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Story of Collectiv Academy

Why COLLECTIV Academy
And the story behind our success…

We have assembled a team of highly qualified individuals with a great depth of knowledge and experience in their respected fields, ensuring that each student receive the best possible training program and has a positive experience. Our vision is to create a community where training is accessible, easy to understand, and rewarding for everyone. Where talented hairdressers serve students to become their best and give them the richest perspective of how the industry can serve them in creating a highly successful living.

Our team has experience with owning both private and franchise schools. At COLLECTIV Academy we understand what makes a great school and how to keep the education at a global standard. This makes our perspective unique and gives us our competitive edge.

A Place to Learn, Have Fun
Under promise, over deliver…

The state board qualifications to obtaining a cosmetology license is required to be taught in schools. These requirements are a short introduction into this vast industry. However we know we must go beyond state board minimum requirements to create an opportunity to become industry fierce.
‘Industry Fierce’ is creating highly desirable , competitive hairdressers for today’s marketplace.

We know what “Industry Fierce” is since our team has several decades of experience running successful salons, basic and advanced hairdressing academies. Having worked for global education and product companies, we understand the secrets to retailing and we know how important it is to under promise but over deliver to exceed our students expectations. And, how to create a modern salon environment with an exciting atmosphere within a school. After all, that is one of the main attractions to this profession, to work hard but have FUN doing it!

Our Mission

To deliver an exceptionally, relevant education that prepares students to be industry fierce.

-Kenny & Lenore Gibson

A Few Words About Us…

Students choose COLLECTIV Academy because of the strength of the program itself. COLLECTIV Academy students receive a formal hairdressing education designed by the owners, Kenny and Lenore Gibson. They trained thousands of hairdressers globally, on an advanced level, with TONI&GUY Hairdressing before being asked to re-invent the cosmetology education for TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy, transforming the way a traditional school looked and operated.

They bring to COLLECTIV Academy the same educational savviness used to teach licensed hairdressers for decades so that students graduate with knowledge beyond their years of experience, making them a fierce competitive hairdresser. In other words “Industry Fierce”.

For Kenny and Lenore it’s more than a business, it’s living up to a personal standard and a vision of giving students a true “behind the chair” educational experience.

We believe being taught in a multifaceted environment focusing on proper technique, critical thinking, and hands-on learning. The small-scale of the School facilitates an individualized educational experience and fosters a close relationship between students, faculty, and staff.

Our approach to cuts, color and styling is uncomplicated, wearable looks with a modern tone that clients ask for. COLLECTIV Academy students graduate knowing dozens of haircut and coloring techniques as well as how to problem solve the requested personalized techniques they will face in the salon daily. Along with how to provide an excellent customer service experience.

Meet The Team

Kenny Gibson

Owner/ Creative Director | Thirty plus years’ experience in education, Kenny has trained hairdressers worldwide as a successful platform artist and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry He ended his tenure as President of TONI&GUY Academy and Salon Divisions in 2014. His energy is contagious and is committed to this industry.

Lenore Gibson

Owner/Education Director | She has been a successful stylist, a talented educator and manager of education for 29 years with TONI&GUY Hairdressing. At her time there she also mastered how to market and manage the brand image holding the Vice President of Marketing position for 15 years. Her experience gives her all that’s needed to create a great environment for COLLECTIV students.

Stacey Wagstaff

Academy Director | She was a 15 year veteran as a successful stylist behind the chair before joining our team as an instructor in 2010. She experienced a commission based salon for almost nine years before owning her own Studio Salon. She is a well rounded hairdresser with a love and knack for color! She cares for the quality of work performed by the students and is respected by all.

Teddy Button

Instructor | Teddy is a dedicated professional that understands the power of a good fundamental education early in one’s career. He has spent the last 10 years seeking to improve his own skills by studying many of the leaders in our industry and has chosen to lead COLLECTIV students in their own journey to be great.

Jamie Libby

Instructor | Jamie has been a salon owner and freelance stylist for over a decade. She has been the lead stylist on several major motion films. She joined the COLLECTIV educational team in 2017. We couldn’t be more lucky to have her sharing her skills with our future professionals.

Mikey Beale

Instructor | Mikey began his hairdressing career in Salt Lake City in 2003. In 2005 moved to Houston, TX to work as a regional educator for TIGI/TONI&GUY for five years. He continued to impact the industry by joining Pravana Nutraceuticals becoming a Master Colorist and Educator. In 2012 he returned home to Salt Lake City reuniting with COLLECTIV Academy owners, returning to his educational roots.

Lindsey Bushman

Instructor | An experienced hairdresser of almost two decades, Lindsey joined COLLECTIV Academy in 2019. Born and raised in Salt Lake City she has a passion for all aspects of Barbering and much knowledge about the business side of running a salon and managing income. Great asset to our team.

Mykle Troye

Instructor | Born and raised in Utah, Mykle works on clients in a salon while working part time at COLLECTIV Academy bringing relevant information to our students. Constantly honing his skills to be the best the industry has to offer. He participates in photo shoots working with models to keep his creative talent growing.

Linda Huynh

Enrollment Counselor | Make Up Artist | A veteran in the make up industry, Linda wants to share her love and passion for the beauty industry by helping others navigate their way through and becoming an industry fierce hairdresser. She also heads up our 30 hour certified, Advanced Make Up Course!

Chandler D’Ambrosio

Financial Aid Coordinator | Chandler studied Theatre Arts and Playwriting at the University of Utah. She attended and finished Cosmetology school so her knowledge of the industry is crucial in understanding the students journey to achieve success. She has been with COLLECTIV Academy from the beginning and brought all her knowledge together to assist students in their financial journey to attain their dream career.

Advanced Creative Team

Heath Grout

Executive Creative Director | VP | Photographer | Heath Grout, formally Global Creative Director for TIGI Professional, joins the team, leading the creative education systems and collaborating on branding and production development through New York City based branding company, Agency Nomadic and production company, 18 Rabbit .

Put your trust in COLLECTIV Academy and let us do what we do best, to train individuals beyond today’s hairdressing standards, to live up to our own personal standards, and to raise the expectations of students so that we may contribute to the future of this amazing industry that we know and love so well!

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Testimonials

five stars

As soon as you walk through the doors you'll notice a VERY clean school, beautiful furniture and fresh flowers. Their reception area and staff are friendly, fashionable, and professional. You'll also be offered beverage. Once greeted by your service provider a thorough consultation is given by the student alongside with one of the academy's world renowned instructors. The student body are well dressed, professional and knowledgeable. You will love everything that this academy has to offer. Best cosmetology program in the universe hands down.

M. Beale