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About the host

Erik VanHorn

Erik has worked his way through the world of franchising, starting as a multi-unit franchisee outside of Kansas City with a top-rated retail franchise. He went on to expand the business to eventually owning 12 stores as well as the area development rights for Austin, Texas. Erik grew that territory from 5 stores in 2004 to 42 stores. In addition to becoming one of the company’s top new franchisees, he also helped build the parent organization by joining the franchise development team.

Believing in the franchise model and master franchise model, he purchased the rights to develop Sola Salon Studios in the Orange County market. Sola Salon Studios is an innovative salon model in which experienced stylists, estheticians, nail stylists, massage therapists and other like-minded salon professionals come together under one roof to take their careers to the next level. Erik has built 10 Sola Salons, each around 7,000 square feet, in Orange County, CA.

Most recently Erik is developing the Southern California market for both Amazing Lash Studio and SYNERGY HomeCare. Amazing Lash Studio provides eyelash extensions with the proven recurring revenue business model, and the concept is one of the fastest growing concepts in the health and beauty industry. Additionally, the SYNERGY footprint has quadrupled in the region since purchasing.

Outside of work, Erik is an every-weekend high country adventurer. Living in Black Hills of South Dakota, the land of infinite variety, he is an avid mountain biker, who also enjoys hiking and fly-fishing. And when he’s not shredding mountains or hooking lines, you can find him spending time with his family, a wife and three daughters, enjoying the great outdoors together on their horseless horse property.

Brian Holmes

If Brian knows one thing it is how to leverage systems and processes to build 7 figure
businesses with limited capital. He got his start in the business world purchasing his first Liberty
Tax Service Franchise location at 23 years old and has been a Franchise guy ever sense.
Over the last 12 years he has owned 27 franchise locations in 3 different franchise brands from
Bakersfield to Sacramento with hundreds of seasonal employees and millions of dollars in
revenue. He currently owns 3 Club Pilates Studios, 5 Liberty Tax Service locations, and a
Regional Development for Honest 1 Auto care.
In the spring of 2016 Brian and his wife Adrian welcomed their twin boys George and Everett in
to the world. The boys were a catalyst for changes in both perspective and priorities. The
decision was made to sell 12 of their 19 tax offices and simplify their life.
That didn't last long. Brian's inability to sit still and Adrian's passion for fitness motivated them to
purchase the rights to open 4 Club Pilates Studios in the Sacramento Area. In 2016 they
opened locations in Elk Grove, Folsom, and Sacramento. They love the fact that they are
making a positive impact on people’s lives and the Sacramento community.
Brian’s passion for business will drive him to continue to expand his current businesses as well
as start new ventures. He launched a franchise focused Education and Consulting Agency in
June of 2018 that will help other franchise owners make their business dreams a reality.
After moving to northern California Brian quickly became a member of Entrepreneurs
Organization Sacramento Chapter and was immediately asked to join the board as the Finance
Chair. EO is pushing him to grow both personally and professionally.