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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.

Tara Amedio

Regional Compliance Leader, Paul Mitchell School graduate

Experience in education…

I have been a licensed cosmetology teacher since 2010, involved in most areas of education at the school, from specialties to theory and clinic floor classrooms. I played in a key role as Future Professional adviser at our Chicago school, ensuring that the Future Professionals are on the successful path to completion of the program, until I recently moved over to compliance.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I started my journey in 2007, enrolling in beauty school. From there I worked behind the chair at BCS and Thomas West Salon, before realizing my passion was within the schools.

 

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

There are many people who have inspired me throughout my career, each of them relevant to the positions I have held. My biggest mentors have been my father, Steve, as well as Terri Cowan, Jim and Tina Salerno, Erin Cowan, Luke Jacobellis, and Kathy Buckley.

 

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

Being able to feel as part of a family network regardless of how long you have worked for the school.

 

To me, living beautifully means…

"Loving what you do, who you do it with, and who you do it for,” not just in work, but in life.

Cecilia Vasquez Villalpando

Makeup Specialist, Paul Mitchell The School Chicago graduate

Experience in education…

Three years with Paul Mitchell The School Chicago. 

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

John Paul DeJoria. He started from nothing to grow an environmental, social, and human-conscious global company. 

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

The Future Professionals! They challenge me to become a better educator every day. 

To me, living beautifully means…

To me living beautifully means being surrounded by the people I love, doing what I love with passion and integrity.

Jackie Bush

Marketing and Placement Leader

Experience in education…

I attended beauty school a little over 12 years ago, and honestly haven't stopped learning since. I find there is always something new I can discover relating to my career. 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I've worked as a stylist behind the chair, as a stylist and printed artist for creative photo shoots, and as a stage and platform artist for a product company. I have also been an education leader and texture specialist at Paul Mitchell The School Chicago. 

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

Vivienne Mackinder. She is truly a master in the art of hair sculpting and design. She also has an amazing passion to continue learning and then share her knowledge to others. 

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

Being able to have a hand in helping the Future Professionals achieve their greatest potential! I love hearing when a Future Professional accomplishes a new skill, has a great guest experience, or even makes a connection with a salon they are hoping to work in. 

To me, living beautifully means…

Living a life filled with gratitude and thankfulness.  

Amber Simon-Gonzalez

Clinic Floor Classroom Learning Leader

Experience in education…

I’ve been an educator for six years.

 

Experience in the beauty industry…

I have 10 years of experience in the beauty industry.

 

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

My mom has inspired me to be all of who I am.

 

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

Feeling like I am not at work when I am here! Being at Paul Mitchell The School Lombard is awesome, and every day is so much fun!

 

To me, living beautifully means…

Being all soul and no ego, and living like every day is a gift!

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