Mez Varol
Mez VarolPresident
Mez Varol is the Founder and the President of International Academy, in Daytona Beach Florida since 1981. International Academy is one of the leading cosmetology institutions worldwide.

Mez has collaborated and worked with thousands of cosmetologists, estheticians, massage therapists and nail technicians worldwide. He has provided a stellar education to individuals that are employed in Resort Spas, Day Spas, Medi Spas and High End Salons in many countries, including the United States.

Mez is the Past President of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools(AACS) representing 1200 schools nationwide. He is the current President of FACTS (Florida Association of Cosmetology & Technical Schools) In 2006, he is the recipient of the N.E. Cimaglia Award, presented by Milady/Cengage Publishing for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Cosmetology Education. He is an active member of the Beauty and the Wellness Industries, working with Schools, Independent Salons, Chain Salons, Day Spas, Beauty Manufacturers and Distributors.

Michael L. Halmon
Michael L. HalmonDirector
Michael Halmon proudly served our country in the US Marine Corps from 1978-1986. Currently, he is the President of American Institute of Beauty which operates two campus locations in the state of Florida offering programs in Beauty and Wellness. He is the recent past Chair and President of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) which represents 600 + schools nationally. He is a founding member and current Board of Director of the Florida Association of Cosmetology and Technical Schools (FACTS). Michael Halmon is actively involved in state and federal advocacy on behalf of the students attending the schools that offer Cosmetology, Barbering and Massage programs.

Michael serves on the Advisory Boards of Truist Bank, Pinellas County and the Executive MBA Program at the University of South Florida where he completed his Executive MBA in 2016. He loves to travel, read biographies, play golf and is an amateur photographer. Most importantly, Michael wants to give back by mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs in the area of leadership development.

Robert Rosenberg
Robert RosenbergDirector
Robert Rosenberg has been serving as the President of Artistic Nails And Beauty Academy since 1999. In addition, he is a partner at Best Tweezers and the Spariffic brand. These companies offer their products through various platforms including QVC, HSN, HSN International, and Amazon. Mr. Rosenberg is one of the founding members of the Florida Association of Cosmetology and Technical Schools. Has has also contributed as a board member for six years at the American Association of Cosmetology Schools.

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