SportClips Appoints CHRO From Search Led by Hanold Associates


SportClips has appointed Kathy Schaff as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). She will be based at SportClips’ headquarters in Georgetown, Texas (greater Austin area). Neela Seenandan and Katrina Prospero led the search.

Ms. Schaff comes to SportClips from CTI Foods where she was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer. Ms. Schaff will report directly to the President, Edward Logan. The mission of the CHRO will be to build and execute best-in-class people processes and outcomes in an entrepreneurial family-owned environment while retaining the small-company feel and values orientation of the SportClips culture that define the organization.

As CHRO, Ms. Schaff will be the owner of all people processes and outcomes in the organization. This role and the CFO will be considered key advisors to the CEO and president and decision-makers regarding both individual decisions and the long-term direction of the company.

“Congratulations to Kathy and the SportClips team—Kathy will be a terrific addition to the leadership team at SportClips. Her leadership style and HR skillset will be very effective as the company continues to grow,” said Neela Seenandan, co-managing partner at Hanold Associates who led the search.

SportClips is the nation’s leading hair care provider to men and boys. In the early 1990s, founder Gordon Logan noticed that men tended to dislike the general environment of women’s salons that he owned and did not see value in generic family haircutters. Seeing an under-served market with the decline of traditional barbershops, he opened the first SportClips location in Austin, Texas, in 1993. The concept was built around a sports theme, with TVs on the walls playing games and an aesthetic reminiscent of a basketball court or locker room. The atmosphere in these locations is designed to be like older local barber shops, where men can gather to talk about sports, fishing or hunting.

Utilizing Logan’s franchising, salon and business experience, SportClips quickly expanded throughout Texas. The organization opened 50 stores within the first five years and took less than 15 years to open 500. Today, SportClips is still headquartered in small-town Georgetown, Texas, even though it now has more than 1,800 locations across the United States and Canada, the only hair care franchise with locations in all 50 states. These locations combined for almost $700M in systemwide revenue in 2018 and are projected to achieve almost $800M in 2019. With approximately 1,000 direct Team Members (employees) and more than 18,000 Stylists, Managers and Team Members, the SportClips total footprint is expanding rapidly.

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