Leo Passage, educator, mentor, inspiration to countless professionals and beauty icon passed away peacefully this week surrounded by his family. As an early internationally renowned competitor in beauty competitions, educator and founder of Pivot Point, Leo Passage was an integral part of the growth of the professional beauty industry.

“Combining creativity and a passion for beauty, along with a unbridled commitment to education and business, Leo Passage represented the best of our industry. Leo’s passing will be felt in many ways, but his legacy will live on through his work and the lives he touched,” expressed Steve Sleeper, PBA Executive Director.

Leo was an innovator with a deep commitment to education and helping others grow their own businesses and enrich their lives. His legacy will live on through those he worked with, inspired, and through his commitment and involvement with the National Cosmetology Association (NCA).

Mark Goodman, PBA’s Beauty Professional (NCA) Section President,remembers Leo fondly, “Leo Passage was a driving force in the NCA and the entire professional beauty industry. As a Pivot Point graduate, Leo’s mentoring, insight, and knowledge helped me and many others prosper. Leo was a competitor, an educator, and a businessman, who left an indelible mark and touched the lives and careers of so many.”

The Pivot Point team posted a touching statement on their website:

“Leo truly lived his life to the fullest, and motivated everyone that knew him to do the same. He demonstrated to everyone he met around the world, to follow your heart and your dreams. Always striving to get the best out of himself and others, he led the way. His personal life mission became his company’s mission: Leo inspired thousands of people around the world through his teachings. Leo’s humility was well known – always sharing with others without self-interest, and possessing a timeless, creative spirit as fresh on the last day as on the first.”

Click Here to read the full statemtent. The below video was also posted.