Board of Advisors

Financial and Management Advisory Board

John Paul DeJoria Mike Galesi

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John Paul DeJoria

The Great American Success Story is still alive and well. His name is John Paul DeJoria. The message of his achievements is that fame and financial reward are meaningful only if devotedly put to the improvement of others and to the protection of the world we all share. The measure of DeJoria's success is not in the pre-eminence of his salon products firm, John Paul Mitchell Systems, or of the other enterprises he heads. It is measured by the good he has accomplished as an emissary of the United Nations Environmental Programme and by such related activities as his wide investment of time, money and influence in human and environmental pursuits.

His philosophy is "success unshared is failure."

John Paul Mitchell Systems, manufacturers of Paul Mitchell Professional Salon Products, is a growing privately-held professional beauty company. Responsible for the swift in sales growth to over $150 million in sales is the company's CEO and Co-Founder, John Paul DeJoria. Steadfastly at the helm of his company's vast network, DeJoria typifies the American entrepreneur.

As a nine year old child, John Paul DeJoria sold Christmas cards door to door to help support his family. Although he learned the value of hard work early in life, little did he know he would one day become a multi-millionaire with an impeccable reputation in the professional beauty industry. But in his presence, you can see why success was bound to come his way. His larger-than-life charisma is completely sincere. He challenges and inspires those around him.

In 1964, when DeJoria was discharged from the U.S. Navy, he found that his first occupational goal, dental school, was financially unobtainable. So he did what he thought was the next best thing, he sold encyclopedias. With effort, he mastered the art of sales and went on to selling copy machines and insurance. Eventually, he landed a top sales managerial position at Time, Inc.

In 1971, when DeJoria met Paula Kent Meehan, president of Redken Laboratories, Inc., the leading professional salon product company in the U.S. at the time, he found his niche. In 18 short months he was appointed national manager of Redken's schools and chain salons. Hair care replaced his dreams of dental care.

In 1980, ripe for a change, DeJoria joined forces with America's most influential hair designer and his friend of eight years, Paul Mitchell. Together they introduced Hair Sculpting, a revolutionary hair setting and styling method, as an integral part of their professional hair care system. Mitchell's vision to maximize the hairdresser's time and talents with modern styling tools, coupled with DeJoria's sales, marketing and business savvy, launched a progressive company that was destined to lead the way in professional hair care.

DeJoria is deeply concerned about the environmental future of our world. He financed and drove the "Mana La," a solar-powered car, in the first international solar-powered cross-continental race in Australia in 1987. Currently, he is developing a solar car for his personal use and a more dynamic solar racing vehicle. It is this dedication to finding alternative energy sources that earned him an invitation to the Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations, as well as, numerous special events with several presidents of the United States.

A concerned philanthropist, DeJoria makes contributions to, and works on projects with, a number of organizations including: Friends of Elk River, The Sovereign Dine' Nation Weaving Collective, The AIDS Relief Fund for Beauty Professionals, Rescue Missions for the Homeless, The Earth Communications Office and The Rainforest Foundation among others. He has been a recipient of awards from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Anti-Vivisection Society for pioneering the first major line of salon products not tested on animals. DeJoria also gave PETA a grant to produce an album entitled "Tame Yourself" and backed producer Jolie Jones in the production of "Take it Back", an environmental public service campaign. DeJoria joined forces with The Big Blue Foundation and The Humane Society to produce a beautiful and moving two-minute public service announcement with a cruelty-free message, entitled "Ebudae", that ran in movie theaters nationwide. DeJoria was named special emissary to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). With UNEP, he helped arrange a peaceful meeting between the Ogoni people of Southern Nigeria and Shell Oil, in order to clean up serious oil problems in that country. During a recent trip to North Korea, DeJoria initiated a program to convert the Korean Demilitarized Zone into an ecological zone once reunification takes place.

Dedicated to the professional salon industry, DeJoria served on the Board of Directors of the American Beauty Association. He is an advisor to Global Green, the American Division of Environmental Green Cross which is headed by Mikhail Gorbachev. In March 1995, DeJoria received the USpirit of Life Award from the City of Hope National Medical Center. With $180,000 raised in his honor, the John Paul Mitchell Research Fellowship in AIDS was founded at City of Hope. In 1995, he also received the Partners Award from American Oceans Campaign, and the Shofar of Peace award. John Paul has been a favored lecturer to MBA, teaching entrepreneurial and graduate classes at the University of Southern California, Rice University in Houston, Texas and Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he also received an honorary doctorate degree.

Combining his "only handle a piece of paper once" philosophy with his desire to help make the world a better place to live has afforded DeJoria the time to reap and share rewards. "Nothing in life is worth doing unless you're having fun doing it," DeJoria says .

John Paul DeJoria has been extraordinarily supportive of Sea Shepherd initiatives, even to the point of responding to business associates who disagree with our philosophy. Read a letter John Paul wrote to an associate regarding our non-lethal alternative for the seal hunts. This letter will give the reader tremendous insight into John Paul's heart.

 

Mike GalesiMike Galesi

Mike Galesi is a successful businessman and entrepreneur from the New York metropolitan area. He runs a commercial real estate business that began three generations ago. He and his partners now own and operate properties up and down the eastern seaboard where they redevelop strip shopping centers and office buildings. In addition, he is a musician/songwriter and producer of original music, which has always been one of the great passions in his life.

Another passion of his is nature – spending as much time as he can kayaking, wilderness camping, and scuba diving. For many years he has been actively researching and contacting various conservation groups that he could become involved with, and ended-up finding that many of these conservation organizations have very high overheads with little or no actual results. It was only after learning about Sea Shepherd and Paul Watson that he knew that this was the organization he could fully get behind. For years he has been committed to do whatever he could to keep the Sea Shepherd fleet in the water and help the organization meet the challenges in front of them.

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Operation Milagro III Campaign Launch Video
Operation Milagro III Campaign Launch Video
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is returning to Mexico’s Gulf of California for Operation Milagro III to save the near extinct vaquita marina porpoise and the endangered totoaba bass. The M/V Farley Mowat is back on active duty with the M/V Sam Simon joining the Milagro campaign for the first ti...
Sea Shepherd Investigates Whale Corpse in Sea of Cortez
Sea Shepherd Investigates Whale Corpse in Sea of Cortez
The Farley Mowat Sea Shepherd crew is called out to investigate a dead Brydes whale in the Gulf of California on November 5th, 2016 while patrolling the vaquita refuge. To help the Sea Shepherd crew to continue its work in the Sea of Cortez, including protecting the near-extinct vaquita marina porpo...
Entanglement in the South
Entanglement in the South
Operation Guardian Angel - In and around Bahia de Los Angeles, in the Gulf of California, countless marine species are entrapped in nets with little or no hope of rescue. Rosalia Tellez works for CONANP, a department of the Mexican government that acts as park rangers to enforce laws and assist in ...
Good and Bad Days
Good and Bad Days
This video follows Sea Shepherd volunteers over the course of two days. The first day Sea Shepherd locates and removes a long line from the sea; fortunately no animals were caught in the net. However, the next day volunteers find a sea lion that has been caught and died in a fisherman's net.
Operation Virus Hunter Campaign Summary
Operation Virus Hunter Campaign Summary
Sea Shepherd campaign Operation Virus Hunter saw the vessel RV Martin Sheen under the leadership of Alexandra Morton, head up the coast of British Columbia Canada to expose open pen Atlantic salmon farms and the impact they are having on wild Pacific salmon and the the surrounding eco-systems.
Illegal Totoaba Nets
Illegal Totoaba Nets
This video follows Sea Shepherd volunteers through the process of locating, retrieving and disposing of illegal nets in the Gulf of California.
Discovering Alleged Wild Salmon Dead in Fish Farms
Discovering Alleged Wild Salmon Dead in Fish Farms
August 12th 2016: Early Thursday morning the R/V Martin Sheen assisted Melissa Willie, a band councilor of the Musgamagw Dza’wada’enuxw nation, in hand delivering a letter to three farms expressing the nations disapproval of the industry. Sea Shepherd crew alongside independent biologist Alexand...
The Grind of the Faroe Islands
The Grind of the Faroe Islands
Ross McCall travels to the Faroe Islands to explore the truths behind the centuries old tradition of the brutal Pilot Whale drives.
Operation Virus Hunter: A Salmon PSA with Pamela Anderson
Operation Virus Hunter: A Salmon PSA with Pamela Anderson
Sea Shepherd Chairman of the Board, actor/activist Pamela Anderson, cautions viewers about the dangers of eating farmed salmon.
Why Just One?  Indiegogo Video
Why Just One? Indiegogo Video
Support Sea Shepherd's documentary by sharing and backing our Indiegogo campaign here: http://bit.ly/1OfvER6
Milagro Summary - English
Milagro Summary - English
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Operation Milagro II has come to an end. Milagro is its campaign to fight the looming extinction of the vaquita porpoise, the most endangered marine mammal in the world. With an estimate of less than 100 surviving vaquita, Sea Shepherd ships the R/V Martin Sheen...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 15 - Good Bye
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 15 - Good Bye
Watch the crew of the Farley Mowat capture footage of illegal fishing activity with a night vision drone and pull up a totoaba net in the dead of night. This is the final vlog of Operation Milagro II!
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project is dedicated to collect samples from whales in the Gulf of California to measure levels of toxins in whales in order to determine the levels of toxins in the Gulf of California itself. Learn more at: www.seashepherd.org
Totoaba Poachers Caught on Camera
Totoaba Poachers Caught on Camera
Never before seen footage. Sea Shepherd catches critically endangered totoaba poacher in the act. The Sea Shepherd crew filmed these totoaba poachers as they were checking one of their illegal nets in the protected vaquita habitat. The vaquita porpoise is the most endangered marine mammal in the wor...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 14 - Saving Lives
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 14 - Saving Lives
Watch‬ the routine of our crew doing valuable work in the ‪Sea of Cortez‬. We have been very effective at removing illegal fishing gear from the ‪‎vaquita‬ porpoise's habitat. So much so, that now, most of the time we remove nets and lines that are mostly empty, our favorite thing to do....
Sea Shepherd finds 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks
Sea Shepherd finds 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks
The Sea Shepherd crew has found 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks in the month of march of 2016. The vaquita porpoise is the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Learn more at: www.seashepherd.org/milagro2
Sea Shepherds finds a dead sample of the most endangered marine mammal in the world
Sea Shepherds finds a dead sample of the most endangered marine mammal in the world
While patrolling the waters of the upper Gulf of California the Sea Shepherd crew found a dead vaquita porpoise. The vaquita is the most endangered marine mammal in the whole world. The crew also found a Great White Shark caught in an illegal gillnet.
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 12 - This is Direct Action
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 12 - This is Direct Action
This week, the crew of ‪Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ships The M/V Farley Mowat and The RV Martin Sheen find and retrieve an illegal totoaba bass long line from the critically endangered ‪vaquita porpoise habitat. The totoaba fish is also critically endangered. Watch all episodes at: http...
Sea Shepherd Crew Save Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet
Sea Shepherd Crew Save Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet
Sea Shepherd crew rescued a whale entangled in an illegal totoaba gillnet in the Gulf of California. Sea Shepherd currently has two vessels in Mexico's Gulf of California on OPERATION MILAGRO. Our goal is to save the vaquita porpoises, the most endangered marine mammal. The vaquita are caught as a r...
Gregg Lowe on Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro
Gregg Lowe on Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro
You might know Gregg Lowe from X-Men: Days of Future Past, but now watch him explain Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro and understand why we must save the #VaquitaMarina - The most endangered cetacean in the world. Help us save the vaquita at: http://seashepherd.org/milagro2/donate-now/vaquita-appeal...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 11 - Big Fish
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 11 - Big Fish
This week the crew of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ships The Farley Mowat and The Martin Sheen find and retrieve an illegal totoaba bass net from the critically endangered vaquita marina's habitat Watch all episodes at: http://www.seashepherd.org/milagro2/multimedia/videos.html ‪#‎OpMilag...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 10 - Light up the Dark
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 10 - Light up the Dark
Actor Gregg Lowe crews with Sea Shepherd to help us protect the vaquita. The M/V Farley Mowat lights up the vaquita refuge and deters poacher from laying deadly nets in the vaquita marina's habitat. Watch all episodes at: http://seashepherd.org/milagro2/multimedia
Sea Shepherd Wildlife - False Killer Whales
Sea Shepherd Wildlife - False Killer Whales
The first video of our new series "Sea Shepherd Wildlife". This episode is about one of the lesser know large dolphins - The False Killer Whales. Learn more about these beautiful creatures with the Sea Shepherd crew. Share it with your friends. Video by Carolina A. Castro Narration by Nicole D'Entr...
Sea Shepherd Removes gillnet from Endangered Vaquita Habitat
Sea Shepherd Removes gillnet from Endangered Vaquita Habitat
Sea Shepherd Removes gillnet from Endangered Vaquita Habitat.
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 05 - Gillnet Damage
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 05 - Gillnet Damage
Join the crew of the R/V Martin Sheen as they witness the damage a gillnet can cause to marine wildlife while patrolling the endangered vaquita's refuge in Mexico.
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