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.
Hairdresser, salon owner, platform artist and industry legend, John Paul Mitchell Systems® Global Artistic & Business Director Robert Cromeans inspires hairdressers around the globe with his charming wit, innovative artistry and proven business strategies. Few have achieved such international acclaim; fewer still have worked so hard to share the keys to success with others. Robert is the proud owner of A Robert Cromeans Salons and Walkin Salons by Robert Cromeans in San Diego, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.
At hair shows, Mary Cuomo initiates breathtaking transformations that start at the model casting and culminate on the Paul Mitchell® stage. At A Robert Cromeans Salon in San Diego, Mary's specialty is five-star treatment. She has mastered the art of the upgrade and derives 80% of her salon business from the Color Bar℠ experience. Mary's artistry and pace make her one of Paul Mitchell's most sought-after international show artists. Watch how she brings this excitement to everything she does!
Lauren, the "Red Head Firecracker" has impacted the beauty industry since 1983 by "Inspiring Dreams, Passion, and the Champion Within!" Lauren founded Inspiring Champions in 1995, and has since trained and coached TENS of THOUSANDS to the top of their careers, using her proven and repeatable business systems for dramatically increasing sales, client retention, income and profit – all while having fun! Lauren is vibrant, dynamic, and genuine. Rated as one of the top business trainers and success coaches in the Salon & Spa industry.
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.
Additional Education and Festivities
On Sunday, May 5th, join us for a pool party hosted by Hattori Hanzo Shears at the Lafayette Hotel! Stop by any time from 2pm – 5pm for a cocktail, demos from Hanzo, and fun in the sun. More details coming soon!
In addition, Lauren Gartland of Inspiring Champions will be hosting an all-day class on Tuesday, 5/7 – with exclusive pricing just for Sessions attendees! You will learn how to boost your income, explode retail sales, add $100 to your book every day, and much more! More details coming soon.
Sunday, May 5th
2 pm - 5 pm: Pool Party Pool Party hosted by Hattori Hanzo Shears
The Lafayette Hotel
2223 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92104
Tuesday, May 7th
9:30 am - 4 pm Additional Education hosted by Inspiring Champions Cost: $99
Location Info Coming Soon!