Five New Schools Celebrate Grand Openingsby Paul Mitchell Schools on 4/10/2008
John Paul Mitchell Systems CEO John Paul DeJoria and Dean of Paul Mitchell Schools Winn Claybaugh took to the skies in January to celebrate grand openings at five new Paul Mitchell Schools.
Owners George and Leslie Brunt, Bill and Donna Waite, Kim and Linda Henrie, and Paul Pandian welcomed Winn, John Paul, and their traveling companions on the first stop of the journey, Paul Mitchell The School – East Bay in Pleasant Hill, California. The school's Future Professionals presented a "Head for Change" themed fashion show featuring a diverse group of multicultural models in a variety of outfits, from a teenage skateboarder to elegant formal wear. Pleasant Hill Mayor John Hanecak and Chamber of Commerce CEO Charley Daly were on hand for the opening and returned the next day to have the first haircuts in the newly opened school.
In Wisconsin, co-owners Dave and Cathi Simon presented John Paul and Winn with personalized cheeseheads to mark the grand opening of The Academy Waukesha – A Paul Mitchell Partner School. Paul Mitchell The School – Memphis rocked the house with a "beauty and blues" themed opening. Paul Mitchell superstar Alfie Silva made a special appearance as Elvis, Future Professionals presented an Elvis-inspired fashion show with a modern twist, and guests were treated to a down-home feast including traditional Memphis barbecue, cole slaw, and sweet tea.
Paul Mitchell The School – Colorado Springs and Paul Mitchell The School – Portland rounded out the trip with exciting celebrations and packed houses at both locations. Winn recognized Colorado Springs Owner/Director Micah McDougle as "a true testament to all Paul Mitchell Future Professionals because he is a graduate of a Paul Mitchell school who quickly dedicated himself, opened a salon as a Learning Leader in a school, and is now partners with John Paul and me in a Paul Mitchell School. So, Paul Mitchell Future Professionals, set your sights high!"
Portland's special guests included 2004 NAHA long hair dresser of the year Mark Putnam and 1996 NAHA colorist of the year Crae Hasler-Elliott, two industry superstars and Portland salon owners. When John Paul heard about ten Future Professionals who drove five hours through a snowstorm and arrived too late to join in the fun, he excused himself from dinner to meet the group, pose for pictures, and sign autographs. He then put them up at his hotel and bought them dinner that night and breakfast the next morning. School owner Mario Landino, who accompanied Winn and John Paul on the tour, said "The best part was to see firsthand what a humanitarian John Paul is."
Paul Mitchell The School – Colorado Springs 118 West Colorado Avenue Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903 (719) 636-1426 http://coloradosprings.paulmitchelltheschool.com
Paul Mitchell The School – East Bay 100 Crescent Drive Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (925) 691-7687 http://eastbay.paulmitchelltheschool.com
Paul Mitchell The School – Memphis 8000 US Highway 64, Suite 108 Bartlett, TN 38133 (901) 377-1701 http://www.pmtsmemphis.com
Paul Mitchell The School – Portland 234 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205 (503) 222-7687 http://www.paulmitchelltheschoolportland.com
The Academy Waukesha – A Paul Mitchell Partner School 2000 Silvernail Road Waukesha, WI 53072 (262) 549-3100 http://www.theacademywaukesha.com