CPNA 2014: You have a great idea! Now what?!

About the Event:

Entrepreneurs bring a unique perspective and passion to the beauty industry, and while the road to success is often long and bumpy, the major challenge is almost always the one having to do with properly funding the company.

Whether its financing the intial startup at the seeding and pre-revenue stage, at the midpoint growth when significant investment is necessary in order to pursue expansion, or finally at the exit phase, the topic of funding is ever present.

With the advent of technology and barriers being eliminated, the process of funding is becoming in some ways easier. The investment community loves the beauty industry due to the high margins, relatively low cost of entry, and stability of the business.

The conference entitled “You have a great idea! Now what?!” will be hosted by ICMAD (Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers Distributors) Association and will be moderated by Pam Busiek, president of the association.

Robb Akridge, PhD | Clarisonic | Co-Founder, Senior Vice President, Global General Manager - In his current role, Dr. Robb is Senior Vice President and Global General Manager of Clarisonic responsible for the global expansion of the Clarisonic brand as well as new product development and international marketing. Prior to his new role, Dr. Robb served as Vice President of Clinical Research for Clarisonic. Dr. Robb received his PhD in Immunology from Texas A&M University and has spent over 25 years in medical and global health research, including scientist and clinical trial management positions at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, ICOS Corporation, and Sonicare.

Katie Fitzgerald | Circle Up | Business Development Manager – Katie joined CircleUp after gaining substaintial experience from positions in investment banking and private equity. Prior to joining CircleUp, Katie was with H.I.G. Capital, a global private equity firm, where she focused on identifying and evaluating investment opportunities, executing transactions, and working closely with portfolio companies across various industries and sectors, including consumer products. Earlier on, Katie was with Deutsche Bank. Throughout her career, Katie has worked closely with many early stage consumer companies in their fundraising processes.

Hadley Mullen | TSG Consumer Group | Managing Director – As managing director at TSG Consumer Group, Hadley is a member of the investment committee and responsible for originating new investment opportunities and working with partner companies. Prior to joining TSG, Hadley was with Bain & Company where she worked in a variety of practice areas, including consumer products, retail and healthcare. Her experience includes business unit strategy, sales and marketing, optimization, and new product development.

This session is open to all CPNA event attendees. Prior to June 13, 2014, PBA members can register for $30, while non-members can purchase tickets for $40. After this deadline, ticket prices increase to $40 for PBA members and $50 for non-members.



The Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Las Vegas, NEVADA


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