Team Leader Stories

  • Stronger Together at Sport Clips Haircuts As we continue to navigate the dynamic environment of the global pandemic, the team at Sport Clips Haircuts understands it is a very interesting, unique and somewhat difficult time for everyone. Each day brings new opportunities providing challenges and these constant changes have baffled our local, ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Todd Nichols For new team leader Todd Nichols, a global pandemic was no reason to put off investing in a new business venture. “I was already in knee-deep, because of all the time I had spent researching,” he says, explaining his decision to move forward with the Sport Clips Haircuts franchise opportunity. ...
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  • Sport Clips Area Developer Profile: Joe Klimek, Houston Market Working in sales in the high-tech industry, Joe Klimek helped his Manufactures Representative company grow exponentially, but he still found his future uncertain. “We were doing well, but as more and more of the industry began to outsource offshore, there was a lot of the business that we couldn’t ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Shannon Whitley After the birth of their second child, Shannon Whitley and her husband, Taylor, wanted to raise their girls closer to family. They moved back to Whitley’s hometown of Lake Jackson, Texas, however, a long commute to her job as project manager in the health industry in Houston, along with 60- to ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Brandon and Carissa Garrett As parents of young children, Brandon and Carissa Garrett started to discuss what they wanted their future to look like. It was important to them to create a foundation for more freedom and flexibility in their lives as their girls grew. “We knew it would take several years to get any kind of ...
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  • Growth Mindset: Becoming your Own Boss in 2020 With each new year comes the promise of new possibilities. Will 2020 be the year you finally make that leap into business ownership? It takes moving from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset to achieve this goal. A fixed mindset imposes self-limiting beliefs. You may have a variety of excuses that ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Alex Howson Alex Howson always wanted to be an entrepreneur and build a business of his own. Returning to the United States after years developing a prominent brand in Asia, Howson decided to change course and exit the corporate world. He enlisted the help of a franchise consultant and began his search for a ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leaders: Rod & Jodi Reyes Over the years, Rod and Jodi Reyes have built an impressive business portfolio. Like many others, they turned to entrepreneurship to create financial security in a time of economic uncertainty. Rod, a mortgage banker before the market decline in the early 2000s, says, “I started to notice the ...
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  • Sport Clips Owners Create More Freedom and Flexibility in Their Lives Amanda Daluga, a tax financial advisor and Chris Daluga, a construction manager, lead very active lifestyles. Besides her own practice, Amanda is on a swim team that meets at 5:30 a.m. every day and is an active volunteer at her church. “We like to keep moving and want to dedicate ourselves to ...
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  • Spa and luxury pet resort owners add Sport Clips to their investments Todd and Melissa Bains are no strangers to building a business. Having built one of the largest luxury pet resorts in Texas from the ground up and owning multiple massage and spa experience franchise locations, the Bains know what it takes to be successful entrepreneurs. This year they added Sport ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Jordan Elliott By the time he was 24 years old, Jordan Elliott was managing production for a factory and began to feel stuck. “I was up for a promotion, which got me to start playing out my future path in my head,” says Elliott. “If I took the promotion and stayed where I was, I would be caught up in a cycle of ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leaders: Val Hill & Jared Lee Since meeting in business school more than 20 years ago, Val Hill and Jared Lee knew they wanted to go into business together. “With our complementary skillset and different perspectives, we knew we would make each other better in business,” says Hill. “Over the years we kept talking about becoming ...
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  • Doug Porter Recognized as Sport Clips’ 2019 Rookie Team Leader of the Year After Doug Porter, and his wife Ann, started settling into retirement life, Porter found he had “too much curiosity and energy,” and began to search for a new project. Having just left a CEO position in the corporate world, freedom and flexibility were his top priorities. “The semi-absentee business ...
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  • Sport Clips Area Developer: EJ Gozur The conscientious and diligent support Eric “EJ” Gozur, Jr., area developer for Sport Clips Haircuts, provides the 83 stores in his market comes in part from his unique journey with the brand. He owns 21 stores and not only talks the talk; he walks the walk. Having grown his market along side his ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader: David Miller David Miller has always been an entrepreneur. Over the years Miller owned a variety of businesses and was a franchisee with six different brands. His list of businesses includes a convenience food store, laundromats, check cashing stores, tax services businesses, paint your own ceramics stores, ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader Profile & 2019 Logan Trophy Winner Jeff Crummie These days, Jeff Crummie’s life looks a lot different than it did a few years ago. Today he is a multi-unit Sport Clips Haircuts franchise owner whose lifestyle allows he and his wife, Sherry, to go on vacations and adventures they had once only dreamed about, all while building a stable and growing ...
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  • Journey to Success Part 3: Signing to Grand Opening New Sport Clips Haircuts team leaders benefit from a comprehensive and robust support system right out of the gates, starting with finding an optimal site and continuing through the grand opening and beyond. Sport Clips is committed to its team leaders’ success and has created the infrastructure and ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader: Chris Lake Validation Conference Call Team Leader Profile: Chris Lake (2 stores, Eastern Ohio) Chris Lake, like many other forward-thinking xennials/millennials, found himself concerned about his future in corporate America. “Being in sales, my job is cyclical in nature and layoffs are a constant reality. The ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader: Debra Sawyer In 2006, with two young children and a full-time job, Debra Sawyer found herself trying to strike the delicate balance between home and work faced by many working mothers. She says, “Even with my company allowing me to work from home about 75 percent of the time, I found it hard to manage it all.” ...
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  • Journey to Success: Part 2 Sport Clips Discovery Process You may ask yourself, can you trust the process as you begin your due diligence into a Sport Clips Haircuts franchise opportunity? For more than 25 years, Sport Clips has been a leader in creating a discovery process characterized by education and transparency with the goal to help both the ...
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  • Day in the Life of a Sport Clips Team Leader with Five Stores: Richard Buxbaum Sport Clips Haircuts Team Leader Richard Buxbaum decided early on investing in the right team members would be the key to propel his business forward. “In the beginning, it’s tempting to cut corners, especially when it comes to staffing, but once you do that, you cut yourself short. In the long run, ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Rick Ohle For more than 30 years, Rick Ohle’s work week as hospital administrator was filled with 10- to 12- hour days in a suit and tie attending what seemed like endless meetings. “There was a lot of stress involved in my job. Things were constantly changing and being reorganized,” says Ohle. As another ...
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  • Journey To Success – Part 1: Top 10 Characteristics of a Successful Sport Clips Haircuts Team Leader You don’t need experience in the haircare industry to be a successful Sport Clips Haircuts team leader. In fact, we prefer you don’t! With more than 25 years of experience, our simple franchise business model has been tested and proven to work. We have found that for a business model to work, it ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Mike and Caline Wills Mike Wills always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur. As a high school student, he even subscribed to Entrepreneur Magazine. It wasn’t until years later though, that he was finally able to make the leap into business ownership. After 15 years of working with large retailors as a merchandise and ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Richard Buxbaum As a real estate advisor, Richard Buxbaum has helped countless franchisees from a wide variety of franchises find optimal real estate locations. Five years ago, he was sitting across the table from a franchisee he had just helped sign a lease on a great location and a thought occurred to him. This ...
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  • New Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Bob Garcia and Esthela Saenz For the past few years, long-time friends Bob Garcia and Esthela Saenz have met weekly for lunch. Over these lunches they often discussed their future goals. While in different places in their careers and personal lives, they realized they both wanted to take control of their financial futures to ...
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  • New Sport Clips Team Leaders: Rob and Tina Brodersen When a corporate merger resulted in Rob’s executive level position being eliminated, the Brodersens took a close look at their family’s future. They realized it was time to invest in their future by diversifying and expanding their portfolio. “With our youngest child turning 16 years old, I wasn’t ...
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  • Team Leaders: Michael & Beth McMahon About three years ago, Beth McMahon left her job as a human resources manager in northern Illinois to stay home with her two young boys. Her family greatly benefited from the flexibility leaving the corporate world gave her, especially because her husband Michael’s job in sales required a tremendous ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leaders: Scott & Anne Burandt In 2005, Scott and Anne Burandt found themselves faced with an impending relocation and job insecurity. The pharmaceutical company Scott, a sales director, worked for was taken over by a venture capital company. Plans were laid out to relocate the company out of state. Neither Scott nor Anne wanted ...
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  • New Team Leader Profile: John Curran Finding himself at a career crossroads, John Curran was ready to make a big lifestyle change. He knew he wanted to become an entrepreneur, however Curran wasn’t sure what that would look like. Compelled to action, he retired from his corporate job as a sales and marketing executive and began his ...
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  • How Team Leader Shaun Norton Found Success Rapidly Scaling His Business Shaun Norton, Sport Clips Haircuts team leader, will open his 14 th store this December. However, up until just a couple of years ago, he had only one store. In 2017 alone, Norton opened or acquired a total of eight stores. “The manager led structure of the Sport Clips business model gave me the ...
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  • Why Veterans Make Great Franchisees Cheston Syma is a United States Marine Corps veteran and a successful entrepreneur. Like other veterans, his experience in the military has helped in his role as a business owner. “The skills I relied on in the military, the work ethic, the dedication and focus,” explains Syma, “have helped me find ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Jason and Alyssa Bowman By the time they reached their 30s, Jason and Alyssa Bowman were established in their industrial engineering careers. Jason, a financial analyst for a credit card company and Alyssa, an operations analyst with a hospital, will both tell you something was missing. Jason says, “We came to the ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Jeremy Aydell As a certified public accountant, Jeremy Aydell spent his days poring over what felt like endless financial statements. “One day I realized I had no desire to become a partner at my firm. I wasn’t excited about accounting anymore,” he recalls. He continues, “I did a lot of auditing in my work and I ...
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  • Meet New Sport Clips Team Leader in New Jersey: Tracy Hoffman Owning their own business has always been a shared dream of the Hoffmans. One day, during her hour and a half commute to her job as a business solutions manager, Tracy decided it was time to do something about it. After assessing their situation, Tracy says, “Bryan and I felt we were at a good place ...
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  • A Day in the Life of Sport Clips Team Leaders Opening First Store: Paris and Cynthia Wells “Mommy, why don’t you come to my school every day?” When her young son spoke those words, Cynthia Wells reevaluated her life. “Hearing him say that just broke my heart. We were making good money for other people, living a comfortable life, but that wasn’t important to my son. He just wanted to spend ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leaders Paul and Linda Bibeau: Success Starts with Team Culture For Paul and Linda Bibeau, putting people first is a business philosophy. With five high-performing Sport Clips Haircuts stores, the Bibeaus are leaders in their market in Southern California. They credit their success as team leaders to the retention of quality team members. “Stylist retention ...
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  • VCC Team Leader Profile: Liz Crawford When the Liz and Brian Crawford relocated to Tallahassee, Florida for Brian’s job, Liz left behind her job as a research toxicologist to stay home with the couple’s young children. Needing a different kind of stimulation, she soon decided she was ready to go back to work. The problem was, there were ...
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  • Achieve Financial & Personal Freedom By Investing In A Haircutting Franchise After some reorganization and shuffling, commonplace in the corporate world, Paul Bibeau chose to retire early. At the time, his family’s investments were enough to cover their expenses. Like many who have worked diligently over the years, putting hard-earned dollars into a retirement fund, Paul and ...
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  • Achieve Your Personal and Financial Goals with Franchise Ownership For Dan Roberts and his wife Angie, family time is very important. While working in medical sales, Roberts found himself constantly on the road or on call. With two small children, he wanted to be home more so he could be more involved in their lives. Together, Roberts and his wife began to look at ...
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  • Successful Finance and Accounting Career Leads to Franchise Ownership For Wayne Freeman Wayne Freeman had a successful finance and accounting career in corporate America. He made a comfortable living and enjoyed his job as a national account manager, working with products and business processes. However, Freeman was aware of the instability inherent in the corporate world and saw that ...
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  • Sport Clips Haircuts Validation Conference Call Team Leader Profile: Steve Smith Steve Smith of Cross Plains, Wisconsin has been a successful entrepreneur for years. While he has weathered some ups and downs throughout his distinct career that has included convenience stores, day trading and cabinetry, his inspiring, positive attitude and people-first philosophy have brought him ...
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  • Sport Clips VCC Team Leader Profile: Amanda Donovan About five years ago, Amanda Donovan found herself at a crossroads, unsure of what her next step should be. Following a job opportunity for her husband, Ryan, a private corporate pilot, the couple relocated to West Virginia from Kentucky. She then took a close look at what she wanted this next ...
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  • Sport Clips VCC Team Leader Profile: Ben Mangels After more than 30 years working for a large bank, the constant travel and long hours began to take their toll on Ben Mangels. He longed for more time with his family and more control over his time and life. He also began to worry about job security. “As a highly compensated vice president, I ...
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  • 2018 Team Leaders of the Year: Arif and Susan Taj "Championship Experiences" headlined Sport Clips Haircuts National Huddle, an annual event that drew more than 3,200 team members earlier this year to celebrate the leading haircare franchise dedicated to men and boys in its 25 th anniversary year. Each year, top award winners are recognized at the ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Jeff Burroughs and Robyn Hanson About ten years ago, Jeff Burroughs, a sales manager in the auto industry, began to see slowing sales numbers. In an industry subject to economic fluctuations , he longed for more control over his financial future. Burroughs recalls, “I had spent 20 years trying to get to the next level, but really ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader Profile: Kevin Henkel Kevin Henkel, a Sport Clips Haircuts multi-unit team leader in Northern California and Reno, Nevada, is in the build out process for his ninth store. When he opened his first store in 2007, he thought he would only open three stores total. But as opportunities to scale his Sport Clips interests ...
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  • Meet Bay Area Sport Clips Team Leader: Satheesh Rangappan Highly focused and driven, Satheesh Rangappan approaches everything he does with a commitment to excellence. He believes in delivering the highest quality product or service, whether it be as owner of a software solutions company or in his real estate ventures. This commitment is also what led him ...
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  • Validation Conference Call Team Leader Profile: Don Berger Don Berger was a successful corporate executive and always an entrepreneur at heart. He’s helped grow several companies, the most notable a small employer benefit start-up that is now public and with over 1,200 employees. He’s moved on from that achievement and now lends his expertise to a variety ...
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  • Validation Conference Call Team Leader: Jeff Crummie Life coach and motivational speaker Jeff Crummie used his 25 years of tech industry and management consultant experience to help empower high school students and the unemployed. Taking a page from his own book, Crummie decided to take control of his future. He recalls, “My wife and I looked at each ...
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  • Validation Conference Call Team Leader Profile: Scott and Diana Colgrove Several years ago, Diana and Scott Colgrove decided their life needed a change. Both had corporate jobs in California’s Silicon Valley and yearned for better work-life balance. Having control over their family’s future and flexibility with their time was very important to them. So, the Colgroves ...
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  • Validation Conference Call Team Leader Profile: Chris Martin Chris Martin was a sales and account executive with a Fortune 100 company, specializing in legal research tools and firm management software. While he enjoyed great success in his career, he began to think about his future and what his exit strategy from the corporate world would look like. Martin ...
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  • Meet New Team Leaders Jamey and Kristen Nosler: Successful Franchise Operators Transitioning Out of Fast Food for More Freedom, Flexibility and Financial Stability with Sport Clips Recently, Jamey and Kristen Nosler had a decision to make as franchise owners. With four fast food franchise locations, remaining with the well-known restaurant brand would require a significant financial investment in required technology upgrades and renovations. They began to look closely at what ...
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  • Validation Conference Call Team Leader Profile: Bobby and Lori Forrest Meeting as college students at Texas A&M University, Bobby and Lori Forrest had no idea what the future held for them. Bobby graduated with a degree in engineering technology and Lori with a master’s in land economics and real estate. Today, both have moved on from work in their fields of academic ...
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  • Sport Clips Team Leader: Stacey Patulski When his manufacturing company had the opportunity to move, saving money in production costs, Stacey Patulski chose to stay in Michigan in order to allow his workers keep their jobs. He says, “People are more important than the monetary savings.” This people-first mentality is eventually what ...
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  • Validation Conference Call Team Leader Profile: Cheston Syma Cheston Syma always knew he wanted to be a business owner. Today he is an experienced entrepreneur, owning a variety of business concepts, including 13 Sport Clips Haircuts stores. But there was a time when the path to business ownership wasn’t so clear for him. When younger, Syma spent time working ...
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  • A Sneak Peek Into Sport Clips' Upcoming Validation Conference Call with Team Leader Shaun Norton The Nortons Sport Clips Journey Shaun and Angelique Norton signed on with the Sport Clips team in August 2012 and, soon after they opened their first Sport Clips store in Kokomo, Indiana. The next three years the Nortons spent time searching for an appropriate site for their next store. Shaun ...
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  • New Sport Clips Team Leaders Rafael Falcon and Darren Molles Build a Family Legacy While out to dinner celebrating a family member’s birthday, Darren Molles posed a question to his son-in-law, Rafael Falcon. He asked, “If we were to, right now, invest in a business together, what would it be?” Without hesitation, Falcon answered, “Sport Clips.” Already considering investing, ...
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  • Validation Conference Call Team Leader Profile: Arif Taj Arif Taj, multi-unit Sport Clips Team Leader in Southern California, has won multiple brand awards for his high performing stores, broken records for grand opening client counts, and has even been recognized as a small business of the year by his local community. Taj has done an exceptional job of ...
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  • Meet Sport Clips Newest Team Leaders in Minnesota: Chris and Deborah Brandt Chris knew he wanted to be a business owner someday but was not actively searching for a business opportunity. He couldn’t see how to make his dream of being a business owner work with a full-time corporate job and other responsibilities. That is until an “It’s Good To Be An Owner” sign caught his ...
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  • Meet Sport Clips Haircuts Newest Team Leaders in Miami: Shayne and Larissa Malone Already successful entrepreneurs and professionals, Shayne and Larissa Malone realized the next step to reach their long term personal and financial goals was to diversify their investments. However, not wanting to start from ground zero, they turned to franchising and began to look for a proven ...
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  • First Sport Clips in Medford Oregon Finds Success Due to Corporate Help & Marketing Jim Noah knew he wanted to open his own Sport Clips location from the moment he first heard an advert on the radio and stepped into a salon that same day. Thanks to the guidance and experience of Sport Clips when it comes to working with new franchisees, it took less than 12 months for Jim to get ...
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  • One Man's Sense of Adventure Leads to Sport Clips Franchise Success Mr. Jean-Bernard Dahmoune is a native of faraway France who came to the states to pursue an amazing career opportunity with a multinational corporation. But he has since found that his greatest success was waiting for when he decided to become his own boss and start exploring haircutting franchise ...
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  • The Browns Provide Pacific Northwest Sport Clips Region with Leadership When Phil and Laurie Brown decided to begin a franchise business that would put them in the driver’s seat, they were immediately drawn to Sport Clips. After conducting their research into the brand, they agreed to become Area Developers in the Pacific Northwest in 2006. Today, thanks to their ...
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  • Experienced Support Team Turns Focus To Emerging Market Detroit and Michigan Sport Clips Haircuts Area Developer John Kohler and his experienced team of professionals are no strangers to pioneering the growth of the Sport Clips Haircuts brand in previously untapped markets. When they first took on the Chicagoland and eastern Missouri markets in 2004, there were only two ...
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  • Doug Porter Finds an Encore Career with Sport Clips Two years after retiring from his role as CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland, Doug Porter realized full-time retirement wasn’t for him. “I found myself having too much curiosity and energy for retirement. I began to search for a new project,” he explains. For years, friends of ...
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  • Paul Hogan: Team Leader in Upstate New York A chance encounter on an airplane more than five years ago led Paul Hogan to Sport Clips Haircuts. Heading to a franchise meeting for a different brand, Hogan struck up a conversation with a fellow traveler. As it turned out, the fellow traveler was in franchise development for Sport Clips. After ...
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  • Shareq Rahman: Software Industry Veteran Finds a Diversification Strategy in Sport Clips With profitable investment properties and a lucrative career as a program manager in Silicon Valley, Shareq Rahman has made quite a comfortable life. However, with inevitable and cyclical economic fluctuations, job security and real estate returns are not always a given. This reality led Rahman to ...
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  • Matt Dauksa and Matt Champion: Bringing a Team Driven Focus to Upstate New York Matt Dauksa and Matt Champion have worked together as a dynamic team for more than a decade building one of the top financial planning firms in the country. With more than 155 financial planners and 65 office staff, their roles as managing director and manager of financial services, respectively, ...
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  • Emmett Kane: How One Franchisee Is Making A Difference In The Health Of His Community Part of what makes the Sport Clips Haircuts network so dynamic is its franchisees (Team Leaders). Our Team Leaders come from a wide variety of backgrounds before they make the investment in ownership. Each individual brings something unique that adds value to the entire system. Emmett Kane, owner of ...
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  • Meet Our Sport Clips Team Leaders in the Pacific Northwest: Carolyn and Don Funk Carolyn Funk and her family enjoy travelling together and finding new adventures. With two of their four children born in Vietnam, the family spends a great deal of time there, sharing their love of the country that has captured their hearts. From motorcycle trips to organizing tours of Vietnam to ...
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  • Sport Clips Haircuts Father and Son Are Making the Pursuit of Their Entrepreneurial Dreams A Family Affair Father’s Day is a time to pay tribute to the special relationship fathers have with their children. For Al and A.J. Rodriguez of Pittsburgh, this relationship is also a working one. Together they make up a multi-unit franchisee team. The duo officially began working together in 2014 and has grown ...
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  • This Sport Clips Haircuts Area Developer is Winning by Growing the Franchise Locally Johnny Weber, a Sport Clips Haircuts area developer who oversees stores in seven states, is this year's Multi-Unit Franchisee Magazine 2017 Most Valuable Performer Award winner for a single brand. He has grown his Sport Clips business in less than nine years to include locations in Alabama, Florida, ...
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  • Meet our Sport Clips Team Leaders in South Texas: Begona & Eugenio Simon 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 ...
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  • Meet Our Sport Clips Team Leader in California: Ken and Claudia Trimmer Over the past 20 plus years, Ken and Claudia Trimmer have enjoyed business success in both insurance and property management. Recently, they started to look toward retirement and an exit strategy from their day jobs. With many offers over the years to purchase their insurance agency, the Trimmers ...
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  • SHAHIN URIAS: IRANIAN IMMIGRANT FINDS ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS WITH SPORT CLIPS The story of the United States is the story of the immigrant. And Shahin Urias is a true American success story. As an immigrant to the US from Iran more than 25 years ago, her road to entrepreneurial success is a testament to her hard work, dedication and the right opportunity. Today, she employs ...
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  • Meet our Sport Clips Team Leader in New Jersey: Ashley Gray Ashley Gray is one of Sport Clips’ newest franchisees. Ashley and her husband, Chuck, already own and operate a Primrose School franchise, a leader in the preschool and childcare industry, in Mountainside, NJ. However, like several other franchisees in the Sport Clips network, Ashley and Chuck ...
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  • Debra Sawyer: Successfully Bringing a Woman's Touch to Sport Clips' Guy-Themed Concept International Women’s Day is an opportune moment to reflect upon the contributions women are making in the franchising world. With almost half of franchises having a woman in an ownership position, women are a driving force behind the brands they represent. Debra Sawyer is a prime example of a woman ...
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  • Sport Clips Ignite: Brenda Austin Sport Clips is excited to announce team leader Brenda Austin’s new grand opening in Cheyenne, Wyoming. This is Brenda’s second opening, after her initial store opened in Gillette, Wyoming in 2014. It is her passion, energy, and dedication to the brand that allows her to succeed and branch out her ...
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  • Team Leader Cheston C. Syma Featured in "Franchise Players" We are proud to announce that Sport Clips Team Leader Cheston C. Syma was recently featured in “Franchise Players” by Entrepreneur —a Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. A former U.S. Marine, Sgt. Cheston C. Syma purchased his first two Sport Clips franchises in 2004. Prior ...
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