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 28 years with over 15,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder and co-owner of hair care giant Paul Mitchell's school division, with more than 95 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 Franchise Business Review's Franchisee Satisfaction Awards.
Since 1989, Winn has traveled extensively around the country, working as an educator and consultant with audiences ranging from housewives and college students to CEOs. He has been the National Motivational Expert for Paul Mitchell and 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.
A popular speaker having facilitated thousands of seminars, Winn is a frequent guest on national radio and a regular contributor to online publications that reach millions of subscribers, including Dr Laura.com, Beliefnet.com, HealthNewsDigest.com, BrandNewDad.com, Wellness.com, and SheKnows.com. He also hosts MASTERS Audio Club, a popular beauty industry audio series with subscribers in over ten countries receiving Winn's monthly CD and MP3 interviews.
In 2004, the North American Hairdressing 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, he 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.
From 2004 to 20011, Winn and the Paul Mitchell Schools raised over $6 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, Morris Animal Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Food 4 Africa, hurricane relief, AIDS causes, breast cancer causes, City of Hope, the American Cancer Society, and more.