Beauty Store Business

SEP 2013

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News LIFE OF RILEY SALON SUPPLY TO DEBUT CPNA OFFICIALS REPORT RECORD GROWTH IN ATTENDEES AND EXHIBITORS Photography by Armando Sanchez and courtesy of Like a breath of much-needed fresh air, a new independent, professionalbeauty distribution model backed by beauty-industry executives with salon-products distributor experience—Life of Riley Salon Supply—will officially start up Sept. 16 in Florida and Georgia. Plans are to expand it to North and South Carolina by the end of 2013. And if all goes according to the business plan, it will start expanding using a franchise/licensing system. In a sector that has literally been turned upside down for years by the influence of two dominant mega-distributors, consolidation and tough economic times, the new business will no doubt provide welcome relief to emerging and mid-size salon brands seeking distribution due to the logjams they now often encounter as well as excellent opportunities for entrepreneurs who love the distribution business, want to work in it and can make a comfortable living doing so. Life of Riley relates to "living the good life" or "living an easy and pleasant life" and the business won't forget what made the industry great—the people in the salons and those calling on them, says Kelly Huether, who will officially become president and co-founder Sept. 16. Huether—who left SalonCentric as a top executive earlier this year—was at Cosmoprof North America 2013, where he had three full days of appointments. His impressive beauty career dates back to Beaches Beauty Supply in Montana. He's the past president of Ace Beauty Co. and Independent Salon Resource in Florida, former president of State Beauty Supply and RDA in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and served as senior vice president of traditional distribution at Beauty Alliance prior to the L'Oréal acquisition that created SalonCentric. Look for the new Life of Riley website at in mid-September. Huether can be contacted at SALLY BEAUTY SUPPLY HONORS CONAIR, DENMAN, FISK INDUSTRIES, NAMASTE LABS 68 September 2013 | Pictured (left to right) are Gary Winterhalter, chairman and CEO, Sally Beauty Holdings; Ken Russo, senior vice president, general merchandising manager, Conair Corp.; Alan Stockman, vice president, Conair Corp.; Joni Bologna, director of key accounts, Conair Professional; Linda Voracek, group vice president of merchandising, Sally Beauty Supply. Pictured (left to right) are Winterhalter; Stephen Adler, CEO, Fisk Industries; Ira Adler, vice president, Fisk Industries; Voracek. Images courtesy of Sally Beauty Supply Sally Beauty SupplyÑthe worldÕs largest retailer of professional-beauty supplies with more than 3,300 storesÑhonored Conair Corp., Denman, Fisk Industries and Namaste Laboratories as ÒPartners in ProgressÓ at a VIP breakfast during Cosmoprof North America 2013 in Las Vegas. ÒWe are pleased to honor our outstanding manufacturers,Ó says Mike Spinozzi, Sally Beauty Supply president. ÒThese companies have the same dedication to quality and customer service that is the hallmark of Sally BeautyÕs success.Ó The four vendors were selected for their success in helping increase sales and maintaining superior inventory management. Most importantly, the companies were recognized for supporting innovation with new products and creative marketing programs. Conair, founded in 1959, was one of the first companies to partner with Sally. Denman, a family-owned company, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Fisk Industries has partnered with Sally for more than 35 years. Namaste addresses the needs of the healthconscious multicultural consumer. Cosmoprof North America on July 14-16 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas featured 892 exhibiting companies and more than 26,000 attendees—both records for the annual event, now 11 years old. Last year's show featured 856 exhibiting companies and more than 25,000 attendees. The 2013 event delivered a strong international presence with exhibitors from 38 countries— higher than any CPNA—and eight official country pavilions (Brazil, China, Columbia, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Spain and Turkey). Also this year, the number of international exhibiting companies was higher than ever. There were 314 international exhibitors, with a large increase of companies from Japan, Great Britain and Spain. The 2013 Discover Beauty Award winner was Skin&CO Roma from Italy. PBA Beauty Week's events—the North American Hairstyling Awards, its Regional Salon Summit there and BEACON—each saw a record number of attendees. Cosmoprof North America 2014 will take place on July 13-15 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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