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Eric Fisher’s story started like many others. He was first introduced to the cosmetology business when he watched his mom do hair in her salon. Later he dated a hairdresser and when he would visit her in the salon, the environment sparked his interest. He viewed it as an opportunity to listen to great music, dress trendy and be in a career where people look forward to seeing you. So without much thought of where it would lead, Eric enrolled in cosmetology school. You’ll often hear him joke when he tells his story that the only time he ever saw his Dad cry was the day he told him he was going to cosmetology school.

Eric first attended school in Wichita. But as a former drummer in a band, Eric knew the key to success was discipline and practice. So upon completion of cosmetology school, Eric hitched a flight to London from his dad, who was a Boeing Test Pilot on the way to Kuwait, to attend Vidal Sassoon Academy. During his time in London, Eric’s passion for the industry grew. He began practicing haircutting 3 to 4 hours a day and his talent flourished.

Eric began working around the world. He took jobs in Europe and Asia in places like London, Paris and Seoul. Loving every minute, he soaked up the knowledge and sought out ways to bring great hairdressing to the United States.

In 1987, after marrying his wife Mary, Eric applied for a much desired position in New York City. Out of 200 applicants, Eric was offered the position. Though this was a great opportunity, Eric made the decision to stay close to his roots. Instead he planned the opening of the first Eric Fisher Salon where he brought the European concept of styling assistants and apprentice philosophy to Wichita, KS.

After opening Eric Fisher Salon, Eric’s entrepreneurial spirit flourished from the success. His reputation as a stylist and business owner grew. To meet the needs of the growing business, he opened a second salon, later a third and fourth.

As the salon’s success prospered, Eric’s passion for education continued to grow and so did the desire to share his knowledge. Having hired recent graduates straight from school for his apprenticeship program, Eric recognized a need for improvement in the beauty education industry. This fueled his decision to open a cosmetology school. Eric Fisher Academy opened in May 2007. EFA grew quickly to be one of the leading cosmetology schools in the nation. With the success of the school, Eric recognized the need for business education in the industry. From this, Prosper U and Prosper U PRO was developed.

Eric’s successful career includes the Eric Fisher Salons, Prosper U, Prosper U PRO, Style with Knowledge, Eric Fisher Academy and numerous bestselling books and cds.