Inaugural Premiere Barber Challenge - Powered by Andis®
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Ross Boettcher 608-556-6999

Bruce Bock 262-884-2600

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ORLANDO, FL (June 2016) – It was standing room only at the inaugural Premiere Barber Challenge Powered by Andis®, as top men’s grooming specialists from around the country – both professionals and students – competed to create award-winning styles using Andis® professional tools.


“We’d like to thank everyone for their participation at this first-time event – the competitors put on an amazing show,” said Karen Formico, vice president of marketing for Andis. “The finished looks created reflect some of the best work being done in the men’s grooming space today and show what’s possible when talented barbers and stylists express their passion, creativity and expertise using Andis clippers and trimmers.”


On Sunday, June 5, Christopher Quinones of Gainesville, Georgia, who is also manager of Legends Barber Shop, won first place in the professional competition for his finished cut that included a vibrant red high-top mohawk with an intricately designed undercut. With the win, Quinones took home a massive champion’s trophy, $250 and an Andis tool package. All competitors received an Andis tool package valued at more than $150.


Jesse Almodovar, of Walden, New York, and The Barber Lounge, was the Challenge’s runner-up for his execution of a high pompadour coupled with an undercut whirl design. Third place went to Orlando’s Steve Trujillo, from Art of Fades barber shop, for his aggressive, electric blue mohawk paired with a flawless skin fade.


The professional competition was the best-attended competition at the Premiere Orlando Show and drew more than 400 attendees, which included barbers, cosmetologists, stylists and students who watched intently as the barbers worked quickly during the competition.


In the student division, Jamarcus Phipps won first place, with Shaneil Lorenzo and Jose R. Madrigal securing second- and third-place, respectfully.

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Andis Company, a family held business founded in 1922, is a leading manufacturer of handheld tools to trim, cut, curl, straighten and dry hair. The company's products are purchased in more than 90 countries by barbers and salon professionals, consumers, hotels, motels, resorts, small animal groomers and large animal groomers and shearers. To find a local distributor, call 800-558-9441 or visit