Official Show Report from Board of Directors

The International Beauty Sharpening Association’s Third Annual Convention was held November 8-9, 2015.

The 2-day conference was held at the Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas and included exhibits, hands-on classes, sharpening workshops, a broad range of mentor and networking opportunities, and special guests Yasuhiro Ono and Mike Takebayashi from Japan and Dongho Jun and Sunjoo Park from Korea. Media from the event may be found at our website here.

A total of thirty-four attendees and nine vendors came to the show. Attendees were exposed to master sharpeners from Japanese and Korean factories. Neither were fluent in English; special thanks go to Daniel Funk for acting as interpreter. Education from these Japanese and Korean masters was included in the show registration package, but we also offered hands-on classes from Yasuhiro Ono and Josh Freund.

Technical demonstrations included a start-to-finish shear sharpening demonstration from John Wright and repair of severely damaged shears by Jim O’Donnell. Marketing presentations included one by Ron Wada on selling that was outstanding, to say the least. Thomas Columbia did a presentation on how to “stop selling and make more sales.” It, too, was outstanding and left everyone rearing to go home and make more money. Some have already started! Judy Brenner gave an informative and engaging presentation about how to brand yourself as a sharpener and reach a wider audience.

We offered sharpening tools found only in Japan. We also learned about hair cutting techniques from master stylists, such as our own Jason Pintel, and how to sell high-end shears even if you don’t know how to use them. Chances are, stylists have only heard of a particular shear, but have never used it. We gained product education so we can in turn educate the stylists.

Congratulations to certifier Mark Doda – this year, he scored his highest ever! He has participated every year in our certification and has improved the quality of his sharpening each time (over a 200-point difference). This year, he scored as an IBSA Associate. He has noticed a difference in his business, giving his clients better work each time. Attendees are also given the option to attempt certification at home through our mail-in certification process.

Next year’s show is already in the works. If you missed out this year, start planning now for 2016. We will have hands-on round table training and a class on how to make six figures plus. Education is always a priority and, if it was anything like this year, you won’t want to miss it!

Two days in Las Vegas is not an expense – it is an investment. A wise man once said, “Think education is expensive? Try experience.” With what you learn at our events, you’ll quickly see a return on your investment. About ten minutes into the start of the show, Jim O’Donnell said, “Wow, I’ve already learned two things!” This is the same all around! We all learned and grew as sharpeners and salespeople. Sometimes it’s just the smallest things we learn that make such a big difference in our business.

We want to thank everyone involved for making this year’s convention another successful event. Please fill out our event evaluation form, located on our website here. We continue to welcome your feedback on how to make next year even bigger and better.

Keep your calendar open for next year around the same time (specific dates TBD) at the Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas. We make it easy to make payments through PayPal. To keep up-to-date with our progress, join our mailing list on our website’s home page here. See you next year!

Thank You,

IBSA Board of Directors

IBSA 2015 Updated Itinerary

2015 Itinerary

What’s New?

  • We added catered breakfast on Sunday
  • We listed vendor room hours on Sunday and Monday
  • We moved the private hands-on class (Yasuhiro Ono) from Sunday to Monday
  • We added a group demonstration (John Wright) to Monday
  • We changed the time of the private setting class (Joshua Freund) on Monday
  • We added catered lunch on Monday
  • We added round table discussions/open forum on Monday
  • We added a marketing class (Judy Brenner) on Monday

IBSA 2015 Setting Class with Josh Freund!

We are pleased to announce our newest addition to the education line-up: Josh Freund of Kut Above Perfection and 1st place in last year’s IBSA certification!

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Josh Freund is a master warranty sharpener and owner and operator of Kut Above Perfection, a Chicago-based sharpening business. A certified warranty sharpener for Fromm International and various other shear manufacturers, he is factory-trained and educated in nine states. He is also an authorized Wolff Industries trainer and an educator having had keynote talks at the 2013 NBTSG, 2014 Bonika Jam convention, and 2015 Sharpeners Report convention. He was also awarded 1st place at the 2014 IBSA certification.

Josh will be teaching “Hammering Set Made Easy” on Monday, November 9, from 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM. This class will teach you how to hammer a set in a shear with confidence! Josh will educate you on when to hammer set in a shear, and why it may be necessary. It will include Josh’s tips and tricks on what type of hammer and anvil to use to make the task of hammering set worry-free. He will also include a demonstration of the hammering techniques that he has developed over the years.

Save your spot in the class by making an online payment here or contacting us at info@ibsa.me or 800-362-7071.

IBSA 2014 Letter of Appreciation

The IBSA Board of Directors would like to thank all who attended this year. We would especially like to thank the following:

  • Frank Hall – Instructor with hands-on training in setting with a bending block.
  • Ron Wada – Instructor/speaker for hands-on training in setting with hammer/anvil and pressure regulator, and a motivational speech enjoyed by all.
  • Monde Vargas – Instructor for hands-on training in honing with the various types of stones.
  • Raji Taweel – Instructor/stylist panel for showing how different shears are used for different effects.
  • John Wright – Instructor/vendor/judge for doing it all. Having set up shop in the corner, he was able to demo sharpening from beginning to end.
  • Mark Wright – Speaker/vendor for his talk in marketing and sales.
  • Thomas Columbia – Speaker for his talk on business models.
  • Yasuhiro Ono – Instructor/speaker; although he doesn’t speak English, he spoke fluent sharpening. Everyone learned something new from Mr. Ono.
  • John Margherita – Judge for staying up until 2 AM judging certification shears.
  • Joe Carson – Judge for his work in the certification process.
  • Gene Megowan and Tim Lau (Bonika Shears) – For their sharpening equipment demo.
  • Denise Bruno and Susie Santiago (Jaguar Shears) – For their thermal shear demo and Susie as a model allowing them to cut her hair.
  • Marc Charbonneau (Katamo Tribal Shears) – It’s a long way from Canada!
  • Taskeen Ellahi (Nina Inc.) – Also an IBSA board member
  • Daniel Funk and Ariel Swift (Passion Beauty, Inc.) – Daniel is also an IBSA board member and Ariel is the hardest working non-board member.
  • John Wright and Mark Wright (Sensei Shear Systems) – For their sharpening system demo and marketing presentations.
  • Mitch Kingsland and Linda Kingsland (The Shop, Inc.) – For their clipper machine demo.
  • Jason Pintel (The Sungold Group) – Also an IBSA board member.
  • Cindy Bruening – For her part in the stylist panel.

We are already looking forward to next year’s show but we know we can’t do it alone. Without the help of all of the above, it would have been impossible. It is with great appreciation that we acknowledge everyone’s effort in this year’s show.

Thank You,

IBSA Board of Directors

Official Show Report from Board of Directors

The International Beauty Sharpening Association’s Second Annual Convention was held November 1-3, 2014.

The 3-day conference was held at the Tuscany Suites & Casino in Las Vegas and included exhibits, hands-on classes, sharpening workshops, a stylist panel, a broad range of mentor and networking opportunities, and special guests Yasuhiro Ono and Sachiyo Nishimoto from Tokyo, Japan. Videos and photographs from the event may be found at our website here.

A total of thirty-seven attendees and nine vendors came to the show. Of the six attendees who attempted certification, three were recognized as IBSA Certified Sharpeners and another one as an IBSA Associate Sharpener. The first place winner was Joshua Freund of Kut Above Perfection in Matteson, IL, the second place winner was Michael Barker of Artisan Precision Edge in Phoenix, AZ, and the third place winner was Tim Lau of Bonika Shears in Snellville, GA. The IBSA Associate Sharpener is Mark Doda of Master Barber Techniques in Salinas, CA. Attendees were also given the option to attempt certification at home through our mail-in certification process.

We were able to take suggestions and ideas from last year’s open forum discussion to improve and develop our structure this year. New for 2014, we had education in three different formats: a hands-on class featuring Master Sharpener Yasuhiro Ono, round-table discussions featuring four different instructors, and classroom-style with various speakers. Attendees were encouraged to ask questions in each of these formats.

Last year, we received feedback that there were too many classes held concurrently, so we decided to hold seminars and classes in the same room as the vendor tables. This allowed for more interaction between attendees and vendors without missing any of the education. Vendors were also given opportunities to present their products or services to the attendees.

Another new feature we implemented was our silent auction, in which attendees and vendors were encouraged to bring new or used equipment for others to bid on.

The certification process was also simplified and streamlined. We held it on the first day instead of the last day, giving the certifiers more time to work with the judges and receive personalized feedback to improve, learn, and grow as sharpeners. Yasuhiro Ono also oversaw the certification process and agreed with the judges’ observations.

We want to thank everyone involved for making this year’s convention another successful event. Please fill out our event evaluation form, located on our website here. We continue to welcome your feedback on how to make next year even bigger and better.

Keep your calendar open for next year, November 8-9, 2015, at the Tuscany Suites & Casino. Yasuhiro Ono will join us again and provide a more detailed and personalized learning experience. To keep up-to-date with our progress, join our mailing list on the left side of our website’s home page.

Thank You,

IBSA Board of Directors