AUG 2016

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ONE ON ONE WITH… Tell us about Methode Brigitte Kettner's history and what makes it unique. Our parent company is Telefi eld Ltd., a Hong Kong- based corporation that manufactures phones, consumer electronics and so on. A few years ago, as we were looking at beauty care devices, we were introduced to Methode Brigitte Kettner. Brigitte founded her company in Germany in 1987 and was very successful in Europe, but was aware that it would be hard to grow the business based on a one-on-one model. She was open to her company being purchased… so we bought it! We're different in that we have wonderful products, but we also make devices that help them work better; many companies offer either one or the other. What's coming down the pipeline for MBK? We're looking at different products and services, including light therapy. We want to make sure it delivers on its promises, so at this point we're still doing investigative work and clinical studies. We're also interested in bringing treatments offered in our European spas, such as deep peels, to the Americas. It's important to get these products into the hands of trained estheticians—they must be able to explain the process and recovery time to clients, and appropriately manage their expectations. Who would you most like to meet? Warren Buffett. Not just because he's highly successful, but because of his ability to look at things that aren't profi table and build them up. Many companies he invested in weren't necessarily successful, but he saw something in them, and realized that if he changed something they would become successful. Do you have a personal mantra? Yes: Look for the positive, even in negative situations. Try to turn things around. There are always ways to make things better—or at least agreeable. Seek solutions rather than problems. Tell us something most people don't know about you. I used to race formula cars, on tracks such as Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk. I wanted to stay in Europe, but I came back to the U.S. with sponsorship. I did it with an eye to see how far I could take it; I raced for four or fi ve years and moved up the ladder. I had the chance to go back to England but it didn't work out quite right so I passed. —Lesley McCave For an extended version of this Q&A, go to 54 DAYSPA | AUGUST 2016 DWIGHT SAKUMA Dwight Sakuma President, Methode Brigitte Kettner

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