History of L’esprit
L’esprit Academy was founded by the Wells family in 2004 after decades of experience in the high end salon and day spa business. The L’esprit Academy vision is a commitment that is evident with everything we offer. Details of the facilities and the curriculum are designed to support a unique atmosphere of higher learning. Spacious and modern interiors, exceptional instruction, and superior products and tools are the hallmark of the L’esprit Academy experience. Professionalism, technical skill and confidence are the outstanding qualities of all L’esprit Academy graduates.
Partnering with industry giants like Wella, American Crew, Kryolan Makeup, Dermalogica, CND, and Design Essentials. L’esprit Academy aims to provide exposure to multiple product lines, concentrate on professionalism, and build technical skill. This focus creates a success culture filled with confidence that serves students well beyond the beauty industry. L’esprit Academy is dedicated to creating professionals who are on the leading edge of new talent in one of the nation’s top careers.
Peter F. Wells, Sr.:
As a founding member of the school, Pete was a critical contributor to the company’s success. His exceptional background in real estate and corporate sales were second only to his caring, generous and kind personality. He enjoyed local and state politics serving as a Town Selectman, School and Town Board Moderator, and three terms as a New Hampshire State Legislator. Pete volunteered on the Rescue Squad, was a member of the Rotary Club and known for always helping others. A cheerleader for the industry, Pete believed the beauty business to be a wonderful, flexible and family-friendly career choice. Known for lighting up a room with a smile, a word of encouragement, or bringing in his fresh baked cookies, Pete is deeply missed, but his legacy lives on through the Academy and in our memories. Peter Fletcher Wells, Sr. March 21, 1943-September 21, 2014.
Stacy A. Wells – CEO:
Ms. Wells has years of experience in the salon and day spa business, as well as some 10 years in event management and marketing. Stacy’s visionary leadership forms the cornerstone for the management team’s consensus decisions. Stacy is a Michigan licensed cosmetologist and cosmetology instructor, a certified American Crew, Euro SoCap Extension, and Nuts & Bolts Team Leader. She is U.S. Department of Education trained in the Fundamentals of Title IV Administration, and is highly adept with compliance on the federal, state and accrediting agency level. Although Stacy’s primary office is at headquarters in Canton, you will often see her at cutting demonstrations or in her office at the Royal Oak campus. Her background in and love for creative direction for hair and makeup on photo shoots, live events, tv and film is one of the areas of expertise Stacy brings to the Academy curriculum. Stacy proudly serves as a Director on the Board of AACS (American Association of Cosmetology Schools), an association representing beauty and wellness education since 1924.
Sally Wells – Executive Director:
Ms. Wells brings 55 years of operational experience to the team. Her impressive credentials include licenses to practice and instruct cosmetology in Michigan. Married to Pete for nearly fifty years, Sally made a remarkable partner, starting their first salon together, “S. A. Wells & Company Haircutters” in 1979. They grew their companies and made a profound mark on the beauty industry and business arena in Southern New Hampshire. Sally honorably served nine years as Chairman of the Board of Cosmetology in the State of New Hampshire, before moving to Michigan to begin the new joint venture with their daughter in Michigan in 2002. Sally has served many roles in the Academy, from instruction to admissions, but has recently proven most valuable as mentor to staff and student. She has over 50 years as a licensed professional cosmetologist.
Each year both campuses participate in multiple community events and charitable events benefiting local organizations. L’esprit Academy donates thousands of dollars each quarter in gift cards and products to auctions, fundraisers, volunteer efforts and municipality events as well as visits to area senior living centers to inspire residents and students alike.
L’esprit Academy has provided over $150,000 in Institutional Scholarships since opening in 2004.