American Salon Stories: Podcast Recap


Since American Salon’s podcast series debuted in February, Publisher Gordon Miller has spent each week talking with some of the smartest people we know. Our goal is to share great information, best practices and insight through engaging conversations. Catch up on all the podcasts below and learn from these inspiring beauty professionals by simply listening.

Episode 1, Nina Kovner The self-described "Chief Awesomeness Empowerer” of Passion Squared, Nina shares her story and professional passions along with some best advice.

Episode 2, Michael Cole  The founder, stockholder and board member of Summit Salon Business Center, Michael shares insights into the fundamentals of creating success and key best practices for utilizing social media as a career-building tool.

Episode 3, David Thurston Founder of Pulp Riot, David shares his take on how the digital and social revolution is changing the industry landscape and how professionals communicate, learn and make purchases.

Episode 4, Gerard Scarpaci  Co-founder of Hairbrained, Gerard shares how he got started in the industry, his strategies for building success as well as the big ideas that have made Hairbrained an important resource across the globe. 

Episode 5, Alfredo Lewis The leader of a team of more than 50 influencer brand ambassadors for Brazilian Professionals, parent company of Brazilian Blowout and Brazilian Bond Builder (b3), Alfredo shares some of the story behind the brand’s innovative marketing and educational strategies.

Episode 6, Sam Villa Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken, Sam shares his experience as an educator, gives insights into growing and sustaining a career for the long term as well as telling the story behind his iconic career.  

Episode 7, Cassandra McGlaughlin (@cassandraplatinum) The successful Platinum Salon Tampa owner talks about her journey from college English major to successful colorist, salon owner, educator and consultant.

Episode 8, Frank Gambuzza Along with his wife Belinda, Frank is the owner of The Visage Group in Knoxville, Tennessee, and shares his inspiring experience as an entrepreneur.

Episode 9, Robert Cromeans Global Artistic Director for Paul Mitchell and successful salon owner, Robert shares insights into creating and sustaining success as well as his empowering message of artistic innovation and contagious entrepreneurship. 

Episode 10, Vivienne Mackinder An influential editorial stylist, platform artist and educator, she is also the producer/director of the groundbreaking documentary series “I’m Not Just a Hairdresser”.

Episode 11, Jenny Strebe Listen in to the story behind Jenny Strebe's success as well as insights into balancing work and family, creating a long-lasting career and more.

Episode 12, Heather Chapman Heather Chapman shares the story behind her unique professional journey, as well as some of the basic yet big ideas in creating a successful online presence in beauty.

Episode 13, Ruth Roche The Global Artistic Ambassador for Pureology Serious Colour Care, Ruth Roche is an award winning, editorial and celebrity stylist who has captivated audiences around the world. 

Episode 14, Daniel Kaner Daniel Kaner, the Co-Founder and Co-President of Oribe Hair Care, discusses the importance behind creating memorable experiences, the big ideas behind doing so and offers some great advice on using experience to drive success.

Episode 15, Johnny Ramirez and Anh Co Tran Listen in as the two stylists provide insights into their trademark “lived-in” looks, the keys to business partnership, social media practices and much more. 

Episode 16, David Stanko David Stanko is a top haircolor consultant for Redken 5th Avenue, author of Formula Boss™, and acclaimed colorist at Licari Cutler Salon, NYC. 

Episode 17, Jo Blackwell-Preston Jo Blackwell-Preston, owner of the renowned DopDop Salon in NYC. Listen in as Jo shares her story, passions and learnings with Gordon. 

Episode 18, Michael Cole Michael Cole is the founder of Summit Salon Business Center. He is also a top global business educator for the L’Oréal Professional Products Division.

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