Awards and Press

Charles Penzone Wins Prestigious Global Salon Business Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit
Charles Penzone Wins Prestigious Global Salon Business Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit June 2008

This year, there were an unprecedented 3,000 salon owners nominated and submitted for the 2008 GSBA Awards from 23 countries worldwide, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Each nominee was judged on financial stability, leadership, client philosophy, marketing and community involvement.

The judging process to select the final winners was administered by UCLA, Anderson Graduate School of Management. The panel was comprised of an elite group of industry experts, UCLA professors, successful business entrepreneurs and members of the international trade press.

"This award is the equivalent of winning the Heisman Award for our industry. It is an honor to be recognized for our Business practices by other industry leaders and also such an esteemed University as UCLA," said Charles Penzone.

"The Global Salon Business Forum and Awards program is truly unique and one of the only awards dedicated to honoring those in the salon and beauty industry whom excel in the areas of business," said GSBA and Redken founder, Paula Kent Meehan.

The GSBA program is produced by The B.E.S.T. Foundation (Business Education for Salons Today), a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the continued development of the global salon industry through advancement, global recognition and growth.

According to Paula Kent Meehan, creator and founder of the Global Salon Business Awards, "This is like no other event. There is nothing more incredible than being with 500 of the world's leading salon entrepreneurs sharing best business practices while being recognized as an international leader in the industry! Each of the 2008 winners has worked so diligently to achieve their success and we are thrilled to honor them in this way!"