Kim Thomas is the owner of Christopher Amira Studio. Ms. Thomas has worked in the beauty industry for over 30 years. During that time, she has distinguished herself in business, being selected as “Business Women of the Year” by Loti Phi Lambda in 2012, voted as one of the “Top 200 Fastest Growing Salons” by Salon Today Magazine for two consecutive years, earning a nomination as “Entrepreneur of the Year” from Globe Magazine in 2003, was selected as one of the 20 IP’s (Interesting Personalities) by Who’s Who publishing in Cleveland in 2012. Thomas is a native of Cleveland she attended South High School for Cosmetology. She is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace 2009 Emerging Entrepreneurs’ class, founded by the Presidents Council.
In 2008, Ms. Thomas was appointed to the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology and was later elected as Chairman of the board, she served on the 9-member board for four years. In this capacity, she helped to regulate licensed salons and cosmetology schools operating in the State of Ohio and helped to promulgate rules governing the industry. She was part of the Board that identified Human Trafficking as a problem in cosmetology, and voted to take measures to combat human trafficking during her Board tenure.
Ms. Thomas has worked in many areas of the beauty industry. She traveled nationally as a National Trainer/ Platform Artist for John Paul Mitchell Systems, sharing a wealth of business building knowledge with students, beauty professionals and business owners. She was also a PAC trainer and facilitator for “Train The Trainers” of John Paul Mitchell Systems on launching new techniques and products for In-salon classes/ workshops. Her passion shows in everything she does from teaching to helping others on becoming successful beauty leaders thus raising the standard to not only meet but also exceed the expectations of the industry.
For Mrs. Thomas, it’s important to give back. She mentors youth daily through her business internship program by providing communication, leadership and life skill to help prepare the youth for the workforce. Each year, she engages in community service by providing services for the less furtunate . She has partnered with many organizations such as, The “Cut It Out” program, for Salons Against Domestic Abuse. This initiative helps stylists recognize the signs of abuse. ”Look Good… Feel Better, a program to train and certify cosmetologists to directly help cancer survivors cope with appearance-related side effects; the NCA Disaster Relief Fund, a program established to directly support salon professionals impacted by natural disasters and Go Red For Women, the American Heart Association’s, helping to increase awareness of heart disease which is the leading cause of death for women and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health.
Thomas goal is to change the way people view the industry. She strongly believes, if you change the way you look at things, things will change.
Thomas is the wife of Danny Thomas; they are the proud parents of two children Christopher and Amira.
Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, it was not a surprise that Christopher would embark on a prosperous business career in the beauty industry. Co-owner of Christopher Amira Studio and owner of Valo restaurant. Chris is also the founder and CEO of Sure Touch Global Distribution/ Manufacturing Company. In 2009, the distribution company launched Texture 450, it’s own professional beauty hot tool appliance. Classified as a salon child, it was often very common to find this young man learning the business aspect of the industry at a very early age. Christopher’s business background and innovative thinking makes a perfect combination, with the talent driven staff at Christopher Amirs Studio. Chris is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. Chris is a 2003 graduate of Shaw High school, shortly after graduating he took his academic and athletic career to Morehead State University, were he excelled academically and athletically, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management, and a minor in communications. He was also a four year starter at strong safety for the Division 1(AA) Morehead State University Football team and a academic all conference honoree. Christopher is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity Inc., as well as many other professional organizations within the community.