Lisa, what encouraged you to follow your mother into a career with Pivot Point and the professional beauty industry?
Lisa: “As a young child, my mother would frequently take me to work with her. I spent time in the student salon having services and traveled to conventions with her a few times. I felt the warmth and connection of the Pivot Point family. When I was little we had mannequins everywhere. I played with them like my daughters do today. I saw first-hand the exciting opportunities my mother experienced on the educational side of the industry, including travel. I heard during family dinners about events happening in the industry, and met a lot of people from overseas. The founder of Pivot Point, Leo Passage encouraged me. First as a student, he inspired me to get involved in competition, and then after I worked as a hairdresser for quite some time, he encouraged me to get my teacher’s license. Going to a Pivot Point school at 17 years old was a no brainer, but working for Pivot Point as a teacher—that became a calling. It was a comfortable decision. I had the desire to teach and, between Leo’s and my mom’s continued encouragement, the passion for education was contagious. I just knew I had to have time for that too.”
If we were looking through a scrapbook of your life, what would be your favorite page?
Lisa: “My middle child is a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with brain cancer four days after her first birthday. I would have to say that the eight weeks in Boston with my husband and daughters during Mady Mae’s proton radiation treatments was my favorite. Our family unit grew closer than ever during that time. It was our choice to make the best of the circumstance we were given and that is exactly what we did. We made lifelong friends with other families with children battling cancer all the while being able to experience all that Boston has to offer. I thank Pivot Point for the opportunity for that leave of absence to take care of my family. As a family business, they understood how important it was to be with my family during this critical medical treatment.”
Judy: “My favorite page contains pictures of our three granddaughters, Lisa and her husband, our son, and my husband and me at Disney World celebrating Mady’s successful journey through multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation.A successful career in education allowed me to take all of us on this magical vacation that the girls loved. Any sacrifices were pale by comparison to the connections and celebration. Mady is our inspiration—health goes to the top of the list of having it all.”