Great Clips' Leader Earns Prestigious Certification in Franchise Industry

March 04, 2014 // // To underscore its commitment to franchising, Great Clips, the world's largest hair salon brand, is proud to recognize a member of the corporate team with a prestigious certification in the franchise industry.

Norm Willardson, Senior Director of Business Services for Great Clips, Inc., was recognized as a Certified Franchise Executive by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives. The International Franchise Association hosted the presentation during their annual convention in New Orleans, February 22-25, 2014.

"I'm grateful Great Clips gave me the opportunity to pursue this recognition and I will use everything I've learned to help our franchisees grow and prosper," Willardson said, "Great Clips has a commitment to franchising and we know it's the backbone of our company. Our 1,200 franchisees have helped grow this great company to a billion dollar brand."

Williardson is a 28-year veteran of franchising with experience in management, operations and development. In his 12th year at Great Clips, Willardson previously worked for Jani-King International and New Horizons Computer Learning Centers.

What is the CFE certification?

Willardson completed a comprehensive course of study in franchise management offered by the institute, which is the academic branch of the International Franchise Association's Educational Foundation. The International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide.

More than 1,800 franchise executives are now enrolled or have received the CFE certification. More than 300 IFA-member companies currently have one or more executives enrolled in the program that provides benefits such as specialized knowledge, industry recognition, peer-level networking and professional standing.

Candidates are required to complete a rigorous course of study to earn the CFE designation, which includes attending institute-sponsored educational seminars and workshops. The program enhances franchise professionals' understanding of the industry's fundamental and complex aspects.

About Great Clips, Inc.

Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,500 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world's largest salon brand. Great Clips salons employ nearly 35,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn the Great Clips customer service system and advanced technical skills. Make Great Clips your choice for value-priced, high-quality haircare for men, women and children. No appointments are needed, and salons are open nights and weekends. And it's more convenient than ever with Great Clips' Online Check-In and Clip Notes®. To check in online, visit or download the app for Android and iPhone. For more information about Great Clips, Inc. or to find a location near you, visit

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Great Clips, Inc. was established in 1982 in Minneapolis. Today, Great Clips has more than 3,800 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world's largest salon brand.


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