Sam Daly is a passionate and innovative stylist based in Sarasota Florida. With 20 years experience, she is now a proud member of the Brazilian Bond Builder artist family, an international educator for Pulp Riot, a Salon Centric ambassador, member of The Unicorn Tribe and a 6 time Behind the Chair OneShot award nominee. Sam is the owner of @bottleblonde76 salon in downtown Sarasota. As a stylist she is dedicated to providing exceptional work for her clients in the chair. As an educator, she is committed to providing both knowledge and inspiration to stylists everywhere. Her ambitions are to continue to grow as a salon professional and bring that wisdom to fellow stylists around the world.
Geno Stampora's work has been featured in Modern, American, Salon Today, Nails, Nailpro, Dayspa, Launchpad, and almost every salon and spa trade magazine. You can also find articles in Glamour, Elle, The New Yorker, Washingtonian Magazine and others. He is considered an industry expert and Business Guru.
He has made a major contribution to the beauty industry in many ways. He has owned, managed, and worked behind the chair in his collection of salons. He has owned two beauty academies', where he also instructed. Geno has been a distributor and sales consultant to salons, a major platform artist, and has shared the stage with the world's greatest artists.
As an industry expert and speaker, Geno has consulted with many manufacturers. He has educated industry artists and sales people all over the world. He has and continues to be a keynote speaker, contributing artist, and consultant to the industry's finest teams, such as: Professional Beauty Association, International Beauty Systems, International Chain Salon Association, National Cosmetology Association, Cosmoprof, Intercoiffure, Chicago Cosmetology Association and the Midwest Beauty Show, North American Hairstyling Awards, and more.
As a coach and image consultant, as well as In Salon Educator, Geno Has trained thousands of salons worldwide. He has worked with groups large and small helping them to fine tune and refine their ability to grow. He has been named as a strong force in the success of thousands of beauty professionals. The industry's finest salons use Geno frequently as a Guest artist and salon trainer helping to keep them on the cutting edge. He is author of SUCCESS DYNAMICS, a beauty academy text book. He has written the best selling CD's in the industry, ADVENTURES IN CREATIVE HAIRDRESSING, and ACHIEVING SALON SUCCESS. Geno continues to contribute to beauty by being an outstanding role model and keeping the creative juices of beauty professionals flowing. In 2009 Geno was inducted into the North American Hairstylists Awards HALL of LEADERS. One of only 27 Beauty Professionals in History. Genostampora.com
Driven by an unwavering passion for the art of hair styling, Naeemah LaFond is one of the industry's most sought-after stylists and educators. Growing up with Brooklyn, NY as her playground, and with constant exposure to the city's vibrant culture and style, Naeemah had been introduced early on to the concept of self-expression—ultimately using a comb to sculpt her creations. Naeemah's focus is in creating works of art through Finishing. Naeemah has traveled the Globe as a Platform Artist and educator, sharing her techniques and love for the art of hair styling with her peers. She has been featured on the pages of Cosmopolitan, Elle, Allure, InStyle, Glamour, and Teen Vogue, among many other international fashion publications.
Today, as the Global Artistic Director for amika, Naeemah has fused her love for the art of hairstyling with her passion for education. She has curated and implemented the brand's educational strategy, performs as a Master Platform artist at industry trade shows and events around the world, and creates the looks behind the brand's imagery. Naeemah's work is uniquely identifiable, and her aesthetic and talent for hair dressing is sure to leave a mark in the industry.
The fusion of art, science and creativity is the driving force behind Matt Swinney's ambition and passion for the haircare industry. A four-time North American Hairstyling Award (NAHA) winner, Matt took home trophies for 2017 NAHA for Hair Color of the Year and Salon Team of the Year. He recently earned his first nomination and win in Behind the Chair's 2017 #BIGSHOT award for his incendiary work in the Avant-Garde category. Matt has been highlighted as a Beauty Genius by Elle, and his work has been featured in American Salon, Modern Salon, Behindthechair.com, Estetica, Canadian Hairdresser, and trade publications worldwide.
As Global Creative Director for L'ANZA, Matt collaborates with his fellow Creative Team to conceptualize and develop the L'ANZA Collections for the season. He has led styling teams at New York Fashion Week for fashion heavyweights like HARBISON and Karigam, and regularly travels the globe inspiring stylists with his unique approach to cutting and coloring techniques.
At home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Matt co-owns Evolution Hair Studio – the world's first L'ANZA Healing Center, and 2017's NAHA-award winning Salon Team of the Year. Whether instructing a class or touching up a client behind the chair, Matt's core philosophy remains the same: Help everyone you touch reach their highest potential, while striving to reach your own.
Over the past 30 years Michael has lived the life of a stylist, manager, a multiple salon owner, and an executive chain director. But, he found his true calling in 1984 when he began training salon stylists to become financially successful TOP 20s.
Michael's breakthrough book, "A Little Off the Top" was the first in a series of DVD videos, CD audios, tracking journals, and organizational tools that have since helped over a million salon professionals break through to a more prosperous and purposeful career.
Today Michael shows no signs of slowing down. His new program, Step Up! – Fast Track to Wealth, is training Top 20 stylists to dramatically improve their personal finances and professional income in record time. You can learn more about Step Up!, read profiles of the people who have attended, and what it means to be a TOP 20 at www.SalonDev.com.
After graduating from Emory University with a degree in Creative Writing, Jennie ventured to Colorado to break into Denver's entertainment scene, and was quickly hired by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. After 5 years of managing Kroenke's Special Events department, Jennie joined Motive, a boutique creative marketing agency. While at Motive, she worked on experiential campaigns and digital projects for top brands such as Mars Chocolate, Van's Natural Foods and Cartoon Network. Throughout this time, Jennie was a happy customer of an esthetician named Michelle who closed her traditional salon doors to move to Sola Salon Studios in Denver, CO.
In 2013, Matt and Stratton (Sola's co-founders) convinced Jennie to turn her talents toward the salon industry. As Sola's Vice President of Marketing and Education, Jennie manages the Sola marketing efforts top-to-bottom, including Sola's social media strategy, the Sola blog, Sola's website, all of Sola's traditional and nontraditional marketing campaigns, innovative stylist programs and education such as the Sola Pro app, SolaGenius and the Sola Sessions.
Kim Bennett's passion as a hairdresser has taken her on a journey through the beauty industry for more than 25 years. As a licensed cosmetologist since the age of 18, she has continued to catapult her career and her business from her humble small town beginnings, and is dedicated to inspiring others in the beauty industry.
As a Senior National Educator for Paul Mitchell for the past 24 years she was one of the first Artistic Color Coordinators chosen to help launch Paul Mitchell's first color line, as well as being a Task Force Leader where she trained and coached regional Paul Mitchell National Educators. She received the Paul Mitchell Focus Award in 2012, and continues to educate and help salons grow their business.
While working in all aspects of traditional salons, Kim made the decision of salon ownership after meeting Sola's co-founders, Matt and Stratton, at a coffee shop in Denver, Colorado and became the first Sola professional to sign a lease in early 2004! Throughout her 13 years at Sola, Kim has supported and represented Sola Salon Studios in myriad ways and in early 2014 was brought on to the Sola Home Office Team. Within her current role as Culture Ambassador and Director of Industry Relationships, Kim uses her expertise to share the Sola Salon Studios culture to connect and build relationships throughout the Professional Beauty Industry.
Her passion and success as a Sola professional has spread like wildfire being asked to speak with industry leaders on better business practices and has been featured in many publications including Modern Salon, Behind the Chair, American Salon and Milady Pro. Kim is dedicated to creating opportunities for Sola professionals to inspire them to become successful business owners while also enjoying their best artistic self.