Goddard Systems, Inc. Hires Franchising Expert to Lead National Growth Strategy

Leading early-education franchise taps former AAMCO exec as new VP of Franchise Sales and Development

King Of Prussia, PA (Grassroots Newswire) – Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) has been ranked the #1 childcare franchise for 10 years in a row by Entrepreneur magazine, but it's not resting on its laurels. The nearly 400-unit early-education leader has been preparing for 2011 and beyond by carefully bolstering their corporate staff to improve its franchise development division. Anthony Padulo, a 30-year franchising veteran and Certified Franchise Executive, is the latest addition to the company and will head Franchise Sales and Development in 2011 and beyond.

"We're thrilled to have such an experienced member of the franchising industry join our ranks," said Joseph Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. "Tony has a long history of success in his former positions and will play a major role in continuing and accelerating our national growth strategy in 2011."

Padulo got his start with Dunkin' Brands, Inc., parent of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, which was a relationship that lasted for 22 years. For nearly a decade, Padulo served as Vice President of New International Business Development, and was responsible for launching the brands in over 30 new countries. He spent his last three years at the company as Vice President of New Business Development and Franchise Services, guiding franchising activities as well as overseeing development of non-traditional units. Most recently, Padulo served as Vice President of Franchise Development for auto-care franchise AAMCO, where he formulated national franchise growth strategy and oversaw the addition of many new units across the U.S.

"Goddard Systems, Inc. has already proven itself as a successful franchise system with a strong network of franchisees," said Padulo. "I'm looking forward to the challenge of building upon GSI's existing growth strategy to accelerate national growth."

Ranked in the top 100 franchise opportunities on Entrepreneur's Franchise 500® list, GSI has captured the dominant share in the dynamic and growing early childhood education market through a combination of its strong franchise system and the proprietary FLEX™ Learning Program, which enriches children's intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development while providing the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. For more information on Goddard Systems, Inc., visit http://www.goddardschool.com/About.gspx.

"Recently ranked as one of the fastest growing industries in 2011, child care will continue to grow and be in high demand for years to come," said Padulo. "I am looking forward to working closely with the experienced executive team at Goddard Systems, Inc. to fuel new growth in underserved markets throughout the country."

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

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