JUSTIN SOBERON 

“ I’m from Pittsburg California and was raised all around the east bay. I graduated from Concord high school. During all four years I worked retail and played sports. Being the only child I was always taught to stay busy and one of my favorite hobbies was drawing. Sometime in high school I decided to try my passion of art into cutting hair for fun for my family and friends.
 

I wouldn’t say I was the best but I definitely enjoyed what I did! Working retail for about 5 years since I was 16 years old, I then pursued barber college and that’s when I wanted to turn barbering into my career. After completing my hours and achieving my licensed I was very lucky enough to work under a phenomenal team at Empire. Since then it’s been a great learning experience. Being surrounded by such a motivated, talented and successful team I knew that my skills would not only develop with just cutting hair but in all aspects of barbering.

I love the relationships that I've built with the whole Empire team and as well as all the clients that have walked into the barbershop! In my free time I like to be with my family, and close friends. Also try to make time to go to the gym and take care of my dog Roscoe.”

 

DREW DEGUZMAN

“I was born and raised in the Bay Area, CA. After graduating from De La Salle high school in Concord, I attended Sacramento State University and received my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Shortly after receiving my degree, I decided to pursue my original passion of cutting hair and enrolled in Moler’s Barber College in San Pablo, CA. After completing the barber program at Moler’s, I was able to turn my passion into a profession and was accepted as a barber at Empire Barbershop. The professionalism, community outreach, and family friendly environment that Empire provides grows and strengthens my passion for all the aspects of barbering. Being able to give a client exceptional customer service, confidence, and satisfaction with a haircut is what I look forward to the most. When I’m not pursuing the daily grind at the shop, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and restoring sneakers.”

 

RICK CASTENADA

Born and raised in the Bay Area California. Graduated 2010 from Molers Barber College in Oakland, CA. After Graduating I worked as a Nomad barber establishing myself and beginning my journey learning and developing new skills and techniques. Anywhere I could plug in my clippers I was cutting! My goal was to give it my all. I wanted to be the most well rounded barber. Growing up in the Bay Area was diverse so i wanted to accommodate every person that walked thru the door never saying “no i can't cut your hair type!”

 

JEFF MEJIA 

Born in San Diego, raised in Reno, perfecting my craft in the bay! Licensed Barber & Barber instructor. Barbering has been my solitude since day one, as my family moved a lot as a kid being in the military. Everyday in my career is a new challenge that helps mold me into doing better & being better not only as a Barber, but a person as well. I love what I do & I do what I love with nothing less than 100% hard work, dedication, discipline, & passion!

 

CHRISTIAN CHAVEZ  @EMPIRECHAVEZZZ

“During my free time One of my favorite hobbies is to play soccer. I enjoy going to hair shows, hair cutting classes and seminars. When I have time I always make the effort to attend these events because I know the time invested in barbering will bring me success in giving a better haircut service.

I have been in the hair industry for about 6 years now. I started to cut hair for fun; I had a small set of tools and a lot free time. What started as a simple hobby became an amazing learning experience.
I continued to cut hair until my 2nd year in UC Santa Cruz and made the decision to follow what I love to do. I attended GEBBCA apprenticeship program in Richmond C.A. Now I am currently working at Empire and I enjoy everything about my journey as a Barber.

My goal is to make sure my clients expectations are 100% fulfilled. Sometimes I tend to be a perfectionist, but I continue to embrace it and apply it in each and every haircut. I love providing all kinds of haircuts. I am still open to learning more in the Barber and Cosmetologist hair culture. I enjoy the new modern hair styles , but I also love to do classic gentlemen styles.

It’s important as a Barber to provide versatile haircuts and also continue to keep old school traditional barbering in the barbershop. Empire Barbers apply traditional services that are exclusive in the barber industry. Here at Empire we aim for the best and our goal is give an unforgettable experience.

 

PAUL JHA HUTALLA

“ I was born in the Philippines but raised in the Bay area. I graduated from Mount Diablo High School in Concord C.A.. My original plan was to obtain my bachelor’s in computer engineering but I chose to go for my passion in barbering. I love conversing with people. As a Barber I am able to do so. Being able to talk, make a connection and help people, even with the slightest conversation is what I love doing. When I am not with the Empire Crew I love spending time with my family and friends.”

 

STEPHEN GUILLEN

“Since I could remember I have always had an interest in Barbering, Fashion has always been a big part of my life. Being able to change how someone may feel by just giving a great hair cut or any of the other great services that a barbershop offers is very fulfilling. How someone feels makes a world of a difference. To be able to be apart of that for someone is one of the great rewards I have in my life. Life is short “Look great feel great”.

 

AARON SMITH

 

 As a young boy I never had anyone to take me to a real barber shop, so my mom would take me to a nail salon to get haircuts, but I was never happy with the outcome. When I was 12 my mom bought me my first pair of hair clippers, from that day on, I began to cut my own hair. 

   As I got older & I became a full time dad to a beautiful little girl who needed my undivided attention, I also began to drift from one job to another. I then realized that in order to have stability, to be content & provide for my daughter, I needed to make a change in my life. But my future, my true passion, had been there with me all along, cutting hair, I wanted to be a barber. 

   Fast forward to now, barbering became and is more than a job, it is my career, it is who I am, it is who I am becoming. The satisfaction of having conversations with new faces, with returning clients who later become part of the Empire family, seeing the reactions when I hand over the mirror after a hair cut, providing for my daughter and my family and making them proud of my craft, well, those are the things I strive for on daily basis. 

   I take pride in the work I put out, and I am grateful to be part of a team that allows me to utilize my skills and to have the best teachers  around me where I am constantly soaking up more knowledge along the way. Thank you for the continuous support, we'll see you around the shop soon. 

 

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Arnel CATAROJJA

My name is Arnel. I'm 27 years old and engaged to my beautiful Fiancé, Geechelle. I was born in San Fransisco, and moved to Vallejo when I was 7yrs old. I'm a follower Jesus Christ and love to serve his people! I have a passion for many things, but barbering is a chosen path. It has always been a hobby of mine, since I was in 6th grade. I began cutting my own hair, then eventually my friends and family's hair. As I went through my teens and early 20's I would cut occasionally here and there, but never considered it as a career. I went on to pursue other "normal Jobs" with high pay and stability. Don't get me wrong, I had a passion for these things also But they just never seemed to work out. I lost my job at the end of 2014 and went 6 months of unemployment. It was hard for me to find a Job. But I believe it was for a reason. I decided to take on barbering as a career. I went to barber school part time, graduated and passed my state board exam. My hobby turned into a passion and my passion turned into a way of life. Not only is barbering something that I LOVE to do, but it also allows me to do what I'm called to do. And that is to SERVE.