Our mission at Male Cosmetologist Association
is to enrich the licensed professional male cosmetologists and barber stylists through brotherhood, education, and inspiration.
Our Vision is to be the association of choice
representing licensed professional male cosmetologists.
MISSION | VISION
PRESIDENT / CEO
Howard S. Baker Jr.
Philanthropist, entrepreneur, innovator and educator, Howard is the owner of Joi’Byon Salon in Tucker, Georgia and his been in the hair business for 33 years. Dedicated to his craft, profession, and relationships with his clients and peers, Howard continues to expand his career horizons and professional offerings to meet the demands and ever-evolving trends and innovations of the industry.
In keeping with this philosophy, Howard recently took over the reins of The Male Cosmetologist Association currently serves as its CEO. He accepted the role with the mission and vision to empower, advance, and strengthen the bond between male professional cosmetologists. A membership organization, Howard is currently in the process of growing its membership, building its programming and service offerings, to include advanced education and resources opportunities, mentorships, and scholarships.
Howard’s desire to give back to the community that shaped his professional career runs deep, as well as his drive for entrepreneurship and a career in the industry. Engrained in his DNA early on, Howard did not know about his grandmother’s legacy until he graduated from Beauty School. Afterward. his mother presented him with his grandmother’s shears, her beauty school diploma, and her license. At that moment, he realized that his chosen career truly was his destiny.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Howard joined the US Marine Corps in 1981 after graduating from high school. After a few years of dedicated service, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1984 with a one-way bus ticket and $49 to his name. To get on his feet, Howard took a job at the landmark Sun Dial Restaurant at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. After a brief stint, he applied for admission to Arnold’s International University of Cosmetology in 1984.
There he received an education from the renowned Pivot Point School where he graduated with honors in 1986. He then began his career as a licensed cosmetologist in a barber salon in downtown Atlanta. There he mastered barbering and was able to build a diverse clientele including men, women and children. It was the experience garnered from the barber salon in the burgeoning city of Atlanta that laid the foundation for his hairstyling career.
With a career spanning more than three decades, his resume includes work at Hair-n-Such in Avondale Mall in Decatur, Georgia; Arte’jon Hair Designs in Tucker, Georgia; and his current his current operation, JoiB’yon Salon in Tucker, Georgia, where he is proprietor and owner.
More recently, Howard received his Master Cosmetology Instructors training from Piedmont Technical College where he matriculated with a 4.0 GPA.
His platform artistry has reached the stages of Soft Sheen, Carson Products, Design Essentials, Avlon Industries, and H2Pro.
On June 8th, 2016 in Fort Wayne, Indiana the Male Cosmetologist Association was formed. Darnell began by creating the MCA Facebook Group Page and immediately began inviting as many male stylists to join that he could. And after these members started doing the same, the group grew to over 300 members very quickly.
He then handpicked a few members he noticed to be really active within the group, and invited them to become initial board members.
The First Official Board Meeting was then held in Charlotte, NC in October 2016. The Board Members discussed plans for expansion and the future of the group. In February 2017, they hosted the first Male Cosmetologist Association's Meet and Greet in Atlanta. It was a great success filled with good food, networking, discussions, and bonding.
On December 23, 2017 Darnell decided to retire from the Hair Industry after 23 years of service. In 2018, to focus on his new career in Life Insurance sales, he passed the torch of Leadership on and designated Mr Howard S. Baker Jr. as the new President of the Association. Darnell is proud and tearfully happy with the many friendships and bonds of Brotherhood that have developed for so many members within the Association. He is still a faithful member and supporter of MCA. And very excited for what the future holds for our Association and it's Members.