Richmond Native Brown Claims Goulet Honor

On October 28, 2014, by AMI Staff

A raucous crowd celebrating the sexually dynamic Mustached American lifestyle at  non-partisan American Mustache Institute’s ‘Stache Bash 2014 witnessed a grand showing as the Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year, presented by Wahl Trimmers, was presented to Richmond native Stephen “Dash” Brown.

Left to right: 2013 co-Goulet winner Dave Stine, AMI president Causgrove, 2014 winner Brown, and 2014 runner up Rivas

Left to right: 2013 co-Goulet winner Dave Stine, AMI president Causgrove, 2014 winner Brown, and 2014 runner up Rivas

A longtime proponent of the sexually dynamic Mustached American lifestyle, a tireless activist of the free facial hair movement and an active member of the RVA Beard League, Dash bested New Mexico-resident Troy Rivas and Utah public official Dan Snarr to become the winner of the seventh annual Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year, which is awarded to the person who is deemed to best represent the Mustached American community.

An active volunteer in Richmond giving countless hours to local non-profits and charities which provides for his rugged good looks to bless a broader audience, Brown sat down with AMI chief executive Dr. Adam Causgrove after winning to discuss the honor.

Q:  What does winning the Goulet mean to you?

A:  It’s an honor!  I’ve been in a ton of mustache competitions, but those all judge ones facial hair, and this one judges the man behind it.  Winning this for who I am and the things I’ve done in the past year is pretty incredible.

Q: How did your friends, family and coworkers react to your nomination and subsequent victory?

A: Everyone was super supportive.  They all did their part jumping online and voting and posting about it, and now everyone is finding out that I won and they are glad all of the hard work paid off.  Definitely a group effort.

Q: Do you feel more handsome and/or ruggedly handsome since receiving the coveted Goulet Crown?

A:  You know, now that you mention it, there is something noticeably different.  When I awoke Sunday after the ‘Stache Bash, not only did my ‘stache feel bigger, but seemed to have more of a glow to it.

Q:  Any goals or policy reforms you’d like to champion over the next year?

A:  As the Mustached American of the year, I feel as though it’s my duty to encourage more people to join in.  If you have a beard or are bald faced, jump in and try the mustached lifestyle.  Start a whole new journey.

Q: Anything else we should know?

A: It should be noted that in the last few years, Richmond has had a Cy Young winner in Justin Verlander, a Superbowl Winning QB in Russell Wilson, and now the Mustached American of the Year. You’re welcome, America.

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