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IBA Mission

To provide a foundation that better prepares students for individual success and growth in a billion dollar industry.  Whether your interest is to become a salon manager, owner, product developer, instructor or master barber, students will obtain the skills necessary.  The experience and training each student gains while attending IBA will help prepare them for success now and in future opportunities.


  Ruby Rollanda Thomas   |   Founder & Executive Director   |

During the past twenty years Ruby has been a serial entrepreneur in real estate, tax services, childcare and barber services.  Ruby often credits her entrepreneurial spirit and inspiration to her Grandmother.  From 2002 until 2014 Ruby successfully owned and operated  barber shops and/or hair salons throughout the Dallas metro-plex area.  In 2011 she began serving as an Evaluator for the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences (NACCAS), a title she held until 2015.
While working in local barber colleges Ruby often observed ambitious students who desired more knowledge and a higher level of training.  This was the inspiration for Innovative Barber Academy and the opportunities Ruby would ensure IBA presented for its students.


Lashinda Murphy

Lashinda Murphy   |   Lead Trainer


DJ Burleson

DJ Burleson   |   Student Services



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