PBA Executive Summit


Join the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and top executives from across the beauty industry at the PBA Executive Summit. This year's event will highlight key disruptive forces affecting beauty industry business models and profitability as well as address how to capitalize on current and future periods of rapid change to differentiate and remain relevant.

The PBA Executive Summit can help accelerate company growth through opportunities for networking with industry and business thought-leaders, exploring current and emerging trends, as well as learning best practices from experts within various fields.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017  /  5:30PM - 7:00PM
Thursday, December 7, 2017   /  7:30AM - 6:00PM


Omni Scottsdale Resort at Montelucia
4949 East Lincoln Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Rate is $259.99 per night.

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Partner at Simpactful, Former Vice President at Procter & Gamble

A Force for Beauty 2017

Recognize some of the hottest topics of Future Forces that will reshape the industry, including:

  • How the beauty landscape is changed by digital disruptors.
  • Why millennials' shopping habits are changing consumer expectations.
  • How to navigate specialty beauty stores.
  • How to capitalize on the variety of ways to buy and sell products and services.

Kevin has spent nearly three decades creating opportunities for growth in over 60 countries. As a former V.P. at Procter and Gamble, COO of Salon Professional and now as a Partner of Simpactful, Kevin has worked with many of the top companies in the beauty industry. Kevin offers extensive experience in creating turnaround strategies, sales and G2M design, sales capability building, brand building, customer marketing, shopper driven strategies and building distribution networks. As Deal Advisor for Global PE Firms, he gained great experience in acquisitions, divestitures and managing Integrations.

Kevin offers more than 17 years' experience in hair, skin, cosmetics, professional hair care and more. He is often asked to share his inspiring and informative presentation, Future Forces. He is an active member in industry-related organizations and a former board member of the Professional Beauty Association.

Click here to read Kevin's Blog Simpactful Future Forces



Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group

MATTER: Create More Value, Move Beyond the Competition, and Become the Obvious Choice!

Find ways to remain relevant despite industry disruption through learning to:

  • Understand the difference between value creation and value extraction.
  • Embrace the very disruption that challenges you and your customers.
  • Elevate your impact in the Five Critical Dimensions clients and customers value
  • Become a thought-leader in future business models
  • Expand beyond a trusted adviser to become a strategic partner for your customers

Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is known internationally for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. He was also named one of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the World by the National Speakers Association.

Peter knows firsthand the challenges of growing a business in these rapidly-changing times and has advised leaders from companies such as Apple, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hyundai, IBM, Pfizer, Wells Fargo, and Cardinal Health. He is the author of seven books, including Flip, Generation Y, Making it Happen, and the recently released Matter.



CEO of Tomorrow

The Next Generation

Anticipate the needs of your company's future consumer base by answering:

  • How will the next generation of customers think, talk and transact?
  • What are the next wave of companies, technologies and applications empowering the youth market?
  • What will your business need to recruit, retain and motivate tomorrow's employees?
  • What are the skills and mindsets that will characterize the future's successful hire?

Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change. Mike's clients include many of the global Fortune 500 and his views have been featured in a range of international publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.

Mike takes an anthropological approach — scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, and then translating these into pragmatic plans for business transformation.



Executive Director of the Professional Beauty Association

PBA Update & Industry Report

Steve Sleeper has more than 25 years of progressive, financial, managerial and executive level experience in various industry sectors, and the trade association environment. He has been with the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) since 1995 and has served as PBA's Executive Director since 2001. In this role, Steve works with PBA's volunteer Board of Directors and Leadership Councils to offer business tools, education, government advocacy, networking and more to PBA's diverse membership, which includes manufacturers, distributors, salon and spa owners, and licensed beauty professionals.

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) hosted its third annual Executive Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz. at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia from Nov. 30 - Dec. 1, 2016. The sold-out two-day event with the theme of Understanding Consumer Behavior brought nearly 200 industry executives from 115 professional beauty companies from across the United States together to learn about future forces, experience presentations from leading digital experts, and gain access to unique salon haircare data.

"The consumer journey has evolved at a swift pace, which is why PBA packed this year's Executive Summit with thought-provoking information about what that means for the beauty industry, and how beauty businesses and professionals need to approach, think and respond to it in order to stay relevant. The Summit's highly esteemed speakers covered trends based on data, the evolution of the consumer perspective and what actions to take so you're not left behind," said PBA Executive Director Steve Sleeper. "The response to this year's event was amazing and leaves us eagerly anticipating starting the planning phases for next year's event."

Executive Summit speakers included:

  • Ken Hughes, Leading Consumer Shopper, Behaviouralist and Playologist
  • Claude de Jocas, Vice President of Beauty - L2
  • Carrie Mellage, Vice President, Consumer Products, Kline Group
  • Abigail Posner, Head of Strategic Planning, Google's Creative Think Tank for Agencies and Brands
  • Steve Sleeper, Executive Director, Professional Beauty Association

The team explored some of the unique opportunities facing the beauty industry and armed attendees with information and resources on how best to leverage their brands, speak to today's consumers and build solid relationships that will continue to grow.