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Barbers International, Inc. was formed in October 2005 as a worldwide organization dedicated to the barber and hair care industry.

Our mission is to provide advanced education and training to further barbering and related hair profession through education, professional development, participation and networking to meet the needs of our members.

 

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kirkpatrickCharles Kirkpatrick - Co-Founder, Executive Director

Executive Director of the National Association of Barber Boards of America (14 years); Director of Arkansas Barber Board (17 yrs); barber for over 20 years and owner of Arkadelphia Beauty College and ABC Barber College in Arkansas. Charles was elected to the Barber Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards for his dedication to the industry. His expertise and skill as a barber and administrator brings a vast amount of knowledge to Barbers International.



 

clark_picSondra Clark - Co-Founder, Operations and Event Planning

Executive Director for the Mississippi Barber Board for over 6 years, Sondra's dedication is well known in the industry. She has served on various NABBA (National Association of Barber Boards) committees and continues to be a driving influence with over 21 years of experience in working with government.



 

mcbunch_picMike McBunch - Training

Mike has been serving the public as a professional barber for over 26 years. His varied background and experience includes barber instructor licensure, teaching and sole proprietorship of his own shop, The Hair Co., since 1990. Mike is currently serving his second term on the Mississippi Board of Barber Examiners and has been the president for the past three years. In addition, he was recently elected 5th vice president of the National Association of Barber Boards of America at their 2006 conference in Denver, Colorado. Mike was the youngest barber in Mississippi to receive the Barber of the Year Award at age 29. In 1990, he was awarded Roffler Educational Artist of the Year. Mike is a Roffler educator and guest artist who travels extensively both nationally and internationally.

 

maura_picMaura Scali-Sheahan - Education

In addition to being a Master Barber, Maura is a full-time instructor at Florida Community College in Jacksonville, Florida. She has served on a variety of college councils and committees as well as the Illinois and Florida State Barber Boards. Maura has been a presenter for The Career Institute since 2000 and is dedicated to training educators in teaching methods and instructional materials design. Maura is also the revision author of the last three editions of  and its supplements for Milady- Cengage Learning. In addition to full-time teaching and freelance writing for the industry, Maura is an adjunct instructor for Southern Illinois University’s off-campus military programs. She has a Master’s in Education with a specialization in Workforce Education, Training, and Development and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership. In 2008, Maura was the second woman to be inducted into the NABBA Barber Hall of Fame, which is one of the highest awards a barber can receive. Maura is dedicated to furthering the knowledge, technical skill-base, and professionalism of instructors and barbers entering the industry.

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clip_image001_0000Lynne Scott Jackson - Co-Founder, Marketing and Public Relations

Communications professional with 25 years experience in national consumer marketing, advertising, audience/channel expansion, content development, strategic advocacy, healthcare, and media relations. In addition to serving as marketing officer for Barbers International, Lynne has developed public relations programs for numerous corporations, businesses and institutions, including Colgate-Palmolive Company, Pepsi-Cola Company and The Prostate Net, to name a few. Prior to forming Millynneum, a business-to-consumer consulting practice, she held management positions at Hill and Knowlton, UniWorld Group and the St. Petersburg (FL) Times. Lynne received a B.A. in journalism from Howard University and is an instructor at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She received the 2005 Business Leadership & Excellence Award from UnityFirst.com, for her pioneer marketing strategies.

 

jim_stone_picJim Stone - Schools and Education

Jim has been a licensed barber for 30 years and has over 25 years of teaching and school ownership experience. In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, Jim studied at Sassoon’s in London, Mod Hair in Paris, and Roffler’s in the U.S. He spent 15 years as a Zotos International educator and platform artist, teaching advanced classes in London, Canada, the Pacific Rim and throughout the U.S. and was voted Zoto’s “Educator of the Year”. Jim later served on Zotos Education Council and is a past president of the National Association of Barber/Styling Schools. His work has been featured in several industry publications including Modern Salon and Men’s Passion.

 

sam_newpicSam Barcelona - Industry Relations

As an administrator with the Arizona State Board of Barbers, Sam oversees 15 schools throughout the state of Arizona. He holds a Masters Degree in Education, is a professional growth development instructor, and created the Mesa Arizona Public Schools Presentational Skills Curriculum which focuses on communication and performance. A veteran in the industry, he has been a barber and shop owner for over 30 years. Sam is also a musician, former actor, and voiceover artist for Disney and other major corporations.

 

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