By Yitzi Weiner
A “Positive” Influencer, Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator
Dec 4, 2017
I had the pleasure of interviewing Alexis Courtney, COO of Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids. Alexis got her degree in mathematics and became a high school math teacher before discovering her desire to be a business owner. After 8 years of teaching she walked in to a Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids and new it was what she was looking for. Eleven years later after running five stores she is now the franchisor of the concept and the COO. Alexis is joined by her husband Neal Courtney, CEO of Cookie Cutters, who formerly served as the CEO of Famous Brands. In 2014, after being franchisees for the brand, the Courtneys purchased Cookie Cutters from its founders. Since then they have grown the brand to more than 55 locations in 19 states, with more than 130 in pipeline. The brand was recognized on the Inc.5000 list as #1353 with a 301 percent growth rate over the past three years. Neal and Alexis sat down with me to discuss their journey from franchisees to franchisors, and the five things they wish someone told them beforehand.