In a previous life, Emon Zaki worked in retail sales and management. After she met Sherif Zaki, a successful salon owner in Alexandria, Egypt, they decided to establish a business together. For more than 15 years now, their Sherif Zaki Salon & The Oasis Spa has been one of the hottest in the state. Sherif and the other stylists make the salon look good, but Emon, the operations manager, keeps it together by hiring and training staff, managing advertising and public relations, and handling accounts payable. All the work has paid off in regular local awards and recognition in national and international trade magazines as an industry leader. The key, she says, is to stay a step ahead.