Beauty runs deep in Kim Hofer, the owner of The Salon Professional Academy Altoona, it’s more than a passion for her. It’s a tradition that has been passed down through her family for years.
Beauty is in Her Blood
TSPA Altoona wasn’t always part of The Salon Professional Academy family. The humble history of TSPA Altoona dates all the way back to 1963 when Gene Pruonto opened a Hair Institute in downtown Altoona. In the early 70s Kim’s mother was employed as the school supervisor.
In the early 80’s the school was purchased by Kim’s family and Pruonto’s Hair Design Institute became more than an after school hangout for Kim, it became part of her life.
”Beauty is Just Part of Me” – Kim Hofer
Weekends were suddenly filled with heaving heavy chairs and ripping up drywall during a remodel, to answering phones and working part time for her parents. The school was her home, but it was also the home for so many others. Fueled by the passion of Kim’s parents, lovingly known as Mr. and Mrs. S, Pruonto’s Hair Design Institute was filled with a culture and atmosphere that is both comforting and supportive.
A Family Business Becomes a Way of Life
In 1991, Kim’s childhood hangout shifted to a career as Kim moved into the role of a school representative, a position she held until she herself purchased the school from her parents in 2007. It was only a few years later, in 2010, that Pruonto’s Hair Institute became TSPA Altoona.
While it may seem like this change was a quick shift with the new ownership – it was not done lightly. In fact, parting with the name of her family’s school was a difficult decision that was only made after The Salon Professional Academy approached her. Even then, however, there were sleepless nights and endless bank denials before the dream of this transition become a reality.
”I can only describe her in one word WARRIOR” – SPEC Awards
It was the TSPA name that brought Kim and the Pruonto’s family into the fold. Not only does The Salon Professional Academy bring additional education and opportunities for her staff and students, but they hold a standard that has allowed them to become the academy that they are today.
Honoring Family, Honoring TSPA
Kim’s passion for success reached every part of her school, so much so that she was awarded Director of The Year in 2016 from The Salon Professional Academy. This is quite the honor, and truly shows her dedication to her students and to the education they receive. Becoming part of the TSPA family has lifted the work that Kim and her family have done, and created an education that they are proud of.
But don’t worry, nothing else was lost besides a name. The school still holds that same comforting atmosphere and supportive culture that Mr. and Mrs. S harbored all of those years ago.
Dedicated to Students and to Their Futures
When asked what her favorite part of her career has been, Kim had two answers.
The first of which is the life changing experiences that she witnesses every day. Kim loves changing lives. She loves helping students onto a path that could turn their entire lives around.
Each day she see’s students who move from the worst possible situation into a career that changes their lives. By taking the time to get to know each of them, Kim is determined to inspire them and support them no matter where they may end up.
”Each group that comes in is unique – there are always memorable moments – from hoses going crazy, to clients who have attempted to cut their own hair. I love every minute.” -Kim Hofer
Her favorite “part”, however, extended beyond the students. She was able to grow up in a school that supported her, right alongside her parents who created the family environment that she welcomes those amazing students into every day. TSPA Altoona is a home for so many that lets them grow and become the amazing successful beauty professionals that they are.
That their entire TSPA Altoona family is proud of.
Even though Mr. and Mrs. S have since passed on, Kim is honored to continue the tradition that she is proud of, changing lives every day.
If you want to meet Kim in person, or just want more information on how to join the TSPA Altoona family, contact us today. We would love to welcome you home.