Events in the Industry, Benefits and AwardsSeptember 1, 2009 By: Lori Morris, Nicole Palmieri American Salon
Matrix Appoints New Vice President and General Manager
L'Oréal Professional has announced that Colin Walsh is the new vice president and general manager of Matrix U.S. In his new position, Walsh will be responsible for strengthening Matrix's development within the distribution network and building a connection with hairdressers. He will also reinforce the brand's position as a company committed to salon success by giving salon professionals access to education and affordable products.
Walsh has been a member of the L'Oréal family since 2000 and has held various leadership positions within sales, marketing, product development and distribution throughout his career. "Walsh's diverse background and career successes in brand development, sales and distribution have prepared him well for this exciting new opportunity," said Pat Parenty, president, U.S. Brands Professional Products Division at L'Oréal. "He has a strong passion and knowledge of the salon industry and a commitment to the hairdresser." —L.M.
CND and American Crew Pamper Wounded Soldiers
In June, CND joined with sister company American Crew (both are part of parent company The Colomer Group) to provide wounded American soldiers who had just returned from Iraq with some much-needed pampering. The full-day event was held in San Diego at the Balboa Naval Hospital. Sixty soldiers and their families experienced a day of services and products, with 10 CND volunteers giving manicures and a team from American Crew providing haircuts. "Everyone who participated was touched and felt great about finding a small way to give back to those who have sacrificed so much for us," said John Heffner, president and CEO of CND. —L.M.
Joico Artist Raises $5,000 for HIV/AIDS
Joico Artist Robert Josef of the Robert Josef Salon in Dallas celebrated a decade of success by throwing a party to raise money for AIDS Arms, a local nonprofit AIDS and HIV case management organization. The anniversary celebration was a huge success, drawing 150 guests and raising $5,000 for the cause. Joico donated gift bags containing its K-PAK Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor.
During the party, Josef spoke to attendees about the past 10 years and about AIDS Arms. "I talked about all of my close connections with my clients, many of whom have been with me from the very beginning," Josef said. "We were also able to provide education about the AIDS Arms organization and about AIDS in the community. Best of all, it was great to see all of my clients coming together for the cause." —L.M.
Pureology Supports Ovarian Cancer Awareness
Pureology Serious Colour Care, the exclusive haircare and styling sponsor for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC), is helping build awareness about ovarian cancer with its limited-edition Break the Silence PureVolume Collection, which includes PureVolume Shampoo, PureVolume HairCondition and PureVolume ThickeningMist. "The Break the Silence PureVolume Collection will help increase awareness and features information about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer to educate women about this disease," said Shae Kalyani, vice president of marketing for Pureology. "In conjunction with this limited-edition collection, Pureology will make a $25,000 donation to the NOCC." —N.P.
Freestyle Systems' SpectraLights Featured on Chronicle
Freestyle Systems' SpectraLights were featured on a July episode of the newsmagazine show Chronicle as part of a report on companies creating "green" jobs in New England. On the show, Blair Hopper, chief technology officer for SpectraLights, shared information about the history and future of the company's energy-efficient solid-state Lighting fixtures. "I initially designed these light fixtures for a niche market, but I quickly realized the worldwide market potential and focused on how to manufacture them in the United States to create more jobs here at home," Hopper explained. "We develop products that are more environmentally friendly in every sense of the phrase. We manufacture 80 percent of the components here in the United States, and we will be able to manufacture 100 percent of the fixtures domestically very soon." —L.M.
SpectraLights in use at Salon Beck in Cincinnati