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Franchise Development Team

Meet the people who will assist you in your evaluation of the Great Clips franchise opportunity.  We are here to help you understand the business model and provide you with what you need to make your decision on becoming a business owner with Great Clips.

Laura Roper

Franchise Development Manager

Laura Roper

Laura Roper started in the haircare business working in a salon. After acquiring a degree in Entrepreneurship at St. Thomas University in St Paul, Laura found her way to the Great Clips home office, starting as a Resale Coordinator.  In 2008, she was promoted to Franchise Development Manager. Several family members are accomplished entrepreneurs, so it’s no wonder that Laura enjoys helping franchisees become successful business owners. In her spare moments, she enjoys traveling and spending time at the lake: water-skiing and boating. Laura lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Steve Gemlo

Senior Franchise Development Manager

Steve Gemlo

Steve Gemlo has been in franchising since 1989, and started his Great Clips career in May 1999. Today, Steve is a Senior Franchise Development Manager with Great Clips. He has a passion for helping franchise candidates through our investigation process so that they can make an informed decision about our Great Clips opportunity. Over the last 10 years he has helped more than 250 franchisees decide that Great Clips is the best franchise fit. He and his wife Beatrice have been married 35 blissful years. They have two wonderful children Matt and Megan, who remind them often how lucky they are.

Beth Caron Director of Franchise Development

Beth Caron

Director of Franchise Development

Beth joined Great Clips, Inc. in 2007 as a Lead Qualifier in the Franchise Development department.  After graduating from college with a communications degree, she gained management experience in the retail industry before falling in love with the franchise world.  After working with candidates and the franchise broker community for five years, she expanded her role to include lead generation and franchise development marketing prior to accepting the role of Director of Franchise Development in 2013.

Katrina Redwine Franchise Development Relationship Specialist

Katrina Redwine

Franchise Development Relationship Specialist

Kat joined the Great Clips Franchise Development department in 2016.  She was previously the Director of a childcare facility and was excited for a change of pace. Her current role allows great opportunity to meet the people who will eventually become franchisees. She assists franchise brokers with basic information, territory checks and responds to franchise inquiries in order to assist in selecting the best possible candidates to enter the sales process.