Begona Simon has been an entrepreneur in the service industry for almost
30 years. Before becoming Sport Clips franchisees, she and her husband,
Eugenio, owned five gas station franchises and three Body Brite body hair
removal franchises in the Mexico City area. Nine years ago, they made
the decision to leave Mexico and move their young family to South Texas
in pursuit of a safer environment for their four children.
Once in South Texas they opened an independent gas station. They soon found
it difficult not being part of a larger chain and converted the business
into a laundromat, which proved to be a successful decision. Having made
South Texas their permanent home, the Simons began to look for opportunities
to further diversify their investments. They knew a service industry franchise
model would fit their existing infrastructure and help them with their
goal of bringing their four children into the family business.
“Being from a different country, we find franchising to be an excellent
choice,” says Begona. “Being part of a
support system helps with the learning curve that comes with doing business in a different
In addition to managing their other businesses and large family, Begona
is an avid marathon runner, having run in many of the world’s major
marathon races. With their family commitments, Eugenio’s weekly
travel to Mexico City to support their other businesses, and Begona’s
training schedule, flexibility and personal freedom were necessities in
their next investment.
Begona comments, “The semi-absentee business model really appealed to me. The Sport Clips Haircuts business model allows
me to keep all my other commitments.”
Their experience as franchise owners gave them an understanding of how
quality of service makes all the difference in a business. Sport Clips’
commitment to creating a top-notch customer experience, each and every
time, was initially what attracted the Simons to the brand.
Begona says, “My husband and three boys love going to Sport Clips.
They all look forward to going there, and consider it a time to relax
and treat themselves.”
Considering how much the men in the family enjoyed their Sport Clips experience
and seeing the high demand for a salon geared toward the male client,
they began to look closer at becoming Sport Clips owners.
“The selection process was incredibly helpful. It is designed in
a way to make sure the candidate does their homework. They guide you through
the process and make sure you understand the business model and what you
are getting into. The information is very research driven and Discovery
Day answered so many questions for me,” Begona says.
After completing their due diligence and evaluating their personal and
financial goals, the Simons realized Sport Clips was the right choice
for them and signed on as Team Leaders in the South Texas area. Currently
they are in the real estate selection process for their first store, with
two more locations to soon follow.
With goals to grow beyond those initial three licenses, Begona adds, “Sport
Clips makes multi-unit ownership a priority. We like that the highly scaleable
business model offers unlimited growth potential, and we plan to include
our entire family in the business.”
Sport Clips’ highly scalable, semi-absentee business model is what
makes it an ideal fit for entrepreneurs who are looking for an investment
they can grow, while keeping their other commitments.
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