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Cheers to...

Join us for an afternoon event to celebrate where John Paul Mitchell Systems is and where we are going. Enjoy the opportunity to meet and hear from Angus Mitchell (Co-Owner/Artistic Director), Mara Gourdine (Corporate Culture Ambassador) and Kristin Firrell (Vice President Salon Development). Learn from Stephen Moody (Artistic Director) as he showcases trend looks on live models.


**All proceeds from this event will be donated to Paul Mitchell the school FUNraising**

*Wine, Beer and light appetizers will be served*

October 2, 2022

1PM - 4PM

Angus Mitchell

Co-Owner/Artistic Director

Angus Mitchell, Co-owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems®, has demonstrated with style and grace what it takes to be a true leader in the beauty industry. His father was late legendary hairstylist Paul Mitchell. As the son of the hair fashion icon, Angus’ unique upbringing in the hair industry exposed him to the same passion that inspired his father, leading him to eventually fulfill his destiny in the first family of hair. Educated at Vidal Sassoon, Angus has been able to combine their legendary precision technique with the free creative expression John Paul Mitchell Systems® encourages to craft his own signature style.


He makes his home in Los Angeles, where he has forged his own professional identity as a platform artist, model, and spokesperson for the company, including helping to create and inspire the initial work done by the Equity and Opportunity Council (EOC).

Mara Gourdine

Corporate Culture Ambassador

Ms. Gourdine, a twelve year veteran of John Paul Mitchell Systems, has had her hand in many departments in her time with the privately owned, professional salon hair care giant. From International & Domestic Trade Shows and Events, Marketing and Media, she has brought her knowledge and expertise to each department, leading her teams with clear vision and direction. 


As Corporate Culture Ambassador, she thrives in leading health, wellness and corporate culture programs within John Paul Mitchell Systems, as well as onboarding new employees. Mara is the spokesperson for the environmentally-friendly, cruelty-free company at public functions, speaking to its 40-year legacy of caring for the planet and giving back to those less fortunate.

Kristin Firrell

Vice President, Salon Development

Kristin Firrell’s career has been unique and ever-changing, beginning as a salon stylist and evolving over the next 40+ years with a variety of leadership roles in sales, education, training, events, salon management, brand marketing and new product development.


Joining John Paul Mitchell Systems in 2007, today she leads the Salon Development team who lends the “voice of hairdresser” to JPMS Marketing, R & D and Sales influencing the creation of innovative products, programs, education, and events designed to help salon professionals realize their personal and professional potential.


Known as a dynamic team builder with skills, knowledge and abilities that cross numerous business disciplines, Kristin approaches each day with an optimistic, positive energy and commitment to live life to its fullest, while loving unconditionally. She strives to live by the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world!”

Colin Caruso

Artistic Director of Color

As an International Trainer and owner of CARU Focus Salon, Colin has been part of the John Paul Mitchell Systems® family for more than 15 years. CARU is renowned for providing above-and-beyond customer service and extraordinary hair color services.


As an educator, Colin is as focused on the experience of learning as he is on the techniques being presented, making him ideally suited to lead all aspects of color education. In 2017, Colin was appointed to Artistic Director of Professional Hair Color as part of JPMS’s objective to build the strongest color team in the industry.

Stephen Moody

Artistic Director

Hailing from a family of hairdressers, @Hairmoody is an award-winning global educator with more than 30 years at the Sassoon Salon and Academy organization. He has delivered education across the world, sharing his passion for the art of the haircut and hair transformations, while connecting color, cut and finish to elevating every stylist’s financial opportunity. 


Stephen was recently awarded the prestigious Intercoiffure Hair Cutting Icon Award in New York City and is soon to be awarded the Intercoiffure Knight award in Paris. Stephen was also a finalist in the prestigious 2021 North American Hairstylist Awards (NAHA) as Educator of the Year and went on to win Haircutter of the Year. 


As a haircutter and career educator, Stephen says, “Here at JPMS™, I am in a place where I can continue to help hairdressers carry on this wonderful journey of making our craft a better place.