Events in the Industry, Benefits and AwardsAugust 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
2008 Global Salon Business Awards Names Winners
Star salon owners from around the globe who consistently demonstrate excellence in the day-to-day running of their businesses were honored at the 2008 Global Salon Business Awards (GSBA). Held at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, (CA), in June, the Oscar-style gala and awards ceremony was hosted by TV and radio personality Leeza Gibbons. Sponsors of the 2008 program included Goldwell, Kérastase, L'Oréal Professionnel, Matrix, Paul Mitchell, PureOlogy, Redken, Aveda and L'Anza Healing Haircare. American Salon was among the media sponsors.
Winners—selected from more than 3,000 nominated salon owners from around the world—were judged in March at UCLA's Anderson School of Management by a prestigious panel, whose ranks included Dr. Alfred E. Osborne Jr., senior associate dean of the Anderson School of Management; Salon Consultants International's Peter Mahoney; Sassoon Academy's Stephen Moody; InStyle magazine's JoAnne Cowan; www.yourbeautynetwork.com's Susie Carder; salon owner Rob Peetoom of Rob Peetoom Holdings.B.V.; American Salon's Kelley Donahue; and additional UCLA professors and members of the media. The judges scrutinized hundreds of extraordinary entries, evaluating the entrepreneurial culture, uniqueness, level of risk taken, team philosophy, compensation, retention, training, reward and recognition programs, client services, initiatives, loyalty programs, community service, marketing and promotional materials, and financial stability and profitability of each business before selecting the 77 top finalists, representing 23 countries.
The U.S. winners were:
Salon Entrepreneur of the Year—Single
Nick Arrojo, Arrojo Studio
Bonnie Waters, Changes Salon & Day Spa
Salon Entrepreneur of the Year—Multi:
Charles Penzone, The Charles Penzone Family of Salons
Client Philosophy/Marketing and Promotion:
Karie Bennett, Atelier, an Aveda Lifestyle Salon Spa
Bryan and Silvia Nunes, Blo
Frank Westerbeke, Gadabout SalonSpas
Scott B. Miller, Scott Miller Salon
Another highlight of the evening's celebratory festivities was the presentation of the GSBA Lifetime Achievement Award by actress Jaclyn Smith to legendary stylist Jose Eber. Before Eber accepted the award, his incredible career was recognized by a few of his cherished Hollywood clientele, including Elizabeth Taylor, Farrah Fawcett, Ann-Margret and Cher.
Another component of the educational event was a two-day Global Salon Business Forum, where attendees sharpened their business minds by taking in presentations by UCLA professors Karen Hill-Scott, Andrew Ainslie and Eric Sussman and keynote speaker Mark Thompson, co-author of the international best-seller, Success Built to Last. There was also an opportunity to network and exchange information during a Hollywood Salon Owner Panel.
"The Global Salon Business Forum and Awards program is truly unique and is one of the only awards dedicated to honoring those in the salon and beauty industry who excel in the areas of business," said GSBA founder Paula Kent Meehan. "We're thrilled that this year's event was held in Hollywood, which holds such allure and excitement for all of our visiting finalists." —KELLEY DONAHUE