The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific 2018-11-16T00:48:31Z rimini-street-expands-investment-and-operations-in-asia-pacific AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 16, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. Growing demand for IT optimisation and a business-driven IT roadmap Rimini Street launched its new subsidiary in response to the region’s increasing desire for software support solutions that can help optimise their IT spend and enable them to liberate significant funding for their business transformation initiatives. Rimini Street already supports nearly 50 clients with operations in New Zealand, including local brands James Pascoe, Spark, 2Degrees Mobile, Refining New Zealand and The University of Auckland. By switching to Rimini Street support from the vendor’s support, organisations have saved up to 90 percent of the total cost of maintenance of their SAP and Oracle software assets and are able to run their current ERP releases with no forced upgrades for a minimum of 15 years from the date they switched support. Rimini Street clients also benefit from the Company’s flexible, premium-level enterprise software support model, including its industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 15-minute response times for critical Priority 1 cases. In addition, each client is assigned a Primary Support Engineer (PSE) with an average of 15 years’ experience in their particular enterprise software system, backed by a broader team of technical experts. By switching their support to Rimini Street, organisations are able to take back control of their IT roadmaps with a ”business-driven roadmap” strategy that provides much more flexibility and value compared to the vendor roadmap, allowing CIOs to focus on creating value and providing competitive advantage for growth. “Organisations in New Zealand, both public and private, spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on their annual enterprise software support and maintenance, yet see little return from this significant spend,” said Andrew Powell, general manager, Asia-Pacific, Rimini Street. “Our conversations with CIOs are squarely focused on how we can help them dramatically lower the total cost of ownership of their stable, mature enterprise systems as part of a hybrid computing model and business-driven roadmap, and as a result, we are experiencing increased demand in the region. With Rimini Street, organisations have the option to break free from the seemingly never-ending upgrade cycle dictated by the vendor’s roadmap – an expensive and disruptive path for companies to undertake just to stay fully supported. With our new operation in Auckland, we are better able to engage with and support organisations in New Zealand who want to significantly cut their software support spend and take back control of their IT roadmaps.” Region at risk of “falling behind” on innovation Recent research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Rimini Street, found that enterprises in the ANZ region plan to spend the second-least amount on IT innovation in the world in the next 12 months, and they plan to increase their IT innovation spend by just 6.31% in the 12 months following the survey, well below the global average of 10.94%. “New Zealand is famous for innovation, but it is at risk of falling behind the rest of the world,” continued Powell. “New Zealand CIOs know that it’s important to spend their IT budgets on more than daily operations. With budget pressures between operating costs and the need to invest in innovation, CIOs need to reassess the value of existing support arrangements and explore better software support options designed to provide a greater ROI. Rimini Street enables CIOs in New Zealand to unlock significant savings and redirect that funding into critical innovation initiatives.” To download an eBook summary of the survey, “The State of Innovation: Priorities and Challenges,” click here. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,700 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit http://www.riministreet.com/, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our expectations of future events, future opportunities, global expansion and other growth initiatives and our investments in such initiatives. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future; changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse developments in pending litigation or in the government inquiry or any new litigation; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our need and ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on November 8, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. Invictus and Fashion in the mix for The Business of Events 2018-10-17T01:11:08Z invictus-and-fashion-in-the-mix-for-the-business-of-events Invictus Games, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA), and the Australian Grand Prix will share the secrets to their success at The Business of Events to be held in Sydney next year. Professional advice about the return on investment using demonstrated business solutions, will be shared by an impressive range of successful and experienced strategy and planning experts when they come together at this in augural event. Among the high calibre speakers will be Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific, Natalie Xenita who will reveal the strategy and role MBFWA plays, fuelling the multi-billion-dollar fashion industry. “Fashion is a powerhouse industry that drives annual retail sales of over $9 billion and employs some 77,000 people in New South Wales alone. There is much to share from our approach and I look forward to presenting our story at The Business of Events,” Ms. Xenita said. “MBFWA’s successful growth strategy has helped boost commercial significance of the fashion industry, aiding both national and local economies, and extending audience reach beyond the event. What’s more, all stakeholders enjoy a strong return on investment.” Ms. Xenita said over 23 years, MBFWA has emerged as the preeminent fashion event in Asia-Pacific – but success didn’t happen overnight. “After heavy investment by IMG to elevate the overall experience, from sponsorship activations to designer selection and global audience engagement, I’m proud to share our model of success at The Business of Events.” Conference organiser Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said harnessing how Australia’s biggest and best events are successfully managed by the specialists who drive business growth, from planning through to execution, will be the cornerstone of The Business of Events. “Key solutions will be on offer from the experts who sit in the hot seats of Australian’s most recognised events,” Mr Daly said. “Global attention from the business world will be on Sydney, as the Invictus Games kick off this week. This is the result of a significant amount of high-level business planning and execution. The Business of Events, will be where the Invictus Games CEO, Patrick Kidd, can share his learnings from the success of the games from a global and local perspective.” The inaugural conference, The Business of Events, will take place in Sydney on 7-8 February 2019, will host in-depth discussions around the theme, Powering Growth, exploring how to identify new business, increasing the bottom line, the future of major events and how to ensure business growth. Keynotes, plenaries and flexible break-out sessions will allow delegates to create a bespoke conference experience to maximise their investment. Speakers, strategically invited from key sectors, will provide diverse, forward-thinking insights in a unique two-day program. Alongside international keynote, Laura Schwartz, former White House Director of Events, high-calibre confirmed speakers include: Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific Patrick Kidd, CEO Invictus Games, Sydney 2018 Penny Lion, Executive General Manager of Events, Tourism Australia Andrew Westacott, CEO, Australian Grand Prix Terese Casu, CEO, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Helen Sawczak, National CEO, Australia China Business Council Damien Hodgkinson, Executive Director, Melbourne Comedy Festival Senior event professionals will have unparalleled access to industry leaders from which to learn about event safety and architecture, sales growth, governance, future business and professional development. Conference organiser, Gary Daly, Managing Director, Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said speakers will share some insightful key learnings including the market potential for Australia and opportunities for Australian businesses, what we can learn from our international counterparts. He said the optimum learning platforms will offer participants invaluable opportunities to upskill and power growth. “These speakers contribute to the Australian economy through major events and operate in international markets with different policies and jurisdictions, so they know what issues you can face in the international marketplace,” Mr Daly said. The Business of Events will share how to take advantage of Australia’s position within the global marketplace, how to capitalise on an aggressive event strategy and how to power growth.” To purchase tickets, visit www.thebusinessofevents.com.au. The Business of Events will be held at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, on 7-8 February 2019. Images: 1. Natalie Xenita, Executive Director, IMG Fashion Asia Pacific About Exhibitions and Trade Fairs Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) is a full-service event organiser with over 35 years’ experience across a diverse range of industries including renewable energy, automotive, business events, construction, oil and gas, entertainment technology, irrigation, manufacturing, travel and lifestyle. They have a long history of working collaboratively with organisations to produce innovative conferences and exhibitions to support their business objectives. They have become a trusted provider in their ability to contribute to organisations and the value of their events. They have offices in Sydney and Melbourne, however their teams are on the ground wherever the event is being planned, sold, marketed and delivered. They deliver conferences around the world. ETF’s motto is Experience, Expertise, Enthusiasm which reflects their approach to managing events and developing the relationships which underpin them. -ENDS- Rimini Street Obtains Australian Single Touch Payroll Certification 2018-09-19T22:22:43Z rimini-street-obtains-australian-single-touch-payroll-certification September 20, 2018 – Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced it has obtained Single Touch Payroll (STP) certification by the Australian Government’s Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for PeopleSoft Global Payroll and SAP HCM Payroll. The new certification enables Rimini Street’s Australian clients to submit their payroll data via a ‘pay event,’ either on or before pay day, to the ATO. Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory division passed the complex, rigorous qualification process with the first file submission for both PeopleSoft and SAP software products, well ahead of the deadline set by the ATO. Premium Service Support for Critical Certification Process All organisations with 20 or more employees are required to report under STP to stay compliant with the Australian Taxation Legislation. The aim of STP is to streamline employer payroll information reporting to the ATO. The change requires companies to report payments such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding, and superannuation information from their payroll solution each time an organisation pays its employees, rather than at the end of each financial year. “With the Australian Taxation Office mandating new Single Touch Payroll reporting requirements, we needed to ensure that our systems were fully compliant,” said John Brizee, SAP manager at Golding Contractors. “Rimini Street provided the STP update for our SAP payroll application. The update was installed, tested, and ready-to-go well in advance of the ATO’s deadline of July 1, 2018.” Rimini Street put a comprehensive process in place eighteen months prior to the July 1, 2018 deadline to begin preparing clients for this new reporting standard. The Company achieved STP certification for PeopleSoft software products in May 2018 and for SAP related products in June 2018 by completing three main verification steps set by the ATO – an in depth security questionnaire, execution of the ATO’s conformance test suite and lastly, product verification testing. “STP is the largest change to Australian payroll in recent history,” said Paul Henville, group vice president, Global Product Delivery. “By obtaining the STP certification for our PeopleSoft and SAP clients, we can ensure their systems are supported and compliant for this monumental shift in payroll reporting. This is just one example of how Rimini Street remains diligent, proactive and on the forefront of constantly changing tax, legal and regulatory requirements; STP in particular was one of the most complex requirements we have had to undertake, which we were able to complete ahead of the original software vendors.” To review the list of vendors certified for STP, visit http://www.sbr.gov.au/products-register/sbr-product-register-full-list Industry-Leading Tax, Legal & Regulatory Research and Technology Rimini Street’s tax, legal and regulatory strategy and scoping team is made up of veteran tax specialists, attorneys and international tax, legal and regulatory professionals who use advanced technology and numerous government and private-sector sources to monitor, collect and verify tax, legal and regulatory changes. Rimini Street also participates in, and is a member of, many prominent tax, legal and regulatory associations around the world, including the American, Canadian, United Kingdom and Australian Payroll Associations, the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, the Financial Executives International Association, the Tax Council and the Tax Executives Institute. The innovative combination of technology, proven methodology and ISO 9001 quality processes consistently assures a fast “legislature-to-live”SM update delivery cycle and the highest quality deliverables in the industry. About Rimini Street, Inc. Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI) is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products. The Company has redefined enterprise software support services since 2005 with an innovative, award-winning program that enables licensees of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP and other enterprise software vendors to save up to 90 percent on total maintenance costs. Clients can remain on their current software release without any required upgrades for a minimum of 15 years. Over 1,620 global Fortune 500, midmarket, public sector and other organisations from a broad range of industries currently rely on Rimini Street as their trusted, third-party support provider. To learn more, please visit https://www.riministreet.com, follow @riministreet on Twitter and find Rimini Street on Facebook and LinkedIn. (C-RMNI) Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements included in this communication are not historical facts but are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally are accompanied by words such as “may,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “continue,” “future,” “will,” “expect,” “outlook” or other similar words, phrases or expressions. These statements are based on various assumptions and on the current expectations of management and are not predictions of actual performance, nor are these statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties regarding Rimini Street’s business, and actual results may differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, continued inclusion in the Russell 2000 Index in the future, changes in the business environment in which Rimini Street operates, including inflation and interest rates, and general financial, economic, regulatory and political conditions affecting the industry in which Rimini Street operates; adverse litigation developments or in the government inquiry; the final amount and timing of any refunds from Oracle related to our litigation; our ability to raise additional equity or debt financing on favorable terms; the terms and impact of our 13.00% Series A Preferred Stock; changes in taxes, laws and regulations; competitive product and pricing activity; difficulties of managing growth profitably; the success of our recently introduced products and services, including Rimini Street Mobility, Rimini Street Analytics, Rimini Street Advanced Database Security, and services for Salesforce Sales Cloud and Service Cloud products; the loss of one or more members of Rimini Street’s management team; uncertainty as to the long-term value of Rimini Street’s equity securities, including its common stock and its Preferred Stock; and those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Quarterly Report on 10-Q filed on August 9, 2018, which disclosures amend and restate the disclosures appearing under the heading “Risk Factors” in Rimini Street’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 15, 2018, and as updated from time to time by Rimini Street’s future Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other filings by Rimini Street with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, forward-looking statements provide Rimini Street’s expectations, plans or forecasts of future events and views as of the date of this communication. Rimini Street anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Rimini Street’s assessments to change. However, while Rimini Street may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Rimini Street specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Rimini Street’s assessments as of any date subsequent to the date of this communication. # # # © 2018 Rimini Street, Inc. All rights reserved. “Rimini Street” is a registered trademark of Rimini Street, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and Rimini Street, the Rimini Street logo, and combinations thereof, and other marks marked by TM are trademarks of Rimini Street, Inc. All other trademarks remain the property of their respective owners, and unless otherwise specified, Rimini Street claims no affiliation, endorsement, or association with any such trademark holder or other companies referenced herein. Joey Scandizzo is crowned Australia’s Hairdresser of the Year at the 2018 Hair Expo Awards 2018-06-11T12:45:51Z joey-scandizzo-is-crowned-australia-s-hairdresser-of-the-year-at-the-2018-hair-expo-awards Monday, 11 June 2018, Melbourne: Victorian hairdresser Joey Scandizzo has been named the 2018 Australian Hairdresser of the Year at the Hair Expo Awards in Melbourne tonight. This is the second time that he was won the coveted award, after taking home the title in 2012. A celebrity stylist who has tamed the manes of big names like Ruby Rose, Paris Hilton, The Veronicas and Carrie Bickmore at his eponymous salon in Melbourne’s South Yarra, Joey is also the co-creative director of haircare brand ELEVEN Australia. “For me, this is a dream come true and I’ve been working on this for years and years… I’ve put the hard yards in; I’ve got a fantastic team. We’ve had a great night, the guys have won plenty of awards and everyone has worked hard for them. To take this baby home is awesome!” said Joey. The 2018 Hair Expo New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year award went to Danny Pato of D&M Hair Design in Auckland, who has now taken out the title for three consecutive years – 2016, 2017 and 2018. “[It feels] amazing, amazing.” said Danny. “This collection is about a global woman… and about being proud.” The pinnacle celebration of Hair Expo Australia’s three-day event, the coveted Hair Expo Awards have been elevating the hair industry for more than 30 years by recognising and celebrating excellence in creative vision, advanced technical skill, and business acumen – the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is. A full list of winners and the 2018 judging panel is available from page 2 More than 850 hair professionals gathered to hear 20 winners announced at the glitzy Hair Expo Awards gala, hosted by actor and singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte and held at The Plenary in the Melbourne Convention Centre. There were an impressive 111 finalists across 18 creative and business categories in 2018, chosen by a judging panel of 10 international and 10 local judges. The panel represents some of the most acclaimed hairdressing industry veterans from Australasia and across the globe. Two additional awards were also presented by Hair Expo – the Hall of Fame Award and the inaugural Editor’s Choice Award. Vincent and Anton de Lorenzo were inducted into the Hair Expo Hall of Fame in 2018 in recognition of their inspiring contribution to the Australian hairdressing industry. The award was accepted by Anton’s son Anthony de Lorenzo at the awards gala. Hermiz Daniel from Joey Scandizzo Salon was selected as the Editor’s Choice Award winner, a new category in 2018. Kim Howells, Fashion Director for Hunger magazine in the UK, chose Hermiz’s creative collection for its high quality and execution, noting: “the casting, photography, poses, styling, and makeup complement his ideas perfectly. It feels like the team worked seamlessly, a true example of not only one person’s vision but a creatively successful collaboration. It feels very modern, brave, and very editorial.” Hermiz was also named as the Hair Expo Victorian Hairdresser of the Year for the second time, after winning the title for the first time in 2017. Hair Expo appointed business coach Julie Piantadosi as Head Judge and Awards Ambassador to guide entrants through the awards entry process and assist the panel with judging in2018. Julie also enlisted three business experts from outside of the hairdressing industry to assist with judging written submissions. “Well it’s finally here! Hair Expo 2018 Awards night and what a buzz it is! So much passion and talent; you can feel the excitement all-round! The last few months have been super busy working with our amazing judges and it’s so great to be here tonight to finally watch it all unfold. Very special congratulations to all the winners across and huge congratulations to our 2018 Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Joey Scandizzo. I can say without a doubt being the Ambassador and Head Judge of these prestigious awards has been the highlight of my year”, said Julie. Cory Watson, Event Director for Hair Expo Australia, commented: “Joey has been selected by the Hair Expo Awards judging panel for his outstanding professional achievements and his incredible creative ability, which is evident in his outstanding submission. We wish to congratulate all our winners and finalists tonight! The Hair Expo Awards are the longest-standing and most prestigious awards in Australian hairdressing. The awards grow from strength to strength each year, and the calibre of work only serves to take our industry to new heights. What a fantastic way to cap off three days of Hair Expo - we’re thrilled to celebrate with the industry in Melbourne.” Hair Expo Australia takes place annually over the Queen’s Birthday weekend and brings together thousands of hair industry professionals for three days of trend showcases, world-class education and Australasia’s largest hair show performances, leading it to be known as ‘The Festival of Hair’. www.hairexpoaustralia.com ENDS 2018 HAIR EXPO AWARDS WINNERS AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR Joey Scandizzo – Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR Danny Pato – D&M Hair Design, Auckland, NZ HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE Vincent and Anton de Lorenzo COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR Stevie Corthine – Stevie English Hair, Glebe NSW MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR Uros Mikic – Kinky Curly Straight, Adelaide SA NEW CREATIVE FORCE Joe Habbaki – TONI&GUY Armadale, VIC APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR Nicholas Tragos – Colour Cosmetica, Adelaide SA SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR UVA Salon – Prahran, VIC SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR Sarah Laidlaw - Union Management EDITOR’S CHOICE Hermiz Daniel - Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC BEST SALON DESIGN Rixon Hair – Brisbane, QLD EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Sharon Blain Education EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR Jules Tognini – Lil’ Off The Top INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Excellent Edges SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Circles of Subiaco – Perth, WA STATE CATEGORIES NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year Nathan Cherrington – TONI&GUY Concord, NSW SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year Sam James – Orbe North Adelaide, SA VIC Hairdresser of the Year Hermiz Daniel - Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year Pauline McCabe - Rock Paper Scissors Hair Studio, Freemantle WA QLD Hairdresser of the Year Brodie Lee Stubbins – ROKSTAR, West End QLD Hair Expo would like to thank to all members of the 2018 Hair Expo Awards judging panel: International judges   ·         Tabatha Coffey ·         Angelo Seminara ·         Edward Darley ·         Mark Hayes ·         Peter Gray ·         Sally Brooks ·         Jamie Brooks ·         Nick Irwin ·         Laura Castelli ·         Mark Leeson   Local Judges   ·         Sharon Blain ·         Benni Tognini ·         Faye Murray ·         Frank Apostolopoulos ·         Sara Allsop ·         Jayne Wild ·         Sandy Chong ·         Joey Scandizzo ·         Sarah Laidlaw ·         Caterina Di Biase Additional business judges   ·         Dr Anh Nguyen, renowned Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon. 2017 Telstra Western Australian Entrepreneur Award, Telstra Business Women’s Awards ·         Thomas Plunkett, Customer Experience Lounge Host Manager, Qantas            ·         Enza Ferraro, National Head Trainer, ANZ Bank   ENDS The stars align for Hair Expo Australia 2018 2018-06-04T04:07:34Z the-stars-align-for-hair-expo-australia-2018 For immediate release. Monday 4 June 2018, Melbourne: Tabatha Coffey, Tracey Cunningham, Angelo Seminara, Guy Tang and Candy Shaw are some of the world’s biggest names in hair that are landing in Melbourne this week for Hair Expo Australia 2018. The three-day extravaganza for the hairdressing industry will host riveting educational sessions and demonstrations from these leading industry figures, where visitors will have the opportunity to get up close with their hair heroes. "I am so thrilled and excited to come to Australia, I have been a few times and enjoy it immensely. The Australian audience of hairdressers are amongst the most passionate and I love the idea of sharing my passion with them”, said Angelo Seminara, a four-time winner of the British Hairdresser of the Year Award and Artistic Director for Davines.  US balayage expert and educator Candy Shaw added, "I cannot wait to share the tips, tricks, tools and techniques I have developed over the past 35 years behind the chair with my new hair friends in Melbourne. It has been a career dream of mine to jump across the pond and share my Balayage education and Southern hospitality with my fellow hairdresser". Hair Expo’s show floor is the place where professionals can discover the latest hair products and technologies to take back to their salon. Hair Expo acts as the platform from which many innovations are launched each year, and in 2018 visitors will be some of the first to experience new releases like Dyson’s new SuperSonic Professional Edition hairdryer; new natural colour brand, Previa; The Kurve Pro Styler, a titanium curling iron from hairstylist Lizzie Liros; three new high-speed toners from Pulp Riot; Kaaral’s K05 Revitae hair thickening system; two new hairdryers from Parlux, and product lines from Oribe, De Lorenzo, R+Co and many more. Hair Expo’s evening galas present an opportunity for the industry to unwind and be inspired by thrilling showcases in hair fashion. The GenNext Gala returns in 2018, co-hosted by celebrity presenter Richard Reid and industry heavyweight, Jules Tognini. The gala is a platform for rising talent and eight teams are set to take to the stage to present their showcases. This year’s show will also feature a main act from the Matrix Playground team, comprised of some of Australia’s leading hair artists Stevie English, Kobi Bokshish, Adam Ciaccia, Uros Mikic, Mat Johnson, and Paul Ricupito. On Monday 11 June, the hair industry will come together for the Hair Expo Awards Gala, the pinnacle event of the Hair Expo long weekend where the winners of the most prestigious accolade in the industry are announced and celebrated. The gala will be hosted by actor and musician Natalie Bassingthwaighte, with a performance from R&B singer Thando, and hair shows from the 2017 Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Jason Fassbender; and the 2017 New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year, Danny Pato. An exclusive awards after-party will cap off the Hair Expo weekend, in partnership with ELEVEN Australia. Hair Expo runs over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, Saturday 9 June to Monday 11 June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). Tickets are available at www.hairexpoaustralia.com   Sustainability initiative set to eliminate up to 20,000 coffee cups at Hair Expo Australia’s 2018 event 2018-05-28T06:23:39Z sustainability-initiative-set-to-eliminate-up-to-20-000-coffee-cups-at-hair-expo-australia-s-2018-event Monday 28 May 2018, Sydney: Hair Expo Australia and Sustainable Salons have announced the next phase of their combined initiative that aims to ensure a sustainable salon industry. Hair Expo will enlist coffee cup recycling organisation Simply Cups at its 2018 edition in Melbourne, in an effort to eliminate some 20,000 beverage containers that are discarded over the course of the three-day event. “We are proud to take the first steps to ensuring a sustainable Hair Expo event in partnership with Sustainable Salons,” said Cory Watson, Event Director for Hair Expo Australia. “Ensuring thousands of coffee cups don’t end up in landfill is a hugely impactful way that we can move toward our goal of being a more environmentally friendly event by 2020.” The findings of a comprehensive audit report by Sustainable Salons at Hair Expo 2017 found discarded beverage containers to be one of the main contributors to waste output at the expo, and suggested several recommendations for reducing one-use beverage containers. Simply Cups is Australia’s first coffee cup recycling program which collects coffee cups for recycling that would otherwise end up in landfill. The organisation has recently partnered with 7-Eleven and Qantas Business Rewards. “We all know hairdressers are fuelled by coffee, but this is an issue that affects more than just the salon industry,” said Paul Frasca, Sustainable Salons Co-founder and MD. “While this step will eliminate unnecessary landfill, it will also be an important example of how one group of people can have an immediate impact when they decide to take a stand. We’re so excited to show the community that hairdressers care about their footprint even when they’re away from the salon… and that we’re doers!” Visitors to Hair Expo, which this year takes place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), can keep an eye out for Simply Cups’ green collection tubes on the show floor where any paper cup can be placed for recycling (lids can be separated and placed into venue recycling bins). The organisation then takes the cups away to storage facilities, where they will be recycled responsibly. “It's very exciting to see Hair Expo Australia implement our Simply Cups coffee cup collection program at this year's event because it helps generate awareness within the passionate and influential hair and beauty industry. Hair Expo along with Sustainable Salons are really leading the charge for events in this space, and their participation shows just how committed the expo is to building a more sustainable Australia”, said Rupert Plumridge, Account Manager at Closed Loop which runs the Simply Cups initiative. Other initiatives that Hair Expo has committed to for its 2018 event include the distribution of sustainability tips from Sustainable Salons to exhibitors, to assist them in reducing their environmental footprint in their stand fit-out, marketing and other activities. The MCEC will also have dedicated bulk materials separation bins in the ‘back of house’ at the event for exhibitors to discard bulk rubbish and recyclables responsibly. Sustainable Salons will be providing separation bins to exhibitors to dispose of materials like hair from cutting demonstrations; and product packaging like spray cans, styling bottles, foil, and other materials. The contents of the bins will be repurposed by Sustainable Salons following Hair Expo, with the proceeds from repurposing going to Australian charity, OzHarvest. These initiatives are the next phase of Sustainable Salons and Hair Expo’s partnership, which was piloted at Hair Expo’s 2017 event in Sydney. The partnership outlines a three-year plan that benefits the three tiers of sustainability – People, Planet and the Future of the salon industry. Hair Expo Australia 2018 takes place at the MCEC from Saturday 9 to Monday 11 June. Visit www.hairexpoaustralia.com for more information. Leading hairdressers named as Hair Expo Australia announces the finalists of the 2018 Hair Expo Awards 2018-05-01T03:40:57Z leading-hairdressers-named-as-hair-expo-australia-announces-the-finalists-of-the-2018-hair-expo-awards Tuesday 1 May 2018, Sydney: Hair Expo Australia has announced the 2018 finalists for the Hair Expo Awards, Australia and New Zealand’s highest honours in hairdressing. Entrants to the awards came together with prominent industry professionals and media for a cocktail function at Pier 2/3 in Sydney’s Dawes Point to hear 112 finalists announced across 18 categories. “The calibre of work that we’ve seen in the awards this year is exceptional and really highlights how relevant and important the Hair Expo Awards are to the industry”, said Cory Watson, Event Director for Hair Expo Australia. “We are so thrilled to celebrate our finalists tonight and wish them the very best of luck for the awards gala”. In 2018, there were notable increases in entries across categories like WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year (54.5 per cent), SA-Tas Hairdresser of the Year (40 per cent), and New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year (37.5 per cent). The finalists of the awards’ highest honour, the Australian Hairdresser of the Year, are: ·         Frank Apostolopoulos, BIBA Gertrude Street ·         Joey Scandizzo, Joey Scandizzo Salon ·         Uros Mikic, Kinky Curly Straight ·         Kobi Bokshish, Intershape Hairstylists ·         Dee Parker Attwood, Wieselmann Salon ·         Jason Fassbender, Parlour Hair Unley A full list of finalists across all categories can be seen from page 2 Entries across 14 creative categories and four business categories were judged by a truly global panel of 10 international and 10 local judges, representing a selection of the world’s best hair professionals. Three additional business judges from outside of the hair industry were also brought on board to lend their expertise in assessing business category submissions in the preliminary judging round. The judging panel in 2018 includes: International judges   ·         Tabatha Coffey ·         Angelo Seminara ·         Edward Darley ·         Mark Hayes ·         Peter Gray ·         Sally Brooks ·         Jamie Brooks ·         Nick Irwin ·         Laura Castelli ·         Mark Leeson   Local Judges   ·         Sharon Blain ·         Benni Tognini ·         Faye Murray ·         Frank Apostolopoulos ·         Sara Allsop ·         Jayne Wild ·         Sandy Chong ·         Joey Scandizzo ·         Sarah Laidlaw ·         Caterina Di Biase Additional business judges   ·         Dr Anh Nguyen, renowned Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon. 2017 Telstra Western Australian Entrepreneur Award, Telstra Business Women’s Awards ·         Thomas Plunkett, Customer Experience Lounge Host Manager, Qantas            ·         Enza Ferraro, National Head Trainer, ANZ Bank   Also new to the judging process this year, Australian business coach Julie Piantadosi was appointed as Head Judge and Awards Ambassador and was on-hand to guide entrants through the awards entry process and assist the panel with the judging process. “What an amazing experience it’s been working with our stellar judges from around the globe! I’m absolutely blown away by the incredible talent from the entrants this year. Big congratulations to all the finalists – I am super excited for the second round of judging! These awards really do celebrate and showcase the best of the best in our industry”, said Julie. The prestigious awards, the longest-standing in Australia and now in their 33rd year, elevate those in the hair industry by recognising and celebrating excellence in creative vision, advanced technical skill, and business acumen – the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is. The winners of the 2018 Hair Expo Awards will be announced at a lavish gala ceremony on Monday 11 June at Hair Expo Australia’s 2018 edition in Melbourne. The gala night is considered the pinnacle event of Hair Expo’s three days of trend showcases, world-class education and hair show performances, which have led to it coined as “The Festival of Hair”. For more details please visit www.hairexpoaustralia.com  2018 HAIR EXPO AWARDS FINALISTS CREATIVE CATEGORIES AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         Frank Apostolopoulos, BIBA Gertrude Street – Fitzroy, VIC ·         Joey Scandizzo, Joey Scandizzo Salon – South Yarra, VIC ·         Uros Mikic, Kinky Curly Straight – Adelaide, SA ·         Kobi Bokshish, Intershape Hairstylists – Bondi Junction, NSW ·         Dee Parker Attwood, Wieselmann Salon – South Yarra, VIC ·         Jason Fassbender, Parlour Hair Unley – Adelaide, SA NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         Sara Allsop, dharma – Auckland, New Zealand ·         Danny Pato, D&M Hair Design – Auckland, New Zealand ·         Kylie Hayes, Moha Hairdressing – Dunedin, New Zealand ·         Ann Marie Young, Jingles Hair Design – Hamilton, New Zealand ·         Michael Beel, Buoy Salon & Spa – Wellington, New Zealand ·         Natasha King, Fred's Hair – Invercargill, New Zealand COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         Stevie Corthine, Stevie English Hair – Glebe, NSW ·         Sanja Scher, rokk ebony – Melbourne, VIC ·         Adrian Rotolo, Ibiza Hair – Albert Park, VIC ·         Kristie Kesic, Stelios Papas Toowong – Toowong, QLD ·         Angela Pastore, Colour Cosmetica Studio and Academy – Adelaide, SA ·         Travis Bandiera, Royals Hair – Sydney, NSW MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         Hermiz Daniel, Joey Scandizzo Salon – South Yarra, VIC ·         Uros Mikic, Kinky Curly Straight – Adelaide, SA ·         Jules Tognini, Togninis – Fortitude Valley, QLD ·         Gregson Gastar, BG's Lounge – Adelaide, SA ·         Tori Gill, Kings Domain Barbershop – South Yarra, VIC ·         Josh Mihan, The Bearded Man – Prahran, VIC ·         Yuki Kano, TONI&GUY Australia – Sydney, NSW ·         Kawada Lambert, Tao of Hair – Perth, WA ·         Dmitri Papas, Papas + Pace - Advanced Hairdressing – Brisbane, QLD ·         Joe Ribera, Visare Hair Studio – Haberfield, NSW NEW CREATIVE FORCE 2018 ·         Cyrielle Viardot, BIBA St Kilda – St Kilda, VIC ·         Tristan Waite-Ballinger, BIBA Gertrude Street – Fitzroy, VIC ·         Ben Russell, BIBA Gertrude Street – Fitzroy, VIC ·         Hannah McLaren, D&M Hair Design – Auckland, New Zealand ·         Yuki Kano, TONI&GUY Australia – Sydney, NSW ·         Joe Habbaki, TONI&GUY Armadale – Armadale, VIC ·         Travis Bandiera, Royals Hair – Sydney, NSW ·         Kiri Roberts, Mane Salon – Wellington, New Zealand ·         Nikki Porter, Rubi Hair Malvern – Malvern, VIC ·         Morgan Richards, TONI&GUY North Sydney – North Sydney, NSW APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         Lani Caslake, Catal Hair Concepts – Mitcham, VIC ·         Nathan Smith, Parlour Adelaide – Adelaide, SA ·         Nicholas Tragos, Colour Cosmetica – Adelaide, SA ·         Julia Demarte, Joey Scandizzo Salon – South Yarra, VIC ·         Ingrid Wolff, Blow It's a Hair Thing – Adelaide, SA ·         Maddison Power, Ella&Jade – Calamvale, QLD SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         TONI&GUY Artistic Team ·         UVA SALON – Prahran, VIC ·         Tsiknaris Hair – New Farm, QLD ·         French Revolver Studio – Auckland, New Zealand ·         D&M Hair Design – Auckland, New Zealand ·         Ella&Jade – Calamvale, QLD ·         Tao of Hair – Perth, WA ·         Blow It's a Hair Thing – Adelaide, SA SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         Koh Sataporn Tanyawanichapong ·         Sarah Laidlaw ·         Richard Kavanagh ·         Philip Barwick BEST SALON DESIGN 2018 ·         Parlour Adelaide – Adelaide, SA ·         RAZORSMITHS – Collingwood, VIC ·         Cataldo's Salon – Canberra, ACT ·         Rixon Hair – Brisbane, QLD ·         George & Ivy – East Freemantle, WA ·         Circles on Fitzgerald – Perth, WA ·         DavidLee Hairdressing – Woodvale, WA ·         Ado Hair – Tauranga, New Zealand ·         Blondie Hair + Cosmetica – Geelong, VIC ·         Jakadjari Hair Australia – Hobart,  TAS CREATIVE STATE CATEGORIES  NSW-ACT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         Nathan Cherrington, TONI&GUY Concord – NSW ·         Katy Reeve, TONI&GUY Paddington – NSW ·         James Calabria, Franco of Canberra – ACT ·         Adam Ciaccia, Axis Hairdressing – Braddon, ACT ·         Nicole Kae, Nicole Kae Freelance – Newtown, NSW ·         Zoe Wilde, Zoe Wilde Artistry – Albury, NSW SA-TAS HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         Johnny Georgiou, Colour Cosmetica – Adelaide, SA ·         Tony Mckenzie, Parlour Hair Unley – SA ·         Sam James, Orbe North Adelaide – SA ·         Tracy Doak, De Stijl – Hobart, TAS VICTORIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         Sanja Scher, rokk ebony – Melbourne ·         Chung-Yang Su, rokk ebony – Melbourne ·         Michael Piastrino, Ibiza Hair – Albert Park ·         Andrea De Deugd, Jacou Hair – Elsternwick ·         Joe Habbaki, TONI&GUY Armadale ·         Hermiz Daniel, Joey Scandizzo Salon – South Yarra WA-NT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         Judith McEwen, TONI&GUY Perth Central – WA                ·         Jo Banks, HairArt – Ellenbrook, WA          ·         Anita Sutton-Galloway, Djurra Lifestyle Salon and Spa – Freemantle, WA              ·         Pauline McCabe, Rock Paper Scissors Hair Studio – Freemantle, WA         ·         Charlie Crothers, The Nest Hair Boutique – Attadale, WA             ·         Terrina Brown, Zedz – Palmyra, WA        ·         Anmar Sahar, Element Aveda Lifestyle – Subiaco, WA     ·         Asuka Aoki, Tao of Hair – Perth, WA        ·         Hayley Keep, Earth Wind Fire Hair – Canning Vale, WA QUEENSLAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         Elle Schoemaker, Stelios Papas Toowong ·         Brodie Lee Stubbins, ROKSTAR – West End ·         William Webb, Ella&Jade – Calamvale     BUSINESS CATEGORIES EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         TONI&GUY Education Australia ·         BIBA Academy ·         Sharon Blain Education ·         DCI Education EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         Caterina Di Biase ·         Katy Reeve ·         Dario Cotroneo ·         Jules Tognini ·         Kylie Dwyer INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         O&M ·         Excellent Edges ·         Mocha Publishing SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2018 ·         Edwards and Co – Sydney, NSW ·         The Fox & The Hair – Wollongong, NSW ·         Salon Kiin – Penrith, NSW ·         Tyler Reid Hair – Canning Vale, WA ·         Royals Hair – Sydney, NSW ·         Circles of Subiaco – Perth, WA Beauty Expo Melbourne set to inspire and motivate the Victorian beauty industry 2018-03-19T03:08:57Z beauty-expo-melbourne-set-to-inspire-and-motivate-the-victorian-beauty-industry Media release: Monday 19 March 2018, Melbourne: Beauty professionals will come together at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) for Beauty Expo Melbourne this weekend, with plenty for the industry to see, sample and shop across professional skincare, makeup, grooming and nails. “I can’t wait to see Beauty Expo Melbourne take shape this weekend,” said Cory Watson, Beauty Expo Melbourne’s newly-appointed Event Director. “The team has been working hard to ensure a valuable and enriching experience for our visitors and we have some wonderful brands exhibiting with us in 2018. It’s going to be a fabulous weekend of everything beauty!” Victoria’s boutique event for the beauty industry has a jam-packed agenda for visitors, with a curated education program featuring leading experts in the field who will share insights into the latest techniques and trends; from microblading to innovative skincare ingredients, to the latest makeup looks direct from the runways. New for 2018, the event’s Education Passes devoted to Dermal/Anti-Ageing, Professional Skills and Business education will mean that visitors can attend more of Beauty Expo Melbourne’s premium education for less. Pass holders can access all eligible educational sessions within their stream (between six and eight sessions) throughout the weekend for just $219 – less than the cost of purchasing two individual sessions.* Free demonstrations will also take place throughout the weekend on two HUB Stages, devoted to topics in Anti-Ageing and Makeup & Grooming. Visitors will be able to see a diverse range of professional brands at the show, with many launching new products and technologies. France Medical will have its French Infratherapy technology on display, a coveted addition to spa treatment menus due to its wellness enhancing benefits. At the event’s Skincare Sanctuary, leading professional skincare brands like Dermalogica, PAYOT Paris, Dermaviduals, Murad and Pevonia will be presenting their newest professional treatments and products. MAC Cosmetics will exhibit for the first time in Melbourne, bringing its renowned hero products and world-class makeup educators to Victorian professionals. The event’s new Proudly Natural and Proudly Australian feature will distinguish brands on the Expo floor that have products containing natural ingredients, as well as those that are Australian-made and owned. The initiative is aimed at addressing a growing consumer demand for products that meet these criteria and is being implemented in Melbourne following a successful pilot at Beauty Expo Australia 2017 in Sydney. Visitors wanting to let down their hair and network with fellow professionals can attend the Beauty Expo Melbourne Welcome Party on Saturday night, which takes place at Crown’s 28 Skybar Lounge, offering up views of the Melbourne skyline. Beauty Expo Melbourne runs from Saturday 24 March to Sunday 25 March at the MCEC. Tickets are available at www.beautyexpomelbourne.com.au *Excludes workshops Hair Expo Australia releases full event program as it gears up for a show-stopping 2018 edition in Melbourne 2018-03-01T00:21:06Z hair-expo-australia-releases-full-event-program-as-it-gears-up-for-a-show-stopping-2018-edition-in-melbourne Media release: Thursday 1 March 2018: “Enter your wonderland” is the message that Hair Expo Australia is sending to hair professionals across Australia and New Zealand, with the full event program and tickets for the 2018 edition in Melbourne now available. “The Hair Expo team is thrilled to return to Melbourne in 2018 with an amazing program bursting with international talent and local heroes”, said Cory Watson, Hair Expo Event Director. “With names like Angelo Seminara, Tabatha Coffey, and Candy Shaw on the bill, along with some exciting brands on board, we feel that hairdressers will be just as excited as we are for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. I will be working hard with the team over the coming months to ensure we deliver another fabulous event this year”. International headliners to showcase incomparable creative skills and business expertise Hair Expo’s curated 2018 education program is headed by three international hairdressing superstars, each with a unique specialty, who will be sharing their invaluable knowledge with Australian and New Zealand hairdressers. Celebrated as a creative visionary and an inspiration to stylists around the globe, British Hairdresser of the Year 2016 Angelo Seminara will be heading to Melbourne to share his sources of inspiration and present his cutting, dressing and colouring techniques at Hair Expo in a creative seminar, as well as a more intimate workshop where hairdressers can get hands-on with the legend himself. Candy Shaw, recognised as North America’s ‘The Balay Lama®’ for her industry-leading balayage skills, will be venturing to Australia for the first time. At Hair Expo, she will share her tips and tricks on balayage colouring – a trend that continues to prove popular among consumers who are increasingly requesting balayage services in the salon. Hair Expo favourite Tabatha Coffey will return in 2018 with all-new workshops to assist hairdressers achieve their professional goals. As well as group sessions (limited to 14 people), Tabatha will also host one-on-one business coaching in a Hair Expo first. These once-in-a-lifetime workshops will assist hair professionals to clarify their business and career objectives and, with Tabatha’s support, navigate the obstacles that are hindering success. Discovery at Hair Expo: the latest innovations in hair from leading brands In addition to a stellar education line-up, hairdressers will also be able to see and shop the newest product offerings from leading professional brands at Hair Expo Australia. A selection of the brands on board for 2018 include MATRIX, Haircare Australia (with Olaplex, evo, Cloud Nine, Moroccanoil, Reuzel, BaByliss PRO, and more), Professional Use (Mizutani, Balmain Hair Couture, Y.S. Park Professional, Janeke), Rogue Beauty (Oribe, R+Co, Pulp Riot, V76 by Vaughn), Original & Mineral, De Lorenzo, Excellent Edges, Biolage R.A.W., Wahl, Parlux Professional, Glampalm, Barberbrands International, Comfortel Furniture, Andis, Amazing Hair, Sunlights Balayage, Trichovedic, and many more. New tickets offer a festival experience like never before Known as the ‘Festival of Hair’, Hair Expo is introducing ticketing options for 2018 that will take the festival feeling to a new level. Designed to ensure that visitors can make the most of the event, the new Festival Pass includes access to all of Hair Expo’s world-class creative and business education (excluding workshops), the popular GenNext Gala Evening, as well as a three-day expo pass. If visitors have a specific skills area they wish to hone in on, flexible education passes catering to creative education, business education, barbering education, and look ‘n’ learn education are also available, giving visitors the flexibility to attend multiple sessions over the course of the weekend. The event will also be offering a special discounted education pass for apprentices, which are strictly available on request via Hair Expo. The pinnacle celebration: crowning the industry’s finest The prestigious Hair Expo Awards Gala will close off the Hair Expo Australia weekend, when the industry’s foremost talent come together to see the winners crowned at a lavish awards ceremony. Entries for the Hair Expo Awards close at 5:00pm on Wednesday 4 April 2018 and can be submitted via the Hair Expo website. An event that is unparalleled in Australasia, Hair Expo unites the hair industry for three days of discovery, inspiration and celebration; with new brands and products, leading educators, and thrilling gala nights all essential parts of the Hair Expo experience.     Hair Expo Australia takes place over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, 9-11 June 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Registration and early bird tickets are now available at www.hairexpoaustralia.com ENDS Hair Expo Australia invites hairdressers to enter their wonderland in 2018 2018-01-23T00:04:45Z hair-expo-australia-invites-hairdressers-to-enter-their-wonderland-in-2018 Media release: Tuesday 23 January 2018 Australia’s Festival of Hair is inviting hair professionals to enter their wonderland at Hair Expo Australia 2018 in Melbourne. The event is set to wow the professional hair industry with a stellar line-up of big brands, big names and big features for visitors to experience over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, 9-11 June. Headlining the much-anticipated Hair Expo program are 2016 British Hairdresser of the Year, Angelo Seminara and US-based balayage expert, Candy Shaw. Angelo will be presenting a creative seminar at Hair Expo where he will share his sources of inspiration and present a combination of clever cutting, artful dressing and innovative colouring techniques. Angelo will also be leading a day-long creative workshop where hairdressers can get hands-on with the legend himself. "I am so thrilled and excited to come to Australia, I have been a few times and enjoy it immensely. The Australian audience of hairdressers are amongst the most passionate and I love the idea of sharing my passion with them and the opportunity to hopefully share something very, very exciting and innovative!” said Angelo about his forthcoming appearance at Hair Expo. A leading industry educator, Candy Shaw is known as ‘The Balay Lama’® for her innovative Balayage techniques, which lead to more skilled stylists and vastly more profitable salons. "Balayage changes lives. It's the biggest trend shift in the hairdressing industry since the flat-iron movement! I cannot wait to share the tips, tricks, tools and techniques I have developed over the past 35 years behind the chair with my new hair friends in Melbourne. It has been a career dream of mine to jump across the pond and share my Balayage education and Southern hospitality with my fellow hairdresser", said Candy. Returning in 2018 is Hair Expo favourite Tabatha Coffey, who will lead small group sessions to help hairdressers focus on achieving their personal and professional goals. In a Hair Expo first, Tabatha will also be offering one-on-one business coaching sessions to help hairdressers work through any issues they may be facing in their business or career, and break through those barriers to achieve success.  Other world-class creative educators at Hair Expo 2018 include local legend Sharon Blain, MENSPIRE (UK), barber Mikey Denton (USA), the Pulp Riot team (USA), R+Co Co-Founder and Creative Director Howard McLaren (USA), Jaemyeong Jung, Jun Jung, Sujin Seo and Hee Lin Jung (Korea) supported by The Masters Institute of Creative Education, MATRIX Australia artists Kobi Bokshish, Stevie English and Paul Ricupito, the Kings Domain team, Jules Tognini, TONI&GUY, WAHL, and many more. Business education will be led by savvy leaders like Julie Piantadosi; Faye Murray, Brodie-Lee Stubbins and Steve Callus; Lisa Conway, Kylie Lewis, Cherie Stokic, The AHC, Bernadette Beswick, and Megan Yabsley. Designed so that hairdressers can attend multiple sessions for less, Hair Expo has introduced five excellent-value event passes that will mean education is more accessible than ever. More details on the passes will be available at the Hair Expo website. Brands bringing their innovations to Hair Expo 2018 include MATRIX Australia, which is sponsoring the GenNext Gala in 2018, Professional Use (Mizutani, Balmain, Y.S. Park Professional, Janeke) Haircare Australia, Rogue Beauty (Pulp Riot, Oribe, R+Co), WAHL, Andis, Alterna Haircare, Biolage R.A.W. and many more. Hair Expo Australia takes place Saturday 9 to Monday 11 June 2018 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). Early bird tickets and registration will open mid-February at www.hairexpoaustralia.com Entries open for Australasia’s most prestigious hairdressing awards! 2017-12-06T01:36:35Z entries-open-for-australasia-s-most-prestigious-hairdressing-awards MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday 6 December 2017, Sydney: Hair Expo Australia is once again poised to celebrate the best talent in Australia and New Zealand, with entries now open for the 2018 Hair Expo Awards, the hairdressing industry’s most coveted accolade. The longest-standing hair industry awards in Australia reward outstanding creativity and business proficiency – the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is. “We encourage all hair professionals looking to challenge themselves and boost their careers to enter the awards this year” says Elli Julia, Awards Manager. “These awards offer an opportunity like no other to have your work assessed by some of the most iconic figures in the international hair industry, and the benefits that can be gained from entering will do wonders for your personal and professional development”, said Elli. “We would also like to acknowledge the support our awards receive from the many leading brands in the industry that support their artists to enter the Hair Expo Awards and celebrate them at our awards gala each year, which is something we are very appreciative of,” concluded Elli. 2018 Hair Expo Awards changes Changes to this year’s Hair Expo Awards include the appointment of prominent business coach, Julie Piantadosi, to the role of Head Judge and Awards Ambassador. Julie will lend her support to the judging panel and awards entrants throughout the submission process and will act as a sounding board to ensure individual category criteria are met by entrants and judged to the highest possible standard. “I encourage every single salon business and hairstylist of all levels to take some time to enter these prestigious awards and showcase your talent and craft to the country. Entering the Hair Expo Awards will push you and challenge you to be the very best you can. The only way to win is to enter. These awards are so exciting!” said Julie. Other changes to the Hair Expo Awards for 2018 include the addition of business experts from outside the hair industry to the judging panel to weigh in on the written submissions. These experts will represent outstanding business experience within their respective fields and will be selected by Julie. Hair Expo will also arrange for an independent review by a professionally qualified third party who will supervise the final judging scores, and conduct spot auditing of all entries to the 2018 awards. Local judges selected From a 24-strong pool of iconic industry heavyweights and previous award winners, Julie Piantadosi has randomly selected the 10 local judges for the 2018 panel. They are as follows: ·         Benni Tognini ·         Faye Murray ·         Caterina Di Biase ·         Frank Apostolopoulos ·         Sarah Laidlaw ·         Jayne Wild ·         Sharon Blain ·         Sandy Chong ·         Joey Scandizzo ·         Sara Allsop   International experts will be selected in the coming months to complete the total panel of 20 hairdressing judges. The 2017 pool included renowned names like Tabatha Coffey, Edward Darley, Peter Gray, Angelo Seminara, Eugene Souleiman and Guy Tang. Awards weighting remains unchanged Weighting for the awards remains unchanged, with 50 per cent of an entry’s overall score assigned to the photographic collection, and 50 per cent assigned to the written business submission for creative categories.   CREATIVE CATEGORIES 2018 ·         Apprentice Student of the Year ·         Australian Hairdresser of the Year ·         Best Salon Design ·         Colour Technician of the Year ·         Men’s Hairdresser/Barber of the Year ·         New Creative Force ·         New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year ·         NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year ·         QLD Hairdresser of the Year ·         Salon Team of the Year ·         SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year ·         Session Stylist of the Year ·         VICTORIAN Hairdresser of the Year ·         WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year   BUSINESS CATEGORIES 2018 ·         Education Business of the Year ·         Educator of the Year ·         Industry Business Performance of the Year ·         Salon Business of the Year   ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES 2018 •        Hall of Fame (by peer nomination, final decision made by Hair Expo)       Hair Expo Australia encourages all prospective entrants for the 2018 awards to set themselves up for their best year ahead by familiarising themselves with category criteria, which can be viewed at: http://www.hairexpoaustralia.com/en/hair-expo-awards/Categories/ The entry period will close at 5:00pm on Wednesday 4 April 2018 with finalists announced in early May. Entries can be submitted online at: www.hairexpoawards.com.au ENDS For more information please contact Belinda Craigie at Hair Expo Australia: 02 9422 2986 South Australia’s Jason Fassbender has been crowned as Australia’s best hairdresser at leading industry awards 2017-06-13T06:12:59Z south-australia-s-jason-fassbender-has-been-crowned-as-australia-s-best-hairdresser-at-leading-industry-awards Tuesday 13 June 2017, Sydney: Jason Fassbender has been named the 2017 Australian Hairdresser of the Year at the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards Gala in Sydney, the first time a South Australian hairdresser has taken out the title in the 32-year history of the awards. A Creative Director at Parlour Hair Unley salon in Adelaide, Jason’s winning photographic collection was strongly inspired by fashion and individuality. “Winning the Australian Hairdresser of the Year award feels totally unbelievable, I didn't even think I would be a finalist, let alone win it,” said Jason. “Hopefully it will open up a lot of opportunities for me and I'm really looking forward to promoting the industry and helping to highlight the work that we do”. The 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year award went once again to Danny Pato of D&M Hair Design in Ponsonby, Auckland, who also took out the title in 2016. “I've been a hairdresser for over 20 years – this is my second year winning this award and I'm just so grateful to be doing what I love and to be recognised by iconic people in the industry”, said Danny. The pinnacle celebration of Hair Expo Australia, the coveted Hair Expo Awards have been elevating the hair industry for more than 30 years by recognising and celebrating excellence in creative vision, advanced technical skill, and business acumen – the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is. The competition for the 2017 awards was tough, with a huge 40 per cent increase in entries from 2016. In May, 107 finalists were announced across 18 creative and business categories, chosen by a judging panel of 12 international and 12 local judges, representing some of the most celebrated names in hair and media from Australasia and across the globe. More than 1000 hair professionals gathered to hear 20 winners announced at the lavish awards gala, hosted by The Bachelor’s Osher Günsberg and held this year in the Grand Ballroom of the ICC Sydney. As well crowning the winners of the 18 existing categories judged prior to the event, the additional categories of People’s Choice and the Hall of Fame Award are also presented on the night. A full list of winners is available from page 2 “Jason has been chosen for his achievements both in creative vision and leadership in the industry, making him a comprehensive ambassador for this multifaceted profession”, said Julia Erben, Event Director for Hair Expo Australia. “The heritage of the Hair Expo Awards is to entice participants to be the best they can be, and our winners tonight are a true testimony to this demanding challenge. During their extraordinary careers, they have not only demonstrated all-inspiring creative vision but have also encouraged and educated countless peers, securing the future of our industry”, added Julia. “Big congratulations to all the finalists and winners! Your talent and passion for the craft of hairdressing is truly inspiring and so important for the industry we all love. As the Hair Expo Award Sponsor, Schwarzkopf Professional is very proud to partner with you by providing the platform you deserve. Congratulations also to our ambassadors and the Schwarzkopf Professional Technical Team – what a great Essential Looks show!” said David Hahn, General Manager of Schwarzkopf Professional ANZ. Hair Expo Australia takes place annually over the Queen’s Birthday weekend and brings together thousands of hair industry professionals for three days of trend showcases, world-class education and Australasia’s largest hair show performances, leading it to be known as ‘The Festival of Hair’. ENDS 2017 SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL HAIR EXPO AWARDS WINNERS AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR Jason Fassbender – Parlour Hair Unley, Malvern SA NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR Danny Pato – D&M Hair Design, Ponsonby, NZ HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE Jane Trewin, TAFE NSW COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR Adrian Rotolo – Ibiza Hair, Albert Park VIC MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR Uros Mikic – Kinky Curly Straight, Stepney SA NEW CREATIVE FORCE Cherie Falco - Kinky Curly Straight, Stepney SA APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR Sharne Rizzo – Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR é Salon, Wahroonga NSW SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR Sarah Laidlaw - Union Management, Randwick NSW PEOPLE’S CHOICE Natasha King - Fred and Gingers, Invercargill NZ BEST SALON DESIGN Salon Kiin, Penrith NSW EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Sharon Blain Education EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR Caterina Di Biase INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Eco Heads SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Luke Reynolds Hairdressing STATE CATEGORIES NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year Scott Sloan - Sloans, Lane Cove NSW SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year Cherie Falco - Kinky Curly Straight, Stepney SA VIC Hairdresser of the Year Hermiz Daniel - Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year Pauline McCabe - Rock Paper Scissors Hair Studio, Freemantle WA QLD Hairdresser of the Year William Webb - Ella & Jade, Calamvale QLD Many thanks to all members of the 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards judging panel Local judges (Australia and NZ) ·         Sharon Blain (Aus) ·         Cameron Pine (Aus, Instyle magazine) ·         Matt Clements (Aus) ·         Frank Apostolopoulos (Aus) ·         Sara Allsop (NZ) ·         Justin Pace (Aus) ·         Dennis Langford (Aus) ·         Ruth Browne (Aus) ·         Brad Ngata (Aus) ·         Paul Serville (NZ) ·         Billie Iveson (Aus, RUSSH magazine) ·         Caterina Di Biase (Aus) International Judges ·         Tabatha Coffey (USA) ·         Edward Darley (UK) ·         Mark Hayes (UK) ·         Peter Gray (USA) ·         Gerard Scarpaci (USA) ·         Jayne Lewis-Orr (Hairdresser’s Journal, UK) ·         Jorge Cancer (Spain) ·         Guy Tang (USA) ·         Indira Schauwecker (UK) ·         Angelo Seminara (UK) ·         Andreas Stavrou (UK) ·         Eugene Souleiman (UK) ·         Darren Ambrose (UK) Darling Harbour sets the scene for the Festival of Hair’s welcome return to Sydney 2017-06-08T00:37:01Z darling-harbour-sets-the-scene-for-the-festival-of-hair-s-welcome-return-to-sydney Media release Thursday 8 June 2017, Sydney: Sydney’s Darling Harbour will be a flurry of excitement over the long weekend as hair professionals hit the new International Convention Centre (ICC) for Hair Expo Australia, the hair industry’s biggest annual event. “We are so pumped to take over the ICC Sydney this weekend and we know our hairdressing visitors will appreciate this new world-class venue and our return to Darling Harbour, right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD”, said Julia Erben, Event Director for Hair Expo. With hundreds of brands showcasing their latest products and innovations from across the hair and beauty industries, visitors are invited to sample, shop and network with industry peers. Some of the new products that hair professionals can expect to see on the show floor include: ·         Balmain Paris Hair Couture will make its Australian launch at Hair Expo. The luxury fashion brand’s line of professional haircare has been formulated in accordance with the experiences of Balmain’s backstage hair design teams during fashion weeks around the world ·         Amazing Hair Australia will launch its Amazing Hair Ultra-Luxury Collection of extensions ·         EVY Professional will have its new collection of styling tools, including its new E-Curl curling wand ·         Rogue Beauty will be launching US cult pop colour brand Pulp Riot into the Australian market at Hair Expo. The brand has exploded in North America with its collection of creative colours and huge collective social media following (1.5 million combined across Instagram) ·         Schwarzkopf Professional  recently relaunched its BlondeME brand (colour & care products dedicated to blondes) and its OSiS Session Label, which will be showcasing its new Powder Cloud product ·         GlamPalm will have its new GlamPalm Clinic styler with healing stone and nano-vibrating technology ·         TIGI will show its new Bed Head Colour Trip range of 12 intermixable, semi-permanent hair colours Also available on the Expo floor, a schedule of free demonstrations will take place across three stages, dedicated to international and local industry heavyweights on the Main Stage; men’s styling and grooming on the ManStyle Lab Stage; and up-and-coming talent on the Launchpad Stage. Some of the guests appearing on stage throughout the course of the weekend include a team of lead educators from Pulp Riot, who are heading to Sydney from the USA; Rotterdam-based fashion hairstylist Guido Rieger, who is the International Master Trainer for Balmain Paris Hair Couture; and Los Angeles-based barbering star, Julius Cvesar, known for his trendsetting barbering styles.  Hair professionals also have ticketed access to some of the world’s most prominent hair educators who are coming to Sydney for the event. British fashion hairstylist, Eugene Souleiman; Hollywood celebrity colourist, Guy Tang; and Sassoon Academy’s Mark Hayes and Edward Darley are just some of the icons appearing at Hair Expo over the course of the weekend to teach stylists their world-leading techniques for cutting, colouring and styling hair. The fun won’t stop in the evenings, with three gala events set to allow visitors to let their hair down and network with their peers. Hosted by Richard Reid, the Masters of Hair Gala on Saturday night will kick off the weekend and give an insight into the creative workings of some of the industry’s most iconic names; the GenNext Gala on Sunday night will showcase rising talent in a reality TV-style format, hosted by former X-Factor host Luke Jacobz; and the long weekend will culminate in the highly-anticipated Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards Gala on Monday night, where the highest talent will be crowned from across Australia and New Zealand. The evening will be hosted by The Bachelor’s Osher Günsberg. After an incredibly successful 2016 event in Melbourne, Hair Expo Australia will make a welcome return to Sydney this year, before returning once again to Melbourne in 2018. Tickets and more information are available at www.hairexpoaustralia.com For media queries please contact: belinda.craigie@reedexpo.com.au  Major international fashion hairstylist to hit Sydney for collaboration with top Aussie industry peers 2017-06-01T04:28:20Z major-international-fashion-hairstylist-to-hit-sydney-for-collaboration-with-top-aussie-industry-peers Media release Sydney, Thursday 1 June 2017 Contact: Belinda Craigie +61 2 9422 2986 Major international fashion hairstylist to hit Sydney for collaboration with top Aussie industry peers Internationally lauded fashion hairstylist, Eugene Souleiman, regularly works alongside designers like Dolce&Gabbana, Moschino, Dries van Noten, Céline, Chanel, Chloé, Louis Vuitton, Yohji Yamamoto, and Stella McCartney. He has collaborated with photographers such as Craig McDean, Steven Meisel and Paolo Roversi; and his work has graced the pages of Vogue, i-D magazine, W, and Harper’s Bazaar. A regular jetsetter to work on the runways of fashion weeks in London, New York, Paris and Milan; in June Eugene will travel to Sydney for a creative masterclass at Hair Expo Australia. In his BE Creative masterclass, Eugene will share insights into his exclusive world of hair for fashion and the show, in partnership with Mizutani Scissors, is shaping up to be a spectacular production, with Eugene supported by team of some of the best hairstylists and creative names in Australian fashion. The BE Creative Masterclass at Hair Expo Australia supported by #TeamEugene, will include: ·         Frank Apostolopoulos, current Hair Expo Australian Hairdresser of the Year, who will host the show.   ·         Renya Xydis from Valonz Haircutters salon. Renya is widely considered one of Australia’s top editorial stylists and is constantly pushing the boundaries of creativity, which has seen her work for more than three decades with some of world’s leading publications, from Vanity Fair to Vogue. ·         Travis Balcke will act as the production director for Eugene during the masterclass. Travis is a prolific Australian editorial stylist who has worked with celebrities like Bjork, Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett and Julianne Moore, among others. ·         #TeamEugene2017 will also include renowned stylists Keiren Street, Jayne Wild and Pete Lennon; as well as Alfie Sackett and Jaimie Tanner, who will collaborate to bring to life the signature looks that Eugene has selected from his favourite shows over the past decade. ·         Renowned fashion photographer, Georges Antoni will lend his creative vision to the show. Georges’ portfolio includes celebrities like Rihanna, Miranda Kerr, and Naomi Campbell. ·         In addition to three looks on centre stage created by Eugene, 12 models will complete the extraordinary runway carried out by Australian editorial stylist, Melissa Nixon. Melissa’s runway vision will reflect Eugene’s creative inspiration from the early punk rock movement. ·         Widely considered one of Australia’s most successful makeup artists, Rae Morris will be on hand to complete the makeup looks for each model. Rae’s clients include Kelly Rowland, Cyndi Lauper and Pink. The show is set to be an immersive multimedia experience, with cameras capturing all the fun and action both onstage and backstage, and projecting the live footage back to large screens on the Centre Stage throughout the show. This level of interaction will provide an intimate and valuable insight into what hairdressers can expect when they finally have their moment to lead or assist on a major fashion show or editorial shoot. As Frank says, “it will be epic”. The world of backstage fashion, editorial shoots and runway shows is a great career achievement for any stylist. Fast, powerful, dynamic and full of high energy, stylists are challenged in every way to bring the best on the day and to achieve the look that is going to set the benchmark for the season and hopefully for their career. For so many aspiring and talented hairdressers, the chance of stardom at Milan, Paris, London and New York fashion weeks is a career dream, and an ambitious goal. Eugene’s show at Hair Expo will bring London, New York, Paris and Milan to their doorstep, where he will share all these moments with the audience in the education seminar of a lifetime. On centre stage, Eugene will entertain and educate while he takes them on a powerful journey by sharing just what they need to take their hairdressing skills to new career heights. Eugene Souleiman: the fashion world’s premier hairstylist Eugene Souleiman is one of the most influential hairstylists today, a true visionary who inspires and sets the trends that other stylists follow. Eugene’s sense of humour and unique way of looking at hair permeates every avant-garde style he creates. He thrives to push boundaries, taking risks with both colour and length, and this is most prevalent in his hair sculptures. His endless stream of ideas and constant experimentation means he is continuously evolving and creating. “People should have fun with hair,” says Eugene, “It grows and changes all the time. And it’s only hair, really.” His career began in 1982, when by chance, a job placement centre led him to become an apprentice to a hairdresser. There was no turning back; Eugene had found his niche. He worked closely with Trevor Sorbie for nearly 10 years, learning the “Sassoon way”, before branching out to create cutting-edge trends in his own inimitable style. Eugene’s career is growing from strength to strength – having held prestigious creative director roles with the biggest brands in the world, Eugene is now the global creative director for Wella Professional. Eugene’s unique talent for interpreting designers’ ideas into a concrete vision that complements the clothes lends him to be in constant demand. He has worked on countless fashion shows for designers such as Dolce&Gabbana, Moschino, Alberta Ferretti, Dries van Noten, Céline, Chanel, Chloé, Ann Demeulemeester, Louis Vuitton, Sonia Rykiel, Narciso Rodriguez, Ralph Lauren, Yohji Yamamoto, Givenchy, Kenzo, Lanvin, Issey Miyake, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Valentino, Hermès, and Hussein Chalayan. He is a regular contributor to the most influential of fashion publications including: Italian Vogue, British Vogue, French Vogue, US Vogue, Self Service, i-D magazine, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Another Magazine, Dazed and Confused and the New York Times. The list of photographers Eugene has collaborated with reads like a who’s who of photography: Craig McDean, Steven Meisel, Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Paolo Roversi, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Sean Ellis, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Peter Lindbergh, Satoshi, Fabien Baron, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Mario Testino, Richard Burbridge, Richard Bush and Solve Sundsbo; whom he has worked with on numerous advertising campaigns for fashion labels like Givenchy, Fendi, Alberta Ferretti, Guerlain, Jil Sander, Moschino, Lanvin, Hermès, Yohji Yamamoto, Calvin Klein, Versus, Narciso Rodriguez, Balenciaga, Donna Karan, and Emanuel Ungaro. Eugene collaborated with Jake & Dinos Chapman on an art exhibition called ‘The Art of Chess’, where he individually styled the hair of each chess figure. In addition, Eugene headed the styling for the Fashion Rocks Charity event, benefiting The Prince’s Trust. He oversaw 80 assistants presenting on fashion designers like Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Prada, Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, YSL and many others. Eugene is currently based in London and works extensively between New York, London, Milan and Paris. Eugene Souleiman’s BE Creative Masterclass at Hair Expo Australia is powered by Mizutani Australia, Wella Professional, ghd Hair, Balmain Hair Couture and YS Park Professional; and will take place on Sunday 11 June at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC) in Darling Harbour. Tickets for Hair Expo Australia can be purchased at www.hairexpoaustralia.com Australia and New Zealand’s finest hair talent – 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards finalists announced in Sydney 2017-05-02T06:28:08Z australia-and-new-zealand-s-finest-hair-talent-2017-schwarzkopf-professional-hair-expo-awards-finalists-announced-in-sydney Tuesday 2 May 2017, Sydney: More than 300 of the industry’s most influential names in hair from across Australia and New Zealand gathered at the new International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney’s Darling Harbour on Monday night for the much-anticipated finalists’ announcement of the esteemed 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards. For more than 30 years, the coveted awards have been elevating those in the hair industry by recognising and celebrating excellence in creative vision, advanced technical skill, and business acumen – the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is. A judging panel of 12 international and 12 local judges, consisting of prominent hair and fashion icons from across the industry, anonymously assessed the photographic collection entries across 14 creative categories, as well as the written submissions of four business categories. The 2017 awards received 235 entries, a huge 40 per cent increase from 2016, meaning tougher competition in some categories. The finalists of the awards’ highest honour, the 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Australian Hairdresser of the Year are: ·         Dave McCulloch from Wild Life Hair, Milsons Point NSW ·         Frank Apostolopoulos from BIBA Gertrude St., Fitzroy VIC ·         Jason Fassbender from Parlour Unley, Malvern SA ·         Joey Scandizzo from Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC ·         Jules Tognini from Togninis, Fortitude Valley QLD ·         Kobi Bokshish from Intershape Hairstylists, Bondi Junction NSW ·         Shane Henning from Noddys on King, Newtown NSW ·         Uros Mikic from Kinky Curly Straight, Stepney SA A full list of Finalists in all categories is listed from page 2. Previous winners of the award include Frank Apostolopoulos, Caterina Di Biase, Dmitri Papas, Joey Scandizzo, Jayne Wild, and Shane Henning.                                                                                          “The 40 per cent increase in entries this year is extraordinary and attests to how those in the hair community crave to be recognised for the entirety of their achievements. The Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards represent exactly this; they are the complete picture of what exceptional hairdressing is, and we couldn’t be more proud to be celebrating our 2017 finalists this evening!” said Julia Erben, Event Director for Hair Expo Australia. “It was great to see that there were so many impressive entries, and there is always exceptional work – in many categories, the bar has really been raised. I think that Apprentice of the Year and New Creative Force were a really big stand out for me this year. It’s really good to see that people are entering on that level, because this is the generation of the future… It’s also good to see so many entries in Australian Hairdresser of the Year, because that keeps competition tough at the top.” added Caterina Di Biase, one of the Hair Expo Awards judges for 2017. “I've been deeply impressed by the quality of all the entries this year. Australia/New Zealand continues to prove that it is right up there with the best in the world. Creativity and the ability to build and drive a sustainable business are the key attributes of a strong hairdresser. These qualities are what is being recognised in the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards judging process and are eventually driving the growth and success of the industry we all love. That’s why we continue to recognise the Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards as the premier awards in Australia and New Zealand.” said David Hahn, General Manager of Schwarzkopf Professional ANZ, which has been a sponsor of the awards for many years. Gala Awards Event  The winners of the 2017 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards will be announced at a lavish gala ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the new International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney in Darling Harbour on Monday 12 June 2017. The illustrious gala night is the pinnacle event of Hair Expo’s three days of trend showcases, world-class education and Australasia’s largest hair show performances, leading it to be known as ‘The Festival of Hair’. - ENDS - Notes to Editors: Hair Expo Australia: 10 – 12 June 2017 ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour www.hairexpoaustralia.com #HairExpoAustralia / #HairExpoAwards For all media enquiries please contact Hair Expo Australia: Belinda Craigie PR & News Editor: Belinda.Craigie@reedexhibitions.com.au; +61 2 9422 2986  A gallery of all finalists' collections is available now at: http://www.hairexpoaustralia.com/en/hair-expo-awards/Awards-Information/gallery/2017/2017-Finalists-/ 2017 SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL HAIR EXPO AWARDS FINALISTS CREATIVE CATEGORIES AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Dave McCulloch ·         Frank Apostolopoulos ·         Jason Fassbender ·         Joey Scandizzo ·         Jules Tognini ·         Kobi Bokshish ·         Shane Henning ·         Uros Mikic   NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Ann Marie Young ·         Danny Pato ·         Kylie Hayes ·         Natasha King   COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Adrian Rotolo ·         Chinney Yeap ·         Christina Charalambous ·         George Giavis ·         Kristie Kesic ·         Mathias Te Moananui ·         Sanja Scher ·         Steve Corthine   MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Asuka Aoki ·         Joe Ribera ·         Jules Tognini ·         Kaleb Pritchard ·         Melissa McAuley ·         Michael Johnson ·         Uros Mikic   NEW CREATIVE FORCE 2017 ·         Brooke Hayward ·         Cherie Falco ·         Hermiz Daniel ·         Hiroko Okada ·         Kiri Roberts ·         Nicole Bosenburg ·         Phoenix Ly ·         Teagan Cousins ·         Travis Bandiera ·         Yuki Kano   APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Amy Motteram ·         Jo Woon ·         Liana King ·         Mario Fioravanti ·         Mary Millsteed ·         Nathan Smith ·         Nicolas Reyes ·         Nikki Hazell ·         Sharne Rizzo ·         Tima Tagoai   SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Buoy Salon and Spa, Wellington New Zealand ·         D&M Hair Design, Auckland New Zealand ·         Dharma, Auckland New Zealand ·         Dharma Ellerslie, Auckland New Zealand ·         é SALON, Wahroonga NSW ·         Ella&Jade, Algester QLD ·         IBIZA HAIR, Albert Park VIC ·         Joey Scandizzo Salon, South Yarra VIC ·         Noddys On King, Newtown NSW ·         Revolution Hairdressing, Teneriffe QLD SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Daren Borthwick ·         Koh Sataporn Tanyawanichapong ·         Sarah Laidlaw   BEST SALON DESIGN 2017 ·         Allure Hair Bar, Terrigal NSW ·         Barbery, Marcus Beach QLD ·         BIBA Eastland, VIC ·         BIBA St Kilda, VIC ·         Blonde, Henley Beach SA ·         Elliott Steele, Eaglemont VIC ·         Rixons 343 Newtown, VIC ·         Salon Kiin, Penrith NSW ·         Sweeney Todd's, Brighton VIC ·         Tao of Hair, Perth WA ·         The New Black Industries, Newcastle NSW   CREATIVE STATE CATEGORIES NSW-ACT Hairdresser of the Year 2017 ·         Adam Ciaccia ·         Craig Rhodes ·         Scott Sloan ·         Travis Bandiera ·         Zoe Wilde   SA-TAS Hairdresser of the Year 2017 ·         Cherie Falco ·         Sam James VICTORIAN Hairdresser of the Year 2017 ·         Alexandra Newman ·         Hermiz Daniel ·         Joe Habbaki ·         Mariam Enegd ·         Michael Piastrino ·         Sanja Scher   WA-NT Hairdresser of the Year 2017 ·         Daniel Yap ·         Hayley Keep ·         Jo Banks ·         Michael O'Dowd ·         Pauline McCabe   QUEENSLAND Hairdresser of the Year 2017 ·         Brodie Lee Stubbins ·         Laura Hudson ·         Sandra Faiva ·         William Webb   BUSINESS CATEGORIES EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         DCI Education ·         Sharon Blain Education ·         TONI&GUY Education   EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Caterina Di Biase ·         Dario Cotroneo ·         Jules Tognini ·         Katy Reeve ·         Lauren McCowan ·         Lyndal Salmon   INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         EcoHeads ·         Excellent Edges   SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 2017 ·         Elysium Hair Brisbane, QLD ·         Luke Reynolds Hairdressing, New Farm QLD ·         Pierrot's Hair Studios, Kalamunda WA ·         Prema, Darlinghurst NSW ·         Rubi Hair, Windsor VIC