Tony Reilly went to the University of Vermont and has a MBA from Duke University.
He has spent the majority of his career in print media. His wife, Danielle,
has a BA from the University of Colorado and is currently pursuing a Ph.D.
in Clinical Psychology. She currently works in marketing for IBM. They
have three children and live in Tribeca, NY. Realizing the decline in
print media, Tony transitioned to a job with a private equity firm until
the economic downturn led him to a life in franchising.
In 2010, Tony and a business partner bought a School of Rock franchise
in Fairfield, Conn., and subsequently have been recognized the last three
years as the top franchise in the system in terms of enrollment and revenue.
As a franchise owner, he gained experience with front line management
and operations, as well as human resources. He loves the School of Rock
business model and looks forward to continued success in the expanding business.
Looking to diversify his investments and develop additional franchises,
Tony and Danielle, began researching other franchise opportunities. Tony’s
business partner noticed a Sport Clips location in Norwalk and recommended
Tony check it out. Tony and his son are both huge sports fans and were
impressed with the overall haircut experience. “I love the Sport
Clips franchise model,” says Tony. “It’s a business
that appeals to me as a consumer.”
“As I’ve gone through the discovery process with Sport Clips,
I became increasingly excited about the level of support Sport Clips provides
its Team Leaders,” he says. “I love the opportunity to jump
on a business that has proven success, but has yet to aggressively enter
my home area of metro New York City.”
Tony plans to market his stores by focusing on the important things that
make Sport Clips different from other hair cutting salons. “The
MVP Experience, the sports theme, the appeal to men and boys are all things
that differentiate Sport Clips from the competition, and these are the
areas I plan to market strongly and properly,” explains Tony. And
with Danielle’s experience in marketing, she’ll provide sound
marketing guidance to Tony.
Tony and Danielle signed a multi-unit agreement for three licenses to develop
on Long Island and are actively pursuing additional opportunities in Westchester
County, New York.