Meet the Founders

Since opening THE TEMPLE in 2005 and THE TEMPLE Annapolis in 2015, Charles and Sharon Riser have graduated over 1,800 students.

Together they’ve received the Business Ethics Award from the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, been named Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Entrepreneur Council of Frederick County and were designated Business DoGood-ers at the 2017 Do Good-er Awards. Both are members of the Pro Beauty Association and participate in the Eyes on Cancer Program at each campus location.

Avid believers in service above self and philanthropy, the Risers have volunteered and contributed on a local, regional, national and international scale. From providing crucial resources and funding at the James M Stockman Cancer Institute in their hometown of Frederick, Maryland to physically assisting and financially sponsoring a well in Eswanti, South Africa with the Thirst Project, the duo are involved in many efforts to give back.

Other initiatives they donate their time and resources to include the Good to Great Scholarship Program, Beauty Changes Lives Scholarship Program, the Distinguished Young Women’s Program, EBeauty, an organization offering free wigs to cancer patients and many more.

Success Unshared is failure.
- John Paul DeJoria

Success Unshared is failure.
- John Paul DeJoria

CHARLES RISER JR
Co-CEO of The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School
Co-CEO of The Temple Annapolis: A Paul Mitchell Partner School

Charles Riser has been in the beauty industry since shortly after leaving college and has served on the Maryland State Board of Cosmetology in both Chair and Vice-Chair roles. Among his accolades are the Spirit of TSA Award, one of the industry’s highest honors, for his outstanding contribution to the growth and professionalism of the beauty industry as well as the Technology Excellence Award for implementation of technology into the beauty industry. Charles was presented with the 2017 Andrew Gomez Compassionate Service Award along with Cancer Schmancer founder and actress Fran Dresher at Paul Mitchell Schools 14th annual FUNraising Gala in Hollywood, California “in recognition of his selfless, compassionate service and tireless dedication.”

Charles has also helped develop business and growth seminars for Paul Mitchell Schools and serves as lead consultant for Paul Mitchell School in Operations and Government Relations. He is currently a board member of the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation.

SHARON RISER
Co-CEO of The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School
Co-CEO of The Temple Annapolis: A Paul Mitchell Partner School
Sharon’s career in the beauty industry started at the age of eighteen. She has also served as a lead consultant for the Paul Mitchell School Admissions and Sales team, a position that assists in the training and direction of over 115 Paul Mitchell schools. Along with her husband, Sharon was also one of 12 owner/director consultants who traveled to support and train Paul Mitchell Schools through the Paul Mitchell Schools Partner Training Program. Named one of the 150 Most Influential Women in the Beauty Industry, by the WISE women organization, and a Person to Watch by Frederick Magazine, Sharon served for many years as President of the Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County and has sat on the grants committee of the both the Giving Circle and Rotary Club of Carroll Creek. In 2016 she was presented with a Leading Women Award by The Daily Record. She is a current board member for the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation.

SCHOOL RECOGNITION

  • Excellence in Education in Community Involvement / Modern clinic classroom Magazine
  • Excellence in Education in School Culture / Modern clinic classroom Magazine
  • Excellence in Education in Marketing / Modern clinic classroom Magazine
  • Excellence in Education in Technology / Modern clinic classroom Magazine
  • Top 10 in Sales and Outstanding Growth / Paul Mitchell Schools
  • Top in Operations / Paul Mitchell Schools
  • Top in Leadership / Paul Mitchell Schools
  • Top in Technology / Paul Mitchell Schools
  • Branding Award (Multiple Years) / Paul Mitchell Schools
  • Strut Your Stuff Specialty Display Winners / Paul Mitchell Schools
  • Business Ethics Award / Rotary Club of Carroll Creek
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award / Entrepreneur Council of Frederick County
  • Business DoGood-er / Do Good-er Awards