Events in the Industry, Benefits and AwardsSeptember 1, 2008 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Mark Garrison Gives Wig Tips for TV Show
Renowned stylist Mark Garrison of New York City's Mark Garrison Salon will appear on the DiscoveryHD and WealthTV show Planet Luxury, set to air this fall. Planet Luxury features a behind-the-scenes look at "the best of the best" everyday items, how they are made and why they cost so much. On this episode, which was filmed in early June, Garrison discusses how to style a wig and why it's so different than styling natural hair. Garrison demonstrates these techniques on Erica Luxembourg's line of high-end wigs. —L.M.
OPI Awards Computers and Scholarships to Employees' Children
This summer, 83 new computer systems and 18 $1,000 college scholarships were awarded to children of OPI employees at the company's fourth-annual Education Celebration. The company's executive vice president and artistic director, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, presented the computers and scholarships along with President and CEO George Schaeffer. "Education is such a high priority to us at OPI that we make every effort to encourage studying and to make learning easier for these deserving students," Schaeffer said. The event was hosted by OPI Products in conjunction with the Schaeffer Family Foundation. Eduardo Xol, star of ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition, was in attendance.
Extreme Makeover Home Edition's eduardo Xol
Since OPI's first Education Celebration, OPI has awarded a total of 260 computer systems and 74 scholarships, including those given out at the 2008 event, and OPI plans to continue its efforts to support education. "It is so inspiring to see how dedicated these deserving students are, and to know that we can help them to achieve their dreams through the power of education," Schaeffer said. —A.P.
Redken Elite Salon Owner Wins Local Award
Brian Perdue, founder of Salon 124 in Snellville, GA, was recognized as Small Business Person of the Year at the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce's annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony. Perdue, who won in the 100-Plus Employees and the Overall Small Business Person categories, was selected from more than 300 nominees and 25 finalists. The Redken Elite salon founder will now compete for the statewide title of Georgia Small Business Person of the Year.
"I entered this business to impact people's lives," said Perdue, who has five salons, a cosmetology school and more than 190 employees. His company posted earnings of more than $7 million in 2007, and expects to earn more than $8 million in 2008. —L.M.
ThermaFuse Increases its Distribution
ThermaFuse founder and CEO Van Stamey recently announced that the heat-styling product brand would be expanding to distributors in several new areas across the country. ThermaFuse product placement and salon customer care will be present in New Jersey and North Carolina through Color Mid-Atlantic, in New York via Unique Salon Concepts and in Northern California and Northern Nevada with Independent Salon Services.
"Each group is as committed to customer service as we are and has strong relationships with the spas and salons in their regions," Stamey said. Speaking about the companies' owners, Stamey said, "They are all stellar individuals with solid, highly professional teams behind them." —L.M.
John Allan Helps Build a Home With Hairdressers Unlocking Hope
In late June, men's grooming expert John Allan, who is celebrating 20 years as an industry pioneer in 2008, joined volunteers for Hairdressers Unlocking Hope in New Orleans to build an eco-friendly home with Habitat for Humanity. Hairdressers Unlocking Hope is an initiative founded by Vidal Sassoon and launched in New Orleans earlier this year, with a primary goal of generating funds to rebuild the homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
In October, Allan held a fundraiser in New York City called A Night in New Orleans, which raised nearly $100,000 toward building the home. "Disasters are immediate; relief should be the same," said Allan, who dedicates much of his time to philanthropy. Allan knows about the effects of devastation firsthand: his Downtown Manhattan men's club (one of four in New York City) was damaged in the September 11 terrorist attacks and had to be rebuilt. —L.M.