K18 Hair – San Francisco, CA
PBA Member Organization since 2020
Kate started working in the professional beauty industry in 2010 as a Regional Business Consultant for Bumble and bumble. In 2016, Kate joined amika as the Director of North American Professional Sales. At amika, Kate has held 3 different professional
division leadership roles. In 2022, Kate joined K18 as the Sr. Director of Trade Marketing + Business Development.
Kate is passionate about serving professionals through sales, marketing + education action.
In 2018, Kate volunteered to serve the PBA and was paired with Alex Cohn to found + co-chair the Future Leaders program. The committee has grown to 9 panel members with 3 virtual events executed in 2021. The PBA will take Future Leaders into their program development plans in 2022. Kate will continue to drive this program with the committee.
Kate is a NAHA Judge since 2020. Kate serves on the Business Development sponsorship committee.
Beauty Industry Group – Salt Lake City, UT
PBA Member Organization since 2005
Brandon joined Beauty Industry Group in 2010 and has held responsibilities on the professional side of the business since that time. He has had diverse roles leading multiple brands that are salon-direct, distributor-based, ecommerce, or a hybrid of each.
His experience in the industry has been as diverse as the roles he has held, including things such as: tradeshow strategy and execution, digital and social, influencer engagement, brand management, channel management, business divestitures, company
acquisitions and integrations, and international expansion. He has engaged every type of participant in the professional beauty industry including hairdressers, salon owners, distributors, and has built collaborative partnerships with other manufacturers.
His experience specifically with the PBA has been more limited to holding membership across various brands as well as participation at tradeshows and events, but is hoping to take a more active role in being an advocate for the industry through the
Kirschner Group – Valencia, CA
PBA Member Organization since 1984
Harlan has served on the BBSI, ABA and PBA board for over 20 years, been treasurer of PBA and was chairman of the manufacturer leadership council for over a decade. He was a "Spirit of Life" recipient in 2014 and attended BBSI/ Cosmoprof in Las
Vegas since 1984. The Kirchner Group is the largest manufacturers sales agency on a global basis and support Cosmoprof Las Vegas, Bologna and Hong Kong. PBA will need fresh strategies for ISSE and Cosmoprof Las Vegas as well for our charities
which is why he has decided to run for the council position. Harlan believes with his extensive knowledge of our industry and strong relationships he can be helpful in moving our association forward.
Wahl Professional – Topanga, CA
PBA Member Organization since 2015
Stephanie Polansky has more than 28 years’ experience in the professional beauty industry.
With more than two decades of a leadership role in professional hair care with brands including Wahl, Sexy Hair, KMS, Pureology and Redken – Stephanie has invaluable hands-on experience with every facet of the professional industry.
As the Director of Global Education for Wahl Professional she puts an emphasis on creating a “One Wahl” approach for education. She advises countries on best practices and how to work together.
Stephanie's known to be a “360 leader” that works effectively with all departments of an organization to help deliver solutions that are inclusive, profitable, durable and paradigm shifting. She thrives in complex organizations where a holistic perspective and consistent delivery are mission critical.
For several years she’s volunteered her time to judge both NAHA and Beacon to help grow our future professionals and support our existing talent.