Jim Stone


Jim grew up in the barbering industry with his grandfather, Raymond Andrew, and his father, Kenneth Stone, both members of the Barber Hall of Fame. 

After graduating in 1972 from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Jim and his parents moved to Florida.  After a few years of dead-end jobs, he attended his father's Barber College in Clearwater.  After graduating he moved to Tallahassee and worked in a busy barber shop for 2 years and at night attended Cosmetology school to get his Cosmetology license.  Jim moved back to Clearwater to begin his teaching career.  After teaching for several years, Jim and his father decided to expand and added Barber/Cosmetology schools in Sarasota (1982) and Ft. Myers (1984).  These 3 schools became Sunstate Academy of Hair Design and thrived until deciding to sell in 2003.  

From 1984 - 2000 Jim was also an educator and platform artist for Zotos International a hair care manufacturing company.  With Zotos, he taught classes not only in the U.S. but internationally in Canada, Bahamas, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and England. 

Here are some of his accomplishments:

  • Featured in Modern Salon Magazine in 1986 doing flat tops and in 1989 doing beard trims
  • Hairstyles were published in American Salon, Men's Passion and Coiffure Q Magazines
  • In 1992 voted "Educator of the Year" for Zotos International
  • Board member of NCA "Schools America" and "Barbers International"
  • Past President of National Association of Barber Schools (NABS) 

Currently Jim is a school evaluator for National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences (NACCAS), working with the National Barber Boards of America (NABBA) in starting a new Barber School Association and with his 45 years of barber experience, working in a barber shop in Sarasota, Fl.


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