Meet your Hosts

John Amico, Chicago Chicago Beauty Show

JOHN AMICO, Sr.

John Amico is the patriarch of the Amico Haircare dynasty. A pioneer in product manufacturing, salons and schools, John Sr. has spent the past 50+ year helping to shape our country's approach to beauty. A well known guest and competition artist, Amico has won awards in the US and in Europe. As an influential leader in the beauty industry, his life's work has been dedicated to protecting salons from diversion. His goal is to enrich professionals' lives and he walks this talk in everything he does. He shares his unique perspective for not only surviving but thriving in the beauty business in the 21st century.

Johnny Amico, John Amico, Chicago Chicago Beauty Show

JOHN AMICO, Jr.

Johnny Amico started working in the salon as a child and in 1978, at the age of 12, he was working in the warehouse. He later attended beauty school and worked as a salon manager. After receiving a degree in marketing from Bradley University, he was the former Vice President of a 175-unit national salon chain. He later received his MBA in finance from DePaul University, and is currently the president of John Amico Professional Haircare. John Amico Jr. has devoted his 30-year career to "Enriching Professionals' Lives." 

Featured Speakers & Guest Artists

GENO STAMPORA

Geno Stampora, Chicago Chicago Beauty Show, John Amico

KEYNOTE SPEAKER, 

INDUSTRY EXPERT & CONSULTANT


Geno's contribution to the beauty industry is a major one. He has owned, managed and worked behind the chair in his collection of salons for many years and has owned two beauty academies, where he was also an instructor and educator. Geno has been a distributor and sales consultant to salons, a major platform artist, and has shared the stage with the world's greatest artists. As an industry expert and keynote speaker, Geno is an unmatched force in helping beauty professionals grow and be the most successful they can be.


STEVE REISS

Steve Reiss, Modern Salon, John Amico

PUBLISHER, 

MODERN SALON MAGAZINE


Steve is an active participant in the salon industry and has presented on a range of topics at virtually every major industry event.  He is involved in the industry's most widely distributed and respected publications, the industry's most heavily trafficked and awarded websites, leading industry social media platforms (#modernsalon is the industry's most used hashtag), the industry's top research resource, targeted industry events and a wide range of industry support and advocacy programs. Recently, Steve was included in the Folio 40, honoring the most distinguished media professionals.

MARIA MIGLIETTA

Maria Miglietta, Hair Color expert, BioVitaShine, John Amico

INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM ARTIST & COLOR EXPERT from ITALY


Back by popular demand! Maria is a hairstyling prodigy - her parents were both award-winning national champions in Italy! She started her career in their salon and attended Vidal Sassoon School in London, as well as Cebalo's and Llongueras in Madrid & Barcelona. She was a technical educator for Lisap Spa Milano for 23 years and in that role traveled & trained on 5 continents. She is currently traveling the world delivering color education and owns her own luxury salon in Lecce, Italy.

JORDAN ADLER

Jordan Adler, John Amico

ENTREPRENEUR, TRAINER, MOTIVATOR & AUTHOR


Jordan Adler is a leader who lives his personal dreams on a large scale and then inspires others to go for theirs. He is the best-selling author of the book, Beach Money: Creating Your Dream Life Through Network Marketing. Jordan's personal story about his road to success is sure to inspire. Not to be missed!

IVAN ZOOT

Ivan Zoot, Clipper Guy, John Amico

3x GUINNESS WORLD RECORD HOLDER, BARBER & AUTHOR


Ivan has been seen on stages across the country. He specializes in helping salon and barbershop professionals maximize their health, wealth and productivity.  Ivan's mission is to help haircutters expand their skills, forward their career and improve their life. His unique lend of information, education and enthusiasm has him dubbed the original "Clipper Guy." Ivan will teach four classes during this year's Chicago Chicago.

KAREN GORDON

Karen Gordon, Hair Loss Specialist, John Amico

HAIR LOSS SPECIALIST, OWNER of 

J. GORDON DESIGNS (Chicago)


A salon professional for almost 40 years, she works behind the chair as a Hair Color Specialist and a Hair Loss Specialist. Karen serves on the Executive Board of Directors of Cosmetologists Chicago / America's Beauty Show and is a member of Intercoiffure. She also holds an M.A. in Applied Business from DePaul University and speaks at industry conferences on creative ways to grow your salon business.

ANASTASIA KIM

Anastasia Kim, Anastasia Amico, John Amico, Chicago Chicago Beauty Show

COLOR SPECIALIST, PLATFORM ARTIST & SOCIAL MEDIA MAVEN


Anastasia Kim is a highly-trained and passionate Hair Painter+Stylist in Chicago. She is a visionary hair artist who creates custom hair color, which she calls Painted Hair. Anastasia's Painted Hair fuses traditional hair color methods with modern transition techniques to produce beautifully colored hair, she works with every hair canvas (aka texture) and also specialies in haircuts, extensions, bridal work and keratin treatments. She literally grew up in the industry and trained with international hair artists from Italy, Spain, Australia, England, Canada and Africa.

DANA FOUNTAIN

Dana Louder, Dana Fountain, Chicago Chicago Beauty Show, John Amico

CO-FOUNDER OF PIN ME UP CHICAGO & FOUNDER of MANE MOB


Dana's lasting passion for her work in the wedding and birdal industry led her to co-found Pin Me UP Chicago, a full-service beauty agency specializing in bridal and special occasion services. In pursuit of her aspiration to educate, Dana founded MANE MOB, a Midwestern platform for hair educators and stylists. 

Dana's 15+ years in the industry includes men's and women's hair cutting, special occasion hair, extensions, color and keratin services.

JAMES COUGHLAN

James Coughlan, Jimi's Barber Shop, John Amico, Chicago Chicago Beauty Show

"BARBER TO THE STARS"

DIRECT from IRELAND


The Irish "Barber to the Stars" has trained with some of the finest European barbers in the business and owns his own barbership in County Clare, Ireland. He has been features on various talk shows and in magazines. He incorporates his love of music into his business and has cut and styled some of the biggest names in rock music! To James, life as a barber goes far beyond cutting hair - it's a passion and a lifestyle!

KATHY JAGER

Kathy Jager, John Amico, Chicago Chicago Beauty Show

COSMETOLOGIST, EDUCATOR 

& AUTHOR


Kathy motivates students, professionals, managers and other educators with her high-energy, inspirational and fun style that empowers those who work in the beauty industry. Her interactive classes help cosmetology students and professionals develop the essential soft skills required to grow their careers. She is the author of As the Chair Turns and the companion leadership manual. 

BO ARNOLD

WRITER, VIVA GLAM MAGAZINE, ENTREPRENEUR & AUTHOR


Bo is a weekly writer for Viva Glam Magazine and the author of Mood, Food and Gratitude: Healing from the Way We Think. She has dedicated her life to helping others embrace personal empowerment, high-quality nutrition, and healthy living for more than 25 years. Bo spends her time between Columbus, Ohio and Scotland.

ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS

Kitty Gray

Toya Knowles

Mark LaCien

Rhonda Murphy

Zach Schmitz

Harriet Scott

Sandra Seeley-Copley

Lynne Villiaros

John Zeman