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
From salons and barbershops to playing bass and spinning records, Noe has a passion for personal achievement and bringing a positive atmosphere to everything he does. Behind the chair since 2013, these years have helped shape him into the educator he is today.
Apart from being a licensed cosmetologist, barber and barber instructor, he has had the opportunity to travel to different countries and consult on barbershop projects. All of the interactions with other barbers have influenced his teachings of today. Noe is committed to sharing his knowledge with anyone eager to learn and grow.
His favorite part of being an educator is helping set goals and seeing them through to completion. His love for the students, BCBA culture, and atmosphere is immense and it shines through his work.
Brittany is the Lead Educator, and is continuously outdoing herself in developing others. Her team of Educators boasts of excellent State Board Examination results, as well as continued contact with graduates.
Part of her professional skills were developed at Blade Craft Barber Academy while commuting from Paris, TX.
Brittany has a passion for men's tailored haircuts and attention to detail. She always has a smile on her face, and adores her dog Maci.
"Being an educator here at Blade Craft Barber Academy has been an amazing honor, with over a decade of knowledge and experience in this industry it is a passion of mine to share that knowledge and experiences with the future barbers.” -Brittany McIntyre
After serving 12 years in the US Army as an Intelligence Analyst and Linguist, Matt decided it was time for a change of pace. Starting out as a cosmetologist and cosmetology instructor, he wanted to focus more on the barbering aspect of the industry.
Matt attended the Blade Craft Barber Academy Blade Apprentice (Crossover) program. After successful completion, he felt that even though he didn't have to take the Master Apprentice (Barber Instructor) course he should so that he would be better equipped to educate future barbers.
Maya Angelou said..." Do the best you can until you know better. When you know better, do better." This is how I look at education. It is a continuous process.
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.
NEW BUSINESS ASSISTANT
(Ret.) U.S. Air Force Veteran, Torane Barnett has made the shift from his call of duty to answering the call of clients in need of haircuts from all over.
A Virginia native, Torane has a passion for building and sustaining relationships. As a new resident of Dallas Metroplex, he is eager to acclimate hisself to the Texas way of life.
In his free time, he loves growing his Photography & Apparel Business and spending as much time as possible with his family creating memories.
With his future on the horizon, he has plans to pursue continued education as a Master Educator here at Blade Craft Barber Academy and press forward with blazing a trial for his family to be proud of.
Angie has been in the industry since 2012. Starting as a cosmetologist, she found interest in expanding her clientele.
Soon afterward, she went into the barber field and developed a love for the craft.
After spending time behind the chair at a barbershop, the influence of education led her to achieve her instructor license.
With trends changing and evolving, diversity is one of the things she’s very passionate about.
“I want to be able to teach students how to work will all different types of hair. Educating them on these things will help them feel limitless!”