Beth Nilssen
March 28, 2024 / Industry News

Great Clips CEO Steve Hockett takes helm of top franchising association

Recently, I and several other leaders from the Great Clips corporate office attended the 2024 International Franchising Association (IFA) Convention in Phoenix, along with hundreds of colleagues from the world of franchising.


The highlight of the weekend for all of us representing Great Clips at the event was cheering our very own CEO, Steve Hockett, as the new chair of the IFA. Steve’s service on the IFA board goes back many years; in this position of leadership, he will continue his longstanding commitment to serving and advocating for the franchise community.


"I truly believe in the power of IFA," Steve said. "We have all benefited from its impact on our businesses. That's why I am honored to guide IFA through the year ahead and look forward to serving the franchising community through this great organization."


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To spotlight its new leader, IFA’s magazine, Franchising World, put Steve on the cover. Inside the publication, there’s a lengthy article bylined by Steve in which he shares the top five lessons he’s learned about being successful in the franchise business. One revealing fact—this CEO failed as a franchisee of a Great Clips hair salon! Read more here.


And, click here to see Steve’s presentation to the IFA. (The entire video is about 20 minutes long; Steve is introduced at 6:56.)


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It’s such an honor to be part of a company guided by a prominent industry leader like Steve, who truly comprehends the impact of championing the franchise business model and the efforts of franchisees who work so hard to build their walk-in hair salon franchise businesses. 


Beth Nilssen

Director of Franchise Development | Great Clips, Inc.
800-947-1143 | [email protected]


If you’d like to know more about being a Great Clips franchisee and how the team at Great Clips would support you in your efforts to build a hair salon franchise, give me a call! I’d love to talk with you.



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