Sola Salon Studios Announces Franchise Industry Veteran, Christina Russell, As New Chief Executive Officer
June 11, 2019 // Franchising.com // DENVER, CO - Sola Salon Studios is delighted to announce that Christina Russell has been named new CEO effective June 5, 2019. Ms. Russell brings an extensive senior leadership background in franchising with leading companies such as Curves, Camp Bow Wow, and Pure Barre where she was recently CEO. In addition to her corporate roles, she began her career in the franchise industry as a multi-unit owner, which provides her a unique, rich perspective and background that she brings to this role.
Ms. Russell will be responsible for overseeing leadership, strategy and execution for all growth initiatives of the Sola Salon Studios franchise, both domestically and internationally, including operational management of all company-owned and operated Sola locations.
“The entire Sola team - internally and externally - would like to extend a warm welcome to Christina. Her vast expertise and experience affords her a keen understanding of the Sola business model and the skills to help propel us to the next level. She has impressed us all with her willingness to learn, her ability to strategically understand how we come together as a Sola community, and the potential Sola has within both the professional beauty industry, as well as the franchise community. Her skillsets are ideally suited for us and we are excited to have her on board,” commented Myrle McNeal, Chief Operating Officer, Sola Salon Studios. Russell will be based in Denver, reporting to the company’s Board of Directors.
“I am excited to assume this role because I truly believe in Sola and what it stands for. We are the category leader, and I believe that’s just a starting point toward the next phase of growth and opportunity. I believe in the Sola team and their passionate commitment to the success of franchisees, the independent beauty professionals and the success of the brand overall. I can sum up my passion in three words: I love franchising. I believe it is the embodiment of the American Dream. There’s nothing more powerful than a group of passionate business owners galvanized around a common mission. And it is especially powerful when that mission has that mission empowers others to live their best lives. That’s what Sola is all about, and that purpose resonates deeply with me,” commented Christina Russell.
Sola Salon Studios opened its first location in Denver, CO in 2004. The company’s mission is to provide beauty professionals high-end, move-in ready studios where they can experience the benefits and freedom of being in business for themselves as salon owners.
Now, 15 years later, Sola Salon Studios has become the undisputed leader in the explosive salon studio category that has helped transform the beauty industry.
From the beginning, Sola Salon Studios not only provided beautiful, customizable studios but also provided support programs, technology and education that simplified the entrepreneurial process and supported independent business ownership. Sola-only benefits include live education and inspiration at Sola Sessions events across the country, digital education programs, business and marketing support and access to SolaGenius and SolaPro - cutting-edge apps designed to help Sola owners maximize their salon business.
Currently Sola has over 450 locations and more than 13,000 beauty professionals calling Sola Salon Studios their business home.
Visit www.solasalonstudios.com for more information.
About Sola Salon Studios
In 2004, Sola Salon Studios was established with the opening of our first location in Denver, CO. Now with 450 locations open in the US, Canada and Brazil, we are proud to offer salon professionals the freedom and benefits of salon ownership without the upfront costs and risks associated with opening a traditional salon. Our innovative salon model empowers hairdressers, estheticians, nail techs, massage therapists and other like-minded professionals to take control of their lives and their careers. We provide beauty professionals with beautiful, fully-equipped salon studios alongside the support and tools they need to launch their salon business in no time.
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