28 May 2022

Cosmetologists Chicago and America’s Beauty Show appoints New CEO, Frank P. Fulco

Cosmetologists Chicago (CC) and America’s Beauty Show (ABS) have announced the appointment of Frank P. Fulco as their new Chief Executive Officer.

Frank joins a very select few of CEOs in Cosmetologists Chicago’s 100+ year history. CC is the association that currently represents 18,000+ salon professionals, including licensed cosmetologists, estheticians and nail technicians, salon owners and cosmetology school owners and student members.

CC owns and produces the annual America’s Beauty Show, offering professionals a long-standing commitment to their careers and education.

Frank will lead strategic planning for ABS and continue to build on CC’s legacy of support and growth for professionals and students. In addition to CC, he will also lead the growth of International Nail Technicians Association (INTA) and CIDESCO USA for esthetics professionals.

The Board of Directors of Cosmetologists Chicago underwent a rigorous process in appointing CC’s CEO. “Frank has a deep understanding of the professional beauty industry and is a passionate, servant leader,” said Karen Gordon, president of Cosmetologists Chicago. “CC is a forward-thinking, action-oriented network with an unlimited future that has a great history in the professional salon industry. We look forward to having Frank on board as he leads our associations and shows into the future.”

I am truly honored to be selected as the next CEO of Cosmetologists Chicago. I respect the hard work of my predecessors and look forward to working together with our industry to position Cosmetologists Chicago and America’s Beauty Show to thrive for the next one hundred years,” said Fulco. “I will give my very best effort to nurture an association culture that is inclusive, relevant and serving to licensed professionals; as well as to unite our community each year at America’s Beauty Show with a spirit that honors artistic expression and the value of relationships. Together, our future is bright. We are Cosmetologists Chicago and America’s Beauty Show.

In serving 29-years in the professional beauty industry, Fulco is a proven senior executive with strong strategic vision. He has held positions at leading professional beauty companies and is committed to serving others. Frank formerly served on the Board of Directors of Cosmetologists Chicago and currently serves on the Board of Directors at New Concepts Hair by Sthair.

Fulco holds a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago. He is an adjunct faculty member at the John Carroll University Boler College of Business. When not working or teaching, Frank enjoys time with his family.

America’s Beauty Show by Cosmetologists Chicago
Cosmetologists Chicago is a salon and spa professional membership organization that owns and produces the annual America’s Beauty Show. ABS is the heart of the professional beauty industry and serves salon owners, professionals, colorists, nail technicians and estheticians. Cosmetologists Chicago is led by working salon professionals who sit on the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors of Cosmetologists Chicago for 2018-20 includes:
President – Karen Gordon, J. Gordon Designs, Chicago, IL
Vice President – Robert Passage, Pivot Point International, Chicago, IL
Secretary – Lorrene Conino, Salon Lorrene, Palatine, IL
Treasurer – Christopher Damolaris, Frank Gironda Salon & Spa, Naperville, IL
Immediate Past President – Larry Silvestri, Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas, Chicago, IL
Director – Kathy Jager – Kathy Jager & Associates / Pro’s 15110 Salon, Oak Forest, IL
Director – Nick Stenson, ULTA Beauty, Chicago, IL
Director – Chris Valavanis – Vanis Salon & Day Spa, Schererville, IN
Director – Mireya Villarreal, Pink Pewter, Bartlet, IL

Cosmetologists Chicago staff and strategic partners, with 125+ years combined experience, includes:
Frank P. Fulco – Chief Executive Officer
Amy Westercamp – Chief Operations Officer
Michael Amato – Chief Financial Officer
Christie Smaidris – Director of Association Operations 
Kristen Erickson – Creative Director
Joy Mutimura – Senior Coordinator of Exhibitor Operations
Alexis Ojinnaka – Events / Membership Coordinator
Hanna Ayoub-Dance – Data and IT Manager
Kate Gallagher, Gallagher & Associates – Marketing and Communications, Industry Media
Dori Wilson, Dori Wilson Public Relations – Consumer Media Relations
Sam Pechan, Ideas That Evoke – Social media
John Petroff – Exhibit Sales, Legacy Accounts
Jarek Lipczynski – Director of Sales, New Indie Brands
Nicole Jurrens – Marketing Associate
Kelsey Maka – Accounting Coordinator 

Save the dates!
The 2020 America’s Beauty Show will host 70,000 attendees, including salon owners, cosmetologists, colorists, nail techs, barbers, estheticians, exhibitor personnel and models, in downtown Chicago, April 18-20, 2020. ABS will feature hundreds of exhibits offering the latest in hair care and color, nails and skin care, tools and salon furnishings. The blockbuster event is owned and produced by the not-for-profit Cosmetologists Chicago.

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