The Learning Experience®’s Richard S. Weissman Selected as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2013 Finalist in Florida

President/CEO of National Early Learning Academy Recognized for High-Growth Entrepreneurialism

May 28, 2013 // // Boca Raton, FL – The Learning Experience® (TLE®), the country’s fastest growing early learning academy for children 6 weeks to 6 years old, today announced that Richard S. Weissman, TLE® President & CEO, was named a finalist in the Family Business category for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Award in Florida. Award recipients will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the Fountainbleau in Miami Beach.

With 188 locations nationwide for the company only 8 years old, including 120 fully operational centers in 17 states and the remaining 68 under various stages of development, TLE® is the fastest growing preschool in the nation.

“I am honored to be named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award, and I believe that such a recognition is a result of the hard work and dedication of the entire TLE® enterprise,” said Mr. Weissman. “During an uncertain economy, we remained entrepreneurial by driving innovation, maintaining the company culture and taking the unprecedented position to continue to invest in infrastructure and human capital necessary to grow the brand. As a result of our efforts, we’ve managed to stand out as a top early learning academy and national franchise company.”

Under Weissman’s leadership, the company experienced 410% year-over-year growth, 42% CAGR and over $100 million in revenue in 2012. A family-run business, TLE® founders have over 30 years of experience including the success and ultimate sale of TutorTime. The keen understanding of how business, real estate, and proprietary education interact sets them apart when dealing with franchisees and early education business matters.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year® award program recognizes high-growth entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. “The finalists were selected from nearly 80 nominations by a panel of independent judges,” said Greg Rosica, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Florida program partner. “Collectively, finalists grew their employment by 18 percent and their revenues by nearly 36 percent between 2010 and 2012.”

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About The Learning Experience®

The Learning Experience® (TLE®) is the nation’s fastest growing early learning academy for children ages six months to six years old. With a greater national emphasis on educational development during the most crucial years of a child's growth, a prominent focus has been placed in programs that advance the scholastic preparation. TLE® prepares children academically and socially via innovative scholastic and enrichment programs such as L.E.A.P® curriculum, a cutting-edge proprietary approach to learning which has 90 percent of TLE® children graduating preschool reading at a Kindergarten or greater level. To complement the academic portion, various enrichment programs crucial to advancing learning and overall balance will be discussed and demonstrated, such as philanthropy, baby yoga, music, physical fitness, manners and etiquette, and Spanish language.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. Now in its 27th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has expanded globally to recognize company builders in more than 140 cities and 50 countries throughout the world. Regional award recipients go on to compete at the national level. Award recipients in several national categories, as well as the National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year overall ward winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Calif., on November 16, 2013. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

SOURCE The Learning Experience®


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