Q: What’s on tap this year besides the exhibits?
A: The 2008 America’s Beauty Show will incorporate America’s Expo for Salon & Spa for estheticians; America’s Latino Beauty Congress to entice influential Latino cosmetologists; the International Nail Technicians Associations Conference; African-American Hair 2008!; America’s Student Conference hosts at least 1,500 future cosmetologists; and our Meet the CEOs panel lets salon pros hear from corporate leaders. The industry’s first Salon Sustainability Summit will address issues of salon profitability, community and environmental support. And the Organisation Mondiale Coiffure HairWorld Championships, will be hosted by the National Cosmetology Association.
Q: Are you working with distributors and reps this year?
A: We’ve always had a great relationship with local distributors and manufacturer’s reps. We still sell a lot of tickets to the show through DSCs. I’d say both distributors and reps have a large role in the success of America’s Beauty Show.
Q: How do ABS proceeds support the activities of CC?
A: The money raised from ABS goes back to improving the careers of working cosmetologists and building the salon industry. CC awards at least $25,000 each year for advanced education scholarships. CC was the only association to donate cash—$40,000—to the NCA Disaster Relief Fund/Katrina. Our annual education budget is close to $600,000. We offer live and online courses that qualify for continuing education hours. We educate nail salons about safety and sanitation. ABS revenue also supports the activities and benefits of our esthetics, nail and Latino subgroups that are not yet self-sustaining.