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 and a frequent speaker at every major beauty industry event. He has helped thousands of businesses build their brands and create successful working cultures; his clients include Southwest Airlines, the Irvine Company, Fuddruckers, Vidal Sassoon, Entertainment Tonight, Mattel, For Rent magazine, Structure/Limited/Express, and many other businesses from hospitals to apartment communities.
Winn hosts the MASTERS Audio Club, a popular beauty-industry audio series with worldwide subscribers. He is a frequent guest on national radio and a regular contributor to online publications that reach millions of subscribers, including DrLaura.com, Beliefnet.com, HealthNewsDigest.com, BrandNewDad.com, Wellness.com, and SheKnows.com.
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 the Thirst Project’s Vision Award in 2015.
From 2004 to 2015, Winn and the Paul Mitchell Schools raised over $15.2 million for multiple charitable organizations, including the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Larry King Cardiac Foundation, Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Movement, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Gary Sinise Foundation, Magic Johnson Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Food 4 Africa, Boys & Girls Clubs, hurricane relief, AIDS causes, breast cancer causes, City of Hope, American Cancer Society, and many more.