About Us

At Pivot Point® International, we believe it’s our responsibility to evolve hair and beauty education, challenging the status quo. For over 50 years, our continual commitment to creating rich educational experiences and developing best-in-class educational content, has enabled us to foster over 1 million individuals, on six continents, as they realize sustainable careers within the beauty industry. We know what drives beauty professionals to succeed—what they see as relevant to further their career; we provide education, tools and a community in which to thrive. Our mission is to empower through education and our extensive brandfolio allows us to do so, with offerings such as LAB® (Learn About Beauty), Salonability®, A Designer’s Approach®, Salon Fundamentals®, Fundamentals® Mindful Teaching® Pro, Snap Cap®, mannequins and industry-relevant tools. All of these offerings cater to industry professionals and non-professionals, at all stages of their careers, providing solutions that enhance everyday experiences and combat consistent challenges within the industry. Pivot Point International’s philosophy of lifelong learning, combined with our offerings, encourage growth and professionalism in an industry that is built on products and services that help everyone look and feel their best.


Pivot Point's Artistry Through the Years

For more than five decades Pivot Point has been a leader in beauty education, training premier beauty professionals around the world. From hair designers to estheticians, to competition stylists and those who go on to teach future professionals, our educational methods are trusted to provide a solid foundation for success.

In 2012 we celebrated our 50th year of creativity, education and empowerment. Today, we carry with us a legacy of passion for education and the creative force of Pivot Point Founder Leo Passage. As we look toward the future, we are committed to continuing that legacy and exploring new educational frontiers.

Leo Passage Documentary Trailer


  Our Leadership 


Chairman, CEO and Global Ambassador, Robert Passage was born into the beauty industry. His father, Leo Passage founded Pivot Point in 1962. Today, Robert is a licensed cosmetologist, a licensed cosmetology instructor and holds a degree in business from Loyola University. In his roles, he guides Pivot Point International and continues to expand his father's vision and legacy. Robert is an active industry advocate serving on many boards, including American Association of Cosmetology Schools, Cosmetologists Chicago and Beauty Changes Lives. In 2011, he received the N.F. Cimaglia Award for his achievements in promoting cosmetology education for more than 25 years.
Senior Vice President of Finance and Internal Operations, Robert Sieh has been with Pivot Point for 24 years. Sieh oversees the operations and finances of the company, developing and applying new systems, procedures and documentation company-wide, while strategizing for success over the short and long term.
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development, Kevin oversees the Pivot Point brand and is responsible for all marketing and product positioning efforts. He brings a strong background and experience from his time as Senior Director of Global Brand Management for KAO Corporation, where he established an admirable trajectory leading global marketing and education initiatives for professional brands for 16 years, including  KMS California and GOLDWELL. He instituted a North American training facility that was both commercially driven and highly advanced in curriculum and training methods. Additionally, during a rotation with KAO Germany he created the first-ever Global Communications and Product Education Department for GOLDWELL.
As Vice President of International Business Development, Jan’s focus is twofold: supporting the global network of Pivot Point distributors and lead the direct distribution businesses in a growing number of countries. Jan is a fifth-generation hair designer whose roots are in the Netherlands. After attending a Pivot Point school in 1980, Jan became a freelance trainer for Pivot Point in 1986. In 1988 he left his native country and in the next 5 years he travelled the world for Pivot Point, teaching, training trainers, and performing in shows in 50+ countries. In 1996, he became the Director of the International Division at Pivot Point Chicago. From 2000 – 2005 Jan was CEO for Pivot Point International Inc in the USA. In 2005 Jan returned to Europe, before taking on his current role in 2008. Starting in 2012, the direct distribution business has evolved and now covers the UK & Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
Pivot Point Director of Human Resources, brings 25 years of expertise in recruitment, hiring, performance management, employee relations, leadership and teamwork, and benefit administration to the company. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Katy spent the last 20 years with Playboy Enterprises as Director of Compensation and Benefits. She is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management and International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. She is currently preparing for her exam for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) certification.