American Association of Cosmetology Schools » 2018 Board of Directors Candidates

Notice of the Annual Meeting of the AACS Membership
and announcement of intent to revised the By-Laws
Sunday October 21, 2018 to be held in Orlando, FL

This shall serve as the formal Notice of the Annual Meeting of the Membership, which shall be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 12:00 PM during the 2018 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. The purpose of the meeting is to update the membership on the State of the Association and to amend the current By-Laws.

According to the AACS By-laws, Article X (Amendments to the By-Laws) the association By-Laws may be altered, amended, or repealed and new By-Laws may be adopted by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the School Members at an annual or special meeting. The proposed changes to the By-Laws can be reviewed here for a fifteen (15) day Member Comment Period which will end on October 6, 2018. Please send comments to Kathy Chow at

This Notice satisfies the requirement for notification to membership in accordance with the current By-laws.

Business Meeting Agenda

Sunday, October 21, 2018 | 12:00pm – 1:10pm

1) Opening
2) Year in Review
3) Call Meeting to Order
4) By Laws
5) Presentation of Financials
6) Upcoming Year
7) Closing

AACS Board of Directors Election

Meet the Candidates

Please take the opportunity to get to know the AACS Board candidates that have been vetted by our Nominating Committee for the upcoming 2018 Election.

School Owner Members

Tami Davenport

Owner, Natural Images Beauty College

As a school owner, I believe in team being a player. My experiences are life experiences like everyone else. I started in the beauty industry in 1976, and am a 3rd generation hair cutter. I have worked and volunteered within my community and worked as a regional trainer. I have owned salons and now a beauty school. I love people and believe the best in people. My goal is to influence others and help them bring out the best for their lives.
I believe that I was born for a time such as this: A time where I can make a difference in people’s lives. I can help usher in a new ideas and practices to catapult my industry into the future. I can contribute to support AACS’ moving into a positive direction, creating a new class of culture and hope for the future lives of colleagues and students.

Michael L. Halmon, MBA

President, American Institute of Beauty, Inc.

  • MBA, University of South Florida
  • BS Finance, Charleston Southern University

  • US Marine Corps 8 years
  • Commercial Banker 7 years
  • Beauty Supply Distribution Owner 15 year
  • Beauty School owner 15 years

  • Vice Chair AACS Board of Directors
  • Board Member Florida Association of Cosmetology Schools
  • Advisory Board Member BB&T Bank Florida West Coast Region

Neal R. Heller, Esq.

CEO/President, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers

  • Current member AACS Board of Directors since 2016
  • Current Chairman of Government Relations Committee since 2016
  • Member GRC since 2014
  • School owner for over 24 years
  • Served as Negotiator representing AACS in most recent Gainful Employment Negotiated Rule-making
  • Former President of Florida Association of Private Schools and Colleges

I am proud to have served AACS as a member of the Board of Directors and AACS Government Relations Chair. I hope to be able to serve our association and its members for another term.

John W. Turnage

Owner, Paul Mitchell The School - Dallas

John’s diverse background consists of a 10-year stint at two Big 4 firms where he worked exclusively with middle market companies in many different industries and has been delivering results for his schools since he entered the beauty and wellness education business in 1997. As a current partner in The Paul Mitchell Schools located in Dallas, San Antonio, Arlington, Ardmore, Roanoke, Denver and Miami, he has consistently shown strong leadership skills. John looks forward to exhibiting his servant leadership methods while serving on the AACS Board.

Partner Members

Chris Linford

CEO, Oozle Media

Chris Linford, a name only spoken of in hushed, reverent tones, is the devilishly handsome, overly talented, and very humble CEO of Oozle Media. It’s been said that when a beauty school hires Oozle to help them with their website, social media, SEO, and pay-per-click, they’ve just killed two stones with one bird. Seemingly insignificant and small schools such as Aveda, The Salon Professional Academy, Bellus Beauty Academy, Ogle Schools, Evergreen Beauty College, and many others have had levels of satisfaction (at times) that can only be compared to the feelings one would have after punching school regulations in the figurative face when working with Oozle Media. One more worthy thing to note about Chris is that although he hails from Utah, has four children, he does only have one wife whom he loves very much, and has been proudly married to for 13 years!