The High Court of Judges

The Lady Rachel Iammarino of Cleveland

Lady Iammarino hails from Cleveland, Ohio and took home the Best In Show trophy at last year’s Mid-Atlantic Beard & ‘Stache Championships 5 in the Artistic Creative category. She’s the Treasurer of Beards of the Old Northwest - Beard & Mustache Club, has been an active member of the beard community for the last 4 years, and started competing 2 years ago. Lady Iammarino has judged at several competitions so far, and has competed at over a dozen competitions, placing in all but one, with several best in shows under her corset.

When she isn't bearding, she spends time with her children and husband. Rachel also enjoys riding her motorcycle and getting tattooed, as many ladies of the realm do. She loves this crazy bearded family she has become a part of and is super excited to be judging such an amazing competition!

Photo Credit: Morten Smidt

Count Joshua Kimm of Norfolk

Count Kimm is a native of the colony of Virginia, born and raised in the Hampton Roads region of the sovereign's lands. At 26 Josh co-founded the Hampton Roads Beard & Stache Society and has been president of the club for the last 4 years. He is no stranger to facial hair competitions; in fact he has been in over 30 competitions and has placed in a number of them. Places have come in Full Beard with Styled Mustache, Styled Moustache, and for the last two years he's competed in Whaler/Donegal category where he has seen his greatest success as a competitor. When Count Kimm isn’t bearding he’s either busy at work where he puts pictures on websites, watching some sort of sporting affair or spending time with his girlfriend and dog.

Photo Credit: Joe Friendly Photography

Lord Brian Roy of Boston

Lord Roy hails from the seafaring port of Boston, Massachusetts and is a member of the Boston Beard Bureau. He’s been traveling all over the country for 5 years, competing and judging from Austin to Boston, Rochester to Denver, Portland, Maine to RVA.

A bearding man for all seasons, he’s competed in Full Beard Natural, Freestyle, and Groomed categories, and knows what to look for when evaluating competitors. Lord Roy is also a member of the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas, and known throughout New England and online as Boston Santa Claus. Lucky for all of us Naughty and Nice aren’t judging criteria.

When not competing or giving away toys to the children of his land, Lord Roy is a steadfast supporter and defender of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Photo Credit: Joe Friendly Photography

Baron Brian Quein of Charlotte

Calling the southern lands of Charlotte, North Carolina home and the son of a professional Santa Claus, Baron Quein has a distinctive bearding pedigree that spans the last decade. 

His valiant first beard competition was across the vast sea at the World Beard and Moustache Championship held at Brighton, England in 2007, competing in Full Beard Natural. Later that year he found that same community at home and joined up with the Beard and Moustache Club of North Carolina (which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year). 

The Baron then journeyed to the cold north of Anchorage, Alaska for Worlds in 2009. He competed in Full Beard Freestyle, and it's there he found his competitive niche. He then went on to co-found the Charlotte Chapter of the BMC of NC in 2011, and has served as its president ever since. The club hosted back-to-back Carolina BAMs in 2014 and 2015 and continues in its mission supporting local non-profits throughout the region. 

At the 2nd Annual Southeastern Championships in Charleston, Baron Quein introduced his famous “Electric Starfish” design, and has continued to creatively style his beard for dozens of regional and national competitions along the western and eastern coasts, whether as a competitor or as a judge. 

Duke Daniel Cunningham of Knoxville 

Duke Cunningham hails from across the Mountains of Appalachia in the eastern lands of Tennessee. A skilled tradesman, the Duke is a home builder by week; bearding enthusiast by weekend. He is also well known throughout the realm as a merchant for his beard care company, Wild Hare Soap/Jack-A-Lope Brand.

Duke Cunningham is also the founder and president of the Marble City Whisker Society of Knoxville, Tennessee, established in 2014. A gallant competitor of notoriety, he has competed in over 50 tournaments across the country and placed in over 30 of them. Duke Cunningham was most recently awarded his first national title, taking first place in Natural Full Beard with Styled Mustache at The Alliance - Nacbma 2016 Great American Beard & Moustache Championship located beyond the Great Plains in Denver, Colorado.

Photo Credit: Joe Friendly Photography

Masters of Heraldic Ceremonies

Sir David Pijor

David Pijor is a founding member of the Richmond Comedy Coalition and Creative Director at the Coalition Theater in Richmond, Virginia where he performs, teaches, and coaches improv comedy. In his 10+ years of performing, he has been featured in festivals all over the country and, in 2013, was selected as one of Richmond's "Top 40 Under 40" young professionals. He previously served as M.C. at the Mid-Atlantic Beard and 'Stache Championships IV, and we're proud to have him back.

Sir James Thomson

A Virginia native, Sir James Thomson started his competitive bearding career at the 1st Ever Mid-Atlantic Beard & 'Stache Competition in 2012. He's a member of the RVA Beard League and formerly served as it's treasurer. Sir Thomson graciously rose to the occasion at the Mid-Atlantic Beard & 'Stache Championship IV in 2015, filling in for a sick judge. He competes most often in Full Beard Freestyle, frequently donning an Aquabats costume, and has also competed in Groomed Beard, Full Natural, Chops, and Natural Mustache, placing in at least 16 competitions.

High Chancellor of Music

Sir Reinhold

Returning for a three-peat, Reinhold is an icon of Richmond's nightlife and culture scene. He's President of RVA Magazine, former Phở King, and DJ with the Party Liberation Front, and he's back again for this year's Championships and setting our soundtrack for the night! You can check out some of his previous sets at https://soundcloud.com/jreinhold.