September 2, 2013

2013 40 Under Forty: J. Christian Rea

Rea

TITLE: Owner/Stylist, Salon 647

COMPANY LOCATION: Worcester

RESIDENCE: Worcester

FAVORITE MOVIE: Many different ones

FAVORITE BOOK: "Great Expectations"

Career highlights: In 2006, I was chosen to be a cast member on the hit reality show "Split Ends" from the Style network for its fourth and fifth seasons. Also, being able to work backstage for Mercedes Benz Fashion week three years in a row as a stylist. In 2009, I opened my own company, Salon 647.

Community involvement: Having the honor of hosting the city of Worcester GLBT Pride celebration for four years. Raising awareness for breast cancer every year in the month of October by donating a portion of my sales to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. I also pride myself throughout the year by making various donations to different non-profit organizations, along with speaking to youth every year at various high and middle school's career days.

Biggest success: The ability to run my own business in the city of Worcester.

Biggest challenge: Finding the next thing in life to challenge me in a creative way.

Mentors: Sandra Roy of Sutton would be the person I owe a lot of my success to.

Hidden talents: Gardening, costume design, Interior decorating, cooking

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