Lynelle, an accomplished visionary and entrepreneur, took over as President and Owner of Bellus Academy in August of 2005. Lynelle’s fresh perspective on the beauty and wellness education business allowed her to revolutionize beauty education offering advanced education that was unprecedented in beauty school education and career development. Today the Bellus Academy offers 17 programs and an articulation agreement for a Health and Beauty Associate Degree. Throughout Lynelle’s career, she has been active in numerous civic and charitable causes serving on 16 Boards of Directors, including the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) executive board and is the president and a founding member of BCL.
Robert is Chairman, CEO & Global Ambassador of Pivot Point International Inc. He has been active in cosmetology education for more than 22 years, 46 years if you consider he was born and raised in the business. He is a licensed cosmetologist, licensed cosmetology instructor and holds a degree in business from Loyola University in Chicago. Robert has served on the AACS board since 1995 and has served on numerous committees during his tenure. He has also served on the IACS (IL Association of Cosmetology Schools) board as past president and continues to serve his state association today. He is also involved on numerous industry committees including CC (Cosmetologists Chicago), PBA (Professional Beauty Association) and ACCRED (Advisory Council on Cosmetology Relations and Education).
Tate is the President and CEO of Make-up Designory. He has worked in make-up education and cosmetic sales, manufacturing, and distribution for the last 25 years. For the past 19 years, he has been the President and CEO of Make-Up Designory (MUD). While at MUD, he has overseen the successful implementation of the company’s two highly regarded vocational schools for professional make-up artistry, in Los Angeles and New York. While under his watch, the company has developed and distributes a full line of color cosmetics, and developed an educational program shared with over 50 MUD Studios and MUD Partner Schools around the world.
Along with his work responsibilities, Mr. Holland is active in local community affairs. He is a past President of CAPPS, the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools, a former member of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce, the Toluca Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Newhall School District Measure K oversight committee, and a founding member of Burbank Arts for All. Mr. Holland holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the American University in Washington, DC.
Jan is the Co-founder and Style Director of CND® and the daughter of Dr. Stuart Nordstrom, the brilliant dentist and organic chemist whose discoveries launched the company in 1979. Her experience as a brand engineer has contributed to the success of CND® as a worldwide company and her personal sense of style makes her the high-fashion face behind the brand. One need only look to New York Fashion Week to see Jan and CND’s many accomplishments. CND’s top nail pros have manicured runway models and started trends during Fashion Weeks in cities such as New York, London, Paris and Sydney for more than 18 years. CND® has collaborated with some of fashion’s most desirable designers such as Alexander Wang, Creatures of the Wind, Jason Wu, Phillip Lim and The Blonds just to name a few. As a result, nails have become the ultimate fashion accessory for women around the world.
Christine is the Senior Vice President of Education for the L’Oreal USA Professional Products Division (PPD). Christine is responsible for the long-term strategic development of the education strategy for all PPD brands (Kerastase, Shu Uemura, L’Oreal Professionnel, Redken, Pureology, Matrix, Mizani, Essie, L’Oreal Technique, Baxter of California, Decleor and Carita) and the professional beauty product distribution center, SalonCentric. She also works with each brand and SalonCentric on the day-to-day management of the education department.
Christine started her career in cosmetology at the age of 18 when she graduated cosmetology school and moved to Europe to work as a hairdresser. She joined Redken in 1991 working the Chicago market as a Redken District Sales Educator. Christine’s unique abilities and passion for the hairdressing community quickly propelled her through several positions including Manager, International Education (1993), Director, Redken Exchange (1995), Senior Director, Exchange, Shows, Events (1998) and AVP, Redken Education Worldwide (1999). Christine’s vision and strong strategic planning skills led her to be appointed to Senior VP, Redken and Pureology Education Worldwide – a position she held up until her current role as Senior VP of Education for PPD.
Fred is the Vice-President of Sales and Go-to-Market Education for Coty Professional Beauty North America. A proud veteran of nearly 15 years in the professional beauty industry with on-the-ground as well as executive experience in four of the top pro beauty manufacturers, Fred is a passionate believer in the power of the industry to change lives. Fred developed his fierce competitive streak as a college athlete and MBA graduate, and he has gone on to enable young people’s growth through competition, in sports, in academics and in the beauty profession. A champion of diversity and inclusion, Fred believes that BCL’s mission is vital to achieving the industry’s next level and wants to share his passion for mentoring as a key component in changing the lives of others.
Elisa Fischer serves as the TIGI® General Manager for the Americas. A dedicated advocate for hairdressers and proven innovator and leader in the professional salon industry, Elisa leads a passionate hairdresser-centric company, created by hairdressers, for hairdressers. Her mission is to continue to elevate the professional industry and help create a brighter future for aspiring hairdressers.
Prior to joining TIGI®, one of Unilever’s most exciting brands, Elisa spent almost 12 years with the L’Oreal Professional Products Division in several capacities including Vice President of Marketing for Matrix, where she was instrumental in regaining the trust and engagement of Matrix salons and hairdressers. She launched a major industry student initiative, “Spread the Love” and brought to life the tagline, “Imagine All You Can Be” throughout the US market.
In Elisa’s final role with L’Oreal, she served Vice President of Sales for Redken and Pureology, leading one of the largest sales teams in the industry. Elisa has great passion for the haircare business, and throughout her professional life, she has managed to forge strong relationships with hairdressers, key accounts and senior professionals and has shown consistent growth in all of her roles.
Trevor Attenborough currently serves as the General Manager of the North American salon division for Kao USA, Inc. which specializes in beauty salon products sold under the Goldwell, KMS and Varis brands. In his role, Attenborough holds full P&L responsibilities for the U.S.A. and Canada, two of the largest salon markets within the Kao global organization.
Under Attenborough’s leadership as General Manager, the Kao salon business has outpaced the North American salon industry in sales growth by following his strategy of partnering with salons to help them growth their service businesses.
Attenborough joined the Kao organization in 2009 as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales Support. With his extensive knowledge of marketing, he introduced new approaches to the Kao Salon business, like the Goldwell consumer advertising program “You Can’t Get Supernatural From A Supermarket” which motivated salons to take a fresh look at the Goldwell brand and started it on the path to growth. He also led the relaunch of KMS and successful introduction of many new products to the portfolio of both Goldwell and KMS.
Prior to joining Kao, Attenborough was the Vice President of Marketing at NIOXIN. His career also included marketing roles at Wella, Alberto Culver and L’anza.
Attenborough studied at California State University Los Angeles and Art Center College of Design. With a background in both design and engineering, Attenborough brings a unique creative and quantitative perspective to the salon industry.
Winn Claybaugh is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!) and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for the book. A business owner for over 30 years with over 16,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder and co-owner of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division, with more than 100 locations throughout the United States. The young company was ranked three years in a row (2006–2008) in the top 10 of Franchise Times magazine’s Fast 55, a ranking of the fastest growing young franchises, and has repeatedly ranked in the Top 50 and earned Best in Category in the Franchise Business Review’s Franchisee Satisfaction Awards.
A popular seminar leader and keynote speaker, Winn travels extensively as an educator and consultant, inspiring audiences ranging from housewives and college students to CEOs. He has been the National Motivational Expert for Paul Mitchell, a frequent speaker at every major beauty industry event, and a speaker at the 2017 California Women’s Conference. He has helped thousands of businesses build their brands and create successful working cultures; his clients include Southwest Airlines, Hyatt Hotels, the Irvine Company, Vidal Sassoon, Entertainment Tonight, Mattel, For Rent magazine, and many other businesses from hospitals to apartment communities.
In 2004, the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) recognized Winn’s outstanding contributions to the hair and beauty industry by making him the youngest person ever named to their Hall of Leaders. In 2010, Winn was named a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (Utah region). In 2011, behindthechair.com honored Winn with the Hairdressers Unlocking Hope award, given to individuals in the professional beauty industry who serve as exemplary models of philanthropy, giving back to their communities and to the world with generosity and spirit. Recognizing his leadership of the Paul Mitchell Schools’ annual FUNraising campaign, Winn was named Humanitarian of the Year by Friendly House in 2013 and he received Thirst Project’s Vision Award in 2015. In 2016, American Salon named him one of the top five “Industry Leaders Who Helped Revolutionize Education,” and in 2017 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which ranks among the nation’s most renowned awards and recognize individuals who have made it their mission to share their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents, and selfless generosity with those less fortunate.
Phil Horvath was named President and COO of Ratner Companies in October, 2016. Ratner Companies is the largest family owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, operating nearly 1,000 salons in 16 states, and employing more than 12,000 salon professionals. Its diverse brands include Hair Cuttery, BUBBLES, Salon Cielo, Salon Plaza and Cibu for Hair.
Phil has more than 25 years of beauty and salon industry experience, having worked at Ulta Beauty for the last 17 years. There he served as general manager/vice president of salon services, vice president of sales/operations, vice president of salon operations and director of salon operations.
Phil has experience in leading aggressive growth in both the service and retail sides of the hair salon business. Prior to Ulta Beauty, he held positions in the Supercuts division of Regis Corporation. He began his professional beauty career at Denver-based Calco Hair, Inc., serving as vice president and president of the family business. Phil was raised in a family of hair salon professionals.
Phil’s vast knowledge of all aspects of the salon business and his ability to think strategically has made him a sought after executive in the Beauty industry. His experience and results-oriented approach with both small and large companies has driven positive results for each company for which he has worked.
Phil has a passion for this industry. He understands the importance of focusing on the development of its people and holds the core belief that we can help others achieve their dreams and goals. For Phil, business has to be about purpose and people and then prosperity will follow.
Phil and his wife live in Vienna, VA. He has two teenaged sons. Having grown up in Colorado, he is an avid skier.
As a master stylist, speaker and innovator, Jen has inspired millions of beauty professionals through her passionate message of mentoring one another for the greater good. Her message has touched the lives of so many, extended through her audiences of the last 25 years: a rare talent that transcends the industry.
Jen has climbed the ladder of beauty industry by successfully achieving the goals of hyper demanded stylist, artistic director, platform artist and salon owner. Her earned stature as industry leader has evolved the message to the most basic foundations; we are all equal and the more you help others, the more you receive in return.
April has been with DBE/CosmoProf Beauty for twenty five years and still gets ridiculously excited about new products. She develops strategies for chain salon and school partners to improve efficiency and profitability while positively impacting the student and stylist community. April is particularly proud of joint efforts that have raised large sums for charitable organizations. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. In her free time you can usually find her on the back of a horse or traveling the world with a beloved circle of family and friends.
Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, is recognized around the world as a leading visionary for his unmatched scientific innovations and as founder of Murad, the world‘s leading clinical skincare brand. His mission and passion is in helping people unlock their potential to look younger, to feel younger and to live healthier, happier and more rewarding lives. With 19 unique patents and a 30-year legacy of research and clinical testing, Dr. Murad believes that every aspect of one’s health is as interconnected as every cell in the body. This philosophy, which he calls Connected Beauty, is a whole-person approach designed to help people around the world nourish their skin with efficacious topical products, awaken their body through movement, be kind to their minds, and "eat" their water by consuming water-rich fruits and vegetables.
A board certified dermatologist, trained pharmacist and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Dr. Murad has personally treated over 50,000 patients. In 1989 he founded Murad as a way to share his groundbreaking skincare formulas, which were among the first to achieve significant measurable anti-aging results without surgery.
Known as "The Father of Internal Skincare" for being an originator of the use of dietary supplements to promote skin health and as the pioneer of the use of Alpha Hydroxy Acids in topical skin care, Dr. Murad has received numerous recognitions including being named the "Best Forward-Thinking Doctor" by Vogue, "Top 50 Men of the World That Understand Women", by The Observer Woman, and a "Beauty Genius" by Elle. He was named an "Industry Visionary" by the International SPA Association and was inducted into Dermascope magazine’s "Academy of Legends." Additionally, he discovered and continuously conducts research on the impact of Cultural Stress®, the constant and pervasive form of stress due to modern day living which has been scientifically shown to have a negative impact on cellular health. He continues his innovative research today using his training as a pharmacist and a physician, his insights as an entrepreneur and his enormous passion for life to positively transform overall health and wellness of people across the globe.
In addition to his contributions to science, healthy living and skincare, Dr. Murad has also made an impression on the art community with his research on the connection between the benefits of artistic expression and youth building, a whole-body method of preserving one‘s youthful appearance and good health. In 2008, after undergoing surgery to repair a detached retina, he was required to keep his head down with his chin to his chest for a month while the retina healed. At the suggestion of his wife, Dr. Murad started painting to help pass the time and discovered an unexpected passion for art and a way to reintroduce play and freedom of expression back into his life. Now an accomplished artist with hundreds of works exhibited and published, Dr. Murad has been benefiting his patients by incorporating art therapy and finding one’s passion as key elements of living a more beautiful, connected life.
Dr. Murad grew up in Queens, N.Y. After earning his degree at The Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, he worked as a pharmacist while attending University of California at Irvine Medical School. He completed his rotating internship at New York‘s Queens Hospital. Later, Dr. Murad joined the U.S. military as a General Medical Officer for the United States Army, where he received a Bronze Star for his service as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam. He then completed his dermatology residency at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital at UCLA.
Today Dr. Murad continues to lead groundbreaking research on the effects of cultural stress. He is an active philanthropist, inspirational speaker and author of several best-selling books on aging, health and skin care.