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ISBN Board of Trustees Election

ISBN Membership elects Mark Kartarik to its Board of Trustees; Board elects Pat Neville and Eric A. Bakken as vice presidents

June 2015—The International SalonSpa Business Network (ISBN) recently elected Mark Kartarik, president of Sport Clips Haircuts, to its Board of Trustees. Kartarik joins the ISBN board in leading the owners and senior executives of the only international association for multi-unit salon and spa companies in growing both their own businesses, as well as the professional beauty industry. He will also serve as an ambassador for ISBN, sharing his stories about how the Association has benefited him and the companies he’s worked for over the years. Finally, he will help create content for ISBN’s Annual Conference (May 22-24, 2016, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA). Kartarik served on the ISBN Board previously, representing The Regis Corporation.

Kartarik Is president of Sport Clips Haircuts. Previously for more than 27 years, he was executive vice president and president of the franchise division for the Regis Corporation. In that role, he directed the management and growth of all of the company’s North American franchise brands, including Supercuts, Cost Cutters, First Choice Haircutters, City Looks, We Care Hair and Pro-Cuts.

“I am excited about the perspectives and expertise that new board members bring to ISBN’s membership, as we transition into a future-looking association,” says Rhoda Olsen, president of ISBN. “The board’s level of engagement and impact has continued to increase, and I’m looking forward to Mark sharing his in-depth knowledge and energy with us.”

In addition, the ISBN Board recently elected Pat Neville and Erik Bakken as its vice presidents.

Neville owns BeautyFirst Studio Salons, BloBars and salon suites and is the senior director of business development for CosmoProf. He is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience serving as CEO, chief merchant, principal and consultant at every level of the beauty industry. He has significant experience implementing ecommerce, franchising, distribution, brand development and omni channel initiatives across a broad spectrum of retail, salon and manufacturing businesses.

Bakken is executive vice president, general counsel and business development, and chief administrative officer for the Regis Corporation. In those roles, he oversees Regis Corporation’s franchising, mergers and acquisitions, internal audit, legal, real estate/design/construction, travel and international functions. Bakken joined Regis Corporation in 1994 as a lawyer, becoming general counsel in 2004 and chief administrative officer in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of Minnesota, and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

THE 2015 ISBN Board of Trustees
ISBN’s 2015 Board of Trustees includes senior leadership from every type of multi-unit salon, spa and salon franchise business model. They are Rhoda Olsen, Great Clips (ISBN president); Pat Neville, BeautyFirst (ISBN vice president); Eric Bakken, Regis Corp. (ISBN vice president); Philip Gould, Gould’s Salons/Spas (ISBN secretary); Larry Walt, Design 1 Salons/Spas, (ISBN treasurer); Gordon Logan, Sport Clips (ex-officio); Jason Volk, Chatters/Tommy Guns Original Barbershops (immediate past president); Phil Horvath, Ulta Beauty (ISBN past president); Henry Pelusi, Studio of Elegance/Philip Pelusi Salons (ISBN Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree); Anthony Fiorentino, Hello, Gorgeous Salons; S.J. Szabo, Stephen Szabo Salons; Amiee Thomas, jcp salons; Debra Penzone, The Charles Penzone Salons; and Mark Kartarik, Sport Clips.


SAVE THE DATE: ISBN’s 2016 Conference takes place May 22-24, 2016, at the Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Watch for details at and connect on ISBN’s Facebook page: Registration opens in January.

The International SalonSpa Business Network is comprised of more than 50 top companies, owning two to 12,000 salons and/or spas each, with combined gross sales of more than $10 billion annually. The membership represents more than 25,000 salons and employs more than 250,000 people licensed in the cosmetology field, who facilitate more than 500 million client transactions per year. Call 1-866-444-4272 or visit for more information on joining and on attending and/or exhibiting at ISBN’s Conference.

Contact: Jayne Morehouse 440-846-6022
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