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."