About the President
One word best describes Dorothy Andreas, “Committed”. A commitment to women understanding their beauty and self preservation, and an entrepreneurial spirit are what led her to leave college against her parents’ wishes and open her own salon business at the youthful age of 19. She sold her car to gather the down payment on the first of four salons, which would lead to a very exciting future.
Dorothy began competing in hairstyling competitions at the age of 16. She holds many first place awards, but more importantly she learned the discipline needed to accomplish her goals. Dorothy built a business model that was successful and expanded to a second salon in 1986. Her success was founded on a reputation for quality service, artistic offerings, and a comfortable environment for clients.
In 1989, with two thriving salons, she knew she needed to give something back to her profession. She started "The Possibilities for Success"™ seminar, and took this to young people throughout the city, and eventually the entire country, touting the benefits of the beauty industry to teenagers in unfortunate situations. Dorothy sated, "Young people don't often have the skills or the support to realize they are capable of amazing things, I want to create the possibilities they may not know exist for themselves." Dorothy has been an advisory board member to beauty schools; guest teacher, lecturer and mentor for over twenty years, ensuring that students are equipped for healthy futures in the beauty profession.
Committed to superior service and products for her clients, she started a company that imported skin and hair products that were new to the United States. She also served as the international director of education for the company, based in Parma, Italy.
Dorothy’s commitment to giving back to her community was evidenced as she was nominated and elected to preside over the Business Persons Association of Regent Square. She was the first woman to hold this position. During her terms, the area was transformed to a popular destination, developing a synergy amongst neighbors, merchants, and patrons. Regent Square still benefits from many of her positive implementations. Dorothy also served as the Vice- President of the Sewickley Chamber of Commerce in 2003-2004.
It was her diplomatic personality, professionalism and high energy attitude that landed her an invitation to join the Pittsburgh Chapter of The Art & Fashion Group, a promising international organization. In 1995, she was presented with the Master of the Craft Award from the group, in recognition for her artistry, commitment and professionalism. Dorothy Andreas quickly gained the confidence of her peers and was elected as the Chapter President. Within months, she implemented many new ideas that were being duplicated throughout the country. By mid year, the Pittsburgh Chapter had increased membership and funds to be greater than any of the other 64 Chapters in the organization. The following year, she was elected as the first woman and youngest ever, to preside over "The Art & Fashion Group International". She quickly gained respect and cooperation from her peers and the Art & Fashion Group International had its most successful year to date.
Dorothy feels extremely proud of starting the "Annual Cut-A-Thon", an event to raise money for children in homeless shelters. To date, the event has netted over $100,000.00, going to Allegheny Intermediate Unit, The Light of Life Missions, and various other shelters throughout the country, where there was an Art and Fashion Group chapter.
Building a successful business, caring for two young children, and overseeing the operations of the Art and Fashion Group, Dorothy noticed the growing attention of others wondering and asking how she managed it all. This led her to develop a unique and informative seminar presentation called "Yes, There is Enough Time”™. The seminar is taught nationally to business owners and employees. Dorothy stating, "The seminar shifts the idea of time management from something unattainable, to something very easy, but also focuses on remembering to have joy in your life and situations".
Dorothy Andreas went on to start W.I.L.L., [Women in Leadership League™]. A national organization of professional women which deals with personal and career advancements of its members. Aware of a rapidly changing world, W.I.L.L embraced the philosophy of women being the most integral part of the management, business and beauty in their profession. W.I.L.L. gained recognition for many outstanding women, who had skills and knowledge, but not the appropriate appreciation. Dorothy’s determination brought awareness to the women, behind the scenes, who have shaped the beauty industry.
In 1995, Dorothy Andreas, as the first American hairdresser, received the "Golden Scissors Award” from the Columbian Beauty Association. Her efforts to bring recognition to the talent of this group proves evident as through her work, Columbians are now graciously invited to perform in American Productions in the beauty industry.
Also in 1995, Dorothy Andreas co-produced "The World Masters" show in New York. One of the most successful educational events, hosting beauty professionals from 64 countries.
In 1996, Dorothy Andreas co-produced "L'Evente Globale", the industry's first educational show to be held in Europe by an American concern. The event, attended by over 1,500 beauty professionals from four continents was held in the resort town of Rimini, Italy. Later that year, she received the “President's Award” from the A&FG International for outstanding commitment to her profession.
On March 10, 1996, at a gala dinner in New York City, Dorothy was presented with the "Founders Award". Three hundred beauty leaders from 35 countries attended the event and gave her a standing ovation for her many contributions to the beauty industry.
The Pittsburgh Business Times and Bizjournals, recognized The Sewickley Spa as one of the 'Top 100 Fastest Growing Businesses' from 2001-2004.
In 2003, Governor Ed Rendell recognized Dorothy Andreas as one of Pennsylvania's 'Best 50 Women in Business'.
In 2004, Dorothy founded SpaEdge Inc, the first technology company to offer on-line printable gift cards for the beauty industry. This innovative concept is transforming the beauty industry, by reducing costs and enhancing convenience for both spa owners and users.
In 2006, The Winners Circle of Westmoreland County; Seton Hill University, YWCA and Westmoreland Chamber of Commerce presented Dorothy with "The Entrepreneurial Excellence Award', for positively impacting the business community in Westmoreland County, mentoring young women, and setting an example of business standards.
In 2007, Dorothy launched EGiftTech.com, a service for retail websites to offer instantly printed gift cards to their clients.
In 2012, Dorothy was the recipient of the ‘Top 25 Most Influential Women’ award from the Pittsburgh Business Times.
Dorothy is a recent past member of the board of The Dove Center and Shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Under her two terms as Board Chair, the agency secured funding for a 1.4M shelter. Dorothy is the 2009-current President of the Western Maryland Health Planning Council, St Mark’s Lutheran Church Council President, member; Garrett County Steps to Better Health, Garrett County Annual Health Fair, Oakland Md Civic Club and is active with the Deep Creek Lake Sailing Association. Dorothy has been a member of Women Presidents Organization since 2001.
Dorothy currently resides in western Maryland with her husband, The Honorable Daryl T Walters, they are the proud parents of Ashley, Giuseppe and Julian, and their beloved pets. She oversees the operation and growth of the Sewickley Spa, SpaEdge, lectures to entrepreneurial groups, and is an avid supporter of women’s rights, animal rights and the homeless.