The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Peter Barrios.
As the owner of one of the largest insurance agencies in Southern California, Barrios knows what it takes to build and run a thriving business from the ground up. So when it came time to diversify his portfolio with a proven business model that would adequately prepare him for a stable future, he decided to put his entrepreneurial experience to good use. Without a doubt, Barrios knew his next business venture would be in franchising, but when it came to settling on the perfect concept, he had a bit of searching to do.
Thanks to his friend Oscar Navarro, a Sport Clips franchisee in California who also owns an insurance agency, Barrios was introduced to the major upsides of the salon industry—he also quickly realized that within that industry, Sport Clips was clearly a cut above the rest.
“A major reason for wanting to broaden my business portfolio was needing more security. I realized that the insurance industry was in the midst of significant change, and pretty soon, technology could ultimately replace the need for brick and mortar locations. I wanted a business that was stable—one that wasn’t vulnerable to evolving technology,” Barrios. “I realized that the hair care industry isn’t going anywhere—it’s nearly a recession-proof service. People will always need their hair cut regularly, and they’ll always need trained stylists to do the job. Fortunately, I don’t see robots coming into the industry to cut hair any time soon.”
For Barrios, it was ultimately Sport Clips’ unique culture that influenced him to become an owner. The brand’s executive team, he says, felt like a family—even as Sport Clips continued to grow past 1,530 units. That kind of support and genuine level of care was something he’s never experienced in all his years in business.
“This is a company that knows what they want. They know what kind of character, morals and qualities to look for in team leaders, and it transcends the entire system,” Barrios said. “When I attended a Discovery Day back in August, I was blown away—from the president to all the vice presidents, they all took the time out of their busy schedules to get to know me personally and answer my questions. In return, they were open to letting me get to know them, too. That day, I knew it was a company I would be proud of representing—one that I’d work my tail off for every single day.”
Barrios officially signed for his new location in the Inland Empire on August 27—a short 20 days after he attended the Discovery Day. And despite his lack of experience in the salon industry, Barrios is confident that his years as the owner of an insurance agency have prepared him for his foray in franchising with Sport Clips. For starters, both the insurance agency and Sport Clips depend on repeat business. That means that it’s up to him and his team to make sure every single customer has an amazing, unforgettable experience—starting with the proper training and support of his employees.
“There are a lot of similarities in how we develop, train and mentor our staff. It’s about being a cheerleader. You have to motivate every one of your employees every single day and reward their success. And it’s about taking the time to find out what inspires and moves your staff,” Barrios said. “I’ve learned that being genuine and being a good person goes a long way. And that’s something I’m looking forward to putting into practice at Sport Clips.”
And the cherry on top of Barrios’ decision to join the Sport Clips team? The brand’s semi-absentee model. With a successful business under his belt and a burgeoning business on the horizon, Barrios is excited to continue moving forward with his passions—both new and old. And at the end of the day, that’s what truly drives Barrios in his relentless pursuit of success.
“I love what I do. I love working. When I open my Sport Clips, I want to learn everything I can and I want to give it the time and energy it takes to thrive,” Barrios said. “I’m equal parts excited and nervous for this next chapter. But I can confidently say that this is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”