Educators Bios

Jam Educators:

Jeff Andrews - Jeff began his career as a groomer who sharpened his own equipment and now operates a high volume sharpening business in Mobile, AL. He writes an on-going blog that is popular among sharpeners and groomers. 

Ron DeWitt - Ron is a sharpener from North Carolina. He has a background in business consulting. Last year he was the number one seller of Bonika Shears in the country. 

Jim O'Donnell - Jim is the publisher and editor of the popular On The Edge Newsletter read worldwide by sharpeners of shears and clipper blades. Jim has been a sharpening trainer for decades and has a popular on-line blog and Youtube. 

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. 

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.

Jim Turner - Jim is a third generation sharpener from Gaffney SC. He has been a attended nearly every Sharpeners Jam and has been a frequent and popular contributor as an educator and innovator with his "Git'R Done" attitude toward sharpening.

William Whatley - Celebrity stylist and TV personality with over 30 years in the beauty industry. Current creative education director for Robanda Hair Brands. Was the lead host for "Ambush Makeover" and has been featured on the Today Show, Oprah winfrey, Rachael Ray and more. His list of celebrity work and magazines publishing is legendary.