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Hair Entrepreneur Maryanne McCormack Makes Surprise Visit At NAHA 2009

As I previously reported Maryanne McCormack made an unexpected appearance at the recent 2009 NAHA Awards held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, July 21st at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

(Image of Maryanne McCormack - Courtesy of Paul Mitchell - All Rights Reserved).

Maryanne was there to honor and help present Geno Stampora with a special NAHA Hall Of Leaders award.

Not only did Maryanne have to wear a blonde wig all day before the NAHA event, the dark raven haired beauty gave up some of her vacation time to attend the special honor for her longtime friend.

Who is Maryanne McCormack?

Texas Business magazine called Maryanne McCormack a "whirlwind." Along with husband/CEO John McCormack, she founded Visible Changes, Inc., a network of 16 salons throughout the state of Texas.

Her company has twice been recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the 500 fastest rising companies in America and earned its owners a Salon Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 2006 Global Salon Business Awards in Barcelona, Spain.

The McCormacks wanted to start a revolution in the hairdressing industry by providing high-quality services from a well-trained staff that shares in their success.

They believe in the "build it and they will come" philosophy for attracting the best and brightest stylists, receptionists, and managers.

They offer a competitive benefits package and plenty of perks, like trips to exciting locales, year-end bonuses based on performance and production, profit-sharing packages, and educational opportunities. To celebrate the company's 25th anniversary in 2003, Maryanne and John awarded their 900 employees a combined $8.5 million.

Much of the company's new talent comes straight out of beauty schools. "We go in, donate our time, do demonstrations, and talk about careers," Maryanne explains. "We teach students how to go for job interviews and what employers expect. We also have a rapport with teachers so they'll send us their most qualified students."

When it comes to hiring, Maryanne looks for people who care about their appearance, are thirsty to learn, love what they do, and want to succeed. "We do a lot of interviewing, then we have a trial period where they shampoo while going through training," she says. "Then we teach goal setting, how to do hair, customer service, and product knowledge," she adds.

They always say it takes one to know one and it seems so appropriate that Maryanne would make a special trip to honor Geno since Maryanne is also a leader in the hair and beauty industry with her business practices and success.

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