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Educators Bios

Jam Educators:

Dennis Brooks - Dennis is the owner of Sharp Edges in Decatur, IL. He is the vice president of the National Beauty Tools Sharpeners Guild and is a Grand Master Sharpener as well as a sharpener judge. He markets the Hamurguri Sharpening system as well as other equipment.  

David Finete of Finetech - Atlanta: Credit Card Processing Knowhow and Pitfalls

Louie Gean - Master sharpener from the Chicago area. Louie is the chairman of the certification committee with the National Beauty Tool Sharpeners Guild and has taught at many of their conventions. This is the first time he has taught at the Sharpeners Jam. 

Don Kimenker of Coast to Coast Sharpening - NJ-CA: Don has built a substantial sharpening business while traveling back and forth between New Jersey and California. He has mastered the art of making phone appointments and keeping detailed records of all his clientele across the continent for follow-up and continued business. This is the first time Don has presented at the Sharpeners Jam. 

Dean Koeneman of DK Industries - KY Dean will be teaching surgical sharpening. Although he is a shear sharpener over 50% of his income comes from surgical sharpening. This is the first time Dean has shared his knowledge in any venue!

Bonnie Megowan - Bonnie is the founder and owner of Bonika Shears, as well as, an award winning shear sharpener. She is the only woman to achieve the highest score in the National Beauty Tool Sharpeners Guild Master Certification. Bonnie is the inventor of the Coil Comb for creating twists and dreads and a contributor to various publications and text books. She can be seen in numerous educational videos for stylists and sharpeners and is a sought-after guest speaker at cosmetology schools, sharpening conventions, webinars and hair shows throughout the United States and abroad.

Gene Megowan - Gene Megowan is the national sales manager for Bonika Shears. Gene had many years in sales with a fortune 500 company as a territory rep. As Bonika Shears grew into a family business, Gene took on the marketing. His Masters Degree dissertation with Phoenix University was in the market feasibility of the first Bonika Shear. He has developed a non-pressure sales method for presenting Bonika Shears to the stylists that has increased sales, but even more so has resulted in high repeat and referral sales. Gene teaches marketing techniques to sharpeners and shear distributor and has innovated techniques that have been copied by others in the industry. 

Dani Roeher of Wells Fargo Small Business Consultant. Dani has had extensive experience working with small businesses in the Atlanta area helping them with financing, business plans and business growth.

Jason Sturm - In the past 10 years, Jason has also came to be a recognized authority on clipper blade sharpening and repair and has served on several boards and sharpening guilds.  His staff of thirteen has trained hundreds of sharpeners, repairman and women either through our in shop training or in sharpening shows.  

Brandon Smart - is an expert in clipper blade sharpening and all things sharp. He works at EdgePro with Jason Sturm and is one of the top authorities on clippers.