Beauty and Money LA 2019 | Kisaco Research
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Los Angeles, CA, USA
25 April, 2019
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The No.1 Meeting Place For Beauty Business Partnering

M&A activity is at an all-time high within the beauty industry, with L’Oréal acquiring ModiFace in March 2018, Procter & Gamble securing First Aid Beauty for around $250 million, and most recently, L’Occitane acquiring L’Catterton backed luxury skin care brand ELEMIS. With an increasing number of private equity houses investing in beauty, 2019 is on track to be a record breaking year.

Enter the 5th in the Global series of the Beauty & Money Summit! Having connected over 500 industry leaders in 2018, through over 2000 one-on-one meetings, we are incredibly excited to bring this exclusive one-day event back to Los Angeles.

Building upon our global success, this year we not only connect 250 strategic buyers, financial buyers, retailers and independent beauty brands, but also take a deep-dive into the key areas critical for business growth in 2019 and beyond.

Sample of attendees from 2018 LA Summit

250+
Attendees
12
Beauty Showcase Finalists
700+
One-to-One Meetings
1
Must Attend Industry Event

See what we got up to in 2018

Beauty & Money LA interviews & highlights

The Beauty Spotlight

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

12 independent beauty brands, hand-picked by the prestigious Selection Committee, introduce themselves and their products on the main stage, in a quick-fire round of presentations.

Submissions will be accepted from both Mass and Prestige independent beauty brands in Colour Cosmetics, Skincare, Haircare, Fragrance, Bath & Body and Beauty Devices. They should be early to mid-stage brands that are actively seeking financial investment, acquisition, distribution, and/or marketing.

These can range from brands that have just started generating revenue all the way up to larger entities that have revenues of over $80 million.

To apply, click here.

Final submission date: 15th February 2019
Results announced: 5th March 2019

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Pulp Riot

Podcast with 2017 Spotlight Finalist - David Thurston, Co-Founder, Pulp Riot

Pulp Riot were one of 12 finalists in the 2017 Beauty & Money NY Brand Spotlight and went on to be sold to Beauty giant L'Oreal in a deal represented by Triangle Capital. In this podcast David speaks to Richard Kestenbaum, co-founder of Triangle Capital on his experiences growing his brand and going on to sell to L'Oreal. 

2019 Selection Committee

Alicia Sontag

Co-Founder & Partner
Prelude Growth Partners

Benedict Auld

Founder & CEO
Lapidarius

Benjamin Lee

Managing Director
CircleUp

Carla Ruiz

VP Business Development
Johnson & Johnson

Carol Hamilton

Group President, Luxe Division
L'Oreal USA

David Olsen

CEO
Cos Bar

Gillian Gorman Round

General Manager
Revlon Incubator

Rich Gersten

Partner
Tengram Capital

Robin Tsai

Managing Director
VMG Partners

Sonya Brown

General Partner
Norwest Venture Partners

Victoria Garcia

Member of the Council of Mentors
The Ember Company

Richard Kestenbaum

Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Bentley Eidsmo

Director of New Brand Development
Guthy Renker

John Bailey

President & Chief Financial Officer
e.l.f cosmetics

Jodi Katz

Founder & Creative Director
BASE BEAUTY CREATIVE AGENCY™

Julia French

Managing Director
Golden Seeds

Michael Sampson

CEO
Kate Somerville Skincare

Ilya Seglin

Managing Director
Threadstone

Speakers

 

Alex Fogelson

Co-Founder & CEO
Taste Beauty

Alex completed his B.S.M at Tulane University in 2011, going on to complete an MFin. Alex went on to work in varied positions at Coach, The Estee Lauder Companies, Li & Fung Beauty, CHAPFIX+, and the Fung Group, and in 2015 he co—founded Taste Beauty along with two others, with over 30 years of experience in the beauty industry.

Taste was founded with a hungry spirit and a passion to drive innovation through the most unique products, highest quality, unprecedented customer service and rapid speed to market.

Alex Fogelson

Co-Founder & CEO
Taste Beauty

Alex completed his B.S.M at Tulane University in 2011, going on to complete an MFin. Alex went on to work in varied positions at Coach, The Estee Lauder Companies, Li & Fung Beauty, CHAPFIX+, and the Fung Group, and in 2015 he co—founded Taste Beauty along with two others, with over 30 years of experience in the beauty industry.

Taste was founded with a hungry spirit and a passion to drive innovation through the most unique products, highest quality, unprecedented customer service and rapid speed to market.

 

Alisha Sontag

Co-Founder & Partner
Prelude Growth Partners

Ranked one of Beauty's 50 Most Powerful Women by WWD (2015), and two-time honor of Fortune Most Powerful Women conference (2015/2016), Alicia is a Co-Founder and Partner at Prelude Growth Partners. Prelude Growth Partners is a New York City based growth equity firm focused on providing capital and value-added operatingsupport to high potential, fast-growing consumer brands.

Alisha Sontag

Co-Founder & Partner
Prelude Growth Partners

Ranked one of Beauty's 50 Most Powerful Women by WWD (2015), and two-time honor of Fortune Most Powerful Women conference (2015/2016), Alicia is a Co-Founder and Partner at Prelude Growth Partners. Prelude Growth Partners is a New York City based growth equity firm focused on providing capital and value-added operatingsupport to high potential, fast-growing consumer brands. Prelude seeks to make investments of $3million to $15 million in each company, across branded consumer categories including personalcare/beauty, food & beverage, baby, pet, health & wellness and other consumer categories.

 

Bee Shapiro

Founder
Ellis Brooklyn

Bee Shapiro is a New York Times beauty contributor, a position she has held since 2009, the author of the newly published collection Skin Deep, and the founder of Ellis Brooklyn, a luxurious, sustainable, chemical-free line of skincare and perfume.

Bee Shapiro

Founder
Ellis Brooklyn

Bee Shapiro is a New York Times beauty contributor, a position she has held since 2009, the author of the newly published collection Skin Deep, and the founder of Ellis Brooklyn, a luxurious, sustainable, chemical-free line of skincare and perfume.

 

Dr Heather Rogers

Founder
Dr Rogers Skin Solutions

Heather D. Rogers is a board certified dermatologist and fellowship trained dermatologic surgeon, specialising in prevention and treatment of sun damaged skin including pre-skin cancers, skin cancers, moles and photo damage. However, in 2014, Dr Rogers founded Doctor Rogers Skin Solutions, which was the beginning of premium scientifically-proven, clean and allergen-free products.

Dr Heather Rogers

Founder
Dr Rogers Skin Solutions

Heather D. Rogers is a board certified dermatologist and fellowship trained dermatologic surgeon, specialising in prevention and treatment of sun damaged skin including pre-skin cancers, skin cancers, moles and photo damage. However, in 2014, Dr Rogers founded Doctor Rogers Skin Solutions, which was the beginning of premium scientifically-proven, clean and allergen-free products.

 

Emmanuel Rey

Founder
YUNI Beauty

French-born and one of nine siblings, Emmanuel Rey obtained a degree in engineering in agronomics, and in 2017 founded YUNI Beauty, and at the end of 2018, in a competitive group with Ouai hair care and Youth the people, YUNI received the Rising Brand of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Emmanuel Rey

Founder
YUNI Beauty

French-born and one of nine siblings, Emmanuel Rey obtained a degree in engineering in agronomics, and in 2017 founded YUNI Beauty, and at the end of 2018, in a competitive group with Ouai hair care and Youth the people, YUNI received the Rising Brand of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal.

 

Frédéric Benqué

Managing Partner
NextWorld Evergreen

Mr. Frédéric Benqué serves as Managing Partner and General Partner at NextWorld Evergreen. He Co-Founded TextMe, Inc. in 2011 and serves as its Director. Mr. Benqué is a seasoned investor with solid financial and operational background. He has over 15 years of experience in various finance and investment roles. His expertise gained him the prestigious rising star in Finance by Financial News in 2006, and facilitated the creation of Credo, an all-clean beauty retailer.

Frédéric Benqué

Managing Partner
NextWorld Evergreen

Mr. Frédéric Benqué serves as Managing Partner and General Partner at NextWorld Evergreen. He Co-Founded TextMe, Inc. in 2011 and serves as its Director. Mr. Benqué is a seasoned investor with solid financial and operational background. He has over 15 years of experience in various finance and investment roles. His expertise gained him the prestigious rising star in Finance by Financial News in 2006, and facilitated the creation of Credo, an all-clean beauty retailer.

 

Jennifer Yen

Founder & CEO
Purlisse Beauty

Jennifer Yen is an actress turned Asian beauty skincare guru. Pur~lisse is beauty through Asian Wisdom with modern philosophy, inspired by my grandmother's Asian Beauty Wisdom. Every product made is formulated with meticulously curated ingredients and safe for sensitive skin. Pur~lisse are reinventing Asian Beauty Secrets and ushering in a new era of gorgeous. After a decade of scaling Pur~lisse, Jennifer has now brought us YENSA. Inspired by her belief in the power of Superfoods, YENSA embraces the diversity in beauty today and empowers women to live their YEN (Passion & Desire).

Jennifer Yen

Founder & CEO
Purlisse Beauty

Jennifer Yen is an actress turned Asian beauty skincare guru. Pur~lisse is beauty through Asian Wisdom with modern philosophy, inspired by my grandmother's Asian Beauty Wisdom. Every product made is formulated with meticulously curated ingredients and safe for sensitive skin. Pur~lisse are reinventing Asian Beauty Secrets and ushering in a new era of gorgeous. After a decade of scaling Pur~lisse, Jennifer has now brought us YENSA. Inspired by her belief in the power of Superfoods, YENSA embraces the diversity in beauty today and empowers women to live their YEN (Passion & Desire).

 

Lori Haram

SVP, Business Affairs & Operations
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Results driven senior executive, well-versed in complex financial subjects, including valuation, and financial planning and analysis. Board observer for Estée Lauder Companies’ minority investments. General Management experience overseeing explosive growth in small companies/divisions. Strategic thinker skilled in identifying opportunities to penetrate new markets, address portfolio gaps and drive growth.

Lori Haram

SVP, Business Affairs & Operations
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Results driven senior executive, well-versed in complex financial subjects, including valuation, and financial planning and analysis. Board observer for Estée Lauder Companies’ minority investments. General Management experience overseeing explosive growth in small companies/divisions. Strategic thinker skilled in identifying opportunities to penetrate new markets, address portfolio gaps and drive growth.

 

Michelle Connelly

Director, Merchandising & Planning
Credo Beauty

Michelle Connelly joined Credo in 2017 with nearly a decade of experience in the industry, successfully driving beauty brands at retail through strategically planning their marketing initiatives, visual merchandising and inventory planning.  Prior to being recruited to lead the Credo merchant team, Michelle’s career in beauty began after successful stints at both Sephora and Macy’s.

Michelle Connelly

Director, Merchandising & Planning
Credo Beauty

Michelle Connelly joined Credo in 2017 with nearly a decade of experience in the industry, successfully driving beauty brands at retail through strategically planning their marketing initiatives, visual merchandising and inventory planning.  Prior to being recruited to lead the Credo merchant team, Michelle’s career in beauty began after successful stints at both Sephora and Macy’s.

Credo is the leading clean beauty retailer based in San Francisco, CA boasting the largest, safest and cleanest beauty assortment in the U.S.  Credo has 8 locations across the nation with more on the horizon and carries the most beautiful, effective and clean beauty brands available today.  

 

Carla Ruiz

VP Business Development
Johnson & Johnson

Carla joined Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) in 2015 and has since led a number of acquisition and integration processes including: the acquisition of Hipoglos, a baby brand from P&G, the acquisition of Vogue International (OGX) in hair care, a joint venture agreement with Hallmark, and a partnership with Dr Ci:Labo, a Japanese dermocosmetic brand.

Carla Ruiz

VP Business Development
Johnson & Johnson

Carla joined Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) in 2015 and has since led a number of acquisition and integration processes including: the acquisition of Hipoglos, a baby brand from P&G, the acquisition of Vogue International (OGX) in hair care, a joint venture agreement with Hallmark, and a partnership with Dr Ci:Labo, a Japanese dermocosmetic brand.

Prior to J&J, Carla was an Investment Banker in the Global Consumer Products & Retail Group at UBS covering the Household & Personal Care vertical advising a number of clients from large cap to growing entrepreneurial ventures. Carla has a broad M&A advisory, equity and debt financing experience including significant cross-border exposure. 

 

Heather Connelly

Buying & Merchandising
CosBar

Heather Connelly

Buying & Merchandising
CosBar
 

Rich Gersten

Partner
Tengram Capital

Mr. Richard Gersten is presently a Partner of Tengram Capital Partners, a consumer private equity firm formed to invest in the consumer and retail sectors. Mr. Gersten has over 25 years of experience in the private equity industry and has spent the last 19 years focused exclusively on the consumer and retail sector, with an emphasis in the beauty and personal care industry. He currently sits on the board of directors of Algenist, Cos Bar, This Works, Active Ride Shop, NEST Fragrances, Deva Curl, and formerly sat on the board of directors for Laura Geller Beauty.

Rich Gersten

Partner
Tengram Capital

Mr. Richard Gersten is presently a Partner of Tengram Capital Partners, a consumer private equity firm formed to invest in the consumer and retail sectors. Mr. Gersten has over 25 years of experience in the private equity industry and has spent the last 19 years focused exclusively on the consumer and retail sector, with an emphasis in the beauty and personal care industry. He currently sits on the board of directors of Algenist, Cos Bar, This Works, Active Ride Shop, NEST Fragrances, Deva Curl, and formerly sat on the board of directors for Laura Geller Beauty.

 

Sarah Foley

Managing Director
SWAT Equity Partners

Sarah is a senior finance professional with 20 years of private equity and financial advisory experience. Most recently, Ms. Foley served as CFO of a New York City-based food company for over two years. Ms. Foley has served as a member of multiple private company boards of directors. She is also an active angel investor and member of New York Angels.

Sarah Foley

Managing Director
SWAT Equity Partners

Sarah is a senior finance professional with 20 years of private equity and financial advisory experience. Most recently, Ms. Foley served as CFO of a New York City-based food company for over two years. Ms. Foley has served as a member of multiple private company boards of directors. She is also an active angel investor and member of New York Angels.

 

Shelby Wild

Founder
Playa

Founder Shelby Wild is aiming to revolutionize the beauty industry with her naturally-derived haircare company Playa. Shelby founded Playa in 2017, hoping to simplify her own haircare routine with easy-to-use, toxin-free products. With millennial-chic packaging and transparent ingredients, Playa was quickly in demand from retail and beauty giants Sephora, Net-A-Porter, and Revolve.

Shelby Wild

Founder
Playa

Founder Shelby Wild is aiming to revolutionize the beauty industry with her naturally-derived haircare company Playa. Shelby founded Playa in 2017, hoping to simplify her own haircare routine with easy-to-use, toxin-free products. With millennial-chic packaging and transparent ingredients, Playa was quickly in demand from retail and beauty giants Sephora, Net-A-Porter, and Revolve.

 

Sonya Brown

General Partner
Norwest Venture Partners

Based in Palo Alto, Sonya is a General Partner at NVP and co-heads the Growth Equity practice where she focuses on investing across a wide range of sectors including consumer, retail, internet, and business services. 

Sonya Brown

General Partner
Norwest Venture Partners

Based in Palo Alto, Sonya is a General Partner at NVP and co-heads the Growth Equity practice where she focuses on investing across a wide range of sectors including consumer, retail, internet, and business services. 

Prior to joining NVP, Sonya was at Summit Partners, a private equity firm with over $11 billion under management, where she worked for nine years in the Boston office and was responsible for leading the firm's Consumer and Internet Industry Group in North America. Sonya was engaged in all aspects of the deal process including deal sourcing, due diligence, deal negotiations and board representation. Her most recent and past board directorships and investments include Aramsco, Airborne Health, Central Security Group, Physicians Formula Holdings (NASDAQ: FACE), Snap Fitness and Sparta Systems.

 

Tina Bou-Saba

Private Investor
CxT Investments

As a partner and advisor, Tina is open-minded, inclusive, trustworthy, and enthusiastic.  Extremely hands-on in her work, she listens intensely and celebrates collaboration.  Tina has sharp instincts for commercial opportunities, honed through her experience in strategy at Victoria’s Secret and in equity research analyzing public retailers. From exploring international expansion opportunities for a major retailer to crafting marketing strategy for a consumer start-up, she is an independent thinker who loves digging into hard problems.

Tina Bou-Saba

Private Investor
CxT Investments

As a partner and advisor, Tina is open-minded, inclusive, trustworthy, and enthusiastic.  Extremely hands-on in her work, she listens intensely and celebrates collaboration.  Tina has sharp instincts for commercial opportunities, honed through her experience in strategy at Victoria’s Secret and in equity research analyzing public retailers. From exploring international expansion opportunities for a major retailer to crafting marketing strategy for a consumer start-up, she is an independent thinker who loves digging into hard problems.

 

Victoria Garcia

Member of the Council of Mentors
The Ember Company

Victoria is a Brand Building Executive with in-depth global experience in the fashion and beauty industries. She focuses on leveraging her strong business planning, merchandising, digital and financial expertise, with an emphasis on inventory optimization. Victoria holds a unique balance between analytics and creative that she is able to drive in her strategic problem solving and decision making. She enjoys cultivating teams and aligning operations to propel companies forward.

Victoria Garcia

Member of the Council of Mentors
The Ember Company

Victoria is a Brand Building Executive with in-depth global experience in the fashion and beauty industries. She focuses on leveraging her strong business planning, merchandising, digital and financial expertise, with an emphasis on inventory optimization. Victoria holds a unique balance between analytics and creative that she is able to drive in her strategic problem solving and decision making. She enjoys cultivating teams and aligning operations to propel companies forward.

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The Agenda

What you can expect at the Beauty & Money Summit, LA 2019:

  • 250+ industry leaders including influential directors and C-level executives from the top independent mid-market beauty brands, large multi-national strategic buyers, financial investors active in beauty, and trend-setting retailers. 
  • Make 2019 the year for growth with a full agenda diving deep into how brands can sustain future growth and build strategies to overcome business plateaus.
  • Opportunities to connect using our private one-to-one meeting scheduler application. This is your chance to find your next business opportunity, retail partnership, or source of capital.
  • Enter your brand for the Beauty Spotlight - 12 beauty brands,

    who are actively seeking investment, acquisition or partnerships, will be hand picked to showcase their brand on the main stage.

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