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The YeaR in Review
AACS PRESIDENT LOOKS BACK AT THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF 2014
BY DOn YEARWOOD, AACS PRESIDEnT
AACS Pioneers at the 2014 AACS Annual
Convention & Expo.
Tony Fragomeni, Christine Gordon and GRC Chair Greg Jones
at the White House in Washington, D.C.
eflecting on my first year as AACS president, it seems
2014 passed at warp speed. And while it would be tempting to simply "hit the ground running" in 2015, I believe
it is important to take time for reflection. The most
successful journeys usually leverage the wisdom of
past experience. As AACS navigates 2015, it's worth
taking a look back at some of the 2014 mile markers that will shape our
journey in the year ahead. Here are just a few of last year's highlights:
CEA attendees enjoying themselves at the White Party
hosted in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, during the summer.
Employment, State Authorization, etc., that could negatively
impact member schools. In August, GRC leaders Greg Jones, Tony
Fragomeni, Christine Gordon and Tom Netting were invited to the
White House for meetings with senior administration officials. While
creating change can be a slow process, our GRC team is committed
to being the voice of beauty and wellness schools and preserving
the rights of our students.
AACS Membership Review
Celebrating a 90-Year Milestone
During AACS's Annual Convention, the association paid homage to
leaders whose efforts have helped shaped the organization, while
celebrating AACS' 90th birthday. A special tribute was paid to Mike
Vanacore and the AACS Pioneers. The celebration was highlighted
by a Roaring 20s Gala as attendees kicked up their heels. Here's to
reaching our centennial celebration in 2024!
Strategic Planning Update
The AACS Board of Directors conducted a strategic planning session
facilitated by Bud Crouch of Tecker International, focusing on the
association's mission, goals, and strategies in today's complex economic and regulatory environment. The session was very productive
in advancing the key components driving AACS' strategic plan, including the Big Audacious Goal, mission and values described below.
Big Audacious Goal - The hair, beauty and wellness profession
will be recognized as a premier career of choice driven by a thriving
member school community. Mission - AACS' mission is to advance
educational excellence. Values - Integrity; passion and determination; humanitarian outreach; embracing diversity; members first
through empowerment; preserving educational choice; fostering
community; creative learning; and changing lives.
Dynamic Government Relations Committee (GRC) Work
Advocacy remained a priority in 2014. The GRC committee, chaired
by Greg Jones, worked tirelessly on legislative issues such as Gainful
AACS news & Trends
* egional training-187 educators trained at regional events in 2014.
* nhanced event pages on the AACS website for schools and associates.
* vents apps have been met with great success with 379 unique users visiting
the app feed (26,173 total visits) at CEA and 419 unique users visiting the
app feed (with 14,919 total visits) AACS Annual.
* ere we grow again-the AACS office team was enhanced in 2014 with the
addition of Elouise Schultz as membership development coordinator and
Geoff Gerard as staff accountant.
AACS remains a vibrant, robust association. The following numbers
reveal that AACS has the critical mass to support the needs of all
members. Here's a snapshot of our membership at year-end 2014.
School members: 1,047 (87 percent are Title IV Schools/13 percent
are Non-Title IV Schools)
8 percent of schools > Members for one year
12 percent of schools > Members two to three years
32 percent of schools > Members more than 10 years
48 percent of schools > Members four to 10 years
Associate members: 159
Career Educators Alliance (CEA): 4,759
Beauty Changes Lives
During AACS' Annual Convention, Beauty Changes Lives (BCL)
Foundation President Lynelle Lynch announced that the foundation has raised $3,000,000 through direct contributions, in-kind
donations, royalty agreements and sponsorships. In addition, 129
lives are being changed through the gift of education supported by
$756,000 in BCL scholarships at AACS member schools.
Although challenges will always exist, 2015 is shaping up to be a
year full of opportunities, including some great events. Be sure to
attend the Spring Executive Retreat, the CEA Annual Convention
and the AACS Annual Convention & Expo. And remember, you can
volunteer to become involved in planning events and serving on
committees. Together, we can all play a part in an even more successful 2015. Happy New Year!
Don Yearwood is currently president of the board
for AACS and owner/president and CEO of Carousel
Beauty Colleges & The Spa Institute. Yearwood
has been involved in the cosmetology education
industry for more than 25 years. Yearwood has
served on the AACS Board of Directors since 2004
and served as AACS Treasurer 2005-2007.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 7 Issue 1
Improve Employee Performance
The Year in Review
Just for Kids
Building Blocks that Separate Top Performers
12 Ways to Maximize Cut-a-Thon Success
Extend Your School's Offerings with Eyelash Extensions
Hack-Proof Your School's Social Media
You Can't Have it All
Celebrating 90 Years as an Association
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