If one were to ask John Kohler whether he would ever see himself as a franchisee,
he would have answered with a hearty “no.” Yet, he is now
one of the largest area developers for Sport Clips. Since 2004, Kohler
used tenacity, dedication, and his acute skills to bring 130 new stores
to Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, and Eastern Missouri. For him,
this is only the beginning.
Prior to joining the Sport Clips team, Kohler was the senior vice president
of global operations for Tellabs, Inc. He oversaw more than 4,700 employees.
However, when the dot-com industry fell, he found himself in the unfortunate
position of having to lay off nearly 3,800 workers. The experience took
a toll on him and caused Kohler to re-evaluate what he wanted to do.
It was by coincidence that Kohler stumbled upon a franchising seminar.
Though hesitant at first, he learned of the opportunities franchises presented
– Sport Clips especially. It was the
simple business model and the
company culture that drew him in. Everyone needs haircuts and the fact that the jobs cannot
be outsourced influenced Kohler’s decision to join.
Only 143 stores existed when Kohler joined the franchise. Now Sport Clips
has over 1,500. Kohler believes the company’s commitment to doing
the right thing and having complete transparency is what makes it great. He says,
I always tell people I haven’t bought a job; I’ve invested
in an adventure. My goal is to run a great brand and a great company.
I want to support my employees, develop their talents and continue to
make each and every one of our customers’ days. As we look to continue
expanding Sport Clips in the years to come, my goal is to convey that
very message to prospective franchisees. If you are the type of person
who can nurture, create, motivate and inspire a team of professionals,
you will be successful.
Kohler strives to hit his 209-store-goal within the next five to seven
years. If you would like to meet John Kohler stop by the
International Franchise Expo (IFE). The convention will be held in New York on June 16-18. Stop by
booth #547 and explore what a successful future with Sport Clips could
look like. #ItsGoodToBeAnOwner!