This year’s Multi-Unit Franchising Conference left me energized and nostalgic at the same time. It was rewarding to hear from fellow attendees about the ways they’ve found success for their franchises, and my husband, Michael, and I were humbled to receive a 2018 Most Valuable Performer (MVP) Award. Afterward, I couldn’t help but reflect on the ever-eventful franchising journey that Michael and I are grateful to be on.
After we sent our two children off to college, Michael and I wanted a professional change. My background lies in education, and I’ve always been committed to helping others learn. Michael possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and has a background in law. We previously owned multiple franchised restaurants, but wanted to look into other franchising opportunities that would marry our different skill sets. We never imagined our search would lead us to the scale and level of fulfillment we have today.
After researching Primrose Schools for about a year, we forged a lasting friendship with CEO Jo Kirchner and were inspired by the mission, vision and values of the company. We opened our first location in 1999, and we now operate eight schools in the Houston area, with another four in development.
Today, we serve more than 1,500 children and employ more than 350 teachers and support staff at our schools. Michael and I have a tremendous responsibility to ensure that the Primrose curriculum is properly implemented and that we are sustaining high-trust relationships with our stakeholders – our employees, our parents and the children entrusted to our care. Fortunately, Primrose Schools has provided exceptional guidance and endless resources that have sustained us as we continue to grow.
I always say that “all our employees need is a teachable spirit,” and I believe the same goes for Primrose Franchise Owners. Primrose provides all of the tools needed to own a successful business (or businesses). Michael and I have learned so much through our multi-unit experience, and we’re thankful to be aligned with such a trusted brand.
We hope to open seven or eight new locations in the next five years. While our skill sets were well-aligned with Primrose from the beginning, all you really need to find success owning Primrose schools are leadership skills, a desire to learn and a passion for serving children, families and your community. If you’re interested in learning more about ownership opportunities, I encourage you to visit Franchise.PrimroseSchools.com/Opportunity or call 800-PRIMROSE (774-6767).
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