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What Do the Navy Seals and Beauty Have in Common? The Van Michael Concept Salon Company.

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It was 1975 and the movie Shampoo that peaked the interest of our guest this week, but it’s been the attitude of the US Navy Seals that has allowed the Van Michael Concept salons to build the most profitable salon chain per square foot in the US. When Van Council set out to launch his first Aveda concept salon his goal was simple, a high-quality salon that offers the latest cut and color techniques in a creative, non-intimidating environment. With 11 salons in the US and 42 salons across Japan, listen in to hear the story about a company that sets the bar for others, challenges the status quo and continuously finds ways to re-invent themselves so that they are fresh and growing.

Van talks to Patty Schmucker about what it takes to make sales per square foot greater then Neimen Marcus, how stylists book clients on the fly right from their mobile devices, and how 2 hours of cycling per day sets an example for wellness for a staff of 400+ employees.


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