class of beauty school students at pba's beacon student program

The Professional Beauty Association Announces Its Beacon Class of 2024

The future of the industry is represented in this remarkable group of talented students whose careers will be forever impacted

MARCH 6, 2024 (Scottsdale, AZ) – The Professional Beauty Association (PBA), whose mission is to advocate and fight for the rights and professionalism of the beauty industry, is proud to announce the newest class of students representing the top emerging talent in the industry—the Beacon Class of 2024. These talented students have been hand-selected to get a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from top industry experts, salon owners and influencers. The full list of the Beacon Class of 2024 can be found HERE. Congratulations to this dynamic and accomplished class!

Designed to inspire and prepare students for successful careers, the Beacon program provides young professionals with the unique opportunity to connect with mentors and obtain guidance from top talent to help shape their careers. By gaining insights from esteemed industry experts and developing lifelong connections, the Beacon Class of 2024 will obtain invaluable skills that will help shape the future of the beauty industry for years to come. 

This fortunate class will meet and learn from Geno Stampora, Sam Villa, Fallyn Mireault, Cole Thompson, Shaun Brezanin, Elizabeth Faye, and more. “Having spent over two decades with Beacon, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing our students blossom into the industry’s brightest artists,” shares Geno Stampora, longtime Beacon host and facilitator. “Their continued success is a testament to Beacon’s commitment to nurturing exceptional talent. I am honored to still be in touch with many of them over the years.”

Beacon 2024 will take place alongside Premiere Orlando June 1st-3rd, where the class will have the opportunity to walk the show floor at the largest beauty show in the United States. Additionally, the 2024 class will be able to watch top artists in the industry receive their awards at the 35th annual North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) and will receive over $1,000 in free product from swag bags provided by Beacon and NAHA sponsors

To apply for Beacon, students go through a rigorous application process including submitting a Canvas Me resume, a video introduction, Instagram portfolio, and letter of recommendation. Applications are considered by a panel of industry judges, including salon and spa owners, manufacturers, and distributors.

Jake Strum, Beacon Class of 2023, shares his gratitude for Beacon, sharing, “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about Beacon and how thankful I am that I got selected for the amazing, life-changing opportunity. Thank you again, SO much for everything!!!!”

PBA thanks the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation who, for years, has offered travel grants of up to $250 per person for the first 100 people who applied. This travel grant was intended to help students cover travel expenses to Beacon so all students could advance their careers without feeling financially overwhelmed. Additionally, PBA thanks Beacon Class of 2024 announcement sponsor, JCPenney Beauty + Salon.

Previous Beacon alumni who now lead the industry include Jalia Pettis, Elizabeth Faye, Fallyn Mireault and Gina Bianca. For more information about Beacon or how to apply, please visit


About The Professional Beauty Association

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is dedicated to advocating and fighting for the rights and professionalism of the beauty industry, and is committed to the long-term success of beauty professionals and the businesses that employ and support them. As the largest and most inclusive trade organization representing the entire beauty industry, PBA advocates for legislation on behalf of the industry, including such things as fighting against deregulation. PBA also provides curated resources to empower members, including education, business tools and resources, curated healthcare and insurance options, exclusive events, charitable initiatives, scholarships, networking opportunities and proprietary reports and data. Members include manufacturers, distributors, salons, spas, schools, independent practitioners, students, and industry suppliers. For more information on membership, please visit: