Bellus Academy Hosts Industry Appreciation Event

Bellus Academy graduates go out into the world to work in salons and spas that partner with Bellus through their Extern Program and in a variety of ways. The success of these relationships will be acknowledged and applauded at the annual Bellus Industry Appreciation Party on Wednesday, May 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at its Poway campus. The evening features industry experts unveiling the latest industry innovations as well as Bellus providing complimentary spa and salon services, exclusive raffle prizes, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and gifts bags for attendees.

The event serves as an introduction to industry trends and an honoring of industry accomplishments, honoring Bellus’ spa and salon partners and formally introducing the Academy’s alumni association and the Bellus Professional Program. Salons and spas will be recognized for sponsoring individuals with a $1,000 scholarship to enroll at Bellus Academy.

“Annually, we recognize the extraordinary partnerships that the Bellus Academy has with our industry partners, “says Lynelle Lynch, Bellus Academy President.  “This event is a celebration of the top spas, salons and professional companies that work tirelessly with us to graduate successful professionals.  We have three categories to recognize our spas and salons based on their level of involvement.  Special reognition is also given to our professional industry partners that provide education and promotional support to aid our students in their education, positioning them for success!”

Guest speakers are Charlene Florian, Vice President of Corporate Creative Development at Kerstin Florian International, and Dr. James Chao, Associate Professor of Surgery in the plastic surgery division at the University of California in San Diego. Florian is responsible for the international development of the skincare brand found in exclusive spas around the world. She also travels extensively as a consultant and educator in the fields of skincare treatment techniques, massage, aromatherapy and nutrition. Dr. Chao studied at Stanford University before earning his medical degree at New York University. He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery,is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has been recognized at the state and national levels for his contributions to medical research.

“This is a once-a-year event where we bring the top spa and salon industry leaders to the academy to network with our students, alumni, staff and each other,” says Joanne Berry, Director of Education of Spa Programs at Bellus Academy. “It’s about bringing everyone together in one place to unite and support each other in our ever-growing industry.”

Individuals interested in a career in beauty and wellness are invited to attend. RSVP online at

For more information regarding the Industry Appreciation Party, call Joanne Berry at 858-748-1490 or visit

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