MANY WALKS OF LIFE

ONE COHESIVE TEAM COMMITTED TO YOUR SUCCESS

The Salon Professional Education Company’s leadership team is comprised of seasoned industry executives, educators, franchise experts, and business owners from many walks of life. The diverse nature of this group brings a unique insight and perspective to the beauty school industry and has led to the development of one of the strongest beauty school franchise systems in the nation.

 

Jill Krahn – Executive Vice President of Sales, SPEC


Jill has been in the Beauty Industry for 30 years, developing her own salons and working as a salon consultant. She is a co-owner in multiple companies including Hair Success Salons and Spas – named in ELLE Magazine’s Top 100 Salons in America three years in a row, The Salon Professional Academy Fargo, and Salon Professional Education Company (SPEC) – the parent company and franchisor to TSPA.

Jill leads the Franchise Sales Division of the SPEC and is very passionate about growing future salon leaders one student at a time! She will show you options on how you can dream big and reach your personal goals.

Chris Baran – Artistic Director, REDKEN & SPEC Co-Owner


Chris is dedicated to creating easy to understand technical training systems for TSPA Schools, educators and future salon stylists. As Artistic Director, Chris created Redken’s vision for trend shoot, developed the core curriculum taught around the world in Principle Based Design and Finishing and is a key facilitator for train-the-trainer programs in 30+ countries. This multi-award winning hairdresser’s easy relaxed teaching style and sense of humor make the sessions fly by with the payoff of increased technical & creative skill sets that will grow both educators and students.

Sonja Plunkett – Executive Vice President of Operations, SPEC


Sonja has been blessed with many opportunities and experiences in her 29 years in the salon and beauty school industry and is always eager to share her knowledge and experience. She has worked and taught in all aspects of the cosmetology industry, was a successful salon owner, beauty school educator and director, and Academy owner and consultant. Sonja devotes her time to strengthening our industry as one of the owners of Salon Professional Education Company where she is the executive vice president of operations for The Salon Professional Academy franchise. Sonja aligns herself with others who are passionate about growing the next level of salon professional.

Marilyn Fulkerson – Executive Vice President of Regulations, SPEC


Marilyn, co-founder and an owner of Salon Professional Education Company, LLC, (SPEC) has been a licensed Cosmetologist for 41 years and has been a licensed educator for 11 years.Marilyn has been involved in the Cosmetology profession throughout her entire career. She has experience as a salon service provider, salon manager, Academy educator, Academy admissions and financial aid director, Academy owner as well as an Academy trainer. Marilyn has a passion to lead others to believe in themselves and to help them grow to the next level.

Jodi Ellingson – President & CFO, SPEC


Jodi has been in the Beauty Industry for 30 years, developing her own salons and working as a salon consultant. She is a co-owner in multiple companies including Hair Success Salons and Spas – named in ELLE Magazine’s Top 100 Salons in America three years in a row, The Salon Professional Academy Fargo, and Salon Professional Education Company (SPEC) – the parent company and franchisor to TSPA.

Jodi is a SPEC owner and leader in the Salon Professional Education Company and is very passionate about our industry and the franchisees. Jodi feels it is important to grow leaders with the experience as well as passion; developing salon professionals that are trained specifically for “Todays” industry needs with the business skills and the latest in techniques and technology. The Cosmetology industry both needs and deserves the respect and professionalism The Salon Professional Academy Franchise brings to the industry.

Sam Shimer – Chairman of the Board, SPEC


Sam is the founder and Managing Director of SLC Capital Partners, and has more than 25 years of private equity investing experience. Sam has invested in a number of industries ranging from franchising and electronic monitoring to healthcare and recycling. In addition to SPEC, Sam sits on a number of Boards, including Jan-Pro Franchising International, Honest-1 Auto Care, JP Florida Holdings and Counsel RB Capital.

David Berg – Vice President of Marketing & Communications


David has been working in the advertising and marketing industry for 20 years; with experience in a variety of industries including computer software, home improvement franchise stores, telecommunications, biotech and more. As owner of a consulting firm; he’s provided insight and direction to his clients, created business strategies, developed new brands and messaging, designed intuitive websites, & directed and produced TV commercials and videos.

Having been in his current role with SPEC for 3 years, David continues to pursue what he love through the development of compelling and relevant marketing programs that assist schools in increasing recruitment and growing student salon area sales.

A MESSAGE FROM THOSE WHO KNOW

INDUSTRY LEADERS SAY IT BEST

“I believe [SPEC] offers some of the finest schools available in our industry. They have an excellent education philosophy and their curriculum stands out; providing their students with a complete cosmetology experience and prepares them for a great career in this industry.”

Pat Parenty
Former President L’Oréal Professional Products Division, USA

“I’ve had TSPA students with less than a year’s experience in my advanced seminars keep up with, and sometimes surpass hairdressers with many more years in the business. I think that proves the quality of a TSPA Education and I highly recommend this program to all!”

Chris Baran
Artistic Director, Redken 5th Ave NYC & President, Fuel Education Systems