Gaven Smith

Gaven serves SSBC as a Summit Salon Consultant/Coach. He is a multi-location Salon Company owner based out of Nashville who believes in “giving back to the Industry!” With 22 years experience behind the chair and a retired Level 6 stylist with the title of Redken Certified Colorist, Gaven is fortunate to be an alumnus of the Redken Artist Network as an international educator in business and color.  He has been an Exchange Facilitator, Symposium Mainstage Educator, Global Symposium Mainstage Educator and original “Step Up” Faculty Teacher alongside Michael Cole.  His Salon Company has been awarded TOP 200 Salon in Salon Today for several years, Elle Magazine’s TOP 100 Salons in the US and awards at the local level as Best Salon by the community of Williamson County.


In his work at Studio Gaven haircolour he leads and mentors a team of over 70 including 4 share holders.  There isn’t much Gaven hasn’t done ‘wrong’, to learn how to do it RIGHT the next time.  Being a member of the Summit Salon family since 2006 has lead Gaven to have his dream Salon Company.  Now knowing each year can be different, like having an unlikely closing due to a pandemic, this even more insures Gaven that you must always be open to learning and change.  One of his favorite quotes “One day at a time, Not in one day”.



  • Avid boating enthusiast
  • Enjoys real-estate ventures, and custom home builds
  • Traveled the U.S. and Australia teaching stylist business and hair color.