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Shamrock Capital Advisors Acquires Questex

Questex , a leading global business information and events company, announced that Shamrock Capital Advisors , a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, has acquired the company in partnership with senior management. “Shamrock Capital is the perfect partner for Questex at this point in our evolution,” says Kerry C. Gumas, president and CEO of Questex. “They have a deep understanding of the media, communications, and entertainment sectors and the customers we serve. They support our ongoing business initiatives and they share our goal of extending Questex’s service offerings and market footprint." The company will continue to develop its existing product portfolio...

Murad Begins International Expansion with New Acquisition

Murad Skin Care announced that it has completed the acquisition of its long-term distribution partner in the United Kingdom. The acquisition provides Murad with an opportunity to directly manage its business in professional channels across the UK. This also provides the company with a strategic foothold for its planned expansion of existing operations in Europe. “When we began in 1989, our most intense efforts were focused on opportunities to expand our sales close to home with North America as the major market for high-performance skincare products,” says Richard Murad, global general manager of Murad. “Twenty-five years later, the entire world...

Repêchage Sponsors Lisa Folawiyo at New York Fashion Week

Repêchage , a professional skincare company, has partnered with fashion designer Lisa Folawiyo for the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 Show. The brand provided a collection of skincare products to prep models’ skin prior the show. Algo Mist Hydrating Seaweed Facial Spray , C-Serum Seaweed Filtrate, T-Zone® Balance Moisture Complex , Hydra 4® Cleanser , Hydra Refine® Cleansing Mousse , and Eye Rescue Pads, were among the products used on models’ skin before embracing the bright lights. Folawiyo has presented her collection on international platforms, including Johannesburg, Milan, Paris, and New York. For more information, visit www.repechage.com . For...

Murad Announces Opening of First Flagship Retail Location

Murad , a skincare brand founded by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, announced its plans to open the company’s first official stand-alone retail boutique. Scheduled to open next month, the freestanding store will be located in Los Angeles, serving as Murad’s Global Flagship retail location. The opening of the 1,500-square-foot store coincides with the celebration of the brand’s 25 anniversary this year. “Helping as many people as possible to achieve healthy skin and live happily is one of the goals on which I have based my research, my medical practice, and my life,” say Murad. “It is also the reason I...

Global Spa & Wellness Summit Names Michelle Gamble Vice President

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) appointed Michelle Gamble as vice president of global business development. She will be joining the GSWS team at the eighth annual Summit, which takes place in Morocco during September 10 to 12. “I have known Michelle over all the years she has worked in the spa and wellness sector and have always been impressed by her professionalism, her ability to consistently exceed her goals, and the excellent relationships she has forged throughout the industry,” says chairman and CEO Susie Ellis. “The spirit of the Summit is collaboration, and Michelle is the perfect person...

Salt of the Earth Opens Custom-blending Factory

Salt of the Earth , a company that handcrafts spa treatments and products, has opened an eco-friendly factory where personalized skincare products are created to meet clients’ specifications. Based in Salt Lake City, the new facility features multiple ceiling skylights for minimal electrical consumption. The space also holds a dedicated spa area complete with a shower to allow employees to refresh after a bike ride or jog into work. Built from recycled storage cargo containers and sustainable materials, the internal structure is made of reclaimed storage pods, which are stacked on top of each other to create a multi-level space...

Dermalogica’s Global Nonprofit Initiative Exceeds Goal

Dermalogica Foundation’s global philanthropic movement, FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) has surpassed its objective to fund more than 50,000 women-owned businesses across all industries worldwide. The FITE initiative was launched by Dermalogica as an expansion of the brand’s dedication to vocational education and careers. The Dermalogica brand itself is the prototype, employing thousands of women as skilled professional skin therapists, and creating career opportunities in professional skincare. “Supporting women’s participation in the economy is one of the most important areas an individual, business or country can do to drive economic development,” says founder and chief visionary Jane Wurwand. “It is...

IECSC Takes On Las Vegas

The International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conference (IECSC) Las Vegas, held alongside the International Beauty Show (IBS), attracted more than 21,000 spa and beauty professionals to Sin City. Among the highlights were more than 600 exhibitors, free manufacturer classes, and a variety of business-building sessions, including the Spa Business Conference and Advanced Business Seminars and workshops from CIDESCO Section USA. “The strength of this show is indicative of the continually expanding and evolving spa industry,” says Liza Wylie, vice president of spa, beauty, and wellness for Questex Media. “2014 was a milestone year for us as we rolled out a...

DaySmart Software Recognized by Inc. Magazine

DaySmart Software , the maker of Salon Iris software, announced that they have been recognized by Inc. magazine , a leading business periodical that focuses on small business and entrepreneurs, as one of the fastest growing private companies in America for the fourth year in a row. “We are truly honored to receive this award for the fourth year in a row,” says Christianna Jackson, cofounder and vice president of DaySmart Software. “Our focus has been launching new features that help make running a business easier and more profitable, which has been the foundation of our success.” Inc. magazine’s 500|5000...

Cosmedica Skincare Introduces New Packaging

Cosmedica Skincare , manufacturer of anti-aging dermatologic products, has redesigned its image, creating a new logo along with new packaging. "While our old logo and package design served their purpose, we felt it was time for something new—something modern that reflects the current status and success of the company," says CEO Thomas Conway. "We know we offer some of the best skincare products on the market, and we want to make sure our image reflects that level of quality, so we gave ourselves a facelift that we are confident better communicates who Cosmedica Skincare is today." Additionally, the company recently...

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