December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // DULUTH, Ga. - Today, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies announced David Vinson assumed the role of president and CEO of Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc. - a move aligned with the company's progressive vision and ongoing commitment to provide industry-leading early childhood education programs and facilities.
The announcement is part of a larger strategy developed alongside franchisees and partners to determine a refreshed direction for the company and strengthen the executive leadership team as the franchise celebrates 30 years of excellence and expands internationally. Additional measures include the hire and appointment of franchise industry talent and business development leader, Robert (Bob) Kirschner, to chief operating officer and the elevation of the company's current vice chair, Janice Vinson, to chief financial officer.
"There are tremendous growth opportunities for Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies in the U.S. and international markets right now," said David Vinson, incoming president and CEO of Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc. "Seizing upon this, we opened the Kids 'R' Kids China corporate office in Beijing this year and are examining opportunities to expand in additional emerging markets such as South America, UAE and India. I would attribute this growth to our trusted 30-year history and exemplary programming, which includes maintaining a corporate-wide AdvancED accreditation of any early childhood education franchise."
Vinson - son of early childhood education industry pioneers and Kids 'R' Kids founders, Pat and Janice Vinson - previously served as the director of operations and brings three decades of early childcare education and franchising business experience to his new position. But just as importantly, Vinson believes he has learned from the best.
"I have a strong legacy to live up to, as my father's accomplishments, commitment and vision for Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies has created the thriving and well-respected brand we have today," said Vinson.
As Vinson takes on his new role, the elder Vinson will move into the position of Chairman of the Board to give strategic guidance and direction as the company continues to move forward. "Pat Vinson's heart is in Kids 'R' Kids and he will very much remain a part of this company," said Vinson.
Joining the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies executive leadership team in January of 2015, Bob Kirschner brings an impressive level of franchise and operational experience to the role of COO. Having successfully managed business expansion strategies for over 25 brands and 30,000 locations, Kirschner's expertise includes developing and implementing innovative and profitable franchise and distribution growth strategies for organizations ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial start-ups. Kirschner will be responsible for day-to-day leadership focused on driving franchisee revenue and profitability and all aspects of operations from strategic planning to oversight of operations.
Janice Vinson steps into her role as CFO with more than five decades of experience. Getting her start in the industry alongside her husband in 1961, Janice Vinson has served as the financial steward of the company for years in the roles of vice president, and more recently, vice chair. "I'm delighted my mother is continuing in her role as the company's financial steward," said Vinson "She is the most organized, fair-minded financial officer we could ever hope to have."
"These executive leadership announcements are just the beginning of a number of advancements we're making at this critical growth juncture for our organization," said Vinson. "We have a strong brand known for providing best-in-class early childhood education centers and innovative, proprietary programming. The opportunities that exist for our company, franchise partners and most importantly, our customers, paint a very promising picture for Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies in the next 30 years."
Headquartered in the North Atlanta suburb of Duluth, GA, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies® provide a secure, nurturing, and educational environment for children (ages 6 weeks - 12 years) to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. With nearly 160 locations operating in 16 states and 12 new facilities planned for 2015, Kids 'R' Kids International® is a family owned and operated organization that ranks in the top 10 nationwide for franchised early childhood education centers (www.kidsrkids.com)