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Andre Walker joins five other alumni at Beauty Show

Mar '08
Andre Walker, personal hairstylist to Oprah Winfrey for 24 years, was among six Pivot Point International educated beauty industry leaders recognized for career achievements during America's Beauty Show in Chicago.

The L.E.O. award stands for Leadership in the salon industry, Excellence in designer education and Outstanding Pivot Point Alumnus, while also honoring Pivot Point International's Founder and Chairman Leo Passage.

The six 2008 L.E.O. Awards recipients include:
- Joseph Cartagena, owner, Genacelli Salon & Spa, Chicago, IL and vice president, Cosmetologists Chicago, the association of salon professionals who own & operate America's Beauty Show;
- Mary Beth Janssen, owner, The Janssen Source, Palatine, IL, an authority on the beauty and wellness connection and author of four books;
- David Raccuglia, founder, American Crew, a men's grooming product company, Denver, CO;
- Manuel Rodriguez, international educator and competitive hairdressing trainer, Evanston, IL;
- Christine Schuster, senior vice president of education, Redken Fifth Avenue NYC/PureOlogy, New York, NY;
- Andre Walker, exclusive hairstylist to Oprah Winfrey for 24 years, Chicago, IL.

"With the L.E.O. award we honor the achievements of all the beauty professionals our founder Leo Passage and Pivot Point have trained, influenced and inspired over 45 years," announced CEO Karen Wilkin-Donachie.

"Our alumni," Wilkin-Donachie added, "could easily number in the millions as Pivot Point beauty education is currently available in 73 countries and 11 languages worldwide.

More than 50,000 cosmetologists graduate with a Pivot Point-based education every year."

Vi Nelson & Associates Inc

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