I officially began my career in the beauty industry in 1978, but actually, I had already been around the industry since I was a young boy. You see, my brother-in-law owned a barber supply company and from time to time I used to ride in his delivery truck and help him make deliveries to his customers. I loved the smell of his truck from the hair care products and I found his customers to be very friendly to me.
Maybe that’s when I fell in love with the beauty industry.
Eventually, I began working for my brother-in-law at Weson Beauty & Barber Supply and for the next five years, I learned how much fun it was to be a part of this great industry.
In 1983, I embarked on a new phase of learning as I was asked to be a part of a start-up company called Professional Salon Concepts. My good friend Steve Cowan, whom I worked with at Weson, was going to venture out on his own with the dream of upgrading the beauty industry through quality products and education. He also had a great passion for the beauty industry, and in particular, the hairdresser. To this day he has remained faithful to his commitment to upgrade the beauty industry and the image of the hairdresser. His company, Professional Salon Concepts, has twice been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of Inc’s 500 Fastest Growing Privately held companies. In addition, PSC has been named Modern Salon’s “Distributor of the Year” and has been given the Diamond Award for Excellence in Customer Service by American Salon Magazine.
At PSC, I served in virtually every position in the company from sales to sales management, training, phone and alarm systems, graphic arts, and more. (too much to list!).
Why does any of this matter? Because ever since my son was a little boy, we dreamed of owning our own company. Though we had many ideas over the years, none ever seemed right… that is, until the dream of Intuitive Imaging & Design was birthed.
In my position at PSC I was actively involved in helping salons with their imagery. I found myself recommending several companies to help salons get posters, banners, light box transparencies, etc. I was often asked to create digital presentations for salons to display via CD and DVD. The problem, everything was very expensive and it was a real project to track down the right people for the job.
One day, I remember saying to myself that if one more person asks me for help with graphics… I’m going to start my own company! Shortly after, some one did and the rest is history.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved working with computers and electronics in general. If you combine that with the desire to own my own business, you have the recipe that got me to this point in my life.
From taking apart old electronics to computer programming, I tried it all. I needed a hands-on creative output. Because of my dad’s career, I had been surrounded by the beauty industry throughout my life. I also worked part-time for Professional Salon Concepts during my teenage years. In keeping with my love of electronics, my first official full-time job was at an electronics store though.
In 2005 I began working at Professional Salon Concepts. I had also developed a love for great design work and photography.
In early 2006 my dad and I were both working at Professional Salon Concepts and we were discussing business ideas at lunch as we often did. On this day my dad mentioned that a co-worker asked him if he could try to restore an old damaged photo. After doing some research I decided that this was a perfect opportunity to start a small side business. So in March of 2006 I incorporated For Old Times Sake. Focusing on photo restoration, vinyl and audio cassette to CD transfers, VHS to DVD transfers and slide shows for special occasions.
2007 was the year that we started to see that many people and businesses, particularly in the beauty industry, didn’t know where to go or who to trust for the marketing and print needs that they had. We decided to launch Intuitive Imaging & Design to fill that need. We have been building our business ever since by working with salons and beauty schools, as well as clients in other industries.