This is a sad day for me on multiple fronts: John Heffner, the CEO of Creative Nail Design (now Cnd) is leaving after 14 years. In the entire history of Creative, there have only been two CEO’s…John and myself (my father, Dr Nordstrom held the title of President until he passed away in 1983). This has provided the company with remarkable stability and allowed it to stay on a consistent path over many years. This is a rare feat in our consolidated industry of today.
I am a partner in a UK based wholesaler to nail professionals called Sweet Squared. The company was founded almost four years ago by Samuel and Samantha Sweet (the BEST partners ever), Gigi Rouse and myself. We proudly represent Creative (Cnd) and Minx. If it were not for the support from John from the beginning, it would be highly doubtful Sweet Squared would have ever been started. His believe in us as a team, the (major) helping hand in the beginning and his involvement when we have an idea have been key to our success. Believe me when I say our hearts are heavy and we will greatly miss working with John.
John is the only senior executive from Creative who has sincerely wished my wife Linda and myself the best of luck in our new venture, Famous Names. He has the vision to recognize that “new blood” and the energy it brings with it is a very good thing for our industry as a whole. He is a true friend not only to the two of us, but to the Industry as a whole.
While I know John is going on to new and exciting opportunities, I will miss him greatly as a part of my corner of our industry…but as they say: GOOD LUCK JOHN!