Cortney Gorres - Owner/Operations
Ms. Gorres graduated from Century College, White Bear Lake, MN with a Cosmetology license in 2007. From there she went right into the workforce getting experience under her belt at a salon in Minnesota. In 2008, Julie Mitchell recruited Ms. Gorres to come work for her salon, Hair Company & Spa in New Richmond, Wisconsin.
During her nine year career with Hair Company & Spa, Ms. Gorres motivated and pushed herself, growing into the manager’s position. Also a “level 4” elite stylist, her responsibilities today include managing the salon and coaching her team to stay focused on their numbers, which are tracked through the Summit Salon program to help achieve higher income goals. With the Summit Salon program, Ms. Gorres also is dedicated to marketing herself and the salon in order to build clientele, meet their needs and keep them coming back. Ms. Gorres' persistent dedication to her clients through great customer service and continued advanced education is the number one driver of her ongoing success.
As an educator for the associates program, Ms. Gorres has trained extensively on how to teach newly hired associates at Hair Company & Spa how to grow into a successful full time stylist. New associates spend the first three to seven months with their educator, during which time they are evaluated to assess if they can meet the requirements to be a full time stylist at Hair Company & Spa.
Ms. Gorres is also very involved with her local community. She is an ambassador of the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, contributing her time to monthly meetings, standing-in at ground breaking ceremonies, ribbon cutting events, and hosting and helping at other local events.
Julie Mitchell - Owner/Operations
Ms. Mitchell graduated from Professional Hair Design Academy, Eau Claire, WI in 2002 with a degree in Cosmetology. She started working at Hair Company & Spa in 2002 and purchased the salon in February 2005. While working full-time as a stylist and running the company, in 2007 Ms. Mitchell attended St. Croix Center of the Healing Arts, Hudson WI, taking courses in integrative and deep tissue massage as well as a massage business class, and bringing her new knowledge to expand Hair Company & Spa’s business. Ms. Mitchell has used her love of continuing education, her drive and people skills to make her salon a success. In addition, she has created a very positive and loyal culture between her service providers and guests in the salon.
In 2010, Ms. Mitchell attended the Summit Program with a goal of taking her salon to the next level. This leadership and business event provides a powerful experience that is targeted to help create a salon culture that is highly profitable, team-driven, and sales oriented. Since becoming a Summit Salon, Ms. Mitchell has grown her business from four service providers to a team with thirteen service providers and four additional customer service experts (and, as a result, growing from $258,596 in sales in 2010 to $801,940 in 2016). As a noteworthy aside, gift certificate sales increased from $14,718 to $45,965 over the same period. Ms. Mitchell is very proud of her numbers and her team, but knows that they have not reached their full potential. She will always strive to reach the next level!
Hair Company & Spa became a Redken Elite Salon in 2014, one of only 300 salons in the country with this status. The same year, Ms. Mitchell and her husband built their own building for the salon. Hair Company has earned a spotlight on The Summit Hall of Fame titled, “Success is on the other side of your comfort zone -Hiring practices and pricing strategies for profitability.” In addition, in 2015 The New Richmond Chamber of commerce named Hair Company & Spa as the Medium Business of the Year.
Daniel Link - Education Director
Daniel Link began his career as a stylist in 1988 after graduating from Cosmotolgey School in Fargo, ND. After working 14 years behind the chair and overseeing the creative and educative direction for 425 hairdressers at large company in Minneapolis, MN, the culimination of a lifelong dream was brought to reality in May 2002 when Daniel opened MarcDaniel Salon located in Maple Grove, MN. The salon is the bold expression of his vision and over 29 years in the industry. Of those 29 years, 27 yrs have been commited to training and empowering successful stylists. The salon has been named “Best Salon” 4 years in a row.
The salon’s core services are a reflection of Daniel’s philosophy of specialization. Having worked with some of the world’s best stylists and on the most glamorous shows in the industry, he developed an appreciation for the artistic benefits brought about by focusing on a singular area of expertise and developing it to the highest possible level. Daniel stays true to the art that has always been his passion, noting that there is a great difference between giving someone a haircut and giving someone a haircut EXPERIENCE.
Education has always been a large part of Daniel’s philosophy, not only for his clients and himself, but for his staff as well. Daniel spent a large part of his career on the road doing platform work and providing specialized cutting curriculum for some of the top salon systems in the country. He has studied under some of the most influential names in the business. He completed three levels of study at the New York Academy under Jacques Dessage, has shared the stage with Annie Humphrey and Tim Hartley from Vidal Sassoon in London, as well as Sam Brocoto, Richard Hudavoni, Rocco Altobelli and Orbie’ to name a few. He is an annual attendee at London’s Salon International show and makes semi-annual visits to New York to view trends. It’s now his opportunity to provide that education for new generations in the industry. His involvement with many schools in the industry paved his path to realizing the importance of following his journey to Academy ownership.
“I am very excited to be part of what is happening in our industry and specifically with THE SALON PROFESSIONAL ACADEMY and the team we have asembled to lead this neccesary change in the way we educate those with a passion and desire to succeed in our business”.
I look forward to meeting and sharing with each of you.
Tina Fisher - Educator
Tina’s professional career started in 2001 where she graduated top of her class with setting records is service and product sales. After graduation she became a stylist on a salon team in Forest Lake MN. In 2008 Tina followed her passion for education as a cosmetology educator for the next couple years.
Now she says she is blessed to be the lead educator at TSPA Maplewood! She tells about her hesitation in her younger years to join the education industry because of the old phrase “Those who can’t do teach.” What she has observed and has helped create with our team here at TSPA is….. We teach! We Build! We inspire! We Grow! We love this industry! We don’t put a ceiling in our student’s or staff’s world. When you think you have hit the top find a way to get higher!
When Tina is not with us at The Academy she still continues to work at her salon and enjoys time with her amazing 5 boys and husband.
Borah Gray - Educator
Borah started her career in the beauty industry as a cosmetologist. She always had a passion for skincare and in 2011 she received her Master Esthetics license while living in Utah. After school, she decided to do a teaching internship and get her teaching license in esthetics. After which she started teaching while building her own clientele. In 2014 she returned home to MN to be near family. She loves to help others achieve their dreams. She also enjoys helping her clients learn more about their skin and how to best take care of it. In her free time, she loves to be active and recently started yoga. She also loves to explore the state and visit off the beaten path locations.
Keith Cipowski - Educator
Sara Seufzer - Educator
Sara enjoys meeting new people, her three dogs and her husband. She loves teaching new subjects and seeing the light bulb go on for the students. In her free time she loves her kindle and gardening as you can see here. Sara has moved from Wisconsin to Tennessee and recently came back to the Midwest. This helps bring a variety of talents to our Academy.
Ann Marie Craig - Educator
Ann Marie began her career as a licensed Cosmetologist more than 15 years ago. Because of her love for continuing education, facilitating and learning, she has been able to travel the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.
Ann Marie started with The Salon Professional Academy in 2017 helping The Academy prepare for the first students. She was a great help with the launch of our cosmetology program. Ann Marie is now back with us as our 38 hour Eyelash Technician Educator and also continues to work in the industry at a salon and spa. We really enjoy having Ann Marie here on our team.
When she isn't teaching or learning, you can find her spending time with her husband and two children or getting quiet time in her welding shop working on her next project.
Favorite quote: "Believe you can and you are halfway there" Theodore Roosevelt
Bianca Mathias - Educator
Over a decade ago, The Salon Professional Academy joined forces with Redken 5th Avenue NYC to develop a salon and cosmetology franchise that has changed the industry. Redken and TSPA collaborated to redesign what a “beauty school” was from the ground up – revisiting everything from the way things were taught to how the student salon area looked and functioned. The result was a ultra-modern training facility providing students with skills beyond what they do behind the chair; skills that prepare them for a professional, successful career.
With a commitment to industry-leading education, business skills that prepare students for more than passing state boards, and a desire to see our students surpass all expectations for this profession, Redken has provided The Salon Professional Academy franchise locations the exclusive designation of “Recognized by Redken for Excellence in Education.”