Judges – 2016

Allan Peterkin
Allan Peterkin is a psychiatrist and the author of numerous books, including “One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair.” He lives in Toronto, Canada.

He will be giving the first prize winners a copy of his book. All competitors can order any of Dr. Peterkin's book with 30% off discount code: BEARDS

Check out all Dr. Peterkin's books:

One Thousand Beards
One Thousand Mustaches 
The Bearded Gentleman 


Madison Rowley 
Reigning Full Beard World Beard Champion.


Bryan Nelson
President and Co-Founder of the Austin Facial Hair Club, Vice President of the WBMA and Vice President of the NACBMA. Bryan has judged over 20 beard and moustache competitions around the country, was a starring cast member of IFC’s “Whisker Wars,” has placed 2nd and 3rd at National Beard and Moustache Championships and 2nd place at the 2013 World Beard and Moustache Championships for Full Beard Natural, among others. 


Buck Wolf
The executive editor of trends at The Huffington Post. He previously served as an entertainment news producer at ABC News, a senior correspondent at AOL News, and managing editor at Court TV Online. For more than a decade, he served as a top cop in Us Weekly's Fashion Police. He was part of the Peabody Award-winning ABC News team that covered the Sept. 11 attack, and he won a 2014 Shorty Award for excellence in social media. 

Buck will be live-streaming portions of the competition to Huffington Post's massive Facebook audience. Get ready to be Beard-famous!


Whit “Witness” Hubner
A longtime DJ and concert promoter in Nashville and the 2015 Rookie of the Year and 6th ranked U.S. Air Guitarist. He will be joining our expert panel and we are thrilled to have his expertise. Hope to see some sweet air guitar too.


D. Patrick Rodgers
A journalist and musician, he's currently managing editor at Nashville Scene , where he's worked for eight years. He has freelanced for Rolling Stone, Spin and beyond, and has interviewed the likes of Jeff Bridges, Jack White, George Takei and Skrillex. Rodgers hasn't shaved his mustache in a decade — the last time he did shave, it did not go well. He owns a Bichon Frise named Ernie, with whom he lives in East Nashville.


George Bruno
Also known as the Sultan of Silver, an internationally-known licensed hair artist, educator, celebrity beardsmith and media personality currently in the Philadelphia area. He sees 30-40 big beards a week in his practice for either shaping, consultation or deep conditioning.