Jim DiRugeris Joins Lightbridge Academy® as Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales as the Franchise Eyes 150 Locations by 2026
ISELIN, N.J. (PRWEB) November 22, 2021 - Since its founding in 1997, Lightbridge Academy® has made its way through several recessions and a pandemic. Throughout that journey, Lightbridge Academy has remained steadfast in its mission to be The Solution for Working Parents® in any climate. Today, Lightbridge Academy welcomes Jim DiRugeris, a seasoned executive who understands the various facets of unit growth, to the family as senior vice president of franchise sales.
DiRugeris brings his passion for the children’s education industry and leading franchise sales for emerging and mature top child care brands. His extensive franchise expertise, business and leadership skills and market knowledge will be an invaluable resource for both Lightbridge Academy franchise owners and prospective franchisees.
“The decision to join a company with a proven business model, experienced franchise leadership team, history of innovation and well-defined processes was an easy one for me,” stated DiRugeris. “The Lightbridge organization and culture is best in class and I couldn’t be more excited.”
As an accomplished franchise sales and development strategist, DiRugeris’ vision and expertise in business performance has propelled growth for franchise brands such as Goddard Systems, where he served as vice president of franchise sales for six years and set company records for sales.
Most recently, DiRugeris served as chief development officer at Celebree — an emerging child care franchise system. He worked with prospective and established franchise owners to help them achieve their goal of business ownership and develop their child care portfolios.
Previous to his career in the child care industry, Jim worked for seven years with Driven Brands, where he worked with Maaco Franchising, Inc. In his time with Driven Brands, the leader in the automotive aftermarket, he set and helped achieve the business development goals for sales, real estate and construction.
CEO of Lightbridge Academy Gigi Schweikert expressed her appreciation for DiRugeris’s deep experience and alignment with the company core values and culture and ability to lead the franchise sales team at Lightbridge Academy.
The Lightbridge team is confident that DiRugeris’ vast experience will enable the franchise to build upon an already solid foundation to further strengthen the brand as it continues to bring high-quality franchisees into the Lightbridge Academy system.
SOURCE Lightbridge Academy®
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