Mover and Shaker: Susan Preston

Susan Preston has built a positive reputation in the insurance industry by providing quality services to the permanent cosmetic, tattoo and beauty industries since 1993. To better serve the industry, PPIB President, Susan Preston, set up a nonprofit association for permanent cosmetic technicians that sets and promotes industry standards.

Named to IBA’s Hall of Fame in 2017, Preston was also named as one of their Elite Women in Insurance in June of 2019. A renowned speaker and writer, Susan has also worked with governing bodies in setting regulations for her fields of expertise.

Outside of insurance, Preston sits on three nonprofit boards and chairs the board of the Luther Burbank Center in Northern California.

Reach out to Susan: Susan.Preston@ppibcorp.com

Mover and Shaker: Elaine Perhach

Aura spa opened in 2009 and currently has 4 locations in Washington, D.C. and expanding to Ballston, Virginia in 2020. Elaine Perhach has been a licensed Massage Therapist since 2007. She enjoys traveling and experiencing new spa’s during her travels.

Check out Aura Spa HERE or reach out to Elaine at: elaine@vidafitness.com

One-On-One with Spa Industry Association president Allan Share

Join us getting to know the man being the Spa Industry Association…

Who or what inspires you?

I was fortunate to have to amazing mentors; my Dad who taught me street smarts and my father-in-law who taught me business.

What’s your favorite part of the day?

Absolutely a morning person. I’m always excited to get out of bed.

What makes your company unique?

Our association has a free membership option. I started this when I took over in 2010, recognizing the recession gave our members limited resources, but needed the information we provide.

What’s the most fun part of your job?

The people. I’m a relationship person and I feel like I have 10,000 friends in our industry.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Be better at slowing down. I feel like a cook in the kitchen and have to work  hard to meditate, massage, slow down in general.

What keeps you up at night?

I sleep like a baby.

What part do you find most challenging?

Lemons to Lemonade. I’ve always embraced the challenges, bring them on!

Tell us something most people don’t know about you.

I am a voracious reader (and I love action movies).

What’s your favorite family activity?

Having them around. I’ve been married 33 years, 3 kids, 3 grandkids and it makes me smile when we’re together.

Mover and Shaker: Mina Chang

CareCredit, a part of Synchrony Bank, has been helping patients access care for 30-plus years. CareCredit’s health, wellness, and beauty credit card offers promotional financing options to help your guests fit the treatments and procedures they want into their monthly budget.  Mina Chang, Relationship Manager with CareCredit, has 9-plus years of cosmetic industry expertise and relationship-management experience.  

Reach out to Mina: (855) 860-9034

Mover and Shaker: Julia Sutton

Julia Sutton currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for exhale enterprises, Inc, a leading lifestyle brand in the spa and wellbeing industry that operates 28 properties in 11 markets. As a member of the founding team, Ms. Sutton developed and scaled the Company’s operating infrastructure that today successfully delivers dozens of award-winning wellbeing, spa, and retail programs and supports an employee base of 2000.

Ms. Sutton is a recognized spa industry leader with a successful track record for developing and launching spa, fitness and retail in a number of different markets. Prior to joining the exhale team, she served as National Spa Operations Director for Wellbridge, where she directed ten spas across the country from Honolulu to New York.

Ms. Sutton has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business from Manhattan College. She also completed the OPM program at Harvard Business School. Julia belongs to several groups (COO network, American College of Sports Medicine, HBSCNY) and enjoys coaching basketball, playing tennis, hiking and surfing.

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