America's Beauty Show presents the finest educators in the industry featuring comprehensive, career-building classes that provide skills you can take back to the salon.

All exhibitors, workshops, artists, presenters, times & locations are subject to change without notice. An ABS exhibit floor ticket is required to purchase any workshop or special event ticket.  


Hair Educators

Gerard Scarpaci

Gerard Scarpaci is a well-rounded hairdressing veteran, with 26 years’ experience as an educator, salon owner and marketer. During his career Gerard has worked with the most successful and influential brands in the industry, including Vidal Sassoon, Paul Mitchell, Aveda, and Arrojo.


Gerard co-Founded with Randy Taylor; Hairbrained (Hb) is a global community of hairdressers connected through social and digital technology, supporting each other in elevating the craft by sharing their work views and insights daily, via the Hb App. Content from the Hb community reaches over 1 million viewers per week. 


Gerard has a love for the #crafthairdressing community, and steadfastly supports its growth and evolution. He currently divides his time between growing the Hairbrained community, and working as an independent stylist/educator/consultant.

The Hb Community has over 500,000 members, fans and followers worldwide.

Hb Content reaches over 1 million viewers a week

Oscar Bond 
Hattori Hanzo Shears

Oscar Bond began his career as an industry educator at the esteemed Vidal Sassoon Academy in London, where he was a member of the International Artistic and Show Team for Sassoon before taking the big leap to independence in 1987.

His mastery of the craft and gift for teaching has taken him all over the world for the past 25 years. He joined the Aveda Artistic Style Council and was appointed as Head of Education for the Aveda Institute in New York - Soho.

He has been featured in such magazines as In Style, Mademoiselle, Jane, Marie Clare, Self, GQ, Details, YM, Soho Style, Time Out, and Vogue, and his salon was voted one of New York City's Top Ten Salons in the October 1999 Issue of Salon News. In addition, his work was highlighted on ABC's The View and MTV's Making The Band. The salon has also been featured on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Teen Vogue, Color & Style Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. His strong connection to the fashion world, mastery of cutting, and passion to adapt to the ever-changing eye of style define his illustrious career.

  Cole Thompson 
Hattori Hanzo Shears 

International Creative Director, and founder of Elevation H, Cole Thompson started his career in independent salons around the Manchester, England area before beginning work for Vidal Sassoon in 2003 where he quickly became one of Vidal Sassoon’s youngest “Creative Directors”. He also became an expert consultant as he developed programs to help clients grow and improve school curriculums, business and salon management and structure, client growth, assistant training programs, and more.

Cole has also worked on developing collections, has directed and run photo shoots, and, has even appeared in a Vidal Sassoon TV commercial as a “Salon Genius.” Cole continues spreading his expansive knowledge to hair professionals of all levels all around the world, this time through Elevation H — the art, technique, and business of hair. Cole’s passion for educating is evident in his work as he continues to help others strive for excellence in all areas of the industry.


 Justin Thomas

Hattori Hanzo

Justin Thomas is a platform artist and educator with Hattori Hanzo Shears.

Justin has been referred to as the "Prodigy" by his peers in the industry. His refined style and countless hours of training & collaboration with some of the biggest names in hairdressing have gained him much notoriety. With a boastful clientele of models, actors, and A-List musicians, his work is admired around the globe both on and off the set. People come from all over the world to have Justin Thomas bring a new and exciting approach to their style.

Some of Justin's must-have products include: Ibiza cork round brushes, Enzo Milano clipless curling irons, J Beverly Hills styling products, and Dikson ArgaBeta Oil. 


John Mosley

Hattori Hanzo


Identifiable under the alias, “Popular Nobody” (which also stands as the trademarked name for his line of apparel and accessories) John Mosley also happens to be one of the most sought-after barbers in the industry. He also runs the "Renaissance Man" deck of talent.

With 14 years of passion and experience, John’s career has been on a steady incline of watching his dreams unfold and his hard work, insatiable drive, and an unstoppable tenacity for his craft have enabled him to not only keep his chair full with a constant rotation of devoted clientele, but his thirst for what’s new continues to keep his technical skills a cut above the rest.

Eminem and Rihanna’s acclaimed “Monster Tour”, Music Midtown, and Austin City Limits can all add John’s individualized aesthetics to their on-stage resumes. His list of superstar patrons also includes Larenz Tate, Idrs Elba, and one of the most talked about names in the music industry today: Kendrick Lamar. No stranger to the athletic world, John also works with the NFLPA and the Washington Nationals baseball team.

In addition to movies, television, and commercials, his body of visual precision has also been published in ESPN the Magazine, British GQ, Vogue, and the cover of Billboard Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, Ebony, and Rolling Stone.

   Erick Lander
British Barbers Association

Erik has over 30 years of experience within the hairdressing and barbering industry. He is a standing member of the Habia Skill Team, and their current Education Director. Erik is the longest standing guest artist for Goldwell UK, delivering both men’s and ladies cutting courses in their London academy and around Britain.

Erik has had his own training college, ‘Erik Lander Education’ for over 20 years His passion for imparting in-depth education to the highest possible level and his teaching techniques include breaking the skills down to ensure clear understanding of all aspects of the techniques. Erik’s philosophy is “it’s all in the detail”.

Erik became the first person in Britain to achieve the new VTCT L4 Male Grooming and L4 Ladies Styling qualifications. He also became the first hairdresser in Britain to achieve the Master Craftsman award in both ladies and gents hairdressing. He specializes in barbering and razor cutting for men and women. Erik still works in the salon 3 days a week and has a regular clientele.

  Gary Machin 
British Barber Association

Gary has been a working barber for 30 plus years and his career started at the age of 13 as a Saturday lad in the family barbering business, established 1967 as a third generation barber. Once fully qualified after working his way to becoming assistant manager he opened his own shop in 1991 and took on a staff of his own.

His business has grown into a successful group of 6 barber shops, with 27 staff. In 1993, he developed a teaching program with evening courses at a local college which has had run for 9 years. During that time, he was then invited by Habia to sit on the standards review board to give advice on setting up the 1st barbering NVQ qualifications. 

He is currently one of the top educators for the Habia Skill Team on the level 4 Male grooming qualification which takes him around the UK & Ireland. He recently has showcased his traditional barbering / shaving skills and judged the final UEA Best Barber held at the BeautyWorld Middle East in Dubai. 

He was elected the1st Barber Council Chairman and has held this position since 2014. Gary looks forward to sharing his thoughts, experience and advice for the good of our industry.


Sofie Pok

Pivot Point



Sofie "StayGold" Pok is a barber stylist from Los Angeles. Raised in Orange County, Sofie currently lives and works in LA and is known for attention to detail in short hairstyles. She's one of the International Educators for Babyliss Pro, educating stylists and barbers across the nation and sharing her techniques to build a strong foundation with clipper cutting. You can find her published in many magazines highlighting her career as a strong female barber.  Her work has been widely noticed over her Instagram page (@staygold31) promoting education, techniques, high definition edits of hairstyles and videos.


Over the past decade, her goal has remained the same: to fuse her knowledge of barbering and cosmetology and serve as a source of inspiration for others in the field. In her spare time, Sofie enjoys photography and videography and has found a way to mesh her love for barbering with the art of visual media. Sofie was awarded the 2017 Female Barber of the Year by Barbercon, Men’s Shot of the Year by Behind The Chair, and most recently, Barber of the Year at the American Influencer Awards.


Charlie Price


Charlie Price is one of the most recognizable faces in the North American salon industry. His performances as a popular platform artist and educator are filled with smart soundbites, useful information and quick easy techniques for the salon, all delivered in his fun irreverent style.

Charlie has had his photo work published worldwide and has collaborated with Haircare manufacturers such as Aveda, Revlon Professional, TIGI, Roux, Rusk and now he is the International Creative Consultant for Scruples Haircare. Price is also known for having won many industry awards.  He is a two time NAHA North American Hairstylist of the Year award winner in 2002 and 2008 (the first American to do so), the first ever NAHA People’s Choice award winner in 2011 (he has a career total of 25 NAHA nominations) and he was named Canadian Mirror Awards International Hairstylist of the Year in 2007 (a title which he has been nominated for 6 times).  

  Dr. Alan J. Bauman,MD 

Dr. Alan J. Bauman, MD, ABHRS is a diplomate of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery. For over 20 years, as a Board-Certified Hair Restoration Specialist Dr. Bauman has helped nearly 20,000 patients who have been affected by unwanted hair thinning and hair loss problems. Dr. Bauman has been featured extensively in the world’s leading mass media as a top medical hair loss expert in the treatment of hair loss and was recently named North America’s “#1 Top Hair Restoration Surgeon” by Aesthetic Everything. Dr. Bauman is the first-ever hair transplant surgeon to be formally accepted as an Intercoiffure Industry Partner and has taught at Orlando Premiere as well as presented on the mainstage at Intercoiffure and HAIR+ Summit by Modern Salon. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the World Trichology Society. Dr. Bauman personally treats patients at his Bauman Medical Hair Transplant and Hair Loss Treatment Center in beautiful Boca Raton, Florida. 

   Andrew Carruthers 
Sam Villa Team

Andrew Carruthers’ career as a hairdresser has been extremely diverse. Fueled by over 17 years of full time work in a salon, his experience also includes salon ownership, photographic work, as well as personal and professional coaching.

As an educator, Andrew has worked for many national cosmetology brands and is currently the Education Director for Sam Villa®, a brand that provides a wide variety of both online and live education.


From small hands-on classes to large stages, his love for supporting others personal growth and sharing his discoveries has been a passion since the early days of his career. Primarily focusing on women’s and men’s haircutting and finishing, his approach to education is all about connecting with the everyday hairdresser and offering them the tools necessary to build a fulfilling and long-lasting career.

Jesse identifies with hairdressers who work full-time behind the chair - because he is one himself - and he promotes education that develops a diversified skill set necessary for their success.

   Jesse Linares
Sam Villa Team
Linares studies traditional Japanese martial arts, and he applies many concepts from his training to his hair world and education. "Constant attention to your personal training is essential to growth," he states. "Doing hair is a craft job that takes decades of daily work to truly master. Don't be in such a hurry, and enjoy your work!" Jesse believes that a hairdresser's career cannot be measured in profit and loss, but rather in how much of themselves they gave to their work. "Every haircut, every color, every style is a chance to prove what you are made of."

Like the entire Sam Villa team, Jesse approaches education differently to add value for stylists. He delivers programs that are upbeat and motivating – with an emphasis on personal integrity and skill excellence. Linares has dedicated his career to helping stylists translate education into success behind the chair. "The moment I met Sam Villa, I knew I would one day work with him. Sam has always represented the working hairdresser through top-shelf education and tools designed with us in mind. It is my privilege to be a part of and support a voice that is elevating our industry."

   Richie Riveria
Sassoon Academy
North American Color Director, Richie Rivera started his Sassoon career at Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, CA in 1992. He then went on to complete his Sassoon Salon apprenticeship in Boston in 1993, where he has been based for the last 19 years. During Richie’s time in this Sassoon, he worked as Salon Color Director, until being named East Coast Regional Color Director in 2009. Then, in April 2012, Richie earned the prestigious role of North American Color Director.

   Traci Sakosits
Sassoon Academy
North American Creative Director, Traci Sakosits started her training at Sassoon in New York in 1992, where her talents were soon recognized and she moved swiftly up the ranks. She transferred to the Beverly Hills Salon as a stylist in 1994 and was promoted to Assistant Creative Director two years later. The call to teach came quickly, and Traci then moved to the Los Angeles Academy in 1997, where she has been based for the last 15 years. While in Los Angeles, she earned the roles of Creative Director and Regional Creative Director, before being appointed the role of North American Creative Director in April 2012 as a result of her passion and dedication to Sassoon

  Travis Smith
Sassoon Academy 

Travis decided to join the Sassoon Team after eight years in the industry, where he collaborated with other educators, built a loyal client base and earned an Art Director position.  He started his Sassoon Varderer trainging at the Beverly Hills Salon in 2012.  He spent a year and a half learning Sassoon techniques and accepted a position at the Santa Monica Academy in July 2013.  In 2014, Travis relocated to the Chicago Academy, where he is the Lead Instructor.

   Damien Carney  

Damien Carney is one of the most accomplished hairstylists in the last 20 years, Carney has elevated hairstyling into an art form through an impressive body of work.

With a keen eye for detail and the ability to showcase a person's natural assets, Carney has amassed a portfolio reflecting a virtual "Who's Who" in fashion and beauty. Music and film stars such as Ryan Gosling, Grace Jone, Olivia Munn, are just a few of the "A - List" celebrities and models who turned to Carney to create their image-defining hairstyles.


In a career woven with honors and accolades, Carney's high notes include being voted one of Modern Salon Magazine's "50 Influential Hairdressers - Trendsetters" in 2008. He was a finalist in the 2007 NAHA Award category of "Contemporary Classic" and received considerable world press as winner of the British Hairdressing Award, "Men's Hairdresser of the Year." He was pronounced "International Stylist of the Year" at the 2012 Mirror Awards, produced by Canadian Hairdresser Magazine.


A much sought after artistic leader, Damien is currently serving as Creative Director for Schwarzkopf Professional North America where he oversees the creative content and image for the brand.  In this new prestige position, Damien also leads other passionate artists in technical precision and continues to inspire growth through knowledge. Known for its dedication to education, cutting edge technologies, and incredible haircare products, Schwarzkopf Professional is a fitting partnership for Damien. Together, their shared passion for hair and education will continue to elevate both the brand and the artist.

  Nick Arrojo   

With thirty-plus years as a hairdresser, Nick has become a modern icon of the industry. His signature razor-cutting technique is recognized and practiced worldwide. It is part of a modern and creative, precision-based hairdressing method pioneered by Nick, and designed to create fashion-forward, beautiful, wearable hair for clients, while offering creative freedom and versatility to stylists.


A revered hairdresser, educator, and leading light in the business Nick can boast exposure in the world’s best magazines, work with the world’s top fashion designers, and seven years as hairdressing host for TLC’s ‘What Not to Wear. He is an author and mentor and, through ARROJO education, he shares his insights and inspirations with tens of thousands of fellow professionals each year.


Originally from Manchester, England, Nick’s career began at Vidal Sassoon, where he became their youngest ever Creative Director. Later, he worked for Wella, London, before taking the position of Director of Education at the eminent New York salon, Bumble & Bumble, in 1994.


September 2001 brought the realization of Nick’s lifelong dream as ARROJO opened its doors for the first time. Today, the salon is a multi-award-winning, multi-location brand recognized around the world for excellence, integrity, and commitment to the art and craft of hairdressing.


Equally engaging in front of the camera or behind the scenes, Faatemah is a big personality whose distinguishing mark is 'hair that gets attention.' Passionate about not only conceiving over the top hair that dazzles and can be admired by all, Faatemah also finds great beauty in a simple haircut and flawless color. Former Bravo Reality star and a founding member of Intercoiffure America/Canada‘s (ICA) Artistic Team, Faatemah travels the world setting the standards the rest of the industry follows. Her creations have been featured in many publications, commercial work and runway shows and have won her prestigious awards like a North American Hairstyling Award and ICM President's Award. As a world class educator, Faatemah teaches stylists and brands her brand of “Edutainment” (via HairNerds), and continues to help inspire others through education. Regardless of the client, brand or product, Faatemah's award-winning track record and chic sensibility is trusted and internationally recognized. Faatemah was recently inducted into the Aveda Hall Of Fame.

   Russell Cordeiro  

Russell Cordeiro is an accomplished hairstylist known for his unique and accessible approach to haircutting and education. He is the Artistic Director of Karg Inc., founding member of Art + Autonomy Salon in NYC and Barber at Persons of Interest Barbershop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Russell’s years of training and experience behind the chair have led to these roles as well as opportunities to educate and present at respected industry events and hair salons around the country. As Artistic Director of Karg Inc., Russell’s goals include sharing his passion and techniques in haircutting and helping his peers discover the perfect tools to achieve the latest trends and inspire their own creativity

   Mike Karg  

Passionate and driven, Mike Karg has been ahead of the curve for the past 30 years. A pioneer in the art of dry haircutting, he was one of the first bi-coastal stylists, splitting his time between New York and L.A. where he tended to the locks of celebrities like Sharon Stone and Marisa Tomei, styled hair for music videos and fashion magazines, worked backstage at New York Fashion Week with designers like Todd Oldham and

Hugo Boss, and appeared on platform for Wella and Goldwell. Since American

Salon named him “Rising Star” in 1996, his star has only continued to ascend.


His precision-based, easy approach to haircutting is for stylists who want to make money behind the chair by delivering beautiful, wearable hairstyles that look good on anyone. Now with an academy in his native Switzerland and a line of 25 shears that enhance performance when cutting hair dry but can also be used on wet hair, he has perfected the KARG DryHairCut.


His latest venture is a collaboration with Product Club called PCK (Product Club KARG) for which he created three shears and a handful of accessories.

   Carlos Estrella

Carlos Estrella, Chicago native better known as los_cut_it, with a following of 156K followers. He quickly gained this mass of education-hungry barbers and stylists alike because of his passion to share. An original cosmetologist who has always been a barber at heart, Carlos’s ability to simplify men’s grooming and teach the latest and greatest technology in tools and technique has made him one of Barberolgy’s most requested educators. He was voted best up-and-coming barber in 2016, and is specializing in design and hair tattoos. Carlos personi es the true meaning of BarberologyTM and continues to be a student for life, not only advancing his skill in the craft of men’s grooming, but keeping up on techniques and trends for long hair cutting and styling as well. His skills as a barber and presenter have allowed him to travel all over the world and represent the power of education with BaBylissPRO®. 

   David Connor

David Connor is a true Barberologist. He’s a classically trained cosmetologist who added barbering to his repertoire and practices both in the salon daily. David is the Education Manager of the BarberologyTM team and successfully marries classic barbering techniques to a stylist’s perspective in cutting techniques. His clarity and precision in men’s grooming has made him one of the most requested BarberologyTM educators. David has taught all over the world, and continues to develop and grow his skill in bridging the gap between barbering and cosmetology. 

Haircolor Education 
  Candy Shaw
Sunlights Balayage

Nicknamed ‘The Balay Lama®’, Candy literally grew up in the beauty business as the daughter of Jamison Shaw, a former world-champion competition hairdresser, and professional make-up artist Sara Shaw. Candy’s been a hairdresser and educator all her adult life with over 35 years’ experience/ Candy owns Jamison Shaw Hairdressers®, a fifty-year-young, 5,000 square-foot, 50-chair salon in Atlanta, Georgia. Candy still works ‘behind the chair’ and with the aid of between four and six assistants sees up to 35 guests each day.

Candy is regarded as the world’s foremost authority on balayage education. She founded The Academy at Jamison Shaw, an advanced training facility teaching French Cutting and Balayage Highlighting, more than twenty years ago.

Candy serves on the Board of Directors of Intercoiffure America-Canada, the world’s most prestigious international salon organization, and is also the New Member Chair. Candy is a past recipient of Intercoiffure’s ‘Award of Excellence’ and was named ‘Personality of the Year’ by Intercoiffure Mondial in Paris.

American Salon has called her one of the ‘most powerful and influential women in the professional beauty industry’ and Modern Salon describes her as “truly ‘the face of our industry’-- highlighting all that is good about the salon community.” Canadian Hairdresser refers to her simply as ‘the blonde whisperer’.


  Alix Maya

Clymer is a true ARTIST behind the chair. Founder of The Unicorn Tribe and Owner of The Unicorn Tribe Salon, she is also the leader of The Age of The Artist Movement. Six-time BTC One Shot Finalist, winner of the BTC Rainbow Shot of the Year in 2016, she has also been published in Modern Salon, American Salon, and Behind The Chair magazines. Her motto, "Live out loud with no apologies!" rings loud and true in the ears of all that follow her rapidly growing Instagram pages @theunicorntribe/@alix_maya, which are dedicated to the “lost boys and girls of the art world”. You can find Clymer’s personal work brimming with beautiful organic blends of natural color tones and UNICORN hair, all in one. Her signature sectioning technique allows her to create optimum color fluidity. Clymer speaks in formula and dreams in color, she lives to create wearable art for those that sit in her chair and with her brothers and sisters of The Unicorn Tribe. Alix Clymer currently lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her teenage daughter Mikayla Devi. 

  Chrystofer Benson

Creative, Visionary, and Passionate.....are a few
of the words used to describe Chrystofer Benson.
Working and educating globally, he is driven by
his unparalleled creative energy to break down
barriers and leave his mark and legacy on this world.
As an avid competitor, he has many 13 International
titles in Cutting, Color, and Styling, 4 North
American Hair Awards (NAHA) Wins and 15
nominations, as well the following career highlights:

In 2004, Benson was tapped by the industry leader
L'Oreal to be the Creative Lead Trainer of Education
for the MATRIX Global Academy in NYC, which
he led successfully for many years.  MATRIX
has since asked him to use exceptional artistic
vision as one of the beauty giant's Global Artistic
Directors leading the direction for MATRIX on
Advertising and Consumer Campaigns, MATRIX
NAHA - Mentor, New Product Launches, Global 
Trend Collections, and Training the Educational
Standards. With his drive and vision, he is
undeniably one of the most progressive hairstylists
of our time, constantly touring with MATRIX
Globally. He delivers spellbinding artistic
main-stage performances, technical trainings, and
when not traveling, he spends his time at his
private creative studio preparing his next collections. 

Chrystofer also has an impressive body of
international photo work from
with photographers creating stunning images that
elevate hairdressings overall art form. From

Advertising, Beauty, Fashion, and Editorial
campaigns, his work has graced the covers and
pages of publications of International magazines
around the globe. H
e is continually growing and
elevating his own art form and sharing his
work at and  

   Eva Scrivo

Eva Scrivo is a multi-faceted artist who owns of two eponymous New York City salons. She is the award-winning author of Eva Scrivo on Beauty: The Tools, Techniques, and Insider Knowledge Every Woman Needs to Be Her Most Beautiful, Confident Self (Atria Books), as well as a television and radio personality. Eva is regarded as one of the industry’s premier educators and experts in hair coloring and cutting. She is a pioneer of modern free-hand highlighting and is known internationally for her color designs, particularly for her Balayage artistry and proprietary hand-painting techniques. Her work has been featured on numerous television shows, has graced the covers of top beauty and fashion publications, and has adorned the heads of celebrities, socialites, and countless blonde bombshells. Working with a long list of celebrities and legendary photographers, has brought Eva to the editorial world's top tier of fashion and beauty. Her work has further been extended to the runway at New York Fashion Week, collaborating with the designer and lead stylist to conceptualize hair color and techniques that would complement the collection.

After years of teaching elite level master classes in coloring and cutting while representing major beauty brands, Eva now shares her techniques with hairdressers from around the world at the Eva Scrivo Advanced Academy in NYC, continually growing her Balayage Network of colorists proficient in the art of hand-painting.  


Make Up Educators  
   Nicole Flevaris
Master Trainer 
The Lashe

Nicole graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors in Marketing and International Business and a Masters in Business Administration with specialty in Finance and Entrepreneurship. Her education also included a background in biology, chemistry, medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy.

In 2007, after being exposed to the growing problems of the fledgling industry of eyelash extensions, Nicole set course and led the effort to develop a high quality product line. After 2 years of perfecting the product line, the company was launched in 2009. Nicole’s hard work paid off as the company gained a loyal following of stylists from all around the Globe and its much coveted adhesive is considered to be the best on the market.

In 2011 the company’s flagship Salon Lashe was established in Chicago’s Gold Coast for the purpose of offering high quality eyelash extensions to clients as well as providing a suitable training venue for stylists who want to learn The Lashe Technique.

With a full line of eyelash adhesives and extensions as well as a functioning salon in place, Nicole turned her attention to the launching of eyelash extension courses. It is her goal to properly educate and train as many stylists as she can and to instill in them the same kind of passion and drive that she has.

By 2013, the product line and services expanded to include Nicole's interest in an adhesive formulation for eyebrow extensions. She has put together a team of educators who have taken courses from world renowned brow stylists and have begun teaching brow restoration, shaping and eyebrow extension courses. This new service comes with the reward of helping cancer and alopecia patients and survivors.

  Jessica Monzalvo

Initiating her career in the Big Apple-at Makeup Forever Academy New York City, Jessica Monzalvo learned the tricks of the trade from New York's best working makeup artists. Jessica instantly fell in love with the bright lights of the city, and made it her mission to someday work in theater. Six short months after beginning her career, she found herself walking along the streets of Time Square heading to work an Off Broadway production.  While in NYC, Jessica came across many amazing opportunities such as working The Victoria Secrets Fashion Show and collaborating with numerous photographers.

Fueled by NYC's immeasurable energy she ventured back to Chicago and founded MAKEUP FIX by JEM. MAKEUP FIX by JEM is an educational program geared towards helping new and established artists with their artistry and career in Chicago and Mexico. Aside from educating in Chicago & Mexico, she's continued to expand her network and now counts Vera Wang, Kohls, Telemundo Chicago, LifeTime Movies as clients among many others. Jessica Monzalvo believes that 'beauty is love' and her intense love for the industry will continue to drive her forward. 

  Jill Glaser
MakeUp First 

Jill is an Illinois state-certified freelance media makeup artist, working in and around the Chicago area. Jill has worked with photographers and agencies retained by Sears, Costco, Com Ed, Harris N.A., State Farm Insurance, and many others too numerous to mention.

Jill is the founder/owner (since 2006), and one of the instructors for the Basic, Media, Clinical, Careers, Advanced Media, Airbrushing and Bridal Makeup courses at Make Up First ® School of Makeup Artistry.  Jill is also the owner of the agency, Artists by Make Up First, LLC, which places graduates of the School in full and part time work.  Jill also continues to freelance as a makeup artist/ hair stylist for television, film, print, video, music video, weddings and special events.

Nail Educators 
  Tracy Vinson

Tracy is the Owner/CEO of The Mobile Manicurist, LLC based in Forest, VA. She was working a full-time job at the time she obtained her nail tech license, a few years ago. What she "thought" was going to be a little side business immediately took off by leaps and bounds. She built a FULL clientele in only six weeks and had to quit her full-time job she'd been at for several years. Today, she's the winner of numerous awards including MSN.COM top nail artists. She's been featured in Nails Magazine as well as Nail-pro numerous times over, and received numerous other recognitions. She won first place at the National Nail Tech Convention with her 3D entry piece of "James and the Giant Peach" nails. Recently, she was the third runner up in Season 4 of Nail Top Nail Artist. She's one of the industries’ top “Celebrity” go-to artists, training Nail Designers from all over the world.   You can follow her amazing work on Instagram @mobilemanicurist.

   Amy Oung

Amy Oung has nearly 20 years in the nail industry, is a second-generation Vietnamese American nail technician, licensed in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and is a frequent contributor to both Nails Magazine and VietSalon Magazine.  Amy pushes herself and has actively competed in the past, placing third place in the U.S. Invitational for gel.  She currently runs a successful nail studio and continues to inspire nail artists around the world as an ORLY Ambassador. Her beautiful work can be seen on Instagram @amygelz. 

   Ashley Gregory  

Ashley Gregory is an award winning session manicurist whose work has been featured in publications like Harper’s BAZAAR, NAILS Magazine, and ELLE. She has worked as a lead manicurist at New York Fashion Week, with celebrity clientele, and on various film and television projects.

Ashley is the creator of the leading industry blog and subscription box, The Nailscape, and loves sharing knowledge, techniques, and trends with other nail professionals.

   Jamie Schrabeck  

Since 1992, Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D. has worked as a licensed manicurist and owner of Precision Nails, an exclusive employee-based salon. Beyond the salon, she collaborates with Tina Alberino on Nail Tech Reality Check, teaches business and technical classes at all major US beauty shows, directs competitions, organizes events, consults with manufacturers and advises California's Board of Barbering and Cosmetology as an expert witness.

   Nail Tech
Reality Check

Founded by licensed nail professionals and leading educators Jaime Schrabeck and Tina Alberino, Nail Tech Reality Check brings credible, product-neutral education to professional nail technicians and salon owners. Our specialist educators have the benefit of being entirely independent. Together, we tackle questions and complaints submitted by professionals, students and salon owners by sharing our opinions and discussing solutions based on our extensive experience.

  Vicki Malo

Vicki Malo, MBA, BSc.Pod, CIDESCO, RMT, CMT

President North American School of Podology

Vicki has worked in the professional beauty industry as a highly trained CIDESCO Diplomat, master pedicurist, massage therapist, licensed beautician, educator, speaker, and consultant for almost 30 years.  As a leader in foot care education, her passion for feet and foot care education is evident in all of her classes and lectures. 

Vicki’s educational experience includes MBA, business management, BSc. in Podology, advanced skin care, advanced foot care, infection control and business modalities in the salon industry. As a past business owner of both a clinical salon and a day spa, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her classes and seminars.

Vicki is an International Educator and trainer with Footlogix and NASP as well as a platform speaker at international trade shows. In this new era of salons and spas, Vicki believes education is the key to continued success. Her mission is to provide high quality education to the pedicurist and salon professional and help raise awareness in terms of safe pedicures and salon services.

Vicki is currently the President of the North American School of Podology and Vice President Education for Footlogix®. She is active on industry advisory boards, contributes to articles in industry magazines and writes a blog for the North American School of Podology.  

   Katharin von Gavel  

Katharin von Gavel is a recognized leader in the pedicure / Foot Care industry both as an educator and a mentor. Katharin has been a featured speaker at industry meetings and trade shows across North America, Asia and Europe. Having studied Dermatology and Paramedical Esthetics in Germany, she received a degree in Foot care and additionally, holds various other degrees.

For over twenty-five years Katharin owned and operated Medi-Spas and Clinics with a subspecialty in advanced foot care. She also developed proprietary protocols and licensed clinics in Canada, USA, South America and Europe.

Recognizing the special needs presented by an aging population, accompanied by major consumer lifestyle changes, Katharin pioneered and developed Footlogix Pediceuticals, bringing truly transformational foot care products to the market place internationally.

Being a trailblazer and an industry leader, Katharin launched the North American School of Podology (NASP), offering a range of education services to promote best practices, policies and standards for the pedicurist. Katharin von Gavel, now, as the Chair of NASP, is dedicated to the education, training and certification of pedicurists and foot care specialists. 

Katharin continues her passion for education, and has focused her attention on enhancing the development of pedicure professionals throughout North America and around the world.

   Tina Alberino  

Beauty industry survivalist, salon crisis interventionist, tactical verb-weapon specialist, and the leader of at least a hundred workplace revolutions, Tina is known for her extensive knowledge as for her sarcastic wit and mercilessly straightforward style. She’s the author of the book The Beauty Industry Survival Guide and the blog This Ugly Beauty Business.

  Karen Hodges   

Karen Hodges is a licensed manicurist and esthetician with over 20 years’ experience in the salon. She entered the beauty industry after her first career in business and finance, immediately flourishing with her entrepreneurial skills. A free-lance writer for several beauty trade publications, Hodges has travelled globally as an industry educator and public speaker. Her expertise ranges over a variety of health/safety and business oriented topics. She offers in-salon consulting and training, as well as being the co-founder of Nailcare Academy and Salon Gurus, two online educational platforms for licensed beauty pros. 

Business Educators 

 Christine Renella
Angie Sullivan

Christine Renella and Angie Sullivan, between them have 15+ years as a licensed cosmetologists and Licensed Cosmetology Teachers.  Christine Renella is CEO of Prodigy Hair & Beauty Education, Inc. and Angie Sullivan is President of Winsome Mane Education, Inc.  Both are Illinois CE sponsors and teach throughout the state.  Both have done platform work and managed cosmetology schools and salons.

This Teacher Education is “outside” the box and will provide you with the tools to see the future of our industry and make impactful changes to your teaching style to accommodate any obstacle.

  Winn Claybaugh   

Winn is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!) and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for the book. A national speaker for major corporations and a business owner for more than 30 years with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder, co-owner, and dean of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division. Under Winn’s leadership and in keeping with their unique culture of giving back and building self-esteem, the 110-plus schools in the nationwide network have donated countless volunteer hours and raised more than $18.2 million for multiple charitable organizations. In 2004, the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) recognized Winn’s outstanding contributions to the hair and beauty industry by making him the youngest person ever named to their Hall of Leaders. Recognizing his contributions to the beauty industry, American Salon named Winn one of the five “Industry Leaders Who Helped Revolutionize Education.” In recognition of his philanthropic and other contributions, Winn received the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. 

  Steve Reiss   

MODERN SALON Publisher Steve Reiss brings a compelling story for changing times to life with results from an exclusive study in collaboration with the International SalonSpa Business Network (ISBN). Join an important, insightful conversation perfect for all salon professionals, including stylists, salon owners, suppliers and distributors.

MODERN SALON is the industry leader in content, community, recognition and advocacy for salon professionals. Follow #MODERNSALON on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest, and learn more at,, and

ISBN represents the global voice for the multi-location salon and spa segment of the professional beauty industry.  The organization comprises the full spectrum of the industry, with high-end to value-priced salons/spas with thousands of locations to those with two or three; corporate-owned to individually-owned; franchise companies and their franchisees. Learn more at

   Karen Gordon  

Karen Gordon is the owner of J. Gordon Designs, which was established 42 years ago in Chicago. She has been a CC member and licensed cosmetologist for 35 years. She is also licensed in the state of California. Karen is a Hair Color Specialist and Hair Loss Specialist. She has a Master’s Degree in Applied Business from DePaul University. She is an active member of Cosmetologists Chicago and has worked on CC’s Business Development Committee, Nominating Committee, Scholarship Committee and Education Committee. She is a four time recipient of the Presidents Scholarship Award, four time winning photographer of the Stars Competition and has been the co-director of CC’s Photo Trend Release for the past 6 years. She is a member of Intercoiffure and the American Hair Loss Council. Karen sits on the advisory board for Modern Salon’s Hair+. She speaks at conferences around the country on topics relating to business development. 

   Frank Gambuzza  

Frank's beauty career spans more than 40 years starting as a shoeshine boy in a white-tiled New Jersey barbershop and includes studying with Vidal Sassoon Academies and the Jingles Schools of Advanced Training in London. Frank and his wife, Belinda, started Salon Visage in 1986, which has grown into a nationally recognized company comprising six brands including the original salon, two barbershops, a spa, a school and an advanced academy. With 170 employees, The Visage Group serves more than 700 clients per day in Knoxville, Tenn.

Frank is President of the exclusive Intercoiffure American/Canada organization based in Paris and has served on its board for over 25 years. He has been recognized by Self magazine as one of the top 20 hairdressers in America.

Frank is a partner and board member of the Summit Salon Business Center, the world’s largest salon and school consulting organization. A highly sought after business speaker, he co-founded the Strictly Business series of seminars. 

Intercoiffure Business 


Salon Buzz

Andreas Zafiriadis started his career in Athens nearly 30 years ago.  Life brought him to Chicago in 1983. Soon after, he started practicing the craft of hairdressing.  While the majority of his time has been spent in Chicago, Andreas has worked and trained throughout the country, as well as in Paris, London and Athens.  He has been recognized by national and local publications as one of the top cutters in the country and received the exclusive Salon Global Business Award for his savvy entrepreneurial skills. He serves on the Board of Directors of the most prestigious organization in the beauty industry, Intercoiffure.

Andreas was recognized in 50 Hairstylists, a book by Rick Morton that explores the success secrets of 50 of the world’s top hairdressers, salon owners, and colorists.


Karen Gordon

J. Gordon Designs

Karen Gordon is the owner of J. Gordon Designs. She has been a licensed cosmetologist for 35 years and is also a Hair Color Specialist. Karen has a Master’s Degree in Applied Business from De Paul University. She is an active member of Cosmetologists Chicago. She serves on many committees, including the Scholarship Committee and Education Committee. She is a four-time recipient of the Presidents Scholarship Award, four-time winning photographer of the Stars Competition and is the co-director of CC’s Photo Trend Release. Karen lectures on business development, hair loss and is also a member of Intercoiffure America/Canada.

CIDESCO USA Educators 

Susan Schmaling

Susanne is one of the skin gurus of the esthetics profession, a licensed esthetician and beauty therapist with over 17 years’ experience. She is a popular presenter at conferences and seminars and has educated internationally, as well as the author of two books in Milady’s Aesthetician Series: The Comprehensive Guide to Equipment (2008) and Aging Skin (2011),also a contributor to Milady’s Professional Makeup-Aging Skin (2012).


Her clients have been from the highly visible red carpet crowd to those just starting to take care of their skin. Susanne’s expertise is integrative esthetics with an emphasis on science based therapies that provide measurable results. She is director of education for Associated Skincare Professionals and is working with leaders in the aesthetic medical, legislative, and skin care profession to raise the standards of education for licensed professionals.


Lydia Sarfati

Founder & CEO



Lydia Sarfati is the Founder and CEO of Repêchage, the first company to bring seaweed-based skincare treatments and cosmetics to the U.S market. Ms. Sarfati is an international industry leader and the developer of the world-renowned Repêchage® Four Layer Facial®, what Cosmopolitan UK has called "the best facial of the century." Today, together with her husband David Sarfati, Co-Founder and COO, Sarfati oversees a 50,000 square foot manufacturing, research, development and training facility in Secaucus, NJ. Vegan and natural-based, all Repêchage professional products and treatments are made in the United States, and are sold in over 40 countries worldwide. 


Lydia was born in Legnica, Poland, a city close to the Czech and German borders.  Her mother was captured in Russia and sent to a German labor camp and her Polish father was a survivor of the Holocaust.  In the late 1960's when there was renewed anti-Semitism in Poland, Lydia's family was forced to flee, first to Italy, ultimately settling in the United States.  She began her career in beauty as a makeup artist, custom-blending cosmetics in a Madison Avenue salon in New York. She received her license in esthetics, and in 1977, opened Klisar, the first day spa in Manhattan. In 1980, she launched the Repêchage treatments and products based on seaweed, opening the new Repêchage Spa de Beauté on Third Ave in 1986, and later in the Galleria building on 57th Street.


Sarfati was one of the pioneers in the field of esthetics in the U.S. setting the professional and business standards for the industry. She innovated spa services with the creation of the Facial Bar concept which allows salons and spas to incorporate express facial treatments with instant, visible results. Her skincare method is practiced by top estheticians around the world and is taught in over 200 schools in the US and globally; the Lydia Sarfati Post-Graduate Skin Care Academy located in Secaucus, offers master courses taught by Lydia once a year in addition to the advanced education classes available at the Academy on a monthly basis.


She appears nationally and internationally at esthetic trade shows, and attends and conducts overseas conferences in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central America, and South Africa. She has produced 17 step-by-step instructional videos as well as published The Repêchage Professional Skin Care Methods and Protocols and The Lydia Sarfati Book of Skin Science, comprehensive works of skin conditions, skincare and body treatments, and medical esthetics including pre and post operative care protocols. She is a prolific writer, a contributing editor for Les Nouvelles Esthétiques & Spa, Skin Inc. Magazine and European publications.  Sarfati is also author of “Success at Your Fingertips.” Written to help salon and spa professionals achieve professional success, it was published in the US in 2005, in Poland in 2014 and in Romania in the Fall, 2015. 


Ms. Sarfati was a founding President of the EMDA (Esthetics Manufacturer and Distributor Alliance), Vice President of American Beauty Association—now a part of Professional Beauty Association, a member of CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women), FGI (Fashion Group International), and is the honorary chairman of EstheticsAmerica/CIDESCO USA. Mrs. Sarfati is also an Honorary Mentor at Dietl University.

Sarfati was the recipient of both LNE’s Crystal Award and Dermascope’s Legend Award. She was granted the ICMAD’s Cosmetic Entrepreneur Award for Leadership and the NCA Pillar Award for Education Leadership. She was the first honoree from a skincare company to be recognized at the 19th Annual American Beauty Ball and Charity Gala benefitting The Make A Wish Foundation®. Lydia was honored at the Seventh Annual “Top Women in Business” Networking Awards Dinner presented by American Airlines. Lydia was presented with the prestigious Chevalerie “Knight Award” by Intercoiffure Mondial, the first and only skin care professional to be recognized by the organization for outstanding contributions to the industry.  Ms. Sarfati continues to promote education to professionals through-out the globe. In 2014, Sarfati was named Honorary Ambassador to Legnica, Poland, her home city, by the President of Legnica, Thadeusz Krzakowski.                                                                                                                   



All exhibitors, workshops, artists, presenters, times and locations subject to change without notice.


CE 3001 Jill Glaser Airbrush for Brides
presented by
MakeUp First School

9 - 11am

CE Hours: 2
Early Bird Price: $49
Full Price: $60

• How adding airbrush makeup to your menu of services will increase your short and long-term revenue stream 
• The business of airbrush makeup and how to  create an “airbrushed” finished face  
• How to incorporate classic bridal makeup trends with the current makeup application trend


CE 3027  Turning Instagram Makeup Trends into Wearable Looks
presented by
MakeUp First School

2 - 4pm

CE Hours: 2
Early Bird Price: $49
Full Price: $60



 • The history of current Instagram make-up trends including contouring and highlighting 
• How to avoid a heavy-handed “one-look- suits-all” application of these trends 
• How to incorporate these looks into a  realistic application, creating a flattering and “wearable” look for the everyday woman

Susan Schmaling

Esthetics & Makeup

America's Beauty Show presents the finest educators in the industry featuring comprehensive, career-building classes that provide skills you can take back to the salon.

GET TO KNOW THE PROS!  Visit the ABS Faculty Lounge.

Download the Education Supplement PDF to see all classes and events at the 2015 America's Beauty Show!

You may also wish to check out esthetics education opportunities at Face & Body Midwest, which is co-located with America's Beauty Show.


Plan your America's Beauty Show experience & schedule today!


LOOK & LEARN: Photo-ready Face
No Filter Necessary


  • How to perfect and fine-tune the face and its features so as to always be photo-ready using specific products and techniques

with Jill Glaser of Make Up First® School

Price: $55    CEH: 2 hours
Date: Sunday, March 22
Time: 10:00am – 12noon     3013


LOOK & LEARN: Bridal Makeup
The Modern Bride


  • How to best enhance the features of the contemporary bride and bridal party
  • Principles of highlight and contour, using airbrush makeup and manual products

with Jill Glaser of Make Up First® School

Price: $55    CEH: 2 hours
Date: Sunday, March 22
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm     3018


LOOK & LEARN: Eyebrows Finishing
Hollywood Eyebrow Design


  • Wax, razor, tweezing and trimming techniques for precision shaping and designing the perfect arch
  • Hollywood brow-finishing technique that will keep your clients coming back to you
  • Products to use and product textures

with Tondalah Stroud of F.O.G. Cosmetics

Price: $55    CEH: 1.5 hours
Date: Sunday, March 22
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm     3029





LOOK & LEARN: Editorial Makeup Trends
Beauty Transformation


  • How to create the latest editorial looks for a winning beauty photo shoot
  • The transformation from editorial to avant-garde using various makeup techniques and textures that show beautifully in photography
  • Types of wardrobe styling and creative direction to create a winning collection
  • How to create an editorial, red carpet look
  • How to effortlessly create the perfect, clean, smoky eye for clients and editorial images
  • How to take great photos of your finished look in our mini-studio

with Cheryl Gushue


Price: $99    CEH: 2 hours
Date: Monday, March 23
Time: 10:00am – 12:00noon     4013



LOOK & LEARN: All about Lashes
Lash Extensions


  • Differences between types of lashes (mink, silk, synthetic, human, etc.) and how to sell to your clients
  • The art of doing lash extensions with speed and accuracy, safely
  • How to start a profitable eyelash extension business and discover the secrets for success

with Tondalah Stroud of F.O.G. Cosmetics

Price: $65    CEH: 2 hours
Date: Monday, March 23
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm     4021



All exhibitors, workshops, artists, presenters, times and locations are subject to change without notice.