King Of Prussia, PA (Grassroots Newswire) - In its continuing efforts as the leading early education franchise in the nation, Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) has hired Dzana Homan, former CEO of Huntington Learning Centers, Inc. as Chief Operating Officer. An experienced franchisee and franchise executive, Homan will bring years of business leadership experience to the well-known Goddard School brand.
"With a solid background in business, education and franchising, I feel that Dzana will add a tremendous amount of experience and leadership to our team," said Joseph Schumacher, president and CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. "As a fresh new voice in the company, her vast knowledge and understanding of franchise development and technology will be an asset to our brand's growth strategy moving forward."
Homan's extensive career in franchising includes versatile positions at key -education franchises. She began her career as the Learning Center Director at the Los Angeles franchise of Futurekids, Inc., a computer and technology learning center concept serving preschool through twelfth grade. Homan helped grow the Los Angeles Futurekids location and increased her interest in the franchise. Futurekids LA became the system's largest U.S. franchise and, as a result, Homan was promoted to the corporate team where she held multiple executive positions within the company focusing on franchise operations and system development.
Due to her success at the company, Homan was appointed as Futurekids' president and CEO in 2003, followed by a move to the CEO post at Huntington Learning Centers, Inc. five years later. Through her past leadership positions, Homan brings knowledge as a premier provider of technology assessment, professional development and technology curriculum for leading schools and learning centers across the U.S. and in 65 countries around the world.
"Goddard Systems, Inc. has established a robust franchise system that has already been highly successful," said Homan. "I'm looking forward to building upon that foundation to accelerate the growth of the brand nationwide."
GSI's education and business philosophy is continuing to gain national traction; the company opened 39 new locations in 2009 and another 16 in 2010. By positioning locations in top-tier markets across the nation, GSI is now located in 34 states with over 370 schools in communities across the nation. Homan will be a strong leader in directing future growth for GSI, supporting existing franchisees in daily operations and developing new franchisees to further fuel the brand's growth.
"Goddard Systems, Inc. is a progressive company that has the potential to alter early childhood education and childcare for generations to come," said Homan. "I am thrilled to join such a trusted and loved brand where I can contribute my experience in franchising to propel the brand to the next level."
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 second consecutive year (October 2008), Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King