Position(s): Owner / Director of Education
Rod Fender has been a licensed, registered Cosmetologist and Barber for 39 years. He has been licensed in the states of Washington, Oregon, California and Wisconsin. He has owned two beauty salons in Oregon and has been a member of the National Cosmetology Association for 30 years and the Hair America Ladies and Gents for 26 years.
During this time, he has held offices on the Oregon Executive Board of Directors and was a committee member of the Pacific Coast Beauty and Trade Show Association for four different years. He has chaired numerous state shows and has held offices on the Affiliate, District and State Levels. He became a member of the Oregon’s Hair Fashion Committee in 1973 and was Chairman and Style Director for four consecutive years. Rod has had similar accomplishments in other states.
Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Rod won numerous awards in various competitions, including the Hairdresser of the Year Award in 1974 and 1975. In Wisconsin, as a member of the Wisconsin Cosmetology Association, he became a member of the Wisconsin Cosmetology Education Committee. Rod was responsible for creating the Gents section in Wisconsin, as well as the new Junior Membership Program which now is offered in 11 other states.
Under Rod’s leadership as Gents Section Director, much was accomplished in the State of Wisconsin. He was responsible for the Gents Examination, as well as for the policy and procedures for the committee within the state. He chaired the State Seminars for two years. At Wisconsin’s State Convention in 1989, Rod was honored with the highest award given: The James Schmidt Award.
While Rod was employed by the International Beauty Academy (IBA) Colleges of Cosmetology as the National Styles Director and Assistant Vice President of Programming, he travelled to the IBA’S 21 schools throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Tennessee to train instructors in new techniques, retail sales and how to educate with excitement and flair. Rod also assisted in training for numerous competitions in which IBA Colleges did exceptionally well, such as at Kurl Kraze and the Mid-West Show in Chicago, IL.
Rod wrote many of the IBA’s programs, from basic lesson plans to the tests which were administered to the students and staff. Since Wisconsin has combined their Cosmetology and Barber Colleges into one, he also created a barber supplement book. In addition, he coordinated a 21-video program for IBA’s Professional Education Program which was sold throughout the United States.
Over the last 26 years as a member of the Ladies and Gents Sections of Hair America of the National Cosmetology Association, numerous opportunities have been afforded to Rod to travel, judge and educate on platform competitive hairstyling. Rod has created much excitement in the Hair America Committee as a Design Team Member, Ladies Section Director and Gents Section Director. He was recommended by his peers and was appointed to the most prestigious position of Hair America Chairman for 1990-1991 and 1991-1992.
During his times of travel and educating, Rod has been awarded two of the most sought-after awards in the Cosmetology Industry. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Northwest in 1997 and into the United States Hall of Renown in 1999. Rod is currently Vice President and Partner in Paroba College of Cosmetology In Everett, Washington.
Fun Fact: In his spare time, Rod enjoys hosting many parties throughout the year for different holidays and other special occasions.