The boards for the Professional Beauty Association and the National Cosmetology Association have agreed to a merger, as first proposed in August, and the move will become official Jan. 1.

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Until then, NCA will continue to be managed by PBA out of Scottsdale, AZ.

Steve Sleeper, executive director of the PBA, and Gordon Miller, executive director of the NCA, worked in tandem on bringing the organizations together. Miller, however, has since left NCA “and is currently working for a media company in the beauty industry,” according to a PBA spokesperson. PBA has been managing NCA since Oct. 1.

Multiple synergies come as a result of the merger, including more comprehensive research into the industry’s best practices, a wider array of continuing education, advanced training, charitable outreach and networking across multiple channels.

Government relations and lobbying efforts benefiting the entire industry will also be combined and will remain a core focus. In addition, members of each association will share in the benefits of the other as appropriate, including free admission to major industry events such as the International Salon & Spa Expo beginning in 2011 and the International Beauty Shows, as well as special pricing to events such as Cosmoprof North America, PBA Symposium and the North American Hairstyling Awards.

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