John Paul DeJoria is a first-generation American turned entrepreneur, philanthropist and pillar of the business community. He has struggled against the odds not only to achieve success, but to share his success with others, always living by his motto: “Success unshared is failure.” In 2011, John Paul signed Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s “The Giving Pledge” as a formal promise to continue giving back. He established JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation, which supports the core values of his companies: sustainability, social responsibility and animal-friendliness.
Co-founder and chairman of the board
With just $700, John Paul DeJoria and Paul Mitchell launch John Paul Mitchell Systems® and pledge to never test on animals. Their “office” consists of a post office box and an answering machine with a message recorded by a female friend.
Green from the get-go, John Paul Mitchell Systems® establishes a self-sustaining, solar-powered awapuhi farm in Hawaii—all of the awapuhi used in our products is still harvested there today.
Winn and John Paul come together to create a new vision in cosmetology education. They open Paul Mitchell The School Costa Mesa, and Von Curtis Academy becomes Paul Mitchell The School Provo.
Inspired by a student whose dad was a New York firefighter, Paul Mitchell Schools begin holding annual 9/11 remembrance days. Activities include fundraising and free services for first responders.
The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) inducts Winn into their Hall of Leaders. He is the youngest person ever to receive the honor.
Robert Cromeans, Global Artistic Director for John Paul Mitchell Systems®, wins the Stylist Choice Award from behindthechair.com for the eighth consecutive year.
Modern Salon magazine creates its annual Excellence in Education awards. Paul Mitchell Schools are honored this year—and in every year that follows.
John Paul DeJoria founded Grow Appalachia, a non-profit initiative that helps families plant a healthy future. John Paul Mitchell Systems® proudly supports the organization’s commitment to empowering Appalachians to live a sustainable, healthy lifestyle.
With over 100 locations nationwide, Paul Mitchell Schools opens its first international location—in Slovenia.
Our eco-inspired brand Tea Tree partners with environmental groups to plant trees around the globe. After passing the half-million mark, the brand pledges to reach a new milestone: 750,000 trees by 2019.