Fantastic Sams Convention: Moving Forward Together


With inspiration to “Move Forward Together,” over 1,200 stylists, salon managers, franchisees, regional owners, industry suppliers and the entire Fantastic Sams Brand came together to network, learn, and celebrate.

Fantastic Sams Convention:  Moving Forward Together

Long before stylists, managers, franchisees, regional owners and strategic partners stepped through the doors of Convention 2016, Fantastic Sams began taking strategic steps towards innovation, a chic new style, and strategic partnerships that would set the Fantastic Sams Brand up for success.

“Our theme Moving Forward Together aligns with the enhancement of the Fantastic Sams image - in the new salon look and our strong new business initiatives. Together with our Franchisees and Strategic Partners, we have been addressing every aspect of our Brand. The Fantastic Sams family is clearly moving forward together with innovation and a chic new look.” -Linda Chadwick, President & CEO Dessange Group North America.


Fantastic Sams announced the landmark “New Image” salon design in late 2015 and unveiled the sleek, modern design at the Moving Forward Together Convention in Orlando, September 2016.

Fantastic Sams Convention 2016 featured three days of top-notch workshops, exciting events, a huge trade show, and the unveiling of a brand new logo.  Attendees were not only able to connect with the brand, but also sharpen their skills and get face time with industry leaders, fellow franchisees, and business suppliers.  Speakers and educators took the opportunity to teach, train and inspire stylists on up-to-date style tips, cutting edge strategies, and 2017 cut and color trends they can implement in their salons today.

“The goal for this year’s education surpassed expectations, giving our stylists tools and strategies they can implement the minute they are back in their salons,” said Chadwick.

One of the biggest reasons hairstylists come to Convention is for all the fantastic educational sessions that train, inspire and show them how to up their game, increase leadership skills, relationship and communication skills, technical skills, and revenue-building secrets.

Artistic Styling Award Contest Winners

The 2016 Artistic Styling Awards garnered over 426 entries, from across the Nation, covering 18 Regions. The caliber of work submitted this year was unsurpassed. “Stylists are the artists, the sculptors, and the innovators,” said Chadwick, “To showcase, feature and honor our stylists from across the nation, Fantastic Sams Artistic Styling Awards give us the opportunity to spotlight your talent front and center and be inspired by one another.”


Congratulations to The ASA Stylist of the Year 2016, Tanya D. from Minnesota!


Congratulations to The ASA Stylist of the Year 2015, Ryan D. from California

Congratulations to our 2016 ASA winners and to all who competed in this year’s competition! Be sure to follow us on social media - Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram for more behind-the-scenes images.

Operation Reinvent

Fantastic Sams is a proud sponsor of Operation Reinvent, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women Veterans transition from the military into the civilian workforce. This Veterans Day, Operation Reinvent is setting up a two-day workshop comprised of an interview skills day and a professional image makeover day. Fantastic Sams salons have willingly stepped up to serve this cause by collecting donations to help make opportunities like this possible for our veterans, so thank you to all who have participated and raised donation funds this year.


Linda Chadwick, CEO of Dessange Group North America; parent company for Fantastic Sams, presented a check to Operation Reinvent at Convention 2016.


Top 50 Performing Salons

Fantastic Sams honored the Top 50 performing salons among 1100 locations nationwide.  These top producers were recognized at the bi-annual Fantastic Sams convention held this past September in Orlando, Florida. One common denominator can be found among this elite group. It starts and ends with top talent - involved hands-on leadership from the salon owners that hire and develop top talented managers and hairstylists, who deliver a fantastic customer experience. These talented salon teams ARE Fantastic Sams!  Congratulations to all of the Top 50 performing salons!  


Congratulations to Darcie R. and salon team for winning The Top Performing Salon Wisconsin for 2014 and 2015 

Special recognition to the 2014 & 2015 
Top 5 Performing Salons.

Darcie R.
Top Performing Salons 2015, 2014

John T. and Earl W.
Top 2 2015, Top 4 2014

Myles & Yonghui F.
Top 3 2015, 2014

Virginia R.
Top 4 2015, Top 2 2014

Robert C.
New York
Top 5 2015, 2014


Moving Forward Together

“As we move forward together” this is an exciting time for all of us to come together as a group to learn from where we have been and get excited about where we are going,” said Chadwick. “It is a time to get reenergized with our brand.”

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