This year the National American Hairstyling Awards introduces a totally new competition category, the Salon Master of Business Award. Designed to allow business-savvy salon owners show off their labors of love, the Salon MBA Award encouraged owners to submit information on their salon's demographics, existing and new business strategies, retail promotions and sales, marketing and community service strategies, and current financials and future plans.
"Our industry as a whole, and salons/spas in particular, often do not receive the recognition they deserve as successful businesses that create employment and are an intrinsic part of every community," says Bonnie Bonadeo, PBA's director of program development and education. "With the Salon Master of Business NAHA Award, we are able to recognize not just a salon owner, but a true businessman or woman, and all their efforts in creating a successful business."
This year's nominees are: Shawn Trujillo and Angie Katsanevas, owners of Lunatic Fringe in Salt Lake City, Utah; Karie Bennett, owner of the Atelier Aveda Salonspa in San Jose, California; Tina Morschauser and Gretchen Brown, owners of the Rejuvenation Spa in Madison, Wisconsin; Kendall Ong, owner of Mane Attraction in Phoenix, Arizona; and Charles Penzone, owner of The Charles Penzone Family of Salons in Columbus, Ohio. (Names sound familiar? Think SALON TODAY 200
"The application was a wonderful education in itself," says nominee Karie Bennett. "During the entire process, I put a microscope on every aspect of my business and was already brainstorming improvements. What a wonderful gift to be nominated in this new category, among such amazing colleagues."
To qualify, owners had to run establishments that generated at least $300,000, employed at least three licensed professional staff, and have been open for at least three years. Click here
to learn more about the award, and view images of the nominees' salons, including reception, retail and service areas.