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GCI-moderated Conference Announced for Cosmoprof NA 2011

Toward its goal of producing informative and comprehensive educational conferences for its attendees, Cosmoprof North America, in 2011, is offering conference topics ranging from creating a brand that resonates with consumers to capitalizing on that connection. Jeff Falk, editor, GCI, will moderate Creativity and Passion: Fueling the Brand Story, featuring a panel of industry experts who will examine how to create a successful beauty business. This session will take place on Sunday, July 31,  from 3:30–5 PM.

The industry executives, all of whom are responsible for establishing or managing successful brands in the mass, masstige and specialty sectors, will talk about the creativity and passion required to build and sustain a brand. They will share their perspectives, gained from years of experience, on how to create relatable brands and how to grow and position those brands so that they become standards on the marketplace. These leaders will discuss the needs and wants of today’s consumers, how brands should look to communicate with those consumers, and the business strategies necessary to keep consumers buying. There will also be a question and answer session giving attendees the opportunity to ask questions specific to their own businesses.

The panel includes Andrew Knox of PIXI/POP Beauty (masstige), Ido Leffler of Yes To! (mass), and Deborah Lippman of Deborah Lippman Nail Collection (specialty).

Speaker Bios

Andrew Knox is currently the COO/president of PIXI and POP Beauty, where he is responsible for national and international business development. Most recently, he played an integral part in the national launch of the POP Lash Shops at CVS Beauty 360 locations and Duane Reade Look Boutiques.

Additionally, he is responsible for PIXI’s distribution in all Target stores nationwide, and the expanding line of PIXI boutiques in London and Dubai. Throughout his 24 years in the beauty industry, Knox’s experience in developing new business opportunities and cultivating strong relationships with retailers and distributors has earned him recognition and top honors in his field.

Ido Leffler, co-founder and “chief carrot lover” of Yes To! Inc. believes in and advocates for the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. He is based in San Francisco where he works hard to ensure that people around the globe are saying “Yes.” He firmly believes that when you say yes to one of the company’s product lines—Yes To Carrots, Yes To Tomatoes, Yes to Cucumbers, Yes to Baby Carrots and Yes To Blueberries—you are making a conscious decision to smile more often, improve your lifestyle, and help others live healthy. Yes To Carrots has become one of the most successful new brands in the world, recognized for its unique products, global vision and humanitarian goals.

Deborah Lippmann is the creator and CEO of her signature line of fashion-setting nail lacquers and treatments for the hands and feet, Deborah Lippman Nail Collection. Deborah enrolled in cosmetology school after college and quickly found she had a strong aptitude for giving manicures. She was a natural and her manicure chair became a favorite of Phoenix socialites. After relocating to New York City in the mid-1990s, she was named one of the best manicurists in the country. Deborah’s celebrity client list grew and before long, fashion magazines began requesting her services. She would soon come to work with magazines such as Vogue, InStyle, W, Vanity Fair, and V Magazine. Lippman created the nail looks that would become trends for Versace, Valentino, Balenciaga, Donna Karan, Zac Posen and many more throughout the years.

Cosmoprof North America 2011 will take place July 31 through August 2, 2011, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. For more information, visit

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