As a young man, Mr. Hasbun came to the U.S. from El Salvador with only
$100 in his pocket. With hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit, he found
success in various businesses, including general contracting, scrap metal
and ultimately in composting and a vineyard. He recently passed away,
and his widow, Marvel, and daughter, Kari, were left in charge of his
estate. Wanting to honor his entrepreneurial legacy, the women began exploring
different investment options.
While he was a very successful man, Mr. Hasbun also failed many times when
starting out in business. Learning from his experience, Marvel and Kari
wanted to avoid the same pitfalls the patriarch encountered by going into
a business backed by the support of a proven franchise system. Kari says,
“After we found the
Sport Clips’ offering, we asked ourselves why we hadn’t found this opportunity earlier.
It checked all the boxes for us and aligned perfectly with our experience.
Our only explanation is that Dad guided us to it.”
Both women have previous experience in the
haircutting industry. Now retired, Marvel spent her career as a cosmetology instructor. Kari
became one of her students, being accepted early into the cosmetology
program before she even graduated from high school. Kari then went on
to cut hair in a San Francisco suburb in the 1980s. “I worked in
a salon catering to women. I found there was a lot more work with chemicals
and typically appointments took longer than when dealing with men,”
Kari explains. “If there had been a salon concept focused on men
back then, such as Sport Clips, I may have stayed in the industry longer.”
Instead Kari went on to pursue a degree in nursing, and she now works
as a charge nurse.
When the opportunity to invest presented itself, Marvel and Kari began
to think about their
personal and financial goals. After many discussions, they both decided that they wanted to do something
together and that it should be something they really believed in.
Each woman had very specific goals and criteria a potential investment
would have to address. Marvel, recently widowed and having been retired
for many years was looking a project that would get her out of the house,
but offered flexibility. On the other hand, Kari knew she would eventually
like to transition out of her nursing job. She was looking for something
they could build now that would one day provide a more flexible lifestyle.
Together they explored a few options, but when they found Sport Clips,
Kari says, “The core values and culture really resonated with us.
And, in speaking with many
other franchisees in the network, they all said they would do it again. That spoke volumes to us.”
“We just knew this was for us, and we were eager to move forward,”
adds Kari, “but we were urged to slow down and take our time.”
The Sport Clips selection process is designed in a way to ensure prospective
candidates, even the most eager, take their time, do their due diligence,
and make sure the model is a good fit for them. Of the process, Marvel
comments, “The entire selection process was very supportive and
informative. We walked away feeling confident that this was right for
With their combined experience and complementary skill sets, the Hasbuns
are a dynamic team. They are currently in the process of selecting the
site for their first store, and look forward to building and nurturing
their team and delivering the level of experience Sport Clips Clients’
have come to expect from the brand.
Becoming Sport Clips Team Leaders is Marvel and Kari’s way of building
onto the Hasbun entrepreneurial legacy. Kari says, “We feel confident
in our investment in Sport Clips. The amazing support system, strong value
system and proven business model are why we feel so confident.”
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