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Rich Soto

Richard Soto- Level 5

Co-Founder & Master Barber

My name is Mr. Richard Soto Llezeth, the co-founder of The Cutting Room Barber Salon. I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. I graduated from Mid-Cities Barber College and started barbering in 2012. After two years under the wing of some of the best barber's in fort worth, I co-founded Interstate Barber Stylist School in Waco, Texas where I found a deep love for teaching and developing others to improve the quality of their haircuts and techniques. This, in turn, improved their families lives as well, making the experience a very valuable one. The institute has graduated over 40 students and counting, with many who have started their own businesses. From the beginning of my career, I noticed those who didn't take their skill seriously and how they would come and go. There was also fame I noticed that came along with being an excellent barber, but there were always pits that would stop a great barber from being more than a personal brand. Being a son of an ex-military hard-working businessman, I learned many good qualities like discipline, honor, respect, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done, and done right.

I have also studied other remarkable barbers and successful entrepreneurs. This has helped me to sharpen my entrepreneurial mind and accrue much knowledge and wisdom from business strategy and marketing to quality haircuts that include flawless razor skin fades to long layered shear cuts, and expert straight razor shaving that I know the customer will enjoy in our environment where mastery of our craft is of the utmost importance so we are able to serve everyone the highest quality product possible, consistently. As well as an amazing business model that allows for the stylist or barber to enjoy compensation a step above an hourly wage, a layout for everyone to enjoy from the stylist and barber to the whole family. With services that are fairly priced and performed by a hand-selected team that is the staff of the cutting room barber salon, and we hope to serve the people of fort worth the very best, and become a staple in fort worth and make our mark on the hair industry and begin a legacy that grows along with the community that will reach far beyond just making men look great.

Vanessa Soto

Vanessa Soto- Level 5

Co-Founder & Master Stylist

My name is Vanessa Denise Soto, I'm one of the co-founders of The Cutting Room Barber Salon. I'm a proud Fort Worth native and a licensed cosmetologist, I graduated from Ogle School of Hair Skin and Nails in 2012. Before I began my career I always dreamed of opening a women's salon and make women look beautiful and confident. This turned out to be the opposite when I started working in a salon that serviced mostly men. This was very uncomfortable at first but very soon I got the techniques needed to perform fantastic haircuts that got everyone's attention with the guidance of my first mentors.

Soon I began to love cutting men's hair and performing those cool haircuts every one likes. I've worked in almost every salon setting from low to high end and have learned that quality is what separates everyone and makes you valuable. Together with my husband, we have taught each other our strengths and weaknesses which will help The Cutting Room Barber Salon develop our staff to be the greatest they can be. Making The Cutting Room Barber Salon something we can all be proud of.

Katherine Barrera

Alexis Chapa- Level 2


My name is Lexi Chapa. Born and raised in Fort Worth, I call this area home.

I am a Kalibur Barber College graduate. Though, I didn’t always know that I wanted to pursue a barbering career. If not for my father insisting I take a part time job as a receptionist at a barber shop, I would not have found my passion for the art.

I came to realize that as a barber we have the ability to impact the confidence in our client’s lives. Cutting hair, providing a clean shave, giving a relaxing facial, or a much-needed manicure is more than a service to me. It gives me an opportunity to be a part of someone’s day and participate in making it better. I look forward to developing as a barber under this apprenticeship and growing as I get to share the moments with you.

  See you at The Cutting Room Barber Salon!            

Katherine Barrera

Alyssa Flores


Hi, Fort Worth! I'm Alyssa Flores, and I'm thrilled to be your new receptionist at The Cutting Room Barber Salon!

I've always wanted to be a receptionist, and just recently realized my passion for cosmetology. My goal is to attended and complete cosmetology school. Helping and serving people has been a part of my life since I was young. I've been in a volunteer work since I was 8 years old. I'm constantly learning new things as I go and love meeting new people.

I believe work is not just about the pay. It's about making a person's day and finding a way to brighten up his or her day. I truly believe that The Cutting Room Barber Salon is one of a kind, as it works to make customers feel at home. I hope to meet you soon!

 Marie Zumpano

Marie Zumpano- Level 3


Hi! I'm Marie Zumpano. I'm originally from Penrose, Colorado and attended cosmetology school at Center Beauty College in Pueblo, Colorado. I graduated and became licensed to cut men’s hair in 2015.

Even though women's color was my original intention for entering cosmetology school, I ended up becoming interested in men's haircutting and that carried over into my professional career.

I love making new friends and building relationships with my clients. To me, each of my clients is more than just a high-quality haircut, beard trim, or waxing service. My goal is not only to have you looking great, but feeling like you just had a good talk with a friend. Getting to know you and becoming part of your monthly grooming ritual is a privilege, and I am proud to be doing so as a part of The Cutting Room.

Jordan Rexroad

Jordan Rexroad- Level 2


My name is Jordan Rexroad. I was born in Fort Worth, and after being inspired by my cousin decided to attend cosmetology school to pursue a career in men’s haircuts.I graduated from Hollenstein Career and Technology Center in 2019. After I graduated, I started working right away as a hair stylist for men.

Soon the job I had chosen at sixteen was no longer just a way to earn a living. I realized that I enjoyed meeting new people every day and that I had always had a knack for putting a smile on people's faces.

I always knew something was missing from my haircuts, and I knew that I'd do whatever it took to find a place where I could learn more about styling hair. The Cutting Room Barber Salon is the place for me! In this friendly and professional salon, we're excited to help you achieve the style you want. Hope to see you in the shop soon!

Colby Colberg

Colby Colberg- Level 2


Hi, my name is Colby Colberg and I am from Dallas, Texas. I have spent six years in some of the most highly respected salons, specializing in technical cutting. I completed an apprenticeship program under some award-winning hairstylists, and was one of the fastest promoted educators.

Seeing the confidence my clients walk out with is the most gratifying feeling for me. I absolutely love this career, and can't imagine doing anything else. I'm looking forward to working with you.!

Colby Colberg

Melissa Langley- Level 1


I was born and raised in Sacramento Ca. I graduated with my cosmetology degree in 2005. Prior to attending beauty college I had already started working in the industry as a front desk receptionist and assistant at the best beauty salon in Sacramento. By starting my career at 16 years old, it allowed me decades of experience in the beauty industry and has allowed me to experience a broad variety of techniques within the business of hair. I was voted one of the top hair colorists in Sacramento for many consecutive years. I have been published in magazines, featured on local television numerous times throughout the years, recognized through social media in 9 different countries. I recently closed my shop that was geared towards children with special needs in California to relocate my family to the great state of Texas. I am currently working at Fort Worth Beauty college during the week where I can mold the minds of new cosmetology students. For several years I have wanted to pursue a dream of mine to redirect my focus onto barbering.

I am very excited and humbled to join this team of wonderful educators. I believe that barbering takes high level of skill, and I cannot wait to elevate my skill level in that area. I enjoy meeting all types of people and I love making people feel good about themselves. I am happiest behind a chair, love to spread positivity to my clients, and try to give them a break from the world where they can just relax while being pampered. I look forward to meeting the Fort Worth community and my goal is to give the best experience I can to all the sit in my chair.