Professional Beauty Association Announces 2016 Beacon Competition Winners, Honorable Mentions

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Beacon Competition Winners and Honorable Mentions which recognizes the country’s leading beauty industry students.  More than 300 students were selected through a competitive process to participate in the Beacon Program, taking place during PBA Beauty Week held in Las Vegas, July 23-25. 

More than 1,000 students submitted resumes, letters of recommendations, portfolio images and professional marketing pieces to a panel of industry judges, including salon and spa owners, manufacturers and distributors. Ultimately, over 300 students were selected for their creativity and professionalism. 

To encourage students to enter, PBA partnered with the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation (AGDF) to provide scholarships to more than 500 Beacon entrants.  


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“The Beacon program brings a great energy to PBA Beauty Week.  The program showcases the best and brightest beauty industry students who will shape how our industry evolves in the coming years and decades. It’s exciting to see the next generation of beauty professionals engage with industry leaders, and start to build long-lasting relationships,” said Steve Sleeper, Executive Director for the Professional Beauty Association. “Helping to build the next generation of beauty professionals is at the core of the Professional Beauty Association. We’re proud of the Beacon program and all the students involved.”

Held annually as part of PBA Beauty Week, the Beacon program invites leading beauty industry students to be part of a career-building event featuring the nation’s top business educators, platform artists and beauty executives. While at Beacon, students participate in panel discussions, listen to industry insiders and have the opportunity to attend other PBA Beauty Week events such as the Beauty Pitch™, PBA Business Forum and the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA).