19 June 2024

Special Awards at ABS: Celebrating Salon Service and Success

The 2023 America’s Beauty Show awards ceremony honored iconic leaders for extraordinary service to the association and industry.

Cosmetologists Chicago (CC) has a long and distinguished history in celebrating the lives and good fellowship of its members. At the 2023 America’s Beauty Show (ABS), held April 15-17, 2023, the association presented awards on behalf of and in tribute to iconic industry leaders.

Many attended the special Awards presentation. Guests of honor included CC Past Presidents, the CC Board of Directors, industry VIPs, special guests. The show’s largest exhibitors and members of the media were also present.

“We are proud of our tradition of honoring success and stewardship in this salon industry we love so much. We are looking ahead to what’s next in our industry while celebrating our rich history,” said CC President Robert Passage, CEO, Chairman and Global Ambassador for Pivot Point International.

The Jerry Gordon Salon Business Leadership Award

The 2023 Jerry Gordon Salon Business Leadership Award was presented by Jerry Gordon’s wife, salon partner and Immediate Past President of Cosmetologists Chicago, Karen Gordon. Industry leader David Wagner, owner of Juut Salon Spas in Minnesota, Arizona, and California, was proud to receive this prestigious honor.

Cosmetologists Chicago inaugurated this very special award in 2015. This award honors Jerry and his passion for elevating and advocating for salons through sound business principles,” said Karen Gordon. “As a friend and industry colleague of David Wagner, I know Jerry would happily endorse him as our CC Board’s selection for this year’s Jerry Gordon Salon Business Leadership Award.”

David is proud to serve his salon communities by encouraging individuality, authenticity, diversity, and real beauty. In addition to his role as owner and Daymaker at Juut, David is a best-selling author.

Wagner proudly accepted a Baccarat crystal Ferrari horse in honor of Jerry’s passion for racing and fine cars during the 2023 ABS Press Event and Special Awards Ceremony.

The Fred A. Piattoni Award for Industry Service

The Fred A. Piattoni Award for Industry Service was initiated in 2017 to celebrate the contributions of the late Fred A. Piattoni. Fred served not only as past president, but also as CC Executive Director throughout his lengthy career in cosmetology. The 2023 Fred Piattoni Award honored Frank Cacciato, who received the award from Frank P. Fulco, CEO of Cosmetologists Chicago and America’s Beauty Show.

This award celebrates an individual who has worked tirelessly in support of licensed beauty professionals throughout the country,” said Fulco. “Cacciato’s contributions to our industry and to our CC and ABS community reflect his beauty industry passion and loyalty.

Cacciato proudly accepted a Waterford crystal statue in honor of Fred’s passion for the professional beauty industry, during the 2023 ABS Press Event and Special Awards Ceremony.


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