(Photo by Fred Lynch)
WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Thirty-four-year-old Johnson is married to husband Mike and has a 7-year-old daughter. She was born and raised in Cape Girardeau and attended Stage One Hair School in 1995. She has owned Concepts since 2006.
WHERE SHE'S GOING: "In five years I hope to be still chasing after my awesome daughter and watching my business grow. I feel so blessed to have a successful business and I want to continue to give back by using Concepts for charitable events and fundraising. I feel it is important for our community to continue providing opportunity for the next generation of leaders. I recently started a program in my salon for young stylists just graduating. The new stylist will work as my assistant for a period of months and get extensive hands-on training with me. This allows them to learn and perfect their skills while they build their own business and also receive a guaranteed income." As for her profession's future, Johnson says, "I love my career! I love being a stylist and making people feel beautiful every single day. I am fortunate to have an ever-changing career. Styles change so often that we continue to stay inspired and fresh with our guests!"
WHERE SHE WAS CHOSEN: "Dana is a business owner in Cape Girardeau who has helped influence those in her own personal network to do more than stand by," wrote Nikki Stallion. "Her actions in her personal and professional life are a great example of living a Christian life in all aspects of life, including business."
Danea's community involvement: 2004, became a Redken Master Specialist; 2007 and 2009, attended Redken Symposium in Las Vegas and participated in a product development focus group; 2009, graduated from Summit Salon Business College in Tampa, Fla., to become a member of the elite KRS group of salons nationwide; 2009, attended New York Fashion Week and styled hair with the Rodney Cutler team for six fashion shows; active member of Cape Chamber of Commerce since 2006; active member of LaCroix United Methodist Church, where she leads a small group of young professional couples and plans charitable events in South Cape; 2003, completed Nike women's marathon in San Francisco for Team in Training and Leukemia Lymphoma society -- top fundraiser for the event; 2004 and 2008, St. Jude half marathon in Memphis, Tenn., raising funds for childhood cancer; 2009, held Susan G. Komen "Pink Carpet Event" raising funds for breast cancer; 2010 committee for Heart for Africa Celebrate Hope event raising funds to build a children's home in Swaziland, Africa.