Founder & CEO
Jim Valenzuela is a native of Tucson, Arizona and a 1984 graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation Jim worked in the securities and real estate industries, both in Tucson and Phoenix. In 1990 he accepted a position as an Executive Assistant to a Member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Maricopa County is one of the largest Counties in the United States and while in this role he developed an interest in healthcare delivery systems. In 1991 he accepted a position with the Southwest Harvard Group (SHG) and brought both his real estate and political acumen to SHG in their role of providing resolution/brokerage services to the Resolution Trust Company.
In 1992 he was named as Founding Executive Director of Medical Professionals of Arizona (MedPro). MedPro is one of the largest multi-specialty physician organizations in Arizona, consisting of approximately 300 physicians and a support staff of approximately 200. Responsibilities included the implementation of policy and budget issues as directed by the MedPro Board of Directors, coordination of public affairs, development of business/contractual strategies and management of the day-to-day affairs of the corporation. He was the only non-doctoral degreed shareholder in the company. In his role as Executive Director he brought together his skills in healthcare delivery systems, politics, real estate and business administration to lead the organization to a leading role in Arizona physician affairs. In 1998, he left MedPro to pursue other opportunities that ultimately led to the founding of V’s Barbershops in 1999.
Director of Operations
Director of Operations, Emily Hutcheson-Brown has over 15 years of relevant work experience and 25 years of small business experience that she brings to V’s Barbershop. Emily has been with V’s since 2006. Her passion for small business and entrepreneurship fueled her career path and lead her into the role she plays with V’s today.
As Director of Operations and Franchisee Support for V’s Barbershop, Emily is responsible for supporting new and existing franchisees, as well as assisting Founder and CEO Jim Valenzuela. Emily coordinates new store build-outs, as well as training each new franchise owner on retail procedures and business and grand opening ventures. Additionally, Emily manages V’s overall marketing program.
Emily attended Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado and received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in business management and a minor in human resources. She also earned her degree in accounting at Arizona State University West in 2002.
Vice President, Finance
Chris Mitchell, vice president of finance for V’s Barbershop, has had an active career in the financial sector and brings more than 25 years of experience to his position.
As VP of Finance for V’s Barbershop, Chris is in charge of maintaining the company’s overall fiscal viability. Additionally, he is accountable for assisting new franchisees in developing their business plans, obtaining financing, as well as supporting franchisees through the financial and bookkeeping aspects of running their individual retail stores.
Chris has been part of the V’s team since 2003 and has been instrumental in maximizing the financial success of the company and its franchise partners. He is experienced in all aspects of V’s Barbershop including store operations, new store development, franchisor compliance with regulatory requirements and strategic planning.
Originally from Scotland, Chris has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accountancy and Finance from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland..
Franchisee Support, Renae Germinaro has an extensive background in both a legal and supportive role, where she was a Legal Assistant/Paralegal at the tax and estate planning firm of Olsen-Smith, Ltd. In Phoenix, Arizona for 20 years.
As our lead franchisee support staff member since 2014, Renae is responsible for supporting our current franchisees with their V’s Barbershop locations. She is knowledgeable in all facets of the Barbershop and its’ operations, and is quick to offer help and solutions for those in need. Renae also coordinates the Federal Disclosure Document for V’s Barbershop Franchise, and assists new franchisees through the legal document preparations necessary to become a new franchisee.
A native Phoenician, Renae has a local background and strong local family ties.
Renae is a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix, is married and has two daughters. She is very passionate about her family, and is involved in many activities with her daughters, schools and church.