Dr. Farouk Shami and Farouk Systems, Inc. recently hosted a meeting with the founder of the National Licensing Association along with leaders in the beauty industry, top cosmetology schools and lobbyists.
The goal was to form the first association dedicated to the beauty industries in Texas. Spear-headed by Dr. Shami, this initial meeting helped to set forth the first steps needed to create ABBA of Texas (Allied Beauty and Barber Association). Those in attendance voted on the name, logo and setting up a temporary board of directors. They also formed committes and levels of membership.
The levels of membership will include: cosmetologists, estheticians, barbers, Cosmetology Schools and Industry Corporations.
According to Dixie Russell, CHI Schools Director, “Due to the beauty and barbering industry being hit to deregulate and lower education for upcoming stylist and barbers, we felt the need to be heard and bring a louder voice to Texas Legistration and Capital Hill. Uniting Cosmetologists, Barbers and our Texas Cosmetology & Barber Schools, we feel that our voice would be better communicated to those that truly have no idea the science and education behind our beloved field.”
GOALS OF THE ASSOCIATION:
● Educate and mobilize the industry on legislative matters
● Provide continuing education
● Become the eyes and ears of the industry for national, state, and local issues
● Increase awareness, profile and status of industry
● Preserve and advance the integrity of the cosmetology industry through education, public awareness and to protect it from unwarranted legislative action with a practical and common sense approach
AABA of Texas Board Members:
President – Sharon Gamblin
Secretary – Dixie Russell
Director 1 – Carolyn Howard, HTS
Director 2 – Stephen Holt
Director 3 – Sharla Wooten
Director 4 – Rebecca Holland
To date, several committes have been established such as the Executive Committee, Planning Committee, Membership Committee, Communications Committee and Committee Support.
ABBA’s next meeting will be held for Board of Directors and Committee members on Feb. 9th and 10th in Austin, Texas to further solidify the association’s affairs, by-laws and updates.