AMI Faculty & Administration

The faculty, administration and staff of the American Mustache Institute are comprised of a diverse range of highly qualified advocacy, research, and academic professionals focused on Mustached American education and to protect the civil liberties of people of Mustached American heritage.

Administration & Faculty

DR. ADAM PAUL CAUSGROVE

PRESIDENT & CHAIRMAN

After joining AMI in 2012 leading the organization’s Mustache Policy thinktank MustacheForward, Dr. Adam Paul Causgrove was elevated to President & Chairman in July of 2013.

Hailing from Western Pennsylvania, Dr. Causgrove’s mustache has been forged in steel to create an excessively rugged good look that permeates his thought leadership in the space of nuclear mustacheology. This has allowed him to travel the world as an official delegate of the United Nations, highlighting the globally-recognized unspoken language and lifestyle of mustachery.

MustacheForward, which was developed by Dr. Causgrove, focuses on bringing together the best and brightest Mustached Americans for frank, pants-free discussions on the state of the American Mustache and how our people are represented locally, nationally, and globally.

It is through these sometimes raucous, though always insightful meetings of mustached genius, the national policy movements are born. To date, Dr. Causgrove has received over 300 honorary doctorates from universities worldwide — including ITT Technical Institute and the University of Alabama — and is a perennial top contender for every category of the Nobel prizes.

In his leisure time, Dr. Causgrove has been known to choreograph award-winning, one-man flash mobs and performing a rotation of three songs at every karaoke gathering he can find.


DR. ABRAHAM JONAS FROMAN, CM, Ph.D.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

The name “Abe Froman” is commonly recognized as a character whose identity is briefly assumed by actor Matthew Broderick in the film “Ferris Beuller’s Day Off.” But the character, “Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago,” was based upon a friend of director John Hughes’ father Irving, a Chicago native.

Abraham Jonas Froman, Sr. was an actual butcher specializing in pork products in the Windy City’s Rogers Park neighborhood, and a friend of Irving Hughes. His son, Dr. Abraham Jonas Froman, Jr., is a leading advocate of the Mustached American community in the U.S.

Dr. Froman attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, and after graduating, and with the help of a longshoreman friend, moved to St. Louis to work in the International Fur Exchange while working towards his Ph.D., which he would receive in International Relations from Washington University. It was his time working at the Fur Exchange, however, where his life would change due to an ironic proximity to AMI’s administrative offices and academic campus.

There he met members of the AMI during drinking binges at Bussone’s Package Liquors on Olive Street in downtown St. Louis. Finally, in 2000, after completing his Ph.D., Froman left the fur trade and began his career with AMI as an intern. He would study closely with Drs. Daniel Callahan and Aaron Perlut over a five-year-period, and in 2006, after receiving his certification in nuclear mustacheology, Dr. Froman transitioned his role into the organization’s Director of Logistical Intelligence, focusing on research, government relations, intelligence gathering, grass roots advocacy, and song writing.


DR. DANIEL T. CALLAHAN, Ph.D., CM

DIRECTOR, RESEARCH

In the mustache research field there is without question no greater comprehensive Mustached American research and sociological authority than Dr. Daniel T. Callahan, the American Mustache Institute’s (AMI) research director who was the only employee hired by the organization’s founder, Dr. Schnurrbart Snor, in 1979 during the waning days of the Carter Administration.

After receiving his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin’s Tonsorial Studies Department, he worked in academia, but only as janitorial staff and a figure model at several colleges.

But then, entering the 1970s the atmosphere for the Mustached American drastically changed enticing Callahan to become the only applicant for the research director’s job at the AMI.

He then used its prestige to elevate awareness of Mustached American discrimination while building a world-class research facility.

Callahan’s doctoral thesis, “Facial Hair’s Socio-Ethical Impact on 20th Century Man,” has been cited as the founding document in the mustache movement, the predecessor to the AMI.

 


RONALD W. HEINZ, CM

DIRECTOR, DIGITAL & INTERACTIVE SERVICES, LAUNDRY FACILITIES

Ronald W. Heinz grew up in the shadow of the world’s largest mustache – the St. Louis Arch – and always felt a sense of inadequacy. As when he was 12 and most pubescent boys begin to see paltry fur on the upper corners of their lips, Heinz was diagnosed with Bare Upper Lip Disorder (BULD), a male defect of which little is known other than it is derived from the maternal genome.

Heinz vowed to fight BULD in any manner he could. But it was not until he met the founders of the American Mustache Institute in 2007 that he truly found the forum in which he could fight this crippling disease.

Upon joining AMI in the early 1990s, Heinz quickly assumed the mantle of the lead digital and interactive strategist and is now the only member of the administration with BULD, and therefore the only employee with a surgically implanted prosthetic mustache.

Ron earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Southeast Missouri State University, along with a Masters degree in Mustachology from Cornell University.


DR. BRIAN CROSS, AAS, CM

DIRECTOR, RENEWABLE ENERGY, BACON CONSULATE

Realizing early that the mustache possessed a power that was unexplainable in traditional scientific circles, Dr. Brian Cross began his work in alternative energy in 1984 believing that like the ancient Egyptians began work in 2750 BC on harnessing the “thunder” of electric fish, there was potential to capture and harness this mysterious and elusive power.

In 1992, at the inception of the MARET school (Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology Center) where Cross displayed groundbreaking work on facial hair as a renewable energy source yet drew scorn from the Dean of the switchgrass school. Recognizing the potential, AMI hired Cross as its first Director position in renewable energy where he has seen success in powering vehicles with simply the electrons emitted from a thick and luxurious lip sweater.

He holds an honorary degree from the Tesla Online School for Electromagnetic Induction for his work in switchgrass, and also serves as consulate to the meat industry — keenly aware of the octane-increasing potential of Bacon, coining that bacon is “the mustache of meat.”


DR. MICHAEL GRUBB

CURATOR, NATIONAL MUSTACHE HISTORY MUSEUM & DIRECTOR OF MUSTACHE ANALYSIS

A young facial hair growing-prodigy of the late 1980’s, Dr. Michael Grubb (a.k.a. “The Big Grubbowski”) was the genetic result of countless generations of hairy, quick-tempered male ancestry. This of course included his father, who served as the original model for “Julius Pringles,” more commonly known as The Man on the Pringles Can.

His controversial and high-profile experiments with pectoral mustaches in the early 2000’s resulted in swift termination from Combe Incorporated, where he served as Vice President of the Just For Men product line.
Being fired from his dream job sent Grubb into a deep, downward spiral, and he subsequently chose to wander aimlessly the countryside by freight train.

Working his way up the Professional Hobo Arguing League circuit, he first learned of the AMI’s mission when it sponsored his championship bout against Jimmy “Sewercat Spooner” Magoo in 2007. He immediately signed up with the organization after a blowout loss to Spooner in six quarters, and continued his research, which attempted to determine whether mice can tell the difference between mustaches and unibrows.

Later he went on to found the first-ever museum devoted exclusively to the history of the mustache, and still meticulously and obsessively tends to it today.

Grubb, known to close friends and family by his second middle name of “Herbert”, earned his degree in TV/VCR Repair from Sally Struthers University, along with a Masters degree in Mustache Analysis from Cambridge. In his spare time he enjoys wearing diagonally-striped shirts, Alaskan spear fishing, and watching Cartoon Network.


PROF. JAY DELLA VALLE

DIRECTOR, ACADEMIC LIFE COUNSELING

Jay Della Valle is AMI’s Director of Academic Life Counseling and one of the grandfathers of the modern-day mustache movement, is a filmmaker and singer/songwriter from the toxic waste-enriched state of New Jersey. Known principally for his acclaimed feature- length documentary, “The Glorius (sic) Mustache Challenge.”

Indeed, Jay is truly one of today’s great proprietors of the modern mustache, whatever it is that means.

His film has influenced countless upper lips, is largely responsible for the growing mustache movement that has been garnering attention around the world, and been cited by former Vice President Al Gore as a possible solution to global warming.

As his film continues to reach the mustache-curious masses, largely through mistaken pay-for-view orders, his reputation as a mustache enthusiast has grown and has enabled him to travel around the U.S., planning and hosting mustache events at mustache universities, bars, backyards, and hotel rooms with “friends” named Dixie and Roxanne.

 


REV. YITZCHAK ISLAMANTO

SPIRITUAL ADVISOR

A man who has demonstrated untold bravery throughout a decorated 42-year spiritual career, the Rev. Yitzchak Islamanto joined the American Mustache Institute in February 2008.

A native of Qatar, Rev. Islamanto leads the Third Unitarian Universalist Church of Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh province and the largest city in Pakistan. He first read about AMI and its efforts in August of 2007 while visiting Cambridge University in the United Kingdom to conduct his world renowned symposium: “A Spiritual Understanding of Why Faces Devoid of Hair Embody Weakness.”

Rev. Islamanto has a B.A. in divine pastry repair from the Universidad del Urinatorium in Mumbai, a Masters of Divinity from the New Delhi Theological Seminary (now a subsidiary of ITT Tech), and is a visiting Fellow at the African Institute of Medieval Gastroenterology and Mustaches. His Master’s thesis, the “The Goodness in Genghis Kahn: A Mass Murderer & His Mustache,” has been hailed by the government of Myanmar as a beacon of freedom and hope.

He also plans to continue his research in his newest thesis, “The Uterus And Links to Mustache Awareness,” which will be co-authored by Ronald J. Hyatt and Dr. Lawrence Flynt.


COL. HANS HEINZ

FLORIDA BUREAU CHIEF, DIRECTOR OF SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT & MILITARY ENGAGEMENT

Col. Hans Heinz is  AMI’s Florida Bureau Chief and director of scholastic achievement and military engagement.

Following legal problems which prompted him to join the U.S. Marine Corps and serve in the first Desert Storm conflict, Heinz watched “Smokey and the Bandit” for 111th time and accepted a Mustached American lifestyle in 1997, joining other great Mustached Americans from the Sunshine State including Henry Flagler, Hulk Hogan, and Burt Reynolds.

Heinz earned a doctorate in Mustacheology Studies from the University of Miami in 1996 and joined AMI’s Florida administrative staff in 1999 where he founded the American Mustache Institute Mustached American Follicular Excellence Scholarship – the world’s first mustache scholarship.

When not promoting the mustache and punching hippies, Heinz enjoys bacon, BASE jumping, computer hacking, John Hughes movie marathons, and competing in arm wrestling tournaments.


DR. LOUIS JACOBS

NEW ENGLAND BUREAU DIRECTOR, CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Dr. Lou Jacobs leads the New England Bureau of the American Mustache Institute as its director, and prior to joining the AMI administration was a finalist in the 2010 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of The Year Award.

Dr. Jacobs first engaged AMI administration upon founding “Mystache Fights Cancer,” a four-month-long fundraising event dedicated to supporting cancer research in America where participants raise money by growing, shaving or modifying their upper lip garments.

Since then, he and his Portland, Maine-based team have become an integral part of AMI’s northeastern U.S. engagement and growth strategy.

When not leading AMI affairs throughout New England, Dr. Jacobs also develops strategies to convert southern Canadians who have not accepted a mustached lifestyle.

And in Dr. Jacobs’ spare time, he is a practicing Chiropractor and Acupuncturist in Portland.

 


MINISTER RYAN ANTHONY SCALISE

CALIFORNIA BUREAU CHIEF, DIRECTOR OF REAL ESTATE ACQUISITION & MENTORING SERVICES

Growing up around casinos, copious quantities of booze, Italian food and densely robust upper lip garments — it was no surprise that Minister Ryan Anthony Scalise chose to follow in his family’s rich tradition of living a sexually dynamic Mustached American lifestyle.

Indeed, a man can walk by a thousand mirrors, but only a man with a mustache can see a real man staring back at him – a constant reminder of the night before.

Scalise, founder of The Moustache & Beard Social Club, deftly navigates the role of AMI’s California bureau chief and director of real estate acquisition and mentoring services.

In this integral role, he provides apt guidance to young Mustached Americans across the U.S., provincial Guam, and New Jersey in hopes that others will adopt a sexually dynamic Mustached American lifestyle with dignity, honor and an understanding of the vast power of a highly decorated mouth umbrella.

In his spare time he tends to his Sacramento, California-area farming academy and serves as an aid to former California Gov. Pete Wilson.

 


CURTIS W. FLOURNOY, III, CMRF

ARIZONA BUREAU CHIEF, WORKPLACE & SUPPLIER DIVERSITY COMMANDANT

Reared between the deserts of Arizona and plains of Texas – where mustaches, steer, and stallions run free without pants our scarfs – Curtis W. Flournoy III leads the American Mustache Institute’s Arizona Bureau as swell as heading the organization’s award winning workplace and supplier diversity initiatives.

A proud person of Mustached American heritage who traces his humble, follicularly-driven roots to his Mustached American father, Flournoy is an AMI Certified Mustacheology Research Fellow (CMRF).

He also holds additional degrees in international business and Spanish from Whitworth University, as well as being a certified Bikram yoga instructor with a certification from the University of Phoenix.

Flournoy’s day-to-day work focuses on Southwestern U.S. recruitment and building AMI’s award-winning corporate workplace and supplier diversity programs that speak to the wide breadth of the Mustached American people within broader society, amplifying the discrimination and removing degrading stereotyping facing people of Mustached American heritage across a broad spectrum. He also conducts scientific studies focusing on proving that living a sexually dynamic Mustached American lifestyle not only dramatically improves intellect but drives cravings for barbecue and pornography.


PROF. STEVEN SCARPA

CONTROLLER OF ARTISTIC INNOVATION, COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS, LEGAL AFFAIRS

For some people with Mustached American genes, our capacity to comprehend that capability is not always immediate.

And so it was that it took Professor Steve Scarpa a trip through four Nevada high schools, three federal correctional institutions, a part-time job as the late Gary Coleman’s body guard, and a stint on Jim Henson’s original “The Muppet Show” staff to realize he had two passions in life.

Those intersecting passions — artistic design and good looking facial hair sculpture — would ultimately lead him to embrace a leadership with the epicenter of the sexually dynamic Mustached American lifestyle — the American Mustache Institute.

Prof. Scarpa came to AMI in 2001, and after completing his Masters of Jurisprudence from the Institute in 2003, Scarpa transitioned his skill set and joined the AMI administration as its Controller of Artistic Innovation, Competitive Analysis, and Legal Affairs.

A certified tattooist and frequent competitive facial hair event participant, Scarpa manages AMI business affairs out of the organization’s Tehachapi, Calif., office where he maintains the world’s largest collection of lacerated troll hides.


DR. SCHNURRBART SNOR

FOUNDER

In 1965, following the passing of the Federal Mustache Tax Amendment (FMTA), Dr. Schnurrbart Snor, a Dutch-German émigré who had just received the first mustacheology certification at the City College of Newark, was summoned to Washington, D.C., and formed what was then the clandestine American Mustache Institute.

He spent much of the mid- to late-1960s waging and unseen battle against a variety of forces within the U.S. government and among special interest groups, unbeknownst to the American people, and helped usher a decade of acceptance of the Mustached American people that was nothing short of miraculous.

Throughout a 23-year career leading the AMI, Dr. Snor would work with luminaries such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the actor Robert Redford, and President Gerald Ford among others. He would fight the U.S. government in the back halls of Capitol Hill, hire the Institute’s second employee – Dr. Daniel T. Callahan, move AMI’s headquarters from Washington to St. Louis to be near the world’s largest mustache – the Gateway Arch, and pave the way for the current climate of Mustached American culture.

In 1988, Dr. Snor tragically died from a fall in his convalescence home after tripping over several cats and painfully tumbling down a basement stairwell, and Dr. Snor will always be that of his pioneering spirit, strong and unwavering leadership, and commitment to serving the civil libertarian needs of his people.


DR. AARON XAVIER PERLUT, CNM

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS

The world’s leading authority on the sexually dynamic Mustached American lifestyle, Dr. Aaron Xavier Perlut led AMI as President & Chairman between 1989-2013 and now serves as the organizations Chairman Emeritus.

A certified expert in Muppet awareness techniques, Dr. Perlut learned from a life of painful Mustached American discrimination as he was not allowed to participate in youth football due to concerns by league organizers who believed his premature mouth foliage would provide him with an unfair advantage against the other seven-year-olds.  This drove him to build a life’s foundation focused on fighting for those like him.

Dr. Perlut joined AMI after completing the first certification in the acclaimed field of Certified Nuclear Mustacheology (CNM) at the Richmond, Virginia-based ITT Technical College’s Medical Wing.

And while he no longer plays a day-to-day operation role, Dr. Perlut still serves as a trusted advisor to CEO Dr. Abraham Jonas Froman. And when not advancing the power and culture of the mustache, he enjoys reading books containing photos of the late Pat Morita, listening to records on which Mr. T performed back-up vocals, and visiting global locales where the late Herve Villechaize either previously lived or visited.


 

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