2019 Judges

Big RedBig Red

Big Red is the owner of Master Kutz Barber & Beauty Salon in Charlotte, NC. Inspired by Ed Tucker, he knew from the 12th grade that we wanted to open a salon.

Big Red’s passion for barbering comes from his love of people and community. He believes the profession gives him the opportunity to reach and positively influence others.

A member of the North Carolina Local Barber Association, Big Red is also very active in the community, particularly supporting children. He takes part in NCBA’s work with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department to educate young people on police interaction, hosts an annual December toy drive, and regularly visits and speaks with local high school students.


RoseMarie McCauleyRoseMarie McCauley

RoseMarie McCauley is the owner operator of Modern Quick Clips located in the University Area of Charlotte, NC. Ms. McCauley is a graduate of Dudley’s Beauty School of Charlotte and has been in the beauty industry for 17 years.  Ms. McCauley embodies excellent people skills which she prides in helping her to build and sustain relationships.  Ms. McCauley is writing a book titled,  “Prayers Behind the Chair” which illustrates the love, compassion, and prayers that she has for her clients. She hopes this book will touch many lives and help people to live their more authentic self.

Ms. McCauley is the proud mother of two beautiful children, Paris and London.  She is a very faithful woman who believes in God and that prayer changes things.

Prayers Behind the Chair will be available in winter of 2018.  You can schedule an appointment with Ms. McCauley at 704-579-1797.


Shawn Tapley

Shawn Tapley

Shawn Tapley, affectionately known as Tap, is the owner/operator of Premier Grooming Lounge two locations – WT Harris and Sharon Amity in Charlotte, NC.  Tap has been in the industry for over 20 years and is a graduate of and an instructor at Just For You Barber Styling Academy.

Tap prides his success on never becoming complacent and his belief to staying in a humbling learning environment. Tap is Certified in Non-Surgical Hair Replacements (Units) a very unique service provided by only a few professionals in Charlotte.

According to Tap, “I have some goals I want to accomplish in the industry, so I have to keep this sword sharpened. I still watch great barbers on social media and try to at least go to two hair shows yearly. When you become comfortable and start to coast in this industry that’s when your skills diminish”.

You can follow Tap on IG and FB and via his website at www.cutbytap.com.


photoDavid A. Elliot

David A. Elliot, originally from Massachusetts migrated to the south, where he began his career in the early stages of his life. Obtaining his cosmetology license at the age of fifteen years old brought him much experience in the Haircare Industry. He has Influenced current and future hair professionals within his 18 years of styling hair. Davids credentials include educating for Dudley Products, Regency Beauty Institute, Creative Director for Rucker Roots Haircare, and appearing on Fox’s television show “Ambush Makeover”. He is currently a certified Life Coach and the owner of D Elliot’s Hair Studio, located In Charlotte North Carolina.




TynettaTynetta Hare

Tynetta Nicole Hare is a dynamic soloist, who sings songs that soothe the soul and transform broken spirits.  Her infectious personality, sense of humor and spirit of God within her, bring peace to any environment.  Tynetta has been singing since the age of three years old.  She has toured internationally with M.C. Hammer as a back up singer and lead vocalist.  Her voice has been featured on the “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt’em, CD and his gospel CD, “Inside Out.” Tynetta has also had the opportunity to sing, “Go For It,” which is a song featured on the Rocky V soundtrack.
Tynetta is also a licensed cosmetologist and owner of The Vine Designs located in the University area of Charlotte, NC.
Tynetta knows that her gifts and talents have all come from the Lord.  One scripture she stands by is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path”.