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James Salerno, with 29 years of experience behind the chair, is co-founder and co-owner of Paul Mitchell The School - Chicago. He is a second generation stylist who has been around the beauty industry since his youth. He completed management training through Professional Salon Concepts, Joliet, IL.

He enrolled in cosmetology school in 1980, with the hope to follow in his father's footsteps, and did so. His father operates Anthony Salerno Hair in Oak Park, where Jim joined him for ten years. Jim seized an opportunity to break out on his own. He's operated James Anthony Salon & Spa in River Forest, IL, since 1991.

Jim's years with his father's salon were great years, and provided the impetus in forming what became the top Paul Mitchell Focus Salon in Illinois for the past ten years, a salon composed mainly of Paul Mitchell The School graduates.

"The team, everybody, is on the same page," Jim says. "Our people are trained by the Paul Mitchell team, which is the top team in the world. In our salon, we've formed a team of forward focused, positive individuals. The results in the salon are huge, just the energy alone is remarkable.

"We have the Paul Mitchell culture in the school. And now, we have the culture in the salon. In my role in the school, I truly love to share the wealth of my experiences, good and bad, and what I've learned, to take our future professionals to a place that took me 45 years. And get them there quicker."