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Vanessa Yakobson

Vanessa, along with Paul Spindler and Ari Yakobson, Blo’s Chairman and Vanessa’s husband, acquired Blo in 2009. Vanessa has always been a passionate supporter of the business – as a shareholder and as a customer – and was thrilled to join the corporate team at the end of 2014, taking on the role of CEO in early 2016. Vanessa is your go-to for idea sharing and franchise feedback, strategic initiatives, franchise sales and anything else partners may need from corporate. Vanessa has an undergraduate degree in Drama from the University of Toronto. She started her career in Marketing and then went back to school to acquire an MBA from the J.L.Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Chicago. She returned to Toronto to work at Procter & Gamble and eventually moved into the non-profit sector as Director of Development for the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario. As a survivor of childhood cancer, Vanessa is passionate about the cause. Vanessa and Ari have 3 children.

Paul Spindler

Paul is the Chief Operating Officer at Blo. He is responsible for negotiating agreements for our Franchise Partners, overseeing the build and design of Blo units and he provides coaching and operational support across all aspects of the business. He is you go-to for franchise agreements, site selling, lease agreements, build management and maintenance and staffing/ scheduling guidance. Paul, along with Vanessa and Ari acquired Blo in 2009. Prior to Blo, Paul was an investor and COO of Melonhead, a hair salon for kids. Paul is a graduate of McGill University, where he earned a BA, and he also earned a LL.B designation from Osgood Hall Law School. In his free time, Paul likes to spend time with his wife, two kids and his dogs. He enjoys cooking, but only on Sundays, and he works out by wearing slim-fit shirts! Paul is you go to for Franchise agreements, site selling, lease agreements, management and maintenance, staffing/scheduling guidance, operational guidance.

Dana Peyton

Dana has been with Blo Blow Dry Bar for over 10 years! Her previous work experience includes working in logistics and office management. At Blo, she’s the go-to for almost everything! She is responsible for accounts receivable/payable, interviewing potential franchise partner as well as the office manager. In her spare time, she a proud mama of three!

Kim Wolfe

Kim Wolfe is our General Manager of Franchise Operations. She is responsible for overseeing the on-boarding of all new Franchise Partners, inclusive of onsite training and Grand Opening. In addition to her work with new partners, Kim leads the strategic direction across all operational aspects of the business and provides ongoing operational support and day-to-day coaching to the Franchise Partners and their team.

Kim joined our company in 2015 after spending 4 years as the Director of Operations for Women of Influence Inc., a Toronto-based event and media company. During her tenure at Women of Influence, Kim developed and deployed the company financial plan, oversaw eCommerce and digital operations, managed client and vendor relations and worked with the CEO to develop three new arms of the business and launch into four international markets. She has 15+ years in the retail and hospitality industry having worked at some of the top fine dining restaurants in Canada as well as with major retailers such as Aritzia. Kim majored in Anthropology at the University of Toronto, holds a certificate in Leadership from the Queen’s School of Business Executive Development Program and a certificate in eCommerce/eBusiness from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. In addition to her role at Blo Blow Dry Bar, Kim holds volunteer positions as the Strategy Chair (former Events Chair) on the Jays Care Foundation Young Professionals Board and the Operations Chair on the Corsage Project committee.

When not at work or volunteering, Kim enjoys live music, travel and spending time with family and friends.

Kim is your go-to for: operations; vendor and system feedback; business/performance coaching; team recognition, reward, retention and recruitment; guest experience and anything else you so choose!

When not at work or volunteering, Kim enjoys live music, travel and spending time with family and friends.

Megan O’Brien

Megan is the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Blo. She is responsible for maintaining all of the social channels, developing digital marketing strategies, training our Franchise Partners on social media best practises, and provides any support the marketing team needs. She is you go-to for anything social. Megan joined Blo in 2016. She previously worked in publishing, where she managed the digital assets and marketing material for two Canadian publications. Prior to that, she worked for a marketing agency, where she managed the global presence for various top-tier brands. Megan is a graduate of McMaster University, where she studied Web Development, and she holds a Diploma in Journalism and Broadcasting.

In her spare time, you can find her at the gym, rock-climbing, snowboarding or hanging with friends.

Dayna Barron

Dayna, affectionately known as Dee, is Blo’s Creative Director and marketing maven. Dayna holds a Bachelor of Design from OCAD University, and an Honours Diploma in Advertising from Georgian College. She is tickled pink to be holding a Sessional Instructor position with the Faculty of Design at OCADU this semester. A fierce guardian of the Blo brand, Dayna oversees all creative and is your go-to contact for all things marketing or design.

In her spare time, she can be found freelancing as a designer/brand consultant for startups and small to medium businesses, volunteering on the board for Young Professionals in support of Jays Care, or spending time with her siblings who mean the world to her. Dayna has a penchant for dad jokes, and a soft spot for furry creatures, glitter and city lights.

Kasia Chalas

Kasia is an award-winning communications professional with over 5 years of experience in marketing and PR, project management, branding and community engagement. As Franchise Operations Manager at Blo, Kasia supports new Franchise Partners throughout the opening of new locations and also provides ongoing, daily partner support in all things operations.

Prior to her role at Blo, Kasia was the marketing manager at an acclaimed luxury interior design firm where she led the development and implementation of all communications, media relations and marketing initiatives to elevate the global profile of the firm and drive growth in key business markets.

When Kasia isn’t cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays or checking out a concert with friends, you can find her obsessing over how to get those perfectly messy beach waves, experimenting with yet another at-home contouring kit, or pouring over the hottest new fashion finds on Pinterest. Kasia is your go to for