Mez Varol is the Founder and the President of International Academy, in Daytona Beach Florida since 1981. International Academy is one of the leading cosmetology institutions worldwide. Mez has collaborated and worked with thousands of cosmetologists, barbers, estheticians, massage therapists and nail technicians worldwide. He has provided a stellar education to individuals that are employed in Resort Spas, Day Spas and High End Salons in many countries, including the United States. Mez is the Past President of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) representing 1200 schools nationwide. He is the current President of FACTS (Florida Association of Cosmetology & Technical Schools), representing schools, educators and students. In 2006, he was the recipient of the N.E. Cimaglia Award, presented by Milady/Cengage Publishing for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Cosmetology Education. He is an active member of the Beauty and the Wellness Industries, working with Independent Salons, Chain Salons, Day Spas, Beauty Manufacturers and Distributors. He is married to his wife Paulette for 37 years. His children are, Alexis, Nicholas, Nathaniel and AnaBella.