About Mario Tricoci


Mario provides leadership in positioning Tricoci University at the forefront of the industry. In addition, he is actively engaged with students, graduates, the salon industry and TUBC associates. Mario currently serves on the TUBC Board of Managers.

Mario began his career in Italy at an early age. He participated in many international competitions, where he gained significant notoriety. He began his American hairstyling career in 1960 in Chicago.

Mario began his American hairstyling career in 1960 in the Chicago area. In 1963, Mario opened his first salon in Villa Park, Illinois and eventually moved to a larger location in Des Plaines, Illinois. In 1977, he created a new salon brand, opening the first domestic, privately owned salon in a major shopping mall (Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL). The business flourished and many new locations were added. In 1986, Mario Tricoci Hair Salon & Day Spa in Arlington Heights, IL became the first Day Spa in the Midwest, and the brand continued to grow. In 2001, Mario merged his salons and spas with Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas and served on the board. In 2018, Mario bought back his branded salons and spas, and now continues to lead that organization.

Mario is also the Honorary President of Fondation Guillaume, a sub-organization of Intercoiffure Mondial that helps develop young hairstylists on an international level.

In 2004, Mario opened the doors of this beauty school as a way to give back to the industry. He is dedicated to producing salon-ready professionals and is always pushing the envelope of what a beauty school education should be.

Mario’s steadfast vision and values led to Tricoci University’s expansion, and he remains excited about serving more students in new markets as we continue to grow.