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Meet some of the team members who make Paul Mitchell The School Lombard so special.

Steve Cowan

Co-Owner

Innovation, education, and commitment. These are often the words used by those in the hair care industry to describe Steve Cowan. His company, Professional Salon Concepts, was the first beauty industry distributor to earn a place in Inc. Magazine among the top 500 privately owned companies in America—and they earned this honor not just once, but twice. PSC was also named Modern Salon’s “Distributor of the Year” and was presented the Diamond Award for Excellence in Customer Service by American Salon Magazine.

 

As a proud distributor, Steve applied his background and experiences in business and training to build PSC into the industry leader that it is today. Steve founded PSC in 1983 with the deep commitment to his clients and a new philosophy that would become an industry model. This was, and still is, PSC’s mission to grow the industry one hairdresser at a time, through a balance of technical skills, training, and business savvy. His goal is to make the salon business profitable and professional, an industry and career that people are drawn to and love. Utilizing his business expertise and unparalleled industry-specific dialogue, he can build business by changing just a few of the words and phrases used behind the chair.

 

Dedicated to helping salon owners see their business through their customers' eyes, Steve is committed to upgrading the image of the hair care industry. He firmly believes quality service is key. With this insight and dedication, Steve continues to lead the pack in changing the industry through the belief that in this industry, as in all professions, “Today’s Performance is Tomorrow’s Traffic!”

 

With Steve’s passion for the beauty industry, he wanted to give more to the hairdressers and help mold the industry’s new and growing talent. In 2007, Steve and Terri Cowan started their journey into the world of the Paul Mitchell Schools. Today they are co-owners along with Jim and Tina Salerno to Paul Mitchell Schools in Escanaba, MI, Chicago, IL, and Lombard, IL.   

Terri Cowan

Co-Owner

Terri alongside her husband, Steve Cowan, own Professional Salon Concepts, the first beauty industry distributor to earn a place in Inc. Magazine among the top 500 privately owned companies in America—and they earned this honor not just once, but twice. PSC was also named Modern Salon’s “Distributor of the Year” and was presented the Diamond Award for Excellence in Customer Service by American Salon Magazine.

 

As proud distributors, Terri and Steve have applied their background and experiences in business and training to build PSC into the industry leader that it is today. Terri serves as one of the salon industry’s leading and most respected speakers and trainers. Her direct common sense approach to measuring and quantifying extraordinary customer service, combined with her undeniable sense of humor, is what her audiences enjoy the most.

 

Today, Terri and Steve Cowan act as consultants to many of the salons they serve. They are consultants for A Robert Cromeans Salons and are combining efforts with John Paul Mitchell Systems to spread their culture. In 2007, they started their journey into the world of the Paul Mitchell Schools. Today they are co-owners to the Paul Mitchell Schools in Escanaba, MI, Chicago, IL, and Lombard, IL. And their mission continues—“To Grow the Beauty Industry, One Hairdresser at a time.”

Jim Salerno

Co-Owner

Jim Salerno is president of James Anthony Salon, and co-founder/co-owner of Paul Mitchell The School Chicago, PMTS-Lombard, and PMTS-Escanaba, MI. He is a second generation stylist who has been around the beauty industry since his youth. He enrolled in cosmetology school in 1980, with the hope to follow in his father's footsteps, and did so. His father operates Anthony Salerno Hair in Oak Park, where Jim joined him for ten years.

Jim seized an opportunity to break out on his own. He has owned and operated James Anthony Salon since 1991. Jim's years at his father's salon were great years, and provided the impetus in forming what has become the number one Paul Mitchell Salon in Illinois and a place among Salon Today's Top 20 Salons in the country. Jim and his wife, Tina, are also partners with Steve and Terri Cowan, John Paul DeJoria, and Winn Claybaugh, co-owning Paul Mitchell The Schools Chicago, Escanaba, and Lombard.

The salon is mainly composed of Paul Mitchell School graduates, and carries on the Paul Mitchell culture. "Our team is on the same page; education is a non-negotiable for us. Our team has been trained by the best in the world. Paul Mitchell as a company provides the platform to allow a career path and growth for our hairstylists," says Jim. "We have the Paul Mitchell culture in the schools, and we carry it through in the salon. Our team is a dedicated, forward-focused, positive, talented group of individuals that, together, create this synergy to provide the greatest experience when our guests are with us." At James Anthony Salon, people come first, from the team to their guests; exceeding expectations is always the goal.

Tina Salerno

Co-Owner

Tina is a master stylist and owner of James Anthony Salon. Tina has passion and love for the beauty industry. Through her dedication and extensive education, including a cosmetology teacher's license, she fosters the future of the industry by guiding and coaching the Future Professionals.

Along with her husband and business partner, Jim Salerno, Tina partners with John Paul DeJoria, CEO of Paul Mitchell, Winn Claybaugh, motivational speaker and Dean of the Paul Mitchell Schools, and Steve and Terri Cowan, coaches in the beauty industry, to co-own Paul Mitchell The School Chicago, Lombard, and Escanaba, Michigan.

Tina believes that when you love what you do, love who you do it with, and love who you do it for, then success follows. "Education and giving back are what allows you to move forward, and in return I grow in my talents, and in life!" Tina is recognized in the industry as a leader who not only applies her positive attitude, but employs the imagination and creativity that keeps us on the cutting edge. She was highlighted in Chicago Magazine as one of the top 49 stylists in Chicago as a long hair specialist. "I absolutely love the industry I have chosen that has made my dreams a reality. I love my team, our beautiful salon space, and our schools."

Erin Cowan

Co-Director

Experience in education…

I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in entrepreneurship.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I am fourth generation in the beauty industry. I started at Professional Salon Concepts at 15 years old in order fulfillment. When I began my journey at Paul Mitchell The School Chicago, I started in admissions. I have also lived in operations before taking on the co-director role in 2013.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

I have enjoyed every experience I’ve had with all Paul Mitchell School owners. You are truly able to see their pride, love, and compassion when it comes to their school and their Future Professionals.

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Chicago is…

I love being able to help Future Professionals when they think all hope is lost. We have an opportunity to impact every person who walks through our doors, either in education or client services.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Live every day with passion, giving everything you have.

Cathy Cunico

Regional Admissions Leader

Experience in education…

I've worked at Paul Mitchell The School Chicago and Lombard locations for two and a half years. I have eight years of prior experience in public education.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have several years of experience managing a hair salon in Geneva, and 13 years' experience as salon consultant for Professional Salon Concepts.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

Terri Cowan. She has taught me to keep it real and to hold myself responsible for my work and my actions. Terri has taught me to look at things with a different “eye.”

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Lombard is…

The opportunities that are available for staff, as well as Future Professionals.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

To be passionate about what you do daily, and to live each day to make a difference.

Megan Mochel

Regional Compliance and Logistics, Paul Mitchell The School graduate

Experience in education…

I have been a licensed educator and with Paul Mitchell Schools since 2006. I have experience in all areas of education including Core, theory, and color specialty to name a few. I am also a part of Paul Mitchell's Advanced Academy color team as well.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have several years of salon experience. I have had the opportunity to work on several trade shows as well with industry icons.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

Lucie Doughty is my mentor. Her brilliant mind and passion for the industry is contagious. Not to mention she is one of the most humble women you will ever meet.

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Lombard is…

The energy. Being around Future Professionals and seeing their passion is amazing. The team creates a funny, loving environment as well!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being free! Living the life you want! No one can stop you from living your dreams!

Dayna Corinne Locaciato

Future Professional Advisor

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have done freelance makeup for the past five years, specifically focusing on bridal parties.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

I would have to say that my nana is my mentor and biggest inspiration. She is hands down the most thoughtful and philanthropic person that I have ever met. From her, I have learned to be kind (but throw in a little sarcasm for good measure) and to always work hard. 

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Lombard is…

Interacting with all kinds of different people and personalities. I'm also really enjoying all of the things that I am learning and getting to experience.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being happy and surrounding yourself with people that help you to achieve that.

Katie Suzanne Kathro

Sales Leader

Experience in education…

I started off as a Future Professional at Paul Mitchell The School Chicago and eventually came back to the school as a placement leader, helping our Future Professionals find their perfect fit within the industry. Once the Lombard school opened, I was given the opportunity to grow myself and the school as their sales leader.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have been a licensed cosmetologist for six years now, and also have my cosmetology teaching license. I have, however, found my niche in the business side of the industry within the school.

 

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

My mentor is my mom. She is one of those people who lights up a room and that everyone loves. She has taught me to treat others as I would like to be treated, and I feel in this industry that will make you go far. 

 

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Lombard is…

Helping our Future Professionals see the best in themselves. We get to know our Future Professionals so well during their short time here, and we can make such a positive impact on their lives. I get so excited for each of them and what their future can hold. It is a place I enjoy coming to day after day.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Living life with no regrets.

Cheri Bradica

Financial Aid Leader

Experience in education…

I have 16 years of experience within the beauty industry. My career began at PSC, the Illinois distributor for Paul Mitchell products. After nine years with them, I was invited to join the Paul Mitchell Schools team as financial aid leader. I began at the Chicago campus in August of 2008, and transitioned over to the Lombard campus upon its opening in July of 2013.

Experience in the beauty industry…

Though I am not a cosmetologist, I am in awe of the talent and creativity our Future Professionals have. It amazes me how effortless the Future Professionals make this look.

My mentor, or the person who has most inspired me is…

My children. They inspire me to do my best—to be the best I can be.

My favorite thing about working at Paul Mitchell The School Lombard is…

Being in a positive work/learning environment, and being part of each Future Professional's career journey.

To me, living beautifully means…

Living a balanced life; a balance between family, personal, and career. Living life with a positive attitude, and being grateful for all that I am blessed to have.

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