The Goddard School’s Denise Cross Honored as a Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association
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The Goddard School’s Denise Cross Honored as a Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association

February 21, 2024 // // KING OF PRUSSIA, PA– Denise Cross, owner of The Goddard School of Reno (Somersett), NV, has been named a 2023 Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association (IFA). Cross was nominated by Goddard Systems, the manager of The Goddard School franchise system, and celebrated at the 64th IFA Annual Convention.

The Franchisee of the Year Award recognizes leading franchise owners from IFA member brands whose outstanding performance and contributions help protect, enhance, and promote the franchise business model. Individuals are selected for their involvement in their communities, embodying the entrepreneurial spirit, fostering a strong and healthy culture with their workforce, and assisting their fellow franchisees when called upon.

“I am truly honored to have been nominated by Goddard Systems and recognized by the IFA as a Franchisee of the Year,” said Cross. “After spending 25 years in the corporate world, I was eager to start my own business and Goddard proved to be the perfect fit, combining a profitable business opportunity with the ability to serve my community. From day one, I wanted to create a school where teachers would have a rewarding career and children would receive an exceptional education. I couldn’t be prouder of what our team has built and can’t wait to continue providing the highest quality care and education for the Reno community for many years to come.”

With a background in business coupled with a passion for education, Cross opened the school in 2010 and has consistently delivered exceptional results across a variety of categories, including business and operational performance, health and safety, education, teacher retention and parent satisfaction.

In addition to her day-to-day excellence as an entrepreneur and small business owner, Cross is committed to the betterment of the entire Goddard School system. As a member of the inaugural class of the Goddard Systems Advisory Council, she has helped shape the direction of the organization, including providing valuable feedback around the evolution of Goddard’s educational approach. Cross also provides functional direction and feedback to the Goddard Systems team by serving on the Marketing and Operations Excellence Franchisee Input Groups.

“The sustained success of the Goddard system for more than 35 years is a testament to our passionate and dedicated franchisees, and there is no better representative of what makes our system special than Denise,” said Dennis R. Maple, chairman and CEO of Goddard Systems and IFA board member. “Denise consistently advocates not for herself, but for the quality of our system with a focus on building a strong, unified future for Goddard Schools. I was honored to present our Chairman’s Award to Denise last year in recognition of her groundbreaking contributions to Goddard, and now am excited to see her recognized by the IFA. Our entire Goddard team, as well as all of the families she serves, are fortunate to have Denise on our side.”

SOURCE The Goddard School



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