Back in October, TSPA Buffalo owners Peggy and Paul Grenauer ventured off to Charlotte, North Carolina along with several other administrative staff members, to attend the 2015 TSPA Conference. This provided the Academy’s leaders with opportunities to learn from the best and improve the strategies, lesson plans and teamwork that already make TSPA Buffalo great.
After some time to debrief, reflect and get ready for the sales and services that come along with the 2015 holiday season, we are pleased to share that, while at the conference, TSPA Buffalo received seven awards, including Highest Cosmetology Student Starts, Highest Esthetics Student Starts, Highest Total Student Starts, Highest Total Guests, and Highest Total Gross Revenue. TSPA Buffalo was also recognized for our participation in Trim Hunger this past September, a benefit for the Food Bank of WNY. We are humbled and grateful to be highlighted in all of these areas, but perhaps the most exciting awards received were The Soto Award and Educator of the Year.
The Soto Award- named for TSPA Franchise owner Denise Soto- was presented to Peggy and Paul for their involvement in the community. Denise was a very caring and altruistic person, who passed away from breast cancer. Each year, TSPA chooses TSPA owners who replicate her values.
Peggy and Paul were given the award for giving to several charities each year and coordinating fundraisers, such as an event held in May of last year to honor local veterans, with proceeds going to WNY Heroes. Peggy and Paul are also always willing to donate to other local charity events, whether through staff, clientele or community members.
The Educator of the Year award is given to one outstanding educator out of 39 TSPAs throughout the country who shows an understanding that educating is not only about the textbook, but about making a difference in the students’ lives. We are proud to share that the recipient of this award was our own Lead Educator- Nancy Boshier.
Ms. Nancy was given this award for many reasons- among them, bringing the students and staff together in support of a student who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She had the students wear the young woman’s favorite colors each day in support of her returning to the Acad
emy visited her in the hospital and organized a funraiser to help her family pay medical expenses. Though this student passed away at age 21, Ms. Nancy was able to focus on the joy she brought to the Academy while speaking at her funeral, along with the tremendous bond this young woman had with the rest of the students. Ms. Nancy is currently making efforts to create a scholarship in the student’s name.
Peggy and Paul agree- “She is always there for every student, each team member, and the owners.”
When asked how she felt about this award, Ms. Nancy said “I’m just the kind of person that-when you need something- I just have to help.” Ms. Nancy says that she has her team of educators to thank. Michael Cole had spoken at the conference about “
Who Mentors the Mentor?” And Ms. Nancy says it’s the people she works with. She says that the student is always #1, followed by the guests. “(The students) are here for their education, but we still have to constantly mentor and coach them. Like any student, they have fear, so it’s important to build rapport with them, to let them know you’re there for them, by showing compassion and empathy, and wanting to help them- whether its personal or education based.”
We feel that this award was well deserved by Ms. Nancy. Please join us in applauding her efforts. We are also very thankful to our TSPA Buffalo community for supporting us and allowing us to earn these awards.