Creative Director

Vincent Ramirez

Our Creative Director and Co-Founder Vincent left a career in music to pursue his passion in hairdressing. Vincent trained in both South Coast Plaza and Santa Monica. He soon joined the ranks of management as well as becoming lead educator for one of the largest salon groups in California. Wanting to add men's grooming to his already strong Sassoon based training, he spent 3 years with a hip unisex-barbershop in Venice Beach, California before moving to Scottsdale, Arizona. There he became a licensed educator teaching and writing curriculums for hairdressers at all stages of their careers. His love for the industry has led him to share his vast knowledge and training with others.

Education Director

Quinton DeGonia

Our Co-Founder Quinton DeGonia has worked in nearly every level of the industry. From receptionist to leadership roles to education. He grew a passion for the industry at an early age watching his mother grow in the business. It is that same passion that compelled him to ask, "How can we elevate the industry and the people in it?".

Creative Color Director

Misael Aponte

Renowned across the United States among Stylists for his incredibly unique and energetic stage presentations, Misael Aponte’s innovative approach to color placement and formula combinations led to the development of his innovative Veils Curtains & Drapes™ color placement technique. In 2004, while living in NYC, Misael launched Misael ART LLC to create advanced hair color education programs featuring his unique methodology, which he offers in his two acclaimed Art of Color & Movement™ hands-on educational classes. With his infectious enthusiasm and innovative visual tools, Misael shares a unique creative vision with Colorists of ALL experience levels and he continues to present his 1-day and 2-day classes to sold-out audiences all across North America. Following his 17 year affiliation as a Platform Artist and Educator for Schwarzkopf Professional, in early 2015 Misael was appointed the International Color Director for the innovative exothermic hair color line Calura from Montreal-based Oligo Professionnel. He is extremely honored to lead their growing Creative Team, which includes creating new “Signature Looks” collections each year as well as continuing to present and educate for the brand throughout North America. Misael’s stage presentations, hands-on classes & workshops have inspired hairdressers all across the U.S., including national and regional shows such as: I.S.S.E., America’s Beauty Show (IL), Hairworld / B.B.S.I. (NV), Premiere Beauty Classic (OH), Premiere Orlando (FL), Premiere Birmingham (AL), New York Runway Show (NY), IEG Academy (DC), International Hair Color Exchange (AZ), San Juan Beauty Show (PR), IBS Las Vegas (NV) and IBS New York City, as well as being a featured Educator and Panelist at the American Board of Certified Haircolorist’s (ABCH) annual Energizing Summit events each year in L.A. Since re-locating to Scottsdale, Misael also continues to work part-time behind the chair as a highly in-demand Stylist at his Hair Salon, Misael ART Studio, where he has developed a stellar reputation as Phoenix / Scottsdale’s premiere hair color makeover specialist, in between all of his continuing travels for educational events and hair shows nationwide!

Color Director

Liz Cook

Our Color Director Liz loves to create seamless hair colors using unconventional color choices to create rich and lived in palettes. Liz is adept in all realms of color, however she specializes in lived in balayage and creative colors. She is inspired by nearly everything in nature, fashion and design. She first began her career in Ogden, Utah and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2018. Quickly after relocating, she immersed herself in education and was noticed by Allure, Modern Salon, Today.com, Elle, Glamour, American Salon and more. She quickly became known for her multidimensional balayage looks and began to share her knowledge. Using social media as her main tool, she has been able to build a brand based around education that welcomes all hairdressers at every level of their career!