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May 22, 2012 (Poway) -- Internationally-acclaimed Bellus Academy will host its annual Industry Appreciation Party on Wednesday, May 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at its Poway campus. The evening features industry experts unveiling the latest innovations and trends as well as Bellus providing complimentary spa and salon services, exclusive raffle prizes, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and gifts bags for attendees.

The event serves as collaboration for industry trends and accomplishments, honor Bellus’ spa and salon partners and formally introduce the Academy’s alumni association and the Bellus Professional Program. Salons and spas will be recognized for sponsoring individuals with a $1,000 scholarship to enroll at Bellus Academy.
Guest speakers are Charlene Florian, Vice President of Corporate Creative Development at Kerstin Florian International, and Dr. James Chao, Associate Professor of Surgery in the plastic surgery division at the University of California in San Diego. Florian is responsible for the international development of the skincare brand found in exclusive spas around the world. She also travels extensively as a consultant and educator in the fields of skincare treatment techniques, massage, aromatherapy and nutrition. Dr. Chao studied at Stanford University before earning his medical degree at New York University. He is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has been recognized at the state and national levels for his contributions to medical research.
“This is a once-a-year event where we bring the top spa and salon industry leaders to the academy to network with our students, alumni, staff and each other,” says Joanne Berry, Director of Education of Spa Programs at Bellus Academy. “It’s about bringing everyone together in one place to unite and support each other in our ever-growing industry.”
Individuals interested in a career in beauty and wellness are invited to attend
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About Bellus Academy
Publishers of Modern Salon recognized Bellus Academy in 2010 and 2011 in their “Excellence in Education” awards for revolutionizing beauty and wellness education. Three of their campuses are located in San Diego County with the newest campus in Manhattan, Kansas. Offering quality advanced curriculum, it is no surprise that Intercoiffure ranked Bellus Academy as one of the top three beauty schools in the world in 2011. Bellus Academy continues to elevate the beauty and spa industry with breakthrough education and innovative business practices. For more information regarding the Industry Appreciation Party, please call Joanne Berry at 858-748-1490 or visit

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