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 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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!
To be Announced