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 culture.”
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 scalable 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.
Begona & Eugenio Simon have thrived with Sport Clip in Texas, you should too!
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