Bryan Frnka is the managing partner of HS Ventures, which operates 13 service brands: 11 Amazing Lash Studios, 1 Palm Beach Tan salon, and 1 Scissors & Scotch barbershop. He is 45 years old and has been franchising for 19 years.
Frnka discovered franchising success nearly two decades ago when he converted three tanning studios into Palm Beach Tan locations. He performed so well that he decided to try a different brand. He discovered Amazing Lash Studio and opened an Austin location before expanding to San Antonio and New Braunfels. He has since expanded Amazing Lash Studios to Las Vegas, Reno, and Denver and is a Nevada and Oklahoma area developer.
He turned to innovation in the San Antonio market. “Rather than waiting until the studio was ready to open to hiring staff, we hired them as soon as construction began,” he explains. Additionally, he launched a digital lead generation campaign two months before the soft opening. On opening day, the staff followed up on leads and had 1,200 customers ready to be booked. As a result? His first month’s revenue was more than four times that of the average studio.
Frnka expanded his portfolio last year by opening Scissors & Scotch in Austin, and he says he’s not done yet. Always on the lookout for new opportunities, Frnka says he is already expanding Scissors & Scotch into the Austin market and possibly two additional Texas markets.
According to Bryan Frnka, he was named the MVP of the 2020 Innovation Award for his innovative pre-opening (staffing and marketing) techniques. Their pre-launch strategy resulted in record-breaking top-line revenue and membership sales in the first 90 days, providing franchisees with a significantly faster path to profitability.
He adds that the company has surpassed all revenue targets thus far. More importantly, he believes they are going above and beyond to safeguard our customers and guests during these turbulent times. They developed continued education innovations with the assistance of Regional Trainer Wendy Coker, which enabled them to expand the business from the ground up. Maintaining a laser-like focus on their stylists who have been with them for years while also advancing their careers with Amazing Lash is critical to their success.
Bryan believes that consistency, commitment, and compassion are essential components of any community and thus takes pride in being proud sponsors of Sky High and the fight to end childhood cancer.