Lynelle Lynch

President & Founding Member

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 Passage

Vice President & Founding Member

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).

Jan Arnold

Director & Founding Member

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.

Tate Holland

Treasurer

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.

Christine Schuster

Director

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.

Elisa Fischer

Director

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.

Winn Claybaugh

Director

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

Director

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.

April McCoy

Director

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.

Sennen Pamich

Director

President of Coty Professional Beauty North America, Sennen Pamich is a 25-year beauty industry veteran with a wealth of international experience across the salon, luxury and consumer retail businesses. He began his career at P&G, followed by assignments at Johnson & Johnson and Bulgari in Europe and Asia. In 2009, Sennen moved to the U.S. with The Colomer Group, where he led the company’s Professional Division for the Americas. He took on the role of Global President for Revlon Professional Beauty following the merger of the two companies in 2013, adding retail brands to his remit in early 2017. After a stint in private equity, specifically in the beauty space, Sennen joined Coty Professional in 2018, where he leads a sizable organization and business, as well as an iconic portfolio of professional beauty brands like Wella Professionals, ghd, Nioxin, Clairol and OPI. Italian-born and educated in the UK and the US, Sennen is a passionate promoter of beauty professionals and salons in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.

Candy Shaw

Director

Nicknamed ‘The Balay Lama®’, Candy literally grew up in the beauty business as the daughter of Jamison Shaw, a former world-champion competition hairdresser, and Sara Shaw, a professional make-up artist. Candy’s been a hairdresser and educator all her adult life with over 35 years experience. Candy owns Jamison Shaw Hairdressers®, a third-generation, fifty-year-young, 5,000 square-foot, 50-chair salon in Atlanta, Georgia. Candy still works ‘behind the chair’ and with the aid of between four and six assistants sees up to 35 guests each day. Candy is regarded as the world’s foremost authority on balayage education. She founded The Academy at Jamison Shaw, an advanced training facility teaching French Cutting and Balayage Highlighting, more than twenty years ago. In 2014, Candy launched a professional product line called Sunlights Balayage, the makers and purveyors of the world’s leading balayage products and education. The line features SUNLIGHTS® Professionnel Balayage Lightener, a proprietary, state-of-the-art, kaolin clay based lightener specifically formulated for balayage, and THE BALAY BOX®, the ‘complete balayage class in a box’ containing everything a stylist needs to master balayage. Referred to as ‘the world’s fastest growing, most recognizable hair color brand,’ SUNLIGHTS is available in over a dozen countries. Candy has recently headlined international hair shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Cape Town, London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Toronto as well as New York and Los Angeles.

Scott Guinter

Director

Scott Guinter is the General Manager, Kao USA Salon Division. In this role, Scott leads Sales, Marketing and Education for the Goldwell, KMS, Oribe and VARIS businesses in the United States, which is the largest market for Kao Salon Division worldwide. Scott began his Kao career in 1996 and worked in several positions of increasing responsibility before leaving the company to start his own business in 2007. Scott re-joined Kao in 2011 as the Leader of the Independent Distributor Channel. Prior to assuming the GM role, Scott led the Direct Sales Team, the Chain Team and he played a critical role in the Oribe integration.

Steve Reiss

Director

Steve is part of the team at SalonInteractive, the marketing, supply chain and eCommerce platform for salons and stylists.  At SalonInteractive team, Reiss brings together his salon industry experience and his strong technology background. A graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, he studied programming, launched the hospitality industry’s first technology conference, and, as Executive Vice President of the Reed Electronics Group, helped manage the global electronics industry’s most extensive portfolio of business-to-business websites, magazines, and research companies. At Modern Salon Media, Steve was an active and visible participant in the salon industry, working closely with all industry segments and audiences and as a regular on-stage presence at major industry events. Steve has also been a champion for salon industry technology awareness, education, and adoption.  He was behind many critical industry research studies, including (with ISBN) the first significant consumer and professional study on in-salon and online retail. He also created the salon industry’s first technology events – the Data-Driven Salon Summit and the Salon Digital Summit, where he worked closely with many of the industry’s leading technology consultants, partners, and suppliers. Steve is a strong and passionate advocate for salons and stylists through his legislative activities, development of the Choose Beauty initiative, and especially his involvement in Beauty Changes Lives.

Tom Kuhn

Director

Tom Kuhn is CEO/Founder of Qnity; a global learning, development and consulting company that helps businesses and their teams prosper.  Through their signature simple and visual approach, Qnity’s core programs and visual-learning tools lead to transformative results in growth, engagement, leadership, execution and profitability. Qnity’s proprietary training and tools have been used with thousands of salons and spas of all sizes, as well as well as Fortune 500 companies, such as Estee Lauder, J.P. Morgan/Chase, Merrill/Bank of America, JCPenney, and Ulta. As a former CPA, and former multi-location salonspa owner himself, Tom’s also been known as a “turnaround expert” specializing in advising salons, spas and other businesses on profitability and financial management. Tom Kuhn is also the Founder/CEO of the 2to10 Project, an invite-only collaborative specializing in benchmarking, data and best practices for salons and spas with between 2-10 locations. Tom’s personal mission is to elevate the prosperity and financial literacy of the salon and spa or small business community; allowing for higher profits and a greater level of prosperity for businesses, their stakeholders and their teams.

Lydia Sarfati

Director

Founder, President, and CEO of Repechage, CIDESCO Section USA President, Author of “Success at Your Fingertips: How to Succeed in the Skin Care Business”, Developer of unique uni-dose professional facial treatments, such as the Repechage Four Layer Facial. Recipient of numerous skin care industry awards: Polish American Woman of the Year 2019, CIDESCO Medaille du Merite, 2018 Corporate Growth Award by the Association of, Corporate Growth, 2019 Top influential CEOS in NJ, LNE Crystal Award, Dermascope Legend Award, ICMAD (independent Cosmetics Manufacturing and Distribution) Entrepreneur Award, NCA Pillar Award for Education Leadership, Chevalerie “Knight” Award by Intercoiffure Mondial

Jason Lumsden

Director

Jason Lumsden is an outcome oriented senior team leader with over 25 years of Sales, Marketing, R&D, and Operational experience, focused on delivering material results. As Chief Commercial Officer of Marianna Beauty Inc., a $91 million private equity-owned company that specializes in custom manufacturing, kitting, and distribution in multiple beauty and educational channels, Jason developed and executed a multi-faceted roadmap to significantly increase share in the current portfolio of customers, acquire new customers across a variety of distribution channels, stabilize the Cosmetology School platform and substantially increase the throughput and “right the first time” in laboratory submissions. Shortly after Jason’s arrival to Marianna at the end of 2016, a stabilization and turnaround of the company began whereas Jason was able to guide the organization from $76 million in 2017 to $91 million in 2019. Furthermore, a path for ongoing annual double-digit increases is being executed on.
At O.P.I. ($300 million division of Coty Beauty) Jason was Senior Vice President of Sales, Sales Operations, and Education. Under his leadership, the strategic plan, including a redesign of the Sales and Education model, was executed on delivering annual revenue increases while at the same time reducing costs. He implemented a system to identify product diverters and significantly reduced available product for non-authorized distribution channels. Additionally, Jason was a key leader and contributor for the $11B+ Coty purchase of P&G’s Beauty and Haircare divisions.
Earlier, Jason was Global Vice President of Sales of Hairuwear Inc., a privately held leading organization that manufactures and distributes alternative hair extensions, wigs, and hair pieces in a variety of distribution and consumer channels. Jason was instrumental in the ongoing development and expansion of market share to include professional salons, beauty supplies, retailers (Sally Beauty, Ulta, etc.) shopping TV (QVC US, QVC UK, QVC IT, and QVC China), and online stores. At Colomer Beauty (Revlon Professional) Jason spent 10 years as the National Sales Director, responsible for developing sales, education, and marketing strategies for multiple brands including American Crew, MOP, ABBA, D:fi, Orofluido, Roux, and Voila Color.
Jason earned a Bachelor of Science in Management with concentrations in Marketing and Human Resources from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business. Additionally, Jason was a member of the UNCW swim team.
Jason and his wife, Susan have one human child: Cole and one furry child: Dolce. He enjoys being active and still gets into the pool for a few laps.

Karen Short

Director

Karen is Chief Operating Officer for Universal Companies, a wholesale distributor, who for more than 35 years, has served thousands of spa and wellness professionals in 47 countries.  Prior to assuming the role of CEO, Karen was SVP Sales & Marketing, responsible for all direct sales, marketing and education initiatives.  As CEO, Karen’s objective is to foster a culture of entrepreneurial change and growth with primary focus on the customer. She leads a team of professionals who continually identify products and solutions for spa and wellness professionals and leverage digital technology to deliver customer value. Prior to joining Universal, Karen had an extensive background in executive leadership in the hospitality industry and built a successful track record of executing aggressive growth strategies ranging from sales-focused and market-driven organizations to growth through mergers and acquisitions. She has held executive positions with a range of customer centric organizations including President and Chief Hospitality Officer of Quintess Collections, Founder and Chair of InnPerspectives Inc., Director of Sales and Marketing Meadowood Napa Valley, and Vice President of Sales Aspen Skiing Company. She has also served on number of Boards including Beauty Changes Lives, Past Chair for the Green Spa Network, Napa Valley Visitors and Conference Bureau and Aspen Resort Association.