Antigua-born Hair Care Specialist recognized as leader in his field


Antigua-born Hair Care Specialist, Educator and Entrepreneur, Dr. Dave Ray was recognized as an iconic beauty industry leader this past weekend at the70th anniversary of the Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show in Atlanta, GA.

On Sunday evening at a prestigious event, held at The Georgia World Congress Center, with more than 10,000 in attendance, The Sage Award was presented to Dr. Ray, also known as “the Beauty Surgeon”.

“The Sage Award” is presented to industry innovators and “best in class” practitioners who demonstrate vision, wisdom, experience and leadership in areas of sustainable business practices, social responsibility and profitable growth.

Dr. Ray is considered an industry leader, facilitating advanced training in the beauty field and beyond. He is an author and the only black franchised salon owner in the US called “Beauty Werkz”. He is also a consultant and chairman of judges for all African American Hair Competitions, including The Bronner Brothers.

“It is always heart-warming to be validated by your peers and hard working professionals who keep on the cutting edge. This award symbolizes another milestone in my journey, bringing awareness in education to aspiring professionals. I am humbled by it all.” Dave said.

The trade show hosted upwards of 75,000 beauty professionals from across the globe over the weekend, Aug 19 – 21.

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  1. Where in Antigua was he born? What school did he attend? What caused him to become interested in this field? What are some of his childhood memories of sweet Wadadli? Please can you do a feature or extensive interview with him? This is amazing!! ! Please AND do a special feature on him. Thanx in advance

  2. Which one in the pic is Dr. Ray? Given his outstanding expertise, is he willing to contribute to his home country by helping to develop the cosmetology sector here? I see a lot of potential where that is concerned. Please ANR seize the opportunity to reach out to him

  3. Real Talk, from four months old, I lived in Skerritt’s Pasture with my grandparents, pretty much across from M&M gas station, off Old Parham Road. I attended St. John’s All Age Primary, then Clare Hall Secondary. I entered the field from the age of 12-13 years old by and aunt who was a major player in the industry in Antigua.

    • Thank you for responding. I hope to personally meet you soon enough. Much continued success in all your endeavors.

  4. ANR I challenge you to verify the contents of this story. Find out the truth about the purpose of the award. Maybe communication with Bronner Brothers is the best starting point. Then do your own research about black franchises. And where are his franchise locations are? A challenge and report the findings ANR.

  5. Good job Dave! Never let the naysayers stop you! I will never forget your kindness and words of encouragement when you were an educator at CKHS. It was also a pleasure to see you in Chris Rock’s movie “Good Hair”. Bravo!

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