Frank and Jana Westerbeke believe in living a life of gratitude and serving the Tucson community they have both grown to love. Having both grown up in the hustle and excitement of the beauty industry, they now have the opportunity to not only enrich the lives of the 285 Gadabout and VerVe team members, the 300,000 guests they serve every year and those they support philanthropically in the community.
As the company’s first intern, Jana began her career at Gadabout SalonSpas after moving from Illinois with her mother and Gadabout owner, Pam McNair – Wingate. Subsequently, in early 1982, Frank joined the team as one of Gadabout’s first employees hired by Pam, who would go on to become not only his dearest friend, his mentor and ultimately, his mother-in-law. Together Pam, Frank and Jana skillfully wove the vision and philosophy that Gadabout has grown to represent in the Tucson community.
In 2002, Gadabout expanded with the creation of a second brand, VerVe Salons, in partnership with Aveda, to create a more organic salon option while still featuring Gadabout’s unparalleled education and training program. A few years later, in 2005, Pam entrusted her vision to Frank and Jana who have not only grown, but exponentially enhanced the culture that Gadabout and VerVe have become. Fueled by love and passion, not only for each other as husband and wife, but for the team and community that they have helped create, Frank and Jana strive to encourage, coach, and lead this organization based on three core vales: education, professionalism and community.
Through its 40 years, Gadabout SalonSpas has maintained its award winning status, receiving both local and national accolades. Gadabout received the “Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year” award in 5 categories at the Global Business Awards in London in 2004; Salon Today Magazine’s “Salon of the Year” award in 2004, the “Women of Influence” award presented by Inside Tucson Business in 2008, the “Spirit of Philanthropy Award” presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2008, The Global Entrepreneurial “Excellence Award for Salon Leadership in North America” by Global Salon Business Awards in 2008, the “Most Employee Friendly Spa” by Skin Inc Magazine in their Best of the Best Awards in 2010, Inaugural recipient of the “Athena” award presented by Arizona Small Business Association in 2010, the “Remarkable Mom” award from Tu Nidito in 2015, and in 2018 was voted “Best Salon” for the 14th year in a row and “Best Day Spa” for the 12th time in the Tucson Weekly annual “Best Of” Awards.
Beyond the accolades, one of Frank and Jana’s most proud accomplishment as business owners has been creating a culture in which the team gives back to the community and industry that supports them. As members of Intercoiffure America Canada, ISPA (International Spa Association), PBA (Professional Beauty Association) the team has their pulse on what’s new, fresh and exciting in the beauty industry. Under Jana’s leadership, the company supports many special causes including her seat as Senior Board member and six figure fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson, Ben’s Bells, including being a Ben’s Bells bellee, Habitat for Humanity, Tu Nidito, The Women’s Foundation of Southern AZ, Girl Scouts, Angel Charities for Children, and the “Image Up” program she founded in 1996 to help improve the self esteem of children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson. Much more than simply giving money, each year the team selects which organizations they would like to participate with and are encouraged to give their time and service to various causes, from making sandwiches for the homeless, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, building murals for Ben’s Bell’s, fashion shows with Pima Community College, potting succulents for Earth Month, doing hair for the Candlelighter’s Prom night, and so much more.
Today, Gadabout SalonSpas services guests through each of its five locations, two VerVe Salons locations and most recently have jointly opened a state of the art education facility, comprised of 18,000 square feet of space for the community to gather and create what’s next. Frank and Jana are an extraordinary couple, selfless parents, powerful business partners, and way-showing mentors that are leaving their mark on the business community. They truly are paying it forward and giving back to this community of Gadabout, Tucson and beauty, leaving it better than they found it.