Seattle Beauty School Wins Family Business Awards 2013


Seattle Business Magazine honors family businesses at the 2013 Washington Family Business Awards

2013 Family Biz AWARD WINNERSEATTLE (November 20, 2012) – Seattle Business magazine honored the impact and legacy of Washington state’s top family-run companies at the 2013 Washington Family Business Awards Tuesday evening at Bell Harbor International Conference Center. Thirteen firms from around the state were honored for outstanding achievements in family business. The event received the generous support of presenting sponsor Cascadia Capital and signature sponsors Bader Martin, Chase Commercial Banking and Perkins Coie LLP.


Local family owned business by the Trieu family Evergreen Beauty College won the Small Business Firm category. Back when Vietnamese immigrant Thi Trieu and her husband, Hoa, settled in the Seattle area and opened their first beauty salon, they made ends meet by cleaning restaurants and schools at night. One of them was a beauty college in Lynnwood. Years later, in 1996, after their salon had prospered and they had opened a second, Thi went back to school to become an instructor. The owners of the beauty school made her an offer. And so she became owner of the beauty school she and her husband used to clean.

Owners of Evergreen Beauty College

Left to Right: Frank Trieu (Ambassador), Thi Trieu (Founder), Paul Trieu (Director of Information Technology), Theresa Tran (Director of Administration), Joe Trieu (President)

Today, Evergreen Beauty College operates three cosmetology schools in the greater Seattle area, training 200 to 300 students at a time in the fine art of cutting and curling, styling and coloring, facials, nail care and, just as important, the business of running a salon. “We have a real entrepreneurial spirit at the school and that is what we try to encourage among our students,” says Ambassador Frank Trieu, who has run the school with siblings Theresa and Joe since the death of their father in 2007.

When they were kids, Frank says none of the five Trieu children contemplated joining the family business. They had their own careers. But when their father took ill, Frank says they recognized they had the opportunity to create something larger than they could on their own. Under their management, Evergreen added campuses in Bellevue and Renton. “Sometimes, you don’t pick the industry,” Frank Trieu says. “The industry picks you.”

Keynote speaker Jamey Power, former senior vice president of J.D. Power and Associates, told the story of his own family business and treated guests to a copy of his book, Power: How J.D. Power III Became the Auto Industry’s Adviser, Confessor, and Eyewitness to History.

The 2013 Family Business Awards Recipients

Small Companies

Winner: Evergreen Beauty College, Everett/Bellevue/Renton

Silver Award: Canopy Tours Northwest, Camano Island

Silver Award: Threshold Group, Gig Harbor


Midsize Companies

Winner: B.E. Meyers & Co., Redmond

Silver Award: Goodfellow Bros., Wenatchee

Silver Award: Peninsula Truck Lines, Federal Way


Large Companies

Winner: Uwajimaya, Seattle/Bellevue/Renton

Silver Award: Village Concepts, Federal Way

Silver Award: Ostrom Mushroom Farms, Lacey


Succession Award: Exercising a clear vision for family continuity

Winner: Windermere Real Estate, Seattle


Transformation Award: Identifying and embracing new opportunities

Winner: Dennis Company, Raymond


Growth Award: Encouraging and fostering a steady rise in new business

Winner: North Coast Electric, Seattle


Legacy Award: Honoring multiple generations of progressive, thoughtful management

Winner: Wilcox Family Farms, Roy



2013 Washington Family Business Awards judging panel:

Clarence Barnes, Dean, School of Business Administration | Gonzaga University

Dori Brewer, Partner | Perkins Coie LLP

Steve Brilling, Family Business Director, Albers School of Business and Economics | Seattle University

Ron Dohr, President | Dohr Family Business Consulting

Craig Nelson, President | Washington Employers

Catherine Pratt, Director, Family Enterprise Institute | Pacific Lutheran University

Christian Schiller, Managing Director | Cascadia Capital

Rich Simmonds, Managing Partner | Pacific Family Business Institute

Bart Wilson, Principal | Bader Martin


Complete coverage of the 2013 Washington Family Business Awards is featured in the December issue of Seattle Business magazine.


ABOUT SEATTLE BUSINESS: Seattle Business is a monthly magazine read by thousands of business executives across the state. Annual events tied to its editorial coverage include the Executive Excellence Awards, Leaders in Health Care, the Washington Manufacturing Awards, Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, the Green Washington Awards, Tech Impact Awards and Washington’s Family Business Awards. Seattle Business is owned by Minneapolis-based Tiger Oak Publications, which also publishes Seattle magazine, Seattle Bride magazine and more than 20 other leading regional publications.

Evergreen Beauty College offers esthetics and cosmetology programs. Contact us for more information.



Frank Trieu
Vice President of Business Development & Industry Relations

Frank Trieu is a cosmetology industry leader, and despite his accomplishments and accolades, he still prioritizes students on the Evergreen campus. Through building relationships within the community and local salons, retail stores, and spas, he helps facilitate job placements for aspiring beauty professionals using his expansive network.

Happy Evergreen Beauty College Students


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