Millennium Salon Software is happy to announce that beauty icon, Charles Penzone, is the newest Be-cause honoree.  Penzone, a 48-year beauty industry veteran, joins a great list of honorees that include John Paul Dejoria, Ted Gibson, Rita Hazan, Robert Cromeans, Joel Warren, Edward Tricomi and more.  The Millennium Be-Cause is a movement of self-perseverance to be everything you can and want to be. It unites beauty professionals everywhere that are being more in their salons and communities. Now is the time to work harder, dream bigger, and be the best you can be to continue fulfilling your vision. Penzone’s “Be” word is unforgettable and after everything he has accomplished over the years, he is sure to never be forgotten. Charles Penzone embodies what the Be-cause is all about and he is a true testament of the amazing people that define the beauty industry. To learn more about his word go to

Penzone is the chairman and founder of The Charles Penzone Salons, an Ohio-based salon and spa group established in 1969. Penzone also owns and operates a product distribution company that provides professional salon products to salons in five states, a consulting company and a real estate management company. The Charles Penzone name has become synonymous with award-winning excellence. Some of those awards include:

  • Three Charles Penzone locations were named “Salon of the Year” by Modern Salon magazine in 1993, 1996 and 2003.
  • Named to the SALON TODAY 200 by SALON TODAY magazine
  • Named recipient of the Consumer’s Choice Gold Award since 1998
  • Voted “Best in Columbus” from the readers of Columbus Monthly since 2002
  • In 2004 Charles received the Business First’s Corporate Caring Award for a large company in the Health and Human Services category for its dedication and involvement to non-profit causes
  • In 2005, Awarded “Family Business of the Year” from the Conway Family Business Center of Central Ohio
  • America’s “Top 20 Salons and Spas” in 2006 by Beauty LaunchPad Magazine
  • Named by 614 Magazine’s ColumBEST in the category of Best Spa/Salon in May 2010 and 2011
  • In 2011, Penzone was honored with the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Salonspa Business Network


Penzone is actively involved in several national and international salon groups. He is a former member of The Salon Association (TSA), a member and past vice president of Intercoiffure America-Canada and former board member and officer of the International SalonSpa Business Network. He was named one of the Top Twenty Salon Owners in the United States by Modern Salon magazine as well as one of the Most Intriguing Salon Owners by Salon Today magazine. He has been appointed by two Ohio Governors to three five- year terms as a Commissioner of the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology and served as chairman of the board from 1999-2002.

Penzone  He has been the focus of television features by the U.S. governments broadcasted in over 80 countries. Penzone was named Master Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 1999 and was a finalist for the Chamber of Commerce “Small Business Person of the Year” that same year. In 2007, Penzone was inducted into the Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame, an honor given to those who show “a history of achievement, courageous thinking and actions, vision and innovation and inspiring leadership and community mindedness.” In 2008, Penzone was presented with the Global Salon Business Award for Entrepreneur of the Year from the B.E.S.T. foundation and UCLA’s Anderson School of Business. In 2010, Charles Penzone was named a finalist for the prestigious NAHA Salon MBA Award and in 2011; Penzone received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Salon/Spa Business Network.

Penzone is heavily vested in the Columbus community with his involvement in the Entrepreneurial Leaders Society at the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. He has served on the boards of Recreation Unlimited, a North Central Ohio summer camp, day camp and retreat for the mentally and physically challenged. He has also served on the boards of the Marburn Academy, Columbus Ballet Metropolitan and the Columbus Academy.

 In addition to serving on several Penzone, Charles and his wife, Debra, co-chaired the 2007 Cattle Barons Ball for the American Cancer Society and CAPA’s 80th Anniversary for the Ohio Theater in 2008. In 2007, with the leadership of Charles and Debra, The Charles Penzone Salons raised $85,000 for Hairdressers Unlocking Hope, a non-profit organization developed to re-build homes (through Habitat for Humanity) in New Orleans destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

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