Bonnie Bonadeo helps stylists thrive.
Industry veteran, Bonnie Bonadeo has worn many hats—stylist, manufacturer’s representative, educator, producer, organizer, empathizer and cheerleader–in-chief for the hairdressers who come to her for direction.
Bonadeo studied cosmetology while still in high school. “I wanted something that would allow me to get working right away,” says Bonadeo. “I absolutely loved the interaction and atmosphere in the salon but from an artistic standpoint it was a struggle. I wanted to learn, to get better, but after three years, I was losing my confidence.”
So Bonadeo made a change, went to work for a distributor and was given a territory to sell Matrix products. Matrix founder, Arnie Miller, hired her to work with him in California and to offer hair color education. “Suddenly, I was the resource for other hairdressers that I hadn’t had for myself.”
Bonadeo would go on to work with other hair care companies, including Sebastian Professional. At Sebastian, “I worked on engaging salons, planning events and directing education.”
After years of tireless travel, Bonadeo gave up her frequent flyer status and became licensed to advise salons on personal finance, again teaching, but now on IRA’s and saving accounts. She also stepped back into the salon after the birth of her son.
“I could take everything I had learned in the years past and I felt so much more confident,” says Bonadeo. “I loved every minute of it.”
When the Beauty and Barber Supply Institute (BBSI), an association serving the professional beauty industry, moved to Phoenix, Bonadeo saw a good fit. At the interview for a membership position, she learned the Director of Education had resigned. Bonadeo would go on to spend 10 years as the BBSI Director of Education Programs.