Coveted Award Represents Leadership in the Beauty Industry • Educational Excellence • Outstanding Pivot Point Alumni
America’s Beauty Show is a celebration of talent and inspiration, and the Pivot Point International, INC. L.E.O. Awards are one of the most significant awards for excellence in the beauty industry. In addition to evoking the name of Pivot Point founder Leo Passage, The “L” stand for Leadership in the Beauty Industry, the “E” obviously stands for Educational Excellence, and the O represents Outstanding Pivot Point Alumni.
“While Pivot Point is always looking to the future,” said Pivot Point Chairman and CEO, Robert Passage, who presented the awards, “we also acknowledge our past through the creativity and showmanship of two of our own who embody Pivot Point’s highest ideals. When he founded Pivot Point, my father’s vision was to inspire and train people to reach their maximum potential. That vision is our reality, as today we still recognize the powerful role that mentors play in the pursuit of every individual’s professional journey.”
This year, the 2013 L.E.O. Award was presented posthumously to Xenon, who was Pivot Point International Creative Director in the 1980s. Bob Peel Jr., Xenon International Schools of Hair Design and Janice McCafferty, Janice McCafferty Communications, accepted the award.
On behalf of the Xenon schools, Bob Peel, Jr. said: “Xenon and I were great business partners. He motivated me to be more creative and do what was best for the students. I motivated him to think like a businessman. Leo was inspirational as a mentor while teaching us about the school industry.”
Also on behalf of Xenon schools, Kim McIntosh added: “As a student, educator and school owner, I enjoyed working with Xenon. He was truly an inspiration to our industry. His passion for students exuded in every facet of his being and was instrumental in the professional growth of our industry.”
Janice McCafferty noted: “I met Xenon when on a tour at Pivot Point to attend the Academy and from that day he became such a major part of my life and career. Together we worked on his educational shows, public relations and photo shoots that remain memorable to this day. For this, I owe a debt of gratitude to Pivot Point for the superior education I received and the wonderful people that became a part of my life.”
Yolly ten Koppel, Pivot Point’s current International Creative and Technical Director, also received a L.E.O. Award in recognition of her outstanding career as a hair designer, educator and for her own style of showmanship. During the ABS BeautyBASH the evening before the award presentations, Yolly had saluted Xenon in a touching and updated presentation entitled “Xenon: Re-imagined”.
In accepting the award, Yolly commented, “If I help educators become better teachers or teach students how to design hair or if I create a new hairstyle on a salon client—then I change lives. This is what I love to do. It is truly fulfilling, inspiring and makes every day a different experience. I only wish Leo were still here to share this award and this day with me, but I know he sees us from above. For Pivot Point to recognize me in this way is truly an honor. “
In conclusion, Robert Passage noted: “All our L.E.O. Awardees—past and present—are exceptional people who have mentored so many other successful professionals and provide a great inspirational example. We thank them for their passion for our industry and their commitment to creating an even better future for those that follow.”