2021 Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Trish Molloy, owner of the Head Room and Headroom Salon and Spa (locations in St. John’s and Paradise), received the pinnacle Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, sponsored by RBC. This award recognizes a long-time entrepreneur who has made a significant impact on the economy and whose success is an inspiration for other women in business.
“We cannot underestimate the importance of supporting women business owners. Through organizations like NLOWE, we are increasing the number of women entrepreneurs in this province. Receiving Entrepreneur of the Year and being recognized by my peers is truly an honour. Thank you, NLOWE, for recognizing my lifelong career, which has brought me so much joy and I have loved so much.”
The beauty industry is a highly competitive one. In the business for more than 35 years, Molloy has seen the professionalism in the industry in this province rise to a level that is competitive across Canada. She says developing new talent and growing the industry is essential to keeping current.
Community is also important to Molloy, and in 2017 the Head Room gave free haircuts to 150 children. Inspired by Canada’s 150th birthday, Molloy says she and her staff did what they do best. Providing free haircuts was the obvious way she could think of to celebrate. The Head Room staff from locations in St. John’s and Paradise volunteered their time. They had collected $650 for the Association for New Canadians by the end of the day.
Not only a champion for her community, Molloy is also a champion for her staff. In 2001, Juan Perez, an internationally recognized hairstylist who defected from Cuba in the 1990s, died of lung cancer. Molloy, Perez’s boss and friend, led the fight to reunite the Perez family for his funeral.
Her staff are an extension of her family, and Molloy says she encourages them to set goals and fulfill their dreams. Molloy says that her staff’s diverse backgrounds and unique styles have kept clients coming back for more than 30 years.