Event Highlights of North America’s Largest, Most Exclusive Beauty Event

Phoenix, AZ (July 24, 2014) – The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is excited to announce highlights of PBA Beauty Week 2014, which took place July 12-15 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. As North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event, PBA Beauty Week welcomed more than 27,000 beauty professionals to experience unlimited networking, educational, and professional growth opportunities offered during the event. The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), Beacon and the PBA Business Forum rounded out the stellar lineup, which also included new events like the PBA Regional Forum for the Professional. PBA Beauty Week is produced by PBA and hosted by Cosmoprof North America.

“PBA is overwhelmed with the success of this year’s show. We strive every year to bring the best in beauty and education to our attendees. This year was no exception. We are excited to continue to cultivate our existing programs and introduce new initiatives for next year’s show,” said PBA Executive Director, Steve Sleeper.

2014 PBA Beauty Week Event Highlights Include:


Held annually as part of PBA Beauty Week, PBA’s Beacon program accepted 100 student winners and invited 200 additional student honorable mentions to be part of this career-changing event. Beacon took students behind the business side of the industry and provided valuable insight on marketing, business operations, networking and leadership training. Beacon truly helps students recognize that they are not just choosing a job, but a lifetime profession. Beacon students also had the opportunity to attend PBA’s Business Forum and keynote address.

City of Hope’s 2014 Spirit of Life Award Gala

City of Hope’s National Professional Salon Industry honored Harlan Kirschner of The Kirschner Group with the 2014 Spirit of Life Award. The evening included live entertainment by renowned singer Michael Bolton, a silent auction raising $35,000, and a special opportunity drawing for a chance to win a 2014 Mini Cooper Coupe, courtesy of Jinny Corp.

The Spirit of Life Award is presented to individuals who exemplify the ideals and values that have guided City of Hope for a century, and whose professional and humanitarian accomplishments are worthy of celebration. Recipients of this prestigious award include a broad range of leaders from the world of business, entertainment, science and philanthropy. What connects them is a shared commitment to elevating the human condition and a profound belief in the power of each individual to effect change.

PBA Business Forum

Famed businessman, TV personality and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban delivered the keynote address to more than 1,000 attendees at the 2014 PBA Business Forum. His talk, “The American Dream is Alive and Well,” focused on how new and seasoned beauty professionals can create their own beauty empire in today’s economic climate. Cuban’s address was followed by a Q&A moderated by Faye Brookman from WWD, Deborah Carver from Creative Age, and PBA Chairman and owner of Scott J Salon and Spa, Scott Buchanan. Overall, the 2014 PBA Business Forum addressed key PBA programs and initiatives helping to shape the future of the professional beauty industry.

PBA Regional Forum for the Professional

PBA introduced the PBA Regional Forum for the Professional at the 2014 event. This educational and networking event was led by industry leaders and designed to inspire and motivate salon professionals at all levels to take their business and career to the next level. Discussion topics ranged from marketing and stylist development to business management and government affairs. Networking opportunities also allowed attendees to learn from one another and discuss common interests and business strategies.

NAHA 25th Anniversary Celebration

As the preeminent photographic beauty competition in North America, the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) celebrates the artistry and skill of the professional salon industry. This year’s 25th Anniversary Celebration included a specialty opportunity drawing for a chance to win a 2014 Fiat 500A, courtesy of J Beverly Hills, with proceeds benefiting the PBA Disaster Relief Fund. Plus, high-energy, artistic presentations by Aveda, jcp salons, Redken and Allen Ruiz, recipient of the 2013 NAHA Hairstylist of the Year award, electrified the audience.

As the top achievement for professional hairstylists and makeup artists, past and present NAHA entrants, finalists and winners continue to push the boundaries of trend-setting style. NAHA 2014’s top honor, Hairstylist of the Year, was presented to Alain Pereque from Saco Salon Drummond in Montreal, Quebec. This is Pereque’s first NAHA Hairstylist of the Year honor. He also won Contemporary Classic in 2010 and was the Master Hairstylist of the Year in 2008.

After the ceremony finalists, winners, and attendees celebrated the success and excitement of the night with an open bar courtesy of PBA at the official NAHA After Party. With 3,000 attendees and thousands more watching the live broadcast by Modern Salon, NAHA 2014 was the pinnacle of PBA Beauty Week.

2014 NAHA Hosts

Renowned entertainment journalists, television personalities and producers Bill and Giuliana Rancic hosted the 2014 NAHA Awards Ceremony. As one of America’s most beloved couples, millions watch the famed couple on their E! hit reality show “Giuliana & Bill”. In addition to their work together, the Rancic’s are successful business professionals in their own right and are involved in numerous charitable organizations, including Bright Pink, Operation Smile, Dress for Success, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls (Chicago), the National Institutes of Health (renal cell cancer division), among many others. This dynamic duo brought charm, energy and excitement to the 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Lifetime Achievement Award

PBA, owners, operators and managers of NAHA, were pleased to present acclaimed World Master Hair Designer, educator, artistic director, executive and salon owner Dwight Miller with the 2014 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is considered to be NAHA’s highest honor, recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the hair and beauty industry and is limited to licensed salon professionals. For 50 years, Miller has influenced industry changes in hair fashion and technique and continues to be an incredible inspiration.

PBA Distributor Forum

PBA once again brought together distributors from across the country for the PBA Distributor Forum, featuring Paul St. Germain of IBM. Germain’s presentation “Facing the Forces of Change®” explores the ways in which technological advances and the connected world are changing distributor operations now and for the next three to five years; the new role that distributors must play in this connected world; the ongoing need for business analytics and an advanced understanding of how they can help distributors meet their objectives; and some of the key emerging trends that will shape businesses and our lives in the not-too-distant future.

Hosted by Cosmoprof North America (CPNA), PBA Beauty Week is North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, education and business-to-business opportunities to all sectors of the professional beauty industry. PBA Beauty Week 2015 will take place July 11-14 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. For additional information on both events, please visit probeauty.org/beautyweek and cosmoprofnorthamerica.com.