Prestige hair color brand Madison Reed announced that David Stanko has accepted a newly created role: vice president, technical design and education. Prior to working for Madison Reed, Stanko served as master colorist and brand ambassador for Redken 5th Avenue NYC. For more than 21 years, Stanko played an important role in Redken’s global product launches, which included educating and inspiring hair color professionals around the world.
"We are at a pivotal moment in our company," said Madison Reed CEO and founder Amy Errett. "It is a huge honor to have an educator of David's caliber join us full-time. He will ensure our clients continue to have a phenomenal, prestige experience while we quickly grow the company. Meanwhile, David's formula acumen and artistry are incredible resources for our team as we expand our product portfolio."
Stanko is a major talent acquisition for Madison Reed and the latest milestone in the company’s momentum. Madison Reed recently announced 25 million dollars in venture capital funding, led by Comcast Ventures, to fund the national expansion of Madison Reed Color Bars.
"The deep relationship between colorists and their clients is based on trust, communication and education. You can have the best products in the world, but for the customer to have success, she has to learn about the product. Education is in my DNA, and I can't wait to bring my experience to Madison Reed," Stanko said.
Stanko is a hair color visionary who is very popular with celebrities and salon industry insiders. As vice president of technical design, he will be traveling globally to work with the company’s manufacturers and suppliers. He will also be directing the training of Madison Reed’s Color Crew, a team of certified colorists who provide services at Madison Reed Color Bars and consult with clients in multiple ways; in person, over the phone, email, or online chat.
"This company is such an interesting disruptor. Women have always wanted to take control of their beauty, but no one was truly focused on that in the hair color industry. Not only is Madison Reed serving these women; they are celebrating them. The traditional boundaries between at home and the salon are disintegrating, and Madison Reed is at the epicenter of a new way to think about color and beauty. I couldn't be more thrilled to be joining this company at such an exciting time,” said Stanko.