7 October 2022

WTG Balay Lama! Candy Shaw receives 2017 Jerry Gordon Salon Business Leadership Award

Candy Shaw, the owner of Atlanta’s Jamison Shaw Hairdressers and the founder of SUNLIGHTS Balayage, the makers and purveyors of the world’s leading balayage products and education, was named the 2017 recipient of the ‘Jerry Gordon Salon Business Leadership Award’ by the Cosmetologists Chicago Association.

Presented each year at America’s Beauty Show by the Cosmetologists Chicago Board of Directors to commemorate Jerry Gordon’s extraordinary life and legacy, the Award seeks to honor a leader in the beauty industry who exemplifies what Gordon stood for including expertise in their craft, running a sound and sustainable business, strong leadership skills, high ethical standards, a passion for lifelong learning, a commitment to mentoring others and a desire to better our industry. Nicknamed ‘The Balay Lama’, Candy Shaw is widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on balayage education and is the fourth recipient of the ‘Jerry Gordon Salon Business Leadership Award’.

Karen Gordon, owner of Chicago’s J. Gordon Designs, and Jerry’s wife and business partner, had this to say about the Committee’s choice: “I know in my heart how pleased Jerry would be about Candy’s selection. He loved Candy and her family very much. He had the utmost respect for her business practices and he was incredibly excited to watch her continue to grow in new directions. Above all, Jerry was a strong supporter of smart, talented and dynamic women, and Candy was ‘top of his list’. I can’t think of a more worthy recipient than Candy Shaw,” said Karen.

Established in 2015, last year’s winner was Nick Arrojo, the British hairdresser who gained acclaim on TV’s ‘What Not to Wear’.

In response to being honored Candy said: “As an educator, I’m often asked who my mentors are and invariably Jerry Gordon is always on my list! I’ve looked up to Jerry since I was a young girl growing up in Intercoiffure. Jerry was a contemporary of my dad and was universally loved for ‘telling it like it is’, for his quick wit and for freely offering great advice. I attribute much of my success to the lessons I learned from Jerry Gordon. Like E.F Hutton, when Jerry spoke people listened.

Candy was presented with a beautiful Baccarat crystal rearing stallion as her Award. The stallion pays tribute to the Ferrari logo since Gordon raced Ferraris. The color of Gordon’s last Ferrari? SUNLIGHTS yellow, of course!


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