Your Regional Managers & Designers

Paul Dillon – Regional Manager – Boston Showroom

Paul started with Takara Belmont in 1988 after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He has spent years developing his expertise in salon design and project management. Paul’s ability to guide his clients through budget planning, concept and design, to construction and installation is thorough and precise. “We provide the complete package. Every salon is customized to meet our client’s needs and budget. A great design keeps construction costs down while giving the salon owner the look they want at a price they can afford”. Paul’s 28 years of experience in salon design and space planning have been recognized in several Salon of the Year projects over the years.

Michelle Koster – National Sales Coordinator – Somerset, New Jersey Showroom

Michelle Koster is a Senior Designer / Sales Manager who brings over 21 years of experience to the salon industry. She has been working with Takara Belmont USA since 1989. She started her career as an Interior Designer in the Residential Design and Corporate Design community working with clients through-out the state of New Jersey. There are no punches pulled with this vivacious individual who has high expectations of herself, her designs and of the people who work along with her. She has won Salon of the Year Awards, written for magazines and has been asked to write for other manufacturers. Her passions are people, design and beautiful things and believes no matter what the budget, there is beautiful design and a perfectly finished project for everyone.

LaurenLauren Hrusovsky - Sales Assistant/Designer - Somerset, NJ Showroom

Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design at Drexel University. From there, she began her career in high-end residential design. She joined Takara Belmont in 2014 as a Sales and Design Assistant with clear aspirations to provide the best in salon, barbershop and spa design. She works closely with clients to provide space planning, custom furniture and cabinetry design, and recommendations for interior finishes. Lauren has the superior skill set, passion for design, and appreciation of art to provide both functional and aesthetically pleasing solutions for each and every project.

Rick Golden – Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager - Maryland Showroom

Rick Golden has had a career in salon design all of his working life. Having begun his career over 20 years ago, Rick has gained vast experience establishing himself as a talented salon design consultant. He is recognized for his talents as one of the preeminent authorities in salon/spa design and development. Rick's attention to design detail and customer satisfaction are his strong points. For 10 years as prior owner of Tensalon Development Company, Rick established working relationships with noted architects, engineers, lighting and design specialists. With contributions on design direction for premier salons on both the west and east coasts, his credentials as a design director and project coordinator are well recognized. For the past 11 years Rick has been regional sales manager for Takara Belmont based in the Washington D.C. area assisting hundreds of salons with design advice, equipment selection and start up business consultation. Rick is proud of his many award winning salon projects. His expertise has helped many achieve designer looks within reasonable budgets. Innovative, trendy, work efficient salon environments = successful salons!

Jeff Holmes – Regional Manager – CBS Territories & North Carolina Showroom

Jeff Holmes began his career in the beauty industry in 1993 as a sales assistant to his father (Alan Holmes) who had already worked for Takara Belmont for 10 years. While attending CPCC College for Architectural design in Charlotte, NC he was also learning the beauty industry from the inside out. In 1994 Jeff was hired for a Sales territory with Columbia Beauty Supply (CBS) in Atlanta, GA. During his tenure with CBS he was an integral part of 5 prestigious Salon of the Year award winning projects, Including, Jeff South (Intrigue salon), Van Council (Van Michael Salons) and Brian Perdue (Salon 124). In 2000, Jeff came to Takara Belmont as our Southeastern Regional sales manager and to this date has been a part of an additional 13 Projects which have achieved Salon of the Year status including, Max Varji’s (Varji & Varji salon) 2008 second runner-up, and Jeff South’s (Intrigue salon) 2009 First Runner-up awards. “My design style would be considered Sophisticated Southern. Many salons in the southeast want that big city feel without sacrificing the southern charm. I also encourage the use of the latest technology in the salon wherever possible.”

Steve Hughes – National Sales Manager – St. Louis Showroom

Steve Hughes graduated from Roosevelt University with his B.S. Degree in Business Administration: major in Marketing. Since graduating he's worked for large corporations managing and growing a select portfolio of key accounts including Harley-Davidson, Mitsubishi Motors and other major OEM companies. Steve found his home with Takara Belmont in 2003. Still working with local and national salons/chains, his expertise in project management takes the stress out of creating your salon or spa. His knowledge of the latest trends, building materials and furnishings offers endless possibilities and ensures your salon or spa is a reflection of your unique personal style. Clients appreciate his ability to provide creative design solutions and deliver on his promises. "Designing salons is not just what they look and feel like. Design is how it works. I learn from what's worked in the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the client sitting across from me. That's when the fun starts."

Colleen BrowdyColleen Browdy - Sales Assistant/Designer - St. Louis Showroom

Colleen Browdy earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Interior Design at Stevens, The Institute of Business & Arts. She joined Takara Belmont in 2015 as a Sales and Design Assistant. In this Position, she works closely with clients to achieve the highest standards of salon design, providing details in project management, space planning, interior finish consulting and custom furniture and cabinetry design. “With my passion for design, I believe in creating salons and spas that our clients will find both beautiful and inspiring.”

Carolyn Collins – Regional Manager – North Midwest – Chicago Showroom

Carolyn has her BA from Michigan State University and started her design career in retail environment design. She launched her design career in the salon & spa design world working through a distributor where she was the Senior Designer for many years. Working on projects throughout the Midwest and having been featured in countless trade publications, Carolyn’s out-of-the-box thinking and clean sophisticated design style is in demand! Functional design and space profitability are her top priorities for all of her clients as well as her desire to make the process fun.

Kate NicDao – Corporate Designer - National

Kate has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts, Major in Interior Design. She has gained more than 20 years of experience in the field of Interior Design / Store Planning in Singapore, the Philippines and now the United States. An expert space planner and interior designer, Kate has worked on numerous salon and spa installations both small and large. As Takara Belmont’s Corporate Designer Kate is responsible for aiding our regional offices and corporate offices with any interior design needs that they may have.

Justin Joyner – Regional Sales Manager – Dallas Showroom / Rocky Mountains - Denver Region

Justin Joyner graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburg with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. For the past 7 years, Justin has worked on many residential and commercial design projects in the Dallas metroplex and surrounding areas. Being an abstract artist at heart, Justin is able to share the client's vision of what their space can become. He incorporates a unique mix of modern and traditional design into the spas and salons he designs, so that the finished product conveys the luxurious experience that was intended. Justin enjoys working with the clients to make their dreams become a reality of beauty and relaxation.

Sheila B. Crowder – Regional Sales Manager and Designer – West Coast - California Showroom

Sheila B. Crowder has been in the salon and spa industry for over seven years now. Originally from North Carolina, Sheila graduated with a B.A. Technology degree in Interior Design from Appalachian State University. Directly out of college she worked as the Interior Design Coordinator, with Takara Belmont’s leading distributor, where she contributed to multiple ‘Salons of the Year’ awards & many features in trade publications. In 2007, she moved out to join Takara Belmont in their Southern California showroom. She has worked on numerous projects from celebrity clients to large installations into some of the most prestigious salon & spas. She believes in the quality and longevity of the Takara Belmont product line and designs spaces to allow their salons to shine above the rest.