town Middle School where he teaches band, orchestra, general music, and jazz band. He's also a musician, playing saxophone with his band, Dub C Swing. Micheal is also a member of borough council. Elected to finish out his predecessor's term, he will be on the ballot in November to start a full four-year term. As a teacher, Michael's taken an active role in his local association, and while he leads many budding musicians in instrumental ensembles at his school, he's particularly proud of having started ensembles at other schools. As a council member, he chairs the Administration, Communication, and Technology Committee and is a member of the Public Safety & Quality of Life, and Finance Committees. One of his goals on council is to improve relations between the WCU student body and WC residents. He credits his two years on council with teaching him more about the borough than living here for nearly here 20 years did. Oh, and if you can't find him with his family, at school, at a gig, or in Borough Hall, you can find him at Sidebar, where he also tends bar.
went to Virginia Tech before returning to West Chester to join the family business in 2016, where he works as Business Development and Service Director. While you've likely seen examples of Hazley Builders' craftsmanship all over Chester County, the work doesn't stop there. Chris is a board member and Vice President of the West Chester Downtown Foundation where he serves on the grants committee, and on the Board of Trustees at the West Chester Public Library. That's not all. Chris is also involved with the Ruth Bennett Community Farm (an environmental education center in Chester), the Andrew L. Hicks Foundation's Champions of Hope (providing youth mentorship to diverse communities), and is an Up On The Roof committee member. Despite his ambitious schedule of work and service, Chris says his goals are fairly simple: continue to create a standard of craftsmanship and structural integrity for homes in and around West Chester, and to be able to grow and give back to the community while providing the highest level of service to their clients. Chris is another example of someone who left West Chester but was drawn back home, knowing he was prepared to bring value to the town he loves.
THE STRUCTURAL SCION
CHRIS HAZLEY, 31 Hazley Builders Could you work with members of your immediate family? How ‘bout a whole buncha them? Chris Hazley, along with his brothers and father, who founded the family business, not only make it look easy (not to mention beautiful), they manage to give back to the community as well. Born and raised in East Bradford, Chris
THE STYLE ENTREPRENEUR
MIGUEL NIEVES, 36 Owner, Champions Barbershop & Barber School The influence Miguel Nieves wields in the borough is a fairly visible one — there’s no telling how many folks you pass in a given day who are sporting a haircut done by Miguel or one of his proteges. The WC native and Henderson High School grad founded Champions Barbershop, jettisoning a lucrative corporate career for the
personal services industry. His influence is not just as temporary and malleable as a hairstyle, though; he’s also founded a barber school to continue the trade in West Chester by training others in the field. Always artistic, Miguel brainstormed how to incorporate his creative streak into his unfulfilling international sales career. He took a barbering course, got a license, and quit his job. Using his sales skills to recruit clients, he was fully booked within a year. He worked for others for five years before opening his first shop on Chestnut Street in 2010. Miguel found that he was spending a lot of his time training staff. By the time he opened his second location on High Street in 2015, he was training to be an educator and run his own school. He feels strongly that it is important that people for whom college is neither an option nor an interest know there is plenty of opportunity in the trades. He wants to provide that opportunity, whether to young people or retired factory workers and police officers. To that end, he’s partnered with banks to secure funding to lend to students. Through the barbershop school, his students provide free back-to-school haircuts for kids in the community, and he brings Devereaux students in weekly for haircuts at a reduced rate, to name just a few of the ways he gives back to the community he loves. Miguel believes what he does involves more than a haircut; it should be a positive experience, and he works to make that experience available to the entire town, regardless of their circumstances.
JULY 2019 THEWCPRESS.COM
Voice of the Borough