Founder & CEO
U.S. Air Force
The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), in partnership with USAA, is proud to announce that Gordon Logan, founder and CEO of Sport Clips, is the 2015 Vetrepreneur of the Year®.
The Vetrepreneur® of the Year award is a prestigious honor bestowed annually to only the finest role models the veteran-owned business movement has to offer. The Vetrepreneur® of the Year demonstrates the finest qualities and attributes crucial in leading a flourishing business, marked and sustained business growth and an extensive aspiration to cultivate veteran entrepreneurship.
“Gordon’s story of overcoming adversity, learning from his failures and persisting personifies how the U.S. military prepares our service men and women for success as entrepreneurs,” said NaVOBA President Chris Hale. “His focus on serving not only his customers but also his employees and franchisees is why Sports Clips is a household name today.”
From Air Force to Hair Force
After leaving the U.S. Air Force in 1974, Gordon Logan, who graduated from MIT prior to enlisting, picked up his MBA at the Wharton School of Business and began his career working for Price Waterhouse. He and his wife, Bettye, then struck out on their own in 1980, opening salons under three different brands, but nearly went out of business when a trusted employee embezzled more than $100,000 and covered up the fact that company taxes had gone unpaid.
Left to pick up the pieces, the Logans reevaluated and decided to focus their energies—and limited funds—on a single brand. Logan designed Sport Clips as more than simply a place to get a haircut; they created an experience that men and boys look forward to and enjoy. With the tagline, “It’s good to be a guy!” Sport Clips salons feature a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere, with large-screen TVs tuned to sporting events, sports-themed memorabilia and décor, and specially trained, talented stylists who know how to cut men’s hair.
The Business Today
Building a sturdy foundation, investing in their people, and creating a strong company culture and brand identity have all paid off. In 2007, Sport Clips opened its 400th AND 500th stores. Today, Sport Clips continues to thrive even amid increased competition with 1,450 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips was named a top 100 global franchise for the first time in 2015, is ranked by Entrepreneur as one of the Top 10 “Fastest-Growing Franchises” and ranks 36th in the “Franchise 500.” It is also ranked by Forbes as a “Top Ten Best Franchise” to buy for its investment category.
In addition to running a successful business, Logan focuses heavily on investing in and giving back to the community. The family made a pledge in 2013 to donate $1 million to Georgetown, Texas-area nonprofits, and have been recognized for their philanthropic work with a number of nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity, R.O.C.K. and the Boys and Girls Club. Logan also received the VFW’s “Citizenship Award” and Sport Clips was named the organization’s “Official Haircutter.” Logan now serves on the Board of Directors of the VFW Foundation.