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On the Move: A Day in the Life of Van Michael's Van Council

Henri Hollis | April 25, 2019 | People

Van Council keeps a jam-packed and family-filled day.

First Thing’s First
Coffee. Council wakes up, has coffee at home and sees his 17-year-old daughter off to high school.

On the Trail
A competitive cyclist, Council goes mountain biking for about two hours as often as he can. There’s a Van Michael trail loop at Blanket Creek park near his home, where he rides either a bike from Specialized or Trek.

Call Me on My Cell Phone

Council typically spends three to four hours a day on the phone—conference calls, remote meetings with his corporate office and answering any questions that need his attention.

No Desk Lunch Necessary
When he works from home, Council often eats lunch prepared by his private chef.

Hitting the Road
After hours on the phone, Council heads out to visit one or two of his eight salon locations. He tries to visit every location at least once a week.

Supper’s Ready!
Council rejoins his family at home in Woodstock for a chef-prepared dinner with his wife, kids and, often, his parents, who live nearby. Chef John Bertrand—previously of The Butcher and Bottle in Woodstock and Goin’ Coastal—cooks. His specialty is seafood, and Council’s family loves his creations.

Hitting the
After dinner, Council spends time nearly every evening reading—it’s how he puts himself to sleep. He recently finished Living With a SEAL by Atlantan Jesse Itzler.


Photography by: coffee photo by photoL/; phone photo by William Hook/ | lunch photo by Andi Whiskey/ | dinner photo by Patrick Browne/