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With over 35 years experience in the professional beauty industry, Pat’s successful career was driven by his belief in developing the skills and abilities of salon professionals, to allow them to thrive and prosper professionally and personally. Pat started his career as a Territory Manager where he had the opportunity to meet thousands of salon professionals and learned the reality of the salon business and it’s unique challenges, and well as fantastic opportunities.
Pat spent eight years driving commercial success, then moved into general management where he developed and executed the vision and long-term strategic plan for the largest manufacturer in the U.S. market. His last eight years he served as the president of that company leading 13 brands and a national distribution company. Over the course of his career he developed and implemented innovative business and leadership skill development programs to enhance the product and service innovations he brought to the market to help salon professionals successfully compete in an ever-changing marketplace.
Pat joined Tippy because he believes this company shares his vision for providing business systems that enable salon professionals to improve performance and reach their goals and aspirations, whatever they may be.
The current CEO of Kate Somerville Skincare, Michael Sampson has spent his career leading multi-nationals, start-ups, and scaling organizations. He has deep roots in the beauty industry and has consistently focused on channel diversification, product development, and consumer engagement.
At Tippy, he brings a global perspective fostered developed through many years with L’Oréal, and a career spent in offices all over Europe and the USA. He also brings executive and strategic expertise from his time as the Portfolio President of Hatchbeauty and his role as a mentor at TrendSeeder Corp., an education ecosystem that fosters fashion, health, and wellness innovators.
His wide range of experiences and expertise in working with the startup ecosystem makes him the perfect match for Tippy’s board.
Michael Caron is a business management veteran who got his start in the textile industry after receiving his degree from Notre Dame and MBA from Ohio State. He supported one of the first Inside Sales teams in the industry and fueled his company’s growth through a variety of management roles.
In 1997, Michael joined an oil and gas corporation, and initiated a management buy-out of the company by 2004. In the years that followed, he grew the company to enjoy over $250 million in sales, and held numerous directive positions, such as Director of Marketing.
In 2013, Michael sold the company and entered a “working retirement” by offering his expertise and insight to startups in the market. He has helped develop maternity wear, micro medical needles, and many other concepts. Mike invested in Tippy falling in love with the concept of the app and its power to help people earn a better living. Because of the range and scope of his experiences, he has become a valuable partner in supporting the app’s rollout and growth, and hopes to use his profits to support his many charities, such as the South Mountain YMCA.
Doug Von Allmen started his career working in a manufacturing plant right out of high school, and went on to create one of the largest privately-owned beauty product distribution companies in the country. He has accumulated over 40 years of investment experience, and served in such roles as CFO and CPA for major companies. He was an essential investor in behindthechair.com, which is now one of the leading websites for salon professionals in the world, and which has over 600,000 members.
Because salon professionals and the beauty industry have been so important to his own success, Doug is now the primary investor in Tippy. He knows how hard beauty professionals work and wants them to enjoy a better life. He hopes to inspire others to achieve the American Dream, and supports numerous charities for disadvantaged children.
Graduating in 2005 from Millersville University, Terry McKim began his career as Director of Sales and Marketing for a regional commercial printing and marketing company, and subsequently served as Business Development Manager for Reese Ad Agency. During this time, he founded and built his first company, Digitizing, a Digital Advertising Company, which he successfully sold in 2011.
Terry was then recruited to Lords & Ladies Salons as Director of Marketing and Communications, where he developed and repositioned their brand. Seeing an unserved market in the children’s hair care, he partnered with Terry Derr to found Rock the Locks, a natural hair care product line for kids. Currently, Rocks the Locks is finalizing a merger with another international children’s’ product line with distribution in over 4,000 retail outlets nationwide.
In 2014, Terry conceptualized Tippy, the patent pending tipping system for the service industry, and immediately began testing the software throughout the industry. Terry proudly volunteers within his community, coaching his local high school wrestling and youth soccer, and lending his experience to the Marketing Committee for The Greater Reading Economic Partnership.
David Tashjian is a venture capitalist and investor with roots in the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business. His career started on Wall Street in 1982, where he built and ran high-yield trading businesses at both Salomon Brothers and Wasserstein Perella. In 1992, he was approached by Lazard Freres & Co. to become a General Partner, where he headed a group focused on global investments. In 1999, Mr. Tashjian was appointed to Lazard & Freres’ Global Head of Debt and Equity Capital Markets, and was appointed to the firm’s Global Executive Committee.
In 2007, Mr. Tashjian retired from Lazard to pursue venture capital opportunities. As co-founder and president of Linq3, he steered the company to secure long-term contracts with state lotteries and multinational corporations, eventually acquiring $85 million in funding and 70 full-time employees. In 2015, David co-founded DirectTips and its flagship app, “Tippy,” to bring that same innovation to the style industry.