behind the scenes
joined bijin in 2010
Alison has held many positions with increasing responsibility since she joined bijin in 2010—from Service Coordinator to HR Administrator, Guest Services Team Lead to Operations Manager. She has now serves as Salon Director. Alison has travelled and participated in workshops such as Bumble & Bumble’s Style Your Career and Millennium Business Conference. Prior to bijin, she worked in a restaurant of a retirement home and as a commercial sales coordinator for a flooring distributor. Alison loves working with people and doing whatever it takes to get the best result.
Fun fact: “When I was a child, I would talk to any stranger that had kids!!!”
payroll & accounts specialist
joined bijin in 2011
Barb was a Shawnee Mission East Lancer and graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara. She also attended Catholic University of America Law School, graduating with a J.D. and Catholic University of America earning a Masters of Library and Information Science M.L.I.S. She was a Law Librarian with Holland & Knight in Washington DC.
Fun fact: “When living in Washington DC, I showed up for Jury Duty and sat next to TV Journalist, Andrea Mitchell!”
human resources administrative assistant
joined bijin in 2017
Daigen received an Associates’ Degree in Animal Science before pursuing her passion in Human Resources. She is now attending Ottawa University, and will earn her Bachelor’s degree in December 2017. She brings a willing attitude and strong organizational skills to bijin’s Human Resource team. “I love doing projects no one else likes to do and can be completely happy about it.
Fun fact: “I said I didn’t like Barbies as a child, but I would occasionally play with them, re-dress them, and then put them back in the box!”
joined bijin in 2007
Denise has a 20-year career in the beauty industry—first working as a nail technician, then moving into salon management. Denise has been an Inventory Specialist for a multi-location salon in Portland and has led/regrouped salons in the Kansas City area to make them more profitable. Denise has been the buyer for bijin since 2007 and loves traveling to New York City and Las Vegas to bring back the latest trends for bijin! “It makes me happy to wow clients and staff with new items and beauty products!” She also enjoys volunteering for Special Olympics.
Fun fact: “I had the opportunity to socialize with Horst Rechelbacher, founder of Aveda. I gave myself a tour of his penthouse!”
facilities and retail assistant
rejoined bijin in 2016
Emily graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Missouri—KC. She’s a problem solver and “loves a good challenge!”
Fun fact: “I’ve dressed up as a dinosaur for the past 13 Halloween!”
joined bijin in 1988
master of tasks
Greg received his BFA at The Rhode Island School of Design and followed with graduate studies at KU. Later, he received his MA in Art and Art History at UMKC. While at RISD, Greg worked many odd jobs in the Providence area but the most fun was performing as the lead singer of the bluegrass band, “Blind Gary and the Foggy Vision Boys!” Lifelong friends, they still get together and have jam sessions. Before helping his wife, Connie, open bijin in 1988, he worked as a professional sign maker for the Kansas City Zoo; and while in grad school, he helped open the original Oggi store in Westport.
Greg continues to have the discipline to work daily in his home studio making drawings and paintings. His shows include The Blue Gallery (Kansas City), Ten in One Gallery (Chicago, Illinois), and Venue Restaurant (Kansas City) along with regular clients who have purchased privately. When not working or creating art you can find Greg reading or napping with his dog Daisy and cat Dolly.
Fun Fact: Greg was bijin’s first receptionist in the original location on Main St. When the cash drawer was short at night he would put in his own cash to close out! Now that is dedication!
human resources supervisor
joined bijin in 2015
Haley received an Associates of General Science degree at JCCC and worked as an EMT for a couple of years. She brings her deep compassion and resourcefulness as bijin’s Human Resource Supervisor: “Whether I’m reviewing a policy or helping an employee with certain issues, I rely on my resources and compassion in every situation.”
Fun fact: “In 8th grade, I worked for a Kansas Representative stuffing envelopes, getting copies to the library and climbing the dome of the capitol building in Topeka!”
joined bijin in 2002
Kelly graduated with Distinction from Iowa State University with a BS in Hotel, Restaurant, Institutional Management and a minor in Environmental Studies. While at Iowa State, she served as Co-President of the Student Environmental Council. When Kelly relocated to Kansas City, she applied for a position at bijin and knew immediately she wanted to be a part of this team!
Kelly is inspired by taking classes, workshops, webinars and attending conventions because she says, “I just can’t stop learning!” Specifically, Kelly has participated in Bumble & Bumble University’s “Fierce Conversations”, Business Immersion and Voice and Vision, Strategies’ Serious Business, The Millennium Experience, the Midwest Hair Show and Kansas City’s Women’s Lyceum.
Fun fact: “I would drive the extra 20 miles to find the nearest Taco John’s!”
chief brand officer
joined bijin in 1998
Mary returns to bijin with a wealth of brand knowledge and experience. With a degree in English and Communication from Boston College, Mary started her career as a Merchandising trainee at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York (1987). Two years later, she moved to Kansas City to work her merchandising magic for Gear for Sports; in 1998, she joined the bijin leadership team.
“I was drawn to this thriving, local company that had the personality of an international brand!”
After a few years away, Mary returns to bijin—with a heart for the business, a razor-sharp eye for the brand and a passion for delivering exceptional customer service.
Fun fact: “I am the fifth of seven girls in my family. Which explains a lot. (Birth order matters!)”
finance assistant and bookkeeper
joined bijin in 2016
Melissa has been in the accounting field since the age of 19—her first job as part-time in Accounts Receivable. She joined the military shortly after and went to Basic and AIT training as an Automated Logistics Specialist—graduating in 2003. Melissa is working on her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Rasmussen College.
Fun Fact: “My ringtone on my sister’s phone is: “It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To” because I used to cry at every birthday party when we were young! I love my sisters!”