Tony and Pam Gordon, a husband and wife team, founded Gordon Salon in 1999. Upon opening their first location, Gordon in Ravinia, they felt they were answering a prevalent problem to most salons of that time. “One thing that we saw as beginning salon owners was the lack of hair designer training. Because of this, we saw a high attrition rate and high turnover among hair designers throughout the profession. It saddened us that so many people failed to accomplish their dreams of becoming successful stylists. So, we created a training program that addressed those issues. The hair designer training program that we developed has not only won numerous awards but it has helped shape new and current hair designers become masters in both cut and color,” stated Tony. Since the opening of the first location, Tony and Pam have opened four more fast paced, fun, and highly engaging salon locations, Gordon Salon in Highland Park, Gordon Salon in Wilmette, Gordon Salon in the Glen and opening winter of 2017, Gordon in Lakeshore East.
As a fourth generation hair stylist, the beauty industry is truly in Tony Gordon’s blood. Tony's great-grandmother was a wigmaker for the Chicago Lyric Opera. His grandmother was a principal of the American Beauty Academy in Chicago, founded Elizabeth Gordon Hair Designs in Hyde Park, and was considered to be one of the top colorists of her time. His father, Jerry Gordon, was a legacy in the Chicago land hair industry. Jerry owned one of the first Aveda Salons in the United States, J. Gordon Designs, and was recognized as the 1990 Hair Salon Owner of the Year. Tony's sister, Katherine Gordon, is a hairdresser in New York and Los Angeles and has worked with numerous celebrities on films and television. Tony and Pam's two children, Jessica and Michael Gordon, are 5th generation Gordon stylists and are working with the Gordon Salon teams. Both are passionate hair designers, working within the finance and human resources departments, and have done hair on stage with industry legends for Intercoiffure Nouveau.