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Beer & Business featuring Dennis Ratner

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Bender JCC of Greater Washington

6125 Montrose Road

Rockville, MD 20852

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As the founder and CEO of the largest privately-owned chain of hair salons in the country, Dennis Ratner exemplifies a hairstylist with a dream. His entrepreneurial spirit, and belief that a successful salon is one built around the Salon Professional, guides the growth of Ratner Companies. Dennis grew up in the beauty industry, beginning his career as a hairstylist in his father Louis’ salon in Washington, D.C. After graduating from high school, Dennis headed straight to beauty school and then behind the chair at a Louis Salon. At just 19 years old, Dennis successfully handled his first salon opening for the family chain in suburban Virginia. After dinner one night, Dennis and his former wife, Ann, sketched out their idea for a value-priced, family salon on the back of a napkin. They recognized the shift taking place in the industry from separate beauty salons and barber shops and created a unisex salon, welcoming to the entire family, which offered affordable services with no appointment necessary. In 1974, they opened the first Hair Cuttery salon in Springfield, Virginia. Today, Ratner Companies has grown to nearly 1,000 salons, with both value and upscale brands that include Hair Cuttery, BUBBLES, Salon Cielo & Spa, and a salon booth rental concept, Salon Plaza. Cibu, a professional product line of shampoos, conditioners and styling products, is exclusively distributed in the upscale salons and Hair Cuttery salons. Ratner Companies operates from its Resource Center in Vienna, Virginia and employs 12,000 employees nationally.

The program will be moderated by Elana Fine, COO of VWG Wealth Management and Bender JCC Board Member.

Event will take place outside under the Bender JCC's big yellow tent

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  • 5:30 PM | Networking and beer tasting

  • 6:30 PM | Moderated Discussion with Dennis Ratner

Event is free, but space is limited. Must be age 21+ to attend this event. Wine and light appetizers will be served as well. Dietary laws observed

For more information, please contact Adam Tennen at atennen@benderjccgw.org or 301.348.3815.

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