Meet your Hosts

JOHN AMICO, Sr.

John Amico, Chicago Chicago Beauty Show

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.

JOHN AMICO, Jr.

Johnny Amico, John Amico, Chicago Chicago Beauty Show

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

HARRY WOOD, IV

image2

STYLIST & COACH

VAN MICHAEL SALONS


Harry Wood, IV is a 25-year veteran of the hair styling industry and is a leading stylist and coach for Van Michael Salons in Atlanta, Georgia. He is called upon to make frequent national TV appearances, having appeared on CBS, FOX, The Learning Channel and Atlanta's Biggest Loser. In addition, Harry's hair styling skills can be seen on episodes of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" on Bravo, "King of Queens" on Lifetime, "Chrisley Knows Best" on USA, "The Haunting Of" on A&E. Harry is also a published author of "Six Figure Hairdresser," "Six Figure Sales," and many more. Currently, Harry is touring the United States to promote his brand, 

"Six Figure Hairdresser."

MARIA MIGLIETTA

image3

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. 

Maria is currently traveling the world delivering color education and owns her own luxury salon in Lecce, Italy.

ZAN RAY & TOM COLLINS

Zan Ray & Tom Collins - #powercouple and salon financial coaches

SALON & FINANCIAL COACHES


Zan has been in the hair industry for 50+ years, owned four successful salons, created the first apprenticeship program and was privileged to be the first Aveda Concept Salon in Austin, Texas. Her professional hairdressing career was focused on training her staff in the areas of Extreme Customer Care, hair cutting and hair coloring. 

Tom Collins is a financial coach for the hairdressing industry. Tom's passion and obsession is to educate hairdressers, salon and business owners how to manage, increase and protect their income. 

Tom was raised in the hair industry and knows first hand, the long hours required 

and how hard barbers and haridressers 

work to earn a living. 

Together, they make #POWERCOUPLE goals.

HARRON PRESTON

image4

WOMEN'S HAIR CUTTING SPECIALIST, INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER


"Art by Preston" is coming to Chicago Chicago, along with his team from Toronto. 

Harron is a very talented and creative stylist 

and his work has been published in 

many magazines.


You will love their fashion color and cutting!

He is an Alumna of the John Amico School of Hair Design’s Class of 1980. 


Harron appears at many organizations' events, where he delivers an inspirational 

message of success.

JAMES COUGHLAN

image5

"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 barbershop 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!

STEVE REISS

image6

 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.To be Announced


IVAN ZOOT

image7

 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." 

MANY MORE ARTISTS....

John Amico speaking at the Awards Gala Dinner, Chicago Chicago 2018

Hand-on classes and small-group demonstrations of hair coloring techniques, updo's, hair cutting and 

other topics will be covered!

MANY MORE SPEAKERS...

Barbara Walker talking about her son, Steven Walker, and the obstacles they have overcome.

Motivational speakers, 

business-building coaches 

and others will be a part of 

this year's program!