The staff at Blade Craft Barber Academy is second to none. Meet our director and team members below.
Lilly Benitez, the owner and founder of Blade Craft Barber Academy has mastered her craft of barbering and customer service in the salon industry since 2003. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she is committed to establishing BCBA as a staple in the industry.
She has been searching the last few years for the right opportunity to target male-specific barbering education. After years of research and investigation across the country, Lilly has decided to build it herself.
While the future could bring various locations nationally for Lilly's concept, she focused the start of her business in Dallas, Texas with the dream to create an elite level of barber training, and hopes to expand to provide many opportunities outside of Dallas.
Barbering and education are Lilly's passions, and she is committed to providing the best of both to her students and community.
MEET OUR TEAM
Originally from Colorado, Madison has been a licensed esthetician since 2014. Skincare is her passion, yet business development is where she thrives! She sharpened her beauty industry career in the sales field, working for various world-renowned hair and skincare companies such as Bumble and Bumble.
While at Blade Craft, collaborating with outside sources to extend the students' education and experience has been successful. Madi provides partnerships with brands for powerful knowledge sessions for each student to understand the importance of quality.
On her days off, you can usually find her at Target roaming the isles with her young daughter. She enjoys meeting all of the new faces that come through the Blade Craft doors and guiding them in commencing their journey on a new career.Madi is an integral part of supporting the staff, clients, and student body.
FRONT DESK COORDINATOR
Layla is our Executive Front Desk Coordinator and is currently getting her Master's degree in Digital Communication Analytics. She found her passion in digital marketing/analytics throughout her undergrad years during past jobs and on-campus organizations.
She hopes to use her degree and experience to bring in new clients, new students and plenty of new opportunities for Blade Craft. Helping to create campaigns and events through outreach and/or social media will be her go-to!
When Layla is not at work or studying she is either doing a little retail therapy or hanging out with friends and family to keep herself active!
LICENSED COSMETOLOGIST, MASSAGE THERAPIST AND BARBER
Kathia is a licensed Cosmetologist, Massage Therapist, and Barber. Her specialties are luxury straight razor shaves, soothing facials, massage relaxation, and precision hair cutting.
On her off time she enjoys traveling, water activities, meeting new people, and trying eclectic restaurants.
Her attention to detail will make your Blade Craft experience one to remember!
DUAL-LICENSED PROFESSIONAL & EDUCATOR
Being a licensed cosmetologist, and barber has been an adventure! Starting right out of high school it seemed pretty clear that I knew it was where I wanted to be.
After working in the Toni and Guy salons for a few years, specializing in color, I was interested in getting back into hair cutting, and heard about Sports Clips. Eight years later, I found myself looking for more. Furthering my education, attending Blade Craft Barber Academy, it has added to my clipper skills, and 'feel stretch shave' to my tool belt.
Today I am a barbershop/salon owner, dual licensed professional, and educator at Blade Craft Barber Academy! I am beyond excited for what my future has in store for me!
LICENSED BARBER & INSTRUCTOR
Veronica is a licensed barber and instructor with a Milady Master Educator certification in Business Fundamentals.
She loves educating because she learns to be in a learning environment, and gets a huge feeling of satisfaction from helping people learn, especially when it comes to the huge impact that their career can have in their life.
Veronica enjoys being a part of BCBA because of the culture, the love of the craft of barbering that everyone shares. She's noted that it's her barber home, and doesn't feel like work because no two days are ever the same.
She believes that she brings diversity, positivity, and experience to the students' journey in becoming a professional barber.