16 - 20 August 2024

This August, Haircare Group is proud to be bringing the Business Summit to Thailand.

Join us to take your business to the next level, grow your leadership skills and business mindset, reignite your passion for our industry and forge new friendships. Alongside other salon professionals, hear from renowned industry experts and key motivational speakers, whilst enjoying all that vibrant Bangkok has to offer! Tickets are selling fast, secure your spot and book now!


Business Summit Speakers 2024

Haircare Group Business Summit brings you inspiring speakers and panellists, each sharing their incredible stories and providing unmissable education. Meet our 4 keynote headline speakers below! 

Gus Balbontin

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“Gus has the most amazing approach to life. He is a genius storyteller, will have you smiling and laughing and so bloody inspiring.  Could listen to Gus talk all day. Best presenter I have ever seen.” – Jules Tognini  

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. Gus Balbontin is one of them.

He’s an investor, entrepreneur, founder and explorer who has spent two decades helping businesses adjust strategies, products, services, culture and individuals to better deal with rapid and regular changing markets.

As the former Executive Director and CTO of Lonely Planet, Gus led one of the most loved brands in the world through significant disruption. Easier said than done, trust me. Gus remains heavily involved with the startup scene around the world as a founder, investor and advisor. In his spare time, he’s the Entrepreneur in Residence at Victoria University.

Gus will delve deep into the digital transformation of the past two decades, sharing stories of how so many companies mishandled this seismic shift and how today’s business leaders can capitalise on the disruption that’s still occurring today.

Gus is an energetic and engaging speaker who has a preternatural ability to take your audience on a journey that is both entertaining, thought-provoking and inspiring.

Julie Piantadosi

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“I just love Julie, she is the most influential, no-nonsense person I have ever met. When I did her one-day seminar it was like I couldn't get enough of what she was saying, I was literally hanging off every word.” - Lisa Chelsom, Skin Naturelle (CEO), 2010 APAA National Award Winner

What workforce or people challenge is your organisation facing right now? Chances are Julie Piantadosi has been there before.

A successful entrepreneur and businesswoman of influence Julie is a rare and clear voice in the corporate world. Julie believes in practical solutions for people and their businesses. Julie is an extraordinary motivator with business experience who delivers practical advice with impact.

Julie is a no-nonsense modern-day woman, whose raw and uncensored approach to business coaching has transformed leaders all over the world. Her vast wealth of business knowledge and experience, combined with her highly contagious positive spirit, make her a powerful and effective business and life coach. Her exhilarating business seminars explore the steps necessary to achieve and maintain success, no matter what your beginnings.

From humble beginnings Julie is a qualified hairdresser & beauty therapist who has built an impressive empire. One of Australia's most sought-after speakers and presenters, Julie has presented in over 22 countries and trained over 500,000 leaders around the world.

She empowers individuals to truly live a life excellence, removing their own limiting beliefs so they can do, be or have anything they desire, standing in their own circle of excellence.

Mick Dwyer

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“In the last two days you have inspired me and excited me to continue, you have shown me the fun part and that I am capable." - Steve

Mick Dwyer is an expert on Salon profitability. He is a book author, app developer and consultant at pricingyourservices.com a company he founded in 2010.

Mick’s previous involvement in the hairdressing industry was as co-founder of Elite Hair Education and as a salon owner/manager with two salons and a team of 25 stylists for over for 21 years.

Mick graduated from the Canadian Coaching Council and was an Australian National and NSW women’s sports coach.

This knowledge and experience in training and management has allowed him to develop systems and training strategies for some of the largest salon groups in Australia.

Mick’s Pricing Your Services presentation provides a full explanation on how to use and calculate the Cost + Margin price point, and how to develop a pricing strategy to merge perceived value pricing with your seat time to maximise your Salon Profitability.

Peter Baines OAM

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“Never have I seen anyone deliver the essence of leadership in such a clear, straight forward and insightful way. Your integrity and credibility is established the moment you begin.” – Cadbury Schweppes

Peter Baines OAM, is one of Australia’s leadership experts having road tested leadership the hard way. Peter spent 22 years with the NSW Police leading teams in response to acts of terrorism and natural disasters: Peter was part of the leadership team that responded to Bali after the bombings in 2002 and was called in 2005, to lead international teams in response to the Tsunami of December 26, 2004 in South East Asia. All the time his leadership theories were tested in this trying environment.

Creating sustainable leadership became a passion of his after witnessing the devastating effects of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. He was deeply touched by the number of children left without parents by the disaster and was inspired to set up an organisation that could make a significant difference in the lives of these children.

In late 2005, Hands Across the Water was formed to raise funds for, and awareness of, the children of Thailand who were left alone. Today, Hands, has raised over $30 million Australian dollars. Hands, now has operations in seven different locations within Thailand and provide a home to several hundred children every night.

He spent time advising Interpol in France and the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime in South East Asia. Peter was engaged by the Government of Saudi Arabia following the deadly floods in Jeddah, to review their response and provide advice concerning crisis mitigation and leadership. In 2011 he deployed to Japan in response to the tsunami that would claim thousands of lives there. 

Having written three books on leadership, Peter’s passions lie in flying helicopters and running ultra marathons.  In 2024, to acknowledge the 20th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami, he will run 1320km’s in just 26 days in Thailand.

Speaking on Leadership without Authority, Clarity of Purpose, Building Strong Teams, Growth through Adversity and Results, not Excuses, Peter Baines OAM delivers leadership coaching like no other.

“Listening to Peter speak just now has me seriously questioning my life choices. That was quite extraordinary and should be heard by all.” – Alan Joyce, Qantas



  • Industry experts
  • Inspiring guest speakers
  • Best suited for salon business owners and managers

Hear from inspiring guest speakers, industry experts – all sharing their experience and knowledge with you on navigating your business. 

From motivation and mindset to leadership and developing talent, you’ll get exclusive insight on their journeys and lessons learned along the way, relevant to your business. 

It doesn’t matter what kind of business you have – whether you’re a multi-site setup with numerous teams, a salon manager wanting to sharpen their business skills, a stylist looking to take their first steps into business ownership or a sole trader looking at their own brand as a business, our speakers will leave you feeling clear on your goals, confident in achieving them and motivated for the next steps of your entrepreneurial journey.



  • 3 days, 4 nights
  • 5-star Four Seasons Bangkok, voted #3 on the World’s 50 Best Hotels List 2023
  • Award-winning bars onsite

Staying at the Four Seasons Bangkok, this 5-star hotel was ranked #3 on The World’s 50 Best Hotels List 2023 and for 3 days and 4 nights, you’ll experience a level of luxury like no other.

Located on the Chao Praya River, the Four Seasons is an urban sanctuary located in Bangkok’s coveted riverside district, where you’ll be surrounded by galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. 

The hotel takes in sweeping river views and includes green courtyards, outdoor lap and infinity pools and the best in local cuisine – plus, the famous BKK Social Club, a destination bar voted Thailand’s #1 bar on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list for 2022 and 2023.



  • Friday evening welcome drinks
  • Destination dinners
  • Cultural excursion on Day 3

Enjoy welcome drinks and nibbles with Haircare Group and salon community on opening night, with a cultural excursion on day 3.

Soaking up the vibrant and artistic Thailand landscape, you’ll feel creatively recharged and inspired by the bold, bright colours of traditional architecture and growing cosmopolitan cityscape.

If you’re looking to take a midyear mental reset and unwind, enjoy the Four Seasons in-house wellness centre, or explore the culturally rich area of Bangkok and all it has to offer.

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Where are we going?

Bangkok, Thailand! Staying at the Four Seasons Bangkok, this 5-star hotel was ranked #3 on The World’s 50 Best Hotels List 2023 and for 3 days and 4 nights, you’ll experience a level of luxury like no other. Located on the Chao Praya River, the Four Seasons is an urban sanctuary located in Bangkok’s coveted riverside district, where you’ll be surrounded by galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. 


When are we going and what is the top level agenda?

Friday 16th August through to Tuesday 20th August, 2024. 3 days 4 nights.

  • Friday – Evening welcome drinks
  • Saturday – Summit day at the hotel followed by evening dinner
  • Sunday – Summit day at the hotel followed by evening dinner
  • Monday – Cultural activity where lunch or dinner will be provided, but not both
  • Tuesday – Depart
When is the latest arrival and earliest departure?

Ideally you would arrive at some point on Friday 16th August, in time for casual evening drinks. The earliest departure would be Tuesday morning 20th August. You may wish to consider coming in a day early at your own expense if you are concerned about flight punctuality. We can assist in connecting you to the hotel to extend your booking.


How much is a ticket?

Ticket price: $4,500 (AUD) excluding GST per person. Please note that ticket purchases are not included in salon spend for HCG loyalty or other club programs and benefits (Ticket Price). Limited tickets available at this price. Once this allocation has been sold, a new pricing tier will be released.

Two easy payment options:

  • Direct payment in full via credit card1 or;
  • EFT: $4,500 (AUD) excluding GST upon receipt of a signed Letter Agreement.

Payment plan via credit card1 or EFT: pay in equal monthly instalments with the first payment payable immediately upon returning this signed Letter Agreement. Full payment must be received by 30 June 2024.


What’s included?
  • 4-nights accommodation in Bangkok at the Four Seasons
  • Breakfast for each of those nights
  • Meals (and drinks with meals) included for Saturday, Sunday and Monday with the exception of Monday where lunch or dinner will be provided but not both
  • 2 full Business Summit days at the hotel with tailored, world-class guest speakers and industry experts
  • A group cultural tour on the Monday
  • Welcome drinks 
What’s not included?
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • On Monday, lunch or dinner will be provided but not both 


What happens if I miss the current pricing?

Haircare Group will endeavour to get additional rooms at the hotel; however, we cannot guarantee the same price and room type will be available.


What will the pricing be if I miss the current price?

We will need to reprice the ticket cost according to the accommodation costs at the time. Therefore, our recommendation is to book and secure the current pricing as soon as possible.


How do I qualify to attend? 

You must have a Haircare Group Sales Account. Suggested experience level: Business Owners, Salon Managers, Senior Colourists and Stylists.


Can my life partner come?

You can apply for a Defacto or Spouse ticket at $3000 (AUD) + GST (places are limited). This includes shared accomodation with your partner, tours, education and dinners. Alternatively a spouse or Defacto partner can come and share your accomodation at no cost, but will be unable to join us at any of our evenings, education or tours.


Can my business partner and I share a room?

We do not offer this as we find that people need their space in order to get the most out of the experience.


What kind of room will I have?

A deluxe room at the Four Seasons Bangkok, Chao Praya River.


Do I need travel Insurance?

Yes, you will need to organise your own travel insurance.


Are there any health requirements or Visas?

It will be your responsibility to check Government requirements for any health advice or responsibilities.


Who books my flights?

You will need to book your own flights; we recommend doing so as soon as you book your Business Summit ticket in order to avoid high airline prices.


Who will the speakers be?

We will release the keynote speakers in the coming weeks.


Do we have free time?

There will be some breaks between Summit sessions and evening dinners. Monday night will be a free evening. If you wish to see more of Bangkok, we recommend extending your stay.


Can I bring my children?

None of the formal agenda will be inclusive of children, however, if you are bringing a non-attending partner who will be with children, it is possible to have them come along. The hotel has a small kids club which is complimentary. Current rooms allow for 1 additional child (plus breakfast fee), however if you require a larger room, we could work with you and the hotel pending availability.


What brands are represented?

Whilst this event is primarily a business focussed event, we may still have some representation of our world class brand portfolio, showcasing any product updates or sneak peeks.


What is the format of the Summit sessions?

The Summit sessions will be ‘in conference’ speaker style, potentially with some small break out groups for workshops.


Will I be doing ‘hands on’ hair styling?

No, this is a business focused event.


When will I get my finalised agenda?

We are working to produce the most exciting agenda possible; we will distribute this closer to departure date.


What happens if I need to cancel?

Please contact Haircare Group if you need to cancel due to extenuating circumstances.


What is the weather like at that time?

The average daily temperature for Bangkok in August is around 30°C with a temperature range of 26–33°C. Days are hot but bearable, so you can roam around the city. The combination of humidity and heat will be prevalent this month but still not extreme like in May or June. Rain is likely particularly in the afternoon, but downpours often don’t last long.


How many people are going?

Our tickets are limited at this stage due to Summit offerings. Final numbers are expected to be between 70-100 attendees.


I am a smoker, can I smoke at the hotel?

Yes, there are designated areas for smoking and vaping.


What should I pack? 

Closer to the time we will correspond with you with some packing suggestions to suit our itinerary.


When is the last day I can change the name of the person I have booked a ticket for, I am offering it as an incentive to my staff?

60 days before check-in.


What are the cultural activities?

We are working to produce the most exciting agenda possible including a cultural activity. We will distribute this closer to departure date.


What if I want to upgrade my room?

Upgrades may be available but will need to be costed at the time of booking.


Are reservations for the Urban Wellness Centre included?

Access to the Urban Wellness Centre spa is available by booking at your expense, this is not included in the price of your ticket.

[1] Credit card surcharge will apply