September 26, 2013 // Franchising.com // FORT WORTH, Texas – Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers®, widely recognized as the leading values-based, early-education childcare provider in the United States, today announced the promotions of two company leaders. The growing Fort Worth-based company, with 36 centers operating (14 in Dallas/Ft. Worth) and 25 in development, promoted Stephen Dixon to Chief Development Officer and Michael Brown to Vice President of Finance.
Dixon moves into the new position three years after joining the company, most recently serving as Vice President of Franchise Development. His new role will include franchisee recruitment as well as working closely with franchisees to oversee the real estate and construction phases of new units.
“Stephen consistently exceeds our expectations. He has had a remarkable impact in growing the company, awarding more than 30 new franchise agreements in the past two and a half years,” said Pat Brown, CEO and co-founder of Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers®. “Plus, he has been instrumental in installing processes that have greatly benefitted our franchise company on several levels. Stephen continually implements strategies to better communicate our franchise offering, discover industry-leading resources with which to partner, and to streamline processes through advanced technologies. We’re thrilled to promote him to an expanded role on our executive leadership team.”
As Chief Development Officer, Dixon will continue to oversee all aspects of the franchise recruitment process for Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers®. Additional responsibilities now include working with franchisees and outside resources to facilitate the real estate site selection and construction phases of new center development.
“I have truly enjoyed assisting Childrens Lighthouse grow into new markets, it is very fulfilling to watch our franchise owners achieve their goals,” added Dixon, who has more than 25 years of franchise industry experience. “I look forward to contributing to the real estate process and further developing systems to ensure efficiency every step of the way.“
The Oklahoma State University (B.S. Business Administration Marketing) and University of Denver (M.B.A) graduate has worked in the franchise industry since 1987 at a variety of companies with multiple regional and national locations. Since joining Children’s Lighthouse he has led the process of awarding 35 new franchise agreements.
Brown moves into the Vice President of Finance position for Children’s Lighthouse following his impressive time with the company as Director of Finance. In recent years, Brown has been integral in establishing financing options for franchisees, providing guidance to new Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers® franchise owners and introducing a host of financial reporting procedures that have positioned the company for continued growth in the years ahead.
As Vice President of Finance, Brown’s day-to-day responsibilities include working with lenders and Children’s Lighthouse franchisees to secure financing for newly built centers. As part of the founding family of the business, Michael is also active in planning for the future of the company, ranging from new curriculum introductions to the growing list of markets targeted for expansion.
Prior to leading the Children’s Lighthouse finance department, Michael served as the company’s Human Resource and Operations Administrator.
Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers® are safe and secure environments that give parents peace of mind, including online video links to rooms, computerized building entry, security monitoring, and transportation to and from area elementary schools.
Launched 17 years ago, Children’s Lighthouse provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to open in attractive metropolitan areas. Ownership in a Children’s Lighthouse franchise includes a full suite of support services, including site selection, financing guidance, construction administration, and grand opening marketing best practices. Childrens Lighthouse’s initial and ongoing training and support is led by an experienced team of childcare veterans, providing the franchise owner invaluable insight and leadership for the entire life of the franchise.
Established in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1995, Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers® is the leading values-based educational childcare system in the United States. The company has approximately 250 employees at its company headquarters and eight company-owned centers. Currently, Children’s Lighthouse has 36 centers in operation and 25 additional franchise locations in the pipeline. Children’s Lighthouse has been named one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Dallas Business Journal, and has received the “Franchise 500” designation by Entrepreneur magazine due to its stability, financial strength, and growth. For more information about Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers®, visit www.childrenslighthouse.com. To learn more about available franchise opportunities, visit www.childrenslighthousefranchise.com or contact Stephen Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org, (888) 338-4466 x1.
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