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Oh, What a Night!

Stacey Soble | January 27, 2012 | 9:34 AM
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Stacey Soble, Editor in Chief of SALON TODAY, and Debra Neill Baker, Chairman and Chief Energy Officer for Neill Corporation, welcome SALON TODAY 200 honorees to a reception at Serious Business.
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As the original founders of SALON TODAY magazine, Howard Hafetz, CEO of Raylon, and his wife Vicki, share the importance of honoring salon business.
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Jenny Grisham (right) owner of Americana Salon in Alpine, Texas, was one of 72 SALON TODAY 200 honorees to accept her certificate from Stacey Soble at the reception.
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A table of celebratory SALON TODAY 200 honorees await the awards ceremony.
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The SALON TODAY 200 celebrated its 15th anniversary in grand style with an evening reception and awards ceremony at the close of Serious Business in New Orleans, Louisiana. A record 72 honorees traveled to the event, hosted by Neill Corporation, to personally accept their certificates and network and celebrate with the owners and staff members of other ST200 salons.

Debra Neill Baker, Chairmand and Chief Energy Officer of Neill Corporation, and Stacey Soble, Editor in Chief of Salon Today, welcomed the attendees. "You have opened up your businesses and shared your success stories with salons all over the country," they said. "You are our heros."

In honor of the competition's 15 anniversary, Neill Baker and Soble then introduced Howard Hafetz, the CEO of Raylon Corporation, and his wife Vicki who founded SALON TODAY magazine in 1983. "At the time, there was quite a bit of advanced technical and fashion education, but what hair dressers and salon owners really needed were the business skill sets that are critical for success," Howard Hafetz told the crowd. "The creation of the SALON TODAY 200 created a new level of business achievement and recognition for 'sound business' which had never existed before."

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