The Little Gym International Promotes Team Members Heather Anderson, Jessica Papa And Samantha Ward Into Leadership Roles
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The Little Gym International Promotes Team Members Heather Anderson, Jessica Papa And Samantha Ward Into Leadership Roles

New Appointments Highlight Exceptional Talents in Supporting Franchisee Success

August 05, 2019 // // SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The Little Gym International, the world's premier children’s enrichment and development franchise that offers movement-based learning and imaginative play for children ages four months through 12 years, is thrilled to announce the promotion of Heather Anderson to Vice President of Operations, Jessica Papa to Creative Director and Samantha Ward to Director of Consulting.

Heather’s previous functions with The Little Gym family included overseeing consumer and franchise development, partnership marketing efforts and internal communication. While she will still be spearheading these initiatives, she will also be taking on responsibility for the service side of the business. As Creative Director, Jessica Papa will be impacting the future growth of The Little Gym International by supervising global design and creative strategy. In her new role as Director of Consulting, Samantha Ward will be a vital resource for all The Little Gym franchisees, guaranteeing that they have the tools and support they need to thrive while continuing to supervise the consulting team.

“This year has been a time of monumental growth for The Little Gym International and having creative, talented and passionate individuals at the helm of what we are trying to accomplish is crucial,” said The Little Gym International CEO Alex Bingham. “Heather, Jessica and Samantha have been instrumental pieces in ensuring the successful development of The Little Gym. These promotions could not be more deserved, and we are all excited to see them continue to shine as part of our family.”

Previous to her new position as Vice President of Operations, Heather Anderson held multiple titles within The Little Gym International organization including Marketing Coordinator, Assistant Brand Manager, Marketing Manager and Director of Marketing. This last promotion has brought Heather into the executive level where she will focus on maximizing how the marketing and consulting teams work together.

Jessica Papa has also been a huge driver of creative growth within The Little Gym family. She has been with the team for almost ten years serving as a Senior Designer, Corporate Brand Design Manager and now the Creative Director making an impact both nationally and internationally on all The Little Gym design.

Samantha Ward has been a dynamic family member of The Little Gym since 2005. She began her The Little Gym journey as Gym Director for a successful location in Pennsylvania, serving in that capacity until 2013 when she joined The Little Gym International team as a Business Consultant and then became Consulting Manager. As Director of Consulting, Samantha will continue working closely with all departments to facilitate the success of every The Little Gym facility.

With these integral changes to the leadership team, The Little Gym is positioning itself to continue to instill the confidence and skills that are needed at each stage of childhood for children all over the world. At a time of tremendous success in franchising both nationally and internationally, these added roles will ensure the organization’s nonstop progress for years to come.

About The Little Gym

The Little Gym is an internationally recognized program that helps children build the developmental skills and confidence needed at each stage of childhood. The very first location was established in 1976 by Robin Wes, an innovative educator with a genuine love for children. The Little Gym International, Inc., headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., was formed in 1992 to franchise The Little Gym concept. Today, The Little Gym International has over 400 locations in 32 countries including the U.S., Canada, China, the United Kingdom, Thailand and more. The franchise has been awarded various accolades, including being ranked 118 on the Entrepreneur's 2019 Franchise 500 list. For more information, visit The Little Gym at

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