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Inside Tricoci Spas' Nature’s Alternative Line: Q&A with Elaine Sauer

Posted: March 31, 2008

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GCI: What cosmetic/personal care product can’t you personally live without?

Elaine Sauer: If I were on a deserted island, I would want the following: SPF of course, but lip treatment I need as well. I prefer balms, and I love concealor! From Bobbi Brown’s baby line, I use the body cream. It’s got the right amount of cream to make my dry skin look healthy in Chicago winters. Our new Firm and Regenerate Serum for youthful skin; Chanticaille’s real skin foundation; Christian Diorshow Mascara…. Hmmn, that’s a lot of stuff for a deserted island where no one will see me!

GCI: What have been the milestones thus far in your career?

Elaine Sauer: I had dreams from the time I was a young, young girl to become a cosmetic executive. Being a first child, I had the “boss” mentality, always providing direction to anyone I could! And of course, my current role is the most challenging and rewarding at the same time. It allows me to have creative energy into services and product development, it gives me great satisfaction to work with various team levels in our organization from the front line of general manager and technicians, who inspire me daily, to the great relationships with our vendors to partner in growing our business objectives…. The big leap was transitioning from being a technician to the role I’m in now…. It’s been trial by fire.

GCI: What are some challenges you have overcome professionally?

Elaine Sauer: My first speaking engagement was very difficult, because I wasn’t trained for public speaking. I was working for Aveda at the time. I did consulting with salons that wanted to add spas…. Managing the e-mail inbox and]paper clutter continues to be a challenge I have not yet mastered, but it is a goal for 2008, so I am seeking the guidance of a professional.