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.
Frank is the CEO of Katherine Frank Creative, Inc, a creative design agency that has been specializing in the beauty industry by way of trade show exhibits and graphic design for over 20 years. Cacciato’s work ethics and attention to detail have earned their company the reputation of one of the most respected show management/agencies in the industry. Thanks to an active presence at several significant trade shows throughout the country and more recently overseas, Cacciato has extensive experience of dealing with every kind of situation under the sun. His dedication to building successful relationships with industry leaders along with his uncanny ability to bring people together have been demonstrated through various avenues including his volunteer efforts, show management skills, and involvement with various industry organizations.
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.
Jen is currently the Vice President of Marketing for Beauty Systems Group, which includes CosmoProf, Loxa Beauty and Armstrong McCall. In this role, Jen leads the Marketing organization and CRM capability for BSG and oversees the overall Loxa Beauty Business. Since joining BSG in 2015, Jen has led a brand refresh of BSG, including bringing to life their tagline of standing for those who are “Licensed to Create” and ensuring they put licensed professionals at the center of all that they do. Before joining BSG, Jen spent five years with the consumer products company Kimberly-Clark, which includes household brands such as Huggies and Kleenex. Three years of this time was spent in their Corporate Strategy team, two of these years were spent leading their $250MM child care brand GoodNites. Prior to joining Kimberly-Clark, Jen was a Management Consultant for Monitor Group and advised Fortune 500 companies on corporate strategy and marketing strategy and spent time based in their New York office and in their Riyadh, Saudi Arabia office.
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.