL   How long have you been in professional beauty? 30 Years   What was your first job in professional beauty? The same job that I have – I have the best job at my company.   What’s so great about professional beauty and why? I love the people; they are creative, entrepreneurial, and caring.  I’ve seen amazing success stories and have tons of friends. Both manufacturers and salon owners are entrepreneurial and I find that exciting. ...

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Karina Lutzy- Beauty in the Background

Karina Lutzy Marketing Director – Product & Brand Development Sexy Hair Los Angeles, CA Originally from? I am Canadian and was born in the beautiful city of Montreal. How long have you been in professional beauty? I’ve been in the beauty industry for over 15 years and in professional beauty for 7 years.  What was your first job in professional beauty? I started off in the professional side as a Senior Marketing Manager at Sexy Hair Concepts but got my first start in beauty by doing an Internship for Lancôme.  What’s so great about professional beauty and why? I...

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Andrea Espinoza- Beauty in the Background

Andrea Espinoza Marketing Manager – Professional Hair Color Paul Mitchell Where are you originally from? I’m from the San Fernando Valley – referred to as “The Valley” by L.A. locals because it is a sub of Los Angeles, California. Yep, I am 100% Valley Girl. How many years have you been involved with professional beauty? Oh my, it has been since 2000/2001, that’s 13 – 14 years– my how time flies! What was your first gig in pro beauty? I feel lucky I started as a Marketing Assistant for little brand called Formulas By Ecoly, developed by a talented...

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Matthew Calabro

Matthew Calabro Assistant Vice President of Education/Matrix New York, NY   How long have you been in professional beauty? 23 years…time flies when you love what you do!   What was your first job in professional beauty? My very first job…I was a hairstylist for Regis salons in Fayetteville, NY   What’s so great about professional beauty and why? It’s such a creative industry filled with inspiring people. It’s never dull and there is always something new going on. What one trait do all successfully awesome stylists share? They love to learn, they are comfortable in their own skin...

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Sydney Berry- Beauty in the Background

Name: Sydney Berry Title: President Owner Company: Salon Services and Supplies Location: Renton,WA servicing states of WA, OR, ID, MT, UT   Originally from? Nebraska How long have you been in professional beauty? Since 1972, but truly since I was a little girl, as dolls and family members were my clients…   What was your first job? In this industry, it was with the House of Hollaway in Lincoln, NE. Prior to that, I was a teacher’s assistant in college and a waitress at Golden Steer Steakhouse 😉   What’s so great about professional beauty and why? The diversity...

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Melanie Kopeikin: Beauty in the Background

Melanie Kopeikin President Pivot Point International Originally from? Born in San Francisco, grew up in the country in Central California, then over 30 years in Los Angeles.   How long have you been in professional beauty? Officially 32 years…unofficially, a lifetime.   What was your first job in professional beauty? I worked for Toni and Guy when they first came into the US market with their educational videos and books. They didn’t have hair products then, it was pure education. At the time I had no idea this would kick off  the beginning of my beauty career.  I  still...

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Amy Dodds- Beauty in the Background

Amy Dodds Executive Editor Beauty Launchpad Los Angeles, CA   Originally from? I’m the few, the proud, the Native Californian. I grew up in a town called La Crescenta. Even people who’ve lived in L.A. their whole lives have usually never heard of it. It’s by La Canada and Pasadena. Interesting aside: My parents were born in England, so I boast dual citizenship!   How long have you been in professional beauty? I started working at Beauty Launchpad way back in 2006. I was hired as an Associate Editor, but quickly climbed the ranks.   What’s so great about...

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Ian Murphy- Beauty in the Background

Ian Murphy SVP Sales &  Marketing Los Angeles, CA Bio:Ionic     Originally from? Northampton, England.     How long have you been in professional beauty? Wow, a long time! At the last count it was 23 years.     What was your first job in professional beauty? Marketing co-ordinator for Redken UK.   What’s so great about professional beauty and why? It’s a cliché, but yes the people…and our united passion for creativity.   What one trait do all successfully awesome stylists share?  The desire to learn, see and experience something new.   What do you do anyway?...

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Laura Keigley- Savoie: Beauty in the Background

Laura Keigley-Savoie Business Development Manager/USA, label.m Gulf Breeze Florida     Originally from? I ‘m a Florida girl who loves her sunshine state! I can’t get enough of the sun and sand. I was born and raised in Pensacola FL, where we have sugar-white sandy beaches and emerald green water. It’s a beautiful place to be; you need to come visit!  After high school I moved to Baton Rouge, LA to attend Louisiana State University. I graduated from LSU with a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies accompanied by four minors in Business, Communication Studies, Psychology, and Sociology…or as I...

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Stephanie Goranson – Beauty in the Background

Stephanie Goranson Creative Director Sexy Hair Where are you originally from? Los Angeles…The Valley, baby!   How long have you been in professional beauty? 26 years   What was your first job in professional beauty? My first job was with Abba Hair Care as a graphic designer!   What’s so great about professional beauty and why? Without a doubt, THE most creative and interesting people work in this industry. For all of us, it’s not just a job it’s a passion and a lifestyle. I love it! What one trait do all successfully awesome stylists share? Stellar stylists love...

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Alicia Liotta- Beauty in the Background

Alicia Liotta The Beauty Bus Foundation Founder Los Angeles, CA   Where are you originally from? I’m a California native born and raised in Los Angeles. How many years have you been involved with professional beauty? 12 years What was your first gig in pro beauty? My very first job was at Alterna as a Marketing Manager. I was also the West Coast Editor for Modern Salon Magazine for 7 years. What’s so great about pro beauty? Definitely the people and the passion people have for it. What exactly is Beauty Bus? Beauty Bus is the only non-profit in...

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Kim Donovan, Beauty in the Background

It’s a great time to be in professional beauty! There are literally thousands of services, classes, products, shows, experiences, contests and opportunities for stylists, barbers, manicurists and makeup artists to choose from! It’s literally a smorgasbord of hairspray/lacquer/eyeliner fun! Who’s responsible for bringing all of this to the beauty professional? One guy named Chuck, who lives on a farm in North Dakota…he’s busy. SO very busy….but seriously, there are literally thousands of passionate people working to make sure that today’s highly talented and connected beauty professionals have everything they need to learn, grow, make money and provide top-shelf service...

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