Anthony F. Fragomeni receiving N.F. Cimaglia, MASSAGE Magazine Press ReleaseClifton Park, NY, December 1, 2009 – Milady, part of Cengage Learning and a leading provider of beauty and wellness learning solutions, and the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) announced that Anthony F. Fragomeni is the 2009 recipient of the N.F. Cimaglia Award. The AACS Past President’s Club established the N.F. Cimaglia Award in 1975. It is given out annually at the AACS convention and presented to past presidents of the organization or those with 25 or more years of outstanding performance for continuous service to cosmetology education and the beauty industry. The award is underwritten by Milady and was presented at the opening session of the 2009 AACS convention in Phoenix, Arizona.

Fragomeni first realized his passion for cosmetology and education over 20 years ago when he went to work for his father-in-law at the Northern Westchester School of Hairdressing and Cosmetology. Since then, he has made it his mission to enhance the perception of the professional beauty industry through education. He has been a member of the New York State Beauty Schools Association and served on the board of directors for more than 15 years. Most recently, as a legislative liaison, he was instrumental in the governor’s veto of continuing education requirements that would have restricted access to education for professionals renewing their license. He was also a member of the Negotiated Rule Making Team during the last re-authorization of the Higher Education Act, represented the AACS during the Student Loan Symposium in 2000, and has had numerous meetings with Congress, the Senate and the Department of Education.

In addition, Fragomeni has held many pivotal roles with the AACS. He has served as a board member since 1991, chaired the State Relations, Accrediting, By-Laws and Government Relations committees and was awarded the “Man of the Year” award in 2000. He is the immediate past president of the AACS.

“At Milady we are committed to providing superior educational materials for the cosmetology industry and Anthony Fragomeni echoes that same unwavering commitment and devotion to the industry. We are honored to bestow this award on such a dedicated individual,” said Dawn Gerrain, president, Milady.