Robert Cresanti, immediate past president/CEO of the International Franchise Association, joins Sport Clips Haircuts board of directors


A photo of Robert CresantiSport Clips Haircuts, the leading franchise dedicated to men's and boys' haircare, announced today the addition of the immediate past President and CEO of the International Franchise Association Robert Cresanti to its board of directors. Cresanti, a seasoned Washington D.C.-based c-suite executive, founded Cresanti Associates, LLC, an international strategic business, technology, and public affairs advisory firm.

"Robert has been a friend to Sport Clips and a tireless advocate for the franchise business model…an industry that employs nearly 8.3M and provides local business ownership for thousands of others," says Edward Logan, Sport Clips president and CEO. “Our founder, Gordon Logan, worked with and in support of Robert during his tenure at the IFA through efforts for franchising as a business model on Capitol Hill and as an IFA and IFA Foundation Board Member and VetFran chairman. Having Robert on the board strengthens our franchisee relationships and opportunities as well as the support we provide to more than 18,000 Sport Clips team members."

Cresanti says, "As the CEO of the International Franchise Association the number one question that was asked of me was 'which franchise should I buy?' I always said the same thing in response, finding truly great people as your franchisor is the best way to go. So, I am so deeply honored to be able to work with Edward and Gordon in service of their amazing franchisees.”

Cresanti has been an advisor to three U.S. Presidents and received unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology before later being appointed as the most senior Chief Privacy Officer in the Federal Government. He served as co-chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, Legislative Counsel in the House to Committee Chief of Staff in the Senate, and handled banking and technology legislation before the Banking, Judiciary, Commerce, Homeland Security, and Finance Committees.

In his private sector career, Cresanti led communications and public affairs for both a global Fortune 50 company, SAP, AG, as well as two technology trade associations, the Business Software Alliance and ITAA. Cresanti was also the CEO of the IPXI, the Intellectual Property Exchange, and served as the managing director of an NYSE traded ETF.

Cresanti received a law degree from Baylor University School of Law and bachelor’s degree from Austin College. He also holds a certificate of EC Law from the University of Glasgow Law School and completed masters course work at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Cresanti grew up in Germany and speaks both English and German fluently.

Sport Clips was founded in 1993, franchised in 1995, has more than 1,800 locations in the United States and Canada, and was the first haircare franchise to have locations in all 50 states.