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Dave Kirby

Senior Director of Development | Facilitator | Board Member | Shareholder

I serve SSBC as its Senior Director of Development. I've been in the salon industry since 1983. Over the years, I've worked in various roles, including stylist, manager, business owner, educator, and salon management consultant.

In July 1986, I was forced to attend a salon education class. I was a struggling stylist and employee, trying to make ends meet. Little did I know that day would change the trajectory of my life forever. I met Michael Cole in that class, and the rest is history. From that chance encounter, I began to realize that people can change and grow, given the right tools and opportunities. This idea has become the foundation of everything we do at Summit Salon Business Center (SSBC), and it has been my passion for almost 40 years in the beauty industry.

For five years, I was an educator and consultant with Michael Cole's Salon Development Corporation, and in 2002 I joined Summit Salon Business Center. In 2003, I was honored to be named the company's consultant of the year. I'm passionate about helping others succeed in the salon industry, and I'm grateful to have the opportunity to do so through my work at SSBC.

Today, I am primarily focused on teaching classes and ensuring consistency across all SSBC education. I am proud to be a part of such a kind and intelligent community. Whether we meet in person or virtually, I look forward to supporting and celebrating your successes.

I'm also a musician. I play drums and guitar, and I'm currently drumming for a Van Morrison Tribute band called The Belfast Cowboys in Minneapolis. I've been playing music for years, and it's always been a huge passion of mine.

One year on Groundhog Day, I had a movie marathon. I watched the movie Groundhog Day nine times in a row – that's 18 hours of watching the same film! It was a bit silly but also a lot of fun. Believe it or not, Groundhog Day is filled with leadership lessons that focus on putting the needs of others first.