Manufacturer Candidates

Manufacturer Candidates

Advisory Council Voting is Now Open!

Each year, PBA Members have the opportunity to elect two (2) members to their Advisory Council to represent their membership section.  

There are six representatives on each Advisory Council and terms are for three years. Two of these representatives' terms will expire on August 31, 2021. The newly elected representatives will join their Council to represent the members-at-large of their membership section.

As set forth in the bylaws, each Advisory Council establishes a nominating committee to develop a slate of candidates for your consideration. Members were notified of the opportunity to be considered as an Advisory Council candidate via the PBA website, social media and email communications. The Nominating Committee considered each applicant's experience and skill set and is confident the final candidates are highly qualified to be part of your Advisory Council.

The deadline to vote is May 31, 2021. Learn more about your 2021 candidates below.



Joico, a division of Henkel – Culver City, CA
PBA Member Company Since 2005

Melisa Gill has been working in the Professional beauty industry since 2004 where she held various leadership roles for Canadian Joico and Zotos divisions. It was in her early days of working trade shows and sales meetings across the country where she fell in love with the pro beauty industry and hairstylists. She relocated to Joico Los Angeles headquarters in 2016 where she ran the new product development department and later assumed the role of General Manager in 2020. An advocate for PBA, Joico has had meeting rooms at Cosmoprof North America from 2005-2007 and also exhibited at ISSE/Midwest show 2011-2012. Joico has always been a supporter of PBA and was a big sponsor of (NAHA) North American Styling awards from 2009-2011. We have also sent a delegation of leaders every year to the annual PBA Executive Summit.  Thank you for the opportunity!



L'Oreal – New York, NY
PBA Member Company Since Inception

David has been in the beauty industry for 28 years, of which six years have been in the Professional beauty sector. His first role in professional beauty was 16 years ago working for the Matrix brand. For the last four years David has been responsible for L'Oréal's U.S. and Canadian Professional business where L'Oréal is a market leader. David's entire career in beauty has been with the L'Oréal Group working both in the U.S. and abroad. The brands within the L'Oréal Professional Products portfolio include L'Oréal Professionnel, Redken, Matrix, Pulp Riot, Pureology, Mizani, Biolage, Kerastase and Shu Uemura. David has worked closely with the PBA over the last year, supporting the introduction of safety protocols in salons, our lobbying efforts, and the COVID-19 Relief Fund.


Kirschner Group – Valencia, CA
PBA Member Company Since 2000

Paolo started his experience in beauty in 2005 when he joined the Kirschner Group.  His role in this organization was to open and manage the international division of the company, opening international representation for the Kirschner Group brands all over the world and building a team that could support the day-to-day operation with local reach to the Kirschner’s partner brands. Today Paolo directly manages a team of 25 international sales representatives located in key international markets and he also oversees the other division of the company, such as US PRO, US RETAIL, and E.COM.


Paolo’s experience with PBA started a few years ago when the PBA Executive Summit started in Scottsdale. Since then, Paolo has attended and enjoyed participating in all Scottsdale events.


The PBA Executive Summit is a fantastic opportunity given to beauty company executives to learn about the trends and connect with other beauty leaders.




ZACH RIEKEN *Incumbent*
Living Proof, Inc – Boston, MA
PBA Member Company Since 2018

A member of PBA since 2007, Zach's experience in the professional beauty industry spans nearly 15 years working across several iconic brands. He started his career at Wella Professionals leading sales organizations and working on market strategy. Zach joined Bumble and bumble in 2014 as the VP of Sales and later become the Global GM, leading business strategy and global operations for 4 years. He became the CEO of the science-backed prestige haircare brand Living Proof in 2019 and continues to lead the business today. Zach has served as a volunteer on the PBA Manufacturer's Advisory Council since 2018 and is currently chairperson of the group. He also serves on the PBA's Board of Directors, representing the perspective of the professional manufacturer and brand community. Zach has a strong passion for the industry and giving back, and is seeking a second term on the Manufacturer's Advisory Council.



Olaplex Inc – Dana Point, CA

PBA Member Company Since 2015



Olaplex is one of the largest independent haircare companies in the world. Over the past five years with Olaplex, Tiffany have worked in a variety of roles all focusing on the professional stylist community. Most recently, she led the OLAPLEXSTRONG campaign during COVID-19, where Olaplex led various outreach efforts for stylists including: $500 grants to out-of-work stylists, $80,000 in scholarships for students in cosmetology school, and free education through Virtual Hair Shows, where 200,000 stylists viewed educational content from more than 40 manufacturers over six days. In her role as COO, she work closely with Salon Centric, Cosmoprof, independent distributors, salon owners, and stylists behind the chair to help Olaplex create products and services that improve the lives of hairdressers.