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Meet Michelle LaMantia of Pivot Point Academy in Northwest Suburbs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle LaMantia.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The beauty industry had been in my life and exciting for me at an early age. My grandmother was a licensed Cosmetologist. Her hours were spent in my grandmother’s salon, Marian’s, located in LaSalle, IL. This experience influenced and inspired my desire to complete the high school vocational program and continue 1500 hours of education and testing for my license at Educators of Beauty a Pivot Point member school located in LaSalle, Illinois.

I moved to Naperville IL. Specializing in Sculpting and Style behind the chair for 10 years at Zano Salon & Spa. I also started an onsite wedding hair business. Those 10+ years have been invaluable to my current position as Director of Student Salon and Spa and Director of Admissions at Pivot Point Academy in Bloomingdale, IL.

I truly LOVE what I do! Hard work? Yes! Every minute was worth it. I never stop learning or educating myself. There are No limitations with this career. Every day I am inspired by the energy & passion of our students! They truly are the future of our thriving beauty industry. I apply my experiences to help mentor these students from the day we first meet to the very last minute they clock out. There is never a dry eye when they complete the program. Each and every student is unique and I make sure their experience is memorable and everlasting. Once a Pivot Point Student, always a Pivot Point student. We are family, and that is what inspires me to do what I do every day. When you feel it in your heart, you know what you are doing is right. Pivot Point Academy has done that for me, and it wouldn’t be without our students. #iampivotpoint

Has it been a smooth road?
A challenge! Yes of course! If you want more, with no limitations that comes with failure, achievement, failure, and a roller coaster of emotions! That is what made me stronger and I never gave up. There was a time when I was like, what am I doing! I’m supposed to be in this industry, but where, how? Time, very hard work, patience, goal setting, and education, that’s exactly what kept me going.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Pivot Point Academy story. Tell us more about the business.
Pivot Point Academy is a Cosmetology, Esthetics, Barber, Make up, and Teacher Training Academy. We are your first step to achieve your goal of becoming a licensed and or certified artist in the beauty industry. My position as the Director of Admissions is to educate future students on the education and experience they will receive at our Academy. I mentor them throughout the program as well as stay connected after they graduate. Education never stops!

I am most proud of our students. Their visions, ideas, and their success is indescribable! Watching them from day one until the last day they are here is really special. Their growth is something to always be recognized and I am proud each and every day.

What sets us apart: our culture, our mission. We have a professional energy and family culture. Our staff is an education goal mine, our owners, are so involved and present that you can truly tell everyone LOVES what they do, and you can feel that when you walk into our Academy.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
It can go anywhere! That is what is SO EXCITING!! We never know what changes there will be and that’s what makes our industry so interesting. We then shift, we educate ourselves, then we educate our students on that change. It’s really cool to watch. It’s this amazing ripple effect. Our industry grows, we grow. We grow, our industry grows.
We are one!

Contact Info:

  • Address: Pivot Point Academy
    144 E Lake Street
    Bloomingdale, IL 60108
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  • Phone: 847-985-5900
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