This Sunday, dads across America get the day to relax and feel appreciated as their nearest and dearest celebrate Father’s Day.
One of our favorites is the father and son duo Sal (above right) and Frank (above left) Rizzieri, both Aveda Artists. Frank is a seasoned lead stylist at New York Fashion Week; he is also the current president of Rizzieri Management Company, a family business of salons and schools established in 1924. Sal was once at the helm of this company, with his wife Anna in the 1970s and 80s. With a passion for hairdressing, Sal has worked in the industry for more than 55 years. He has been committed to passing his wisdom and guidance onto Frank.
Today, the two continue to work together in building the company. And here they talk about their partnership, inspiring us to start celebrating dads early this weekend!
LIVING AVEDA: How is it working with one another every day?
FRANK: I really enjoy working with my father. I’ve learned so much from him throughout the years. Since we now have a number of locations, I don’t see him as much as I’d like, but we talk every day.
SAL: I look forward to working with Frank every single day. It really makes work exciting and rewarding.
LA: What’s been the biggest take away from your relationship with each other?
FRANK: My father has taught me so much through the years, but the most important lesson he has taught me is to remember where you came from and treat everyone like you would want to be treated yourself.
SAL: From Frankie, I learned how to be a better businessperson. I always look forward to hearing what he has to say about the business and what the next steps are to help it grow.
FRANK: When it comes to hair —from watching my father as a small boy in the salon— he taught me how to cut short hair looks; he’s the master at that.
SAL: I learned how to do hair color better because of Frank. And his professionalism is great; he holds me to a higher standard and makes me better.
LA: What tips do you have for families about to embark on a business venture together?
SAL: You have to absolutely love the business you are in, and it’s even better if you grow up in the business like Frankie did. Also, most importantly, you have to have the same mindset to take care of your clients. You have to love the people, the customers and the service providers.
FRANK: The most important thing for me is an open line of communication. And you must always remember this is still a business and has to be run as one. There can be no special treatment for family; everyone is equal.
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