PBA Beacon Winners & Alumni

Beacon was founded in 2001 and had grown in popularity and participation with each passing year. Annually, around 1,000 students apply to be a part of Beacon, but only the most qualified are chosen. Meet some of the exceptional students who have won the right to be called Beacon Alumni!

2005 Winners


My experience at Beacon 2014 was truly invaluable. It has completely and entirely changed my life, and my view of this industry, as well of myself. Words cannot possibly express my gratitude for the speakers and organizers of this amazing event. – Emily Jackson, 2014

Beacon was a wonderful experience. I left inspired, motivated, and excited to begin my career in this industry. I consider myself so fortunate to have been able to attend! -Elliot Simpson, 2014

After attending BEACON you could never be an average hairdresser. I was transformed and inspired to be more and dream beyond. BEACON is once in a lifetime opportunity, I would recommend it to anyone who wishes success! - Celene Parragh, 2014

It was an amazing and inspiring experience that has definitely jump started my career in the beauty industry! The talent, knowledge and inspiration that was all in one room was second to none! If you don't attend beacon you are truly missing an opportunity of a lifetime!! – Teresa Cornelia, 2014

I had an inspiring experience during Beacon 2014. I had the opportunity to meet other students from around the country. There are no words to describe my gratitude to be surrounded by so many people that are successful in the industry. I left feeling very motivated and wanting to be better and do more. Thank you all!!! – Adriana Medina, 2014

I am completely inspired; all my dreams now seem easily attainable, and I now know exactly who and where I need to be in order to accomplish my goals, and best yet, I have tons of reputable mentors to help guide the way, thank you Beacon and PBA. – Daniella Benitez, 2014

Beacon is an amazing opportunity for students and new professionals to network, learn and be inspired by some of the most talented and creative hairstylists in the world! Nothing compares to the experience! - Ellen Smith, 2014

Everyone I talked to said that this would be a life changing experience and they were not wrong! I got back home and people asked me if I was taller, I told them I'm floating on air I feel so light and inspired! Thank you guys again for all your hard work. This event has truly touched me. – Jessica DeAngelo, 2014

Beacon changed my life!! I'm so honored to have been able to attend and to meet the amazing people (speakers and other attendees) that I did. There are so many talented people in this industry and everyone has something just a little bit different to bring to the table. Attending Beacon made me excited for the future and gave me the confidence and knowledge I need to push myself further. I can't wait to see how far I am going to go! –Mandy LeBaron, 2014

I met so many inspirational people and made such wholesome connections with students from around the country. It was truthfully a life changing event and has giving me the extra motivation and knowledge that I needed. I enrolled with PBA and will continue to do so yearly, I am completely behind the mission to promote and protect our industry so it remains the greatest place in the world to work. NAHA and beacon are not only fun they are invaluable experiences. –Jason Bunce, 2014

Absolutely changed my outlook on the future of my career! I'm so excited for all that I can accomplish with some hard work and a ‘say yes’ attitude! – Brooke Eichelberg, 2014

What an invaluable experience! A much needed recharge & redirection of energy! I feel like I have fallen in love with the industry all over again! Wow!!! – Jay Gastineau, 2014

Beacon was an amazing experience. It changed my life and my outlook on the world. Thank you all!!!!!!! -Stephanie Mitchell, 2014

Thank you so much for the incredible opportunity to attend Beacon 2014. This weekend was a true highlight of my life, magical, and a game changer for me. To hear and see all of the talented Masters, and to be on the NAHA stage receiving Master Stylist Chrystofer Benson's scissors, meeting founder of Second Hand Scissor Project Michael Baker, Sam Burns, Larry Curtis, Vivienne Mackinder, and all the Beacon attendees I am very humble and grateful to have been a part of it and helping me find a home in this industry! Thank you again! -Richard Rissman, 2014

Beacon is a motivating, inspirational diving board that has propelled me into the hair industry with a joyous positive outlook on my future in the industry!! –Kandace Wilson, 2014

Beacon opened up my eyes to the industry that I was in. It gave me a completely different outlook on the beauty industry and has changed me for the better. – Gary Hill, 2014

Beacon 2014 was Amazing, and life changing :) I am so happy to have gotten this opportunity! – Victoria Eastman, 2014

Beacon was Caper 2014 on steroids! –Lauren Spatafore, 2014

PBA Beacon has been an adventure unlike any other. From the minute I arrived in Las Vegas, I knew I was in for an experience of a Lifetime! Getting to sit among fellow students, who are just as passionate about this journey as you are, and getting the opportunity to hear the best professionals speak about our craft was truly a gift beyond words. I am beyond GRATEFUL to BEACON for the countless laughs and loving moments I got to spend with the speakers, new friends, and leading professionals in our industry. I had never felt more grateful, loved, or inspired than I did at Beacon. Thank you to the countless hours, and support to everyone who helped put together an extraordinary event. Life changing experience in the most loving environment anyone could ever ask for. –Valentina McMahon, 2014

I met some phenomenal people at Beacon, both professionals and students. This program is truly unique, I know for sure that my life has been changed because of it. There is no greater motivational forum in the world for young future professionals than Beacon! –Destini Davis, 2014

It was a WONDERFUL opportunity and I'm grateful I had the chance to be involved in such wonderful event. It was thought provoking and I left there feeling HOPEFUL and INSPIRED! – Aquanetta Nunely, 2014

The Beacon program was a wonderful experience that provided insight into what is possible in the world of hair. I would recommend the program to anyone who is passionate about advancing their career in an exceptional way. Beacon provides information that will shape and mold the next generation of professionals. –Natalie Rednour, 2014

Beacon was fantastic! It left me so inspired and ready to take on the industry. Thank you to the PBA and the all the speakers who took the time to motivate us and provide a new light to our creative souls. -Samantha Shalduha, 2014

Beacon has been one of the greatest programs I have ever been a part of! I learned so much, my energies have been renewed and I felt lucky to be a part of such a great group of professionals. –Kira Kennedy, 2014

Beacon 2014 was undeniably the best experience I've had in the beauty industry so far! The contacts, ideas and motivation you receive from one very short weekend can't be matched. My life is changed, and I'll move mountains to go back every year!!! Thank you PBA! – Cali Hildebrandt, 2014

At Beacon 2014, I felt energized, empowered, and inspired! I'm so glad I took advantage of this opportunity so I could surround myself with, and learn from, the very best this industry has to offer. Thank you Beacon and PBA. –Red Dixon, 2014

Beacon is truly a life altering experience. The information given during this program is priceless and I feel special having been able to attend. Thank you for everyone that put this together, the speakers were perfect, every day was a magical experience.-Jaime Standford, 2014

It was amazing! I enjoyed every minute; it was informative, inspiring and so much fun! I am grateful for such an experience! –Tania Charlemont, 2014

Thank you so much for the opportunity to go to Beacon! It has been such an amazing experience for me! I am so grateful and feel so blessed to have gained so much knowledge, resources and Inspiration! – Natalie Strickland, 2014

Beacon is part of PBA Beauty Week, North America's largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, education, and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. PBA Beauty Week is produced by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and hosted by Cosmoprof North America.