Kiddie Academy Bolsters Franchise Development Team to Keep Pace with Company Growth
Nothing is more vital to the growth of a company than the strength of its team.
In response to Kiddie Academy’s continued growth, with 200 Academies now open and operating in 26 states and the District of Columbia, with 40 more locations expected to open this year, we are pleased to announce that we have bolstered our franchise leadership team with the appointment of Jeff Brazier, a seasoned executive with nearly two decades of experience working with established corporations to develop new divisions, to the position of Vice President of Franchise Development.
In his expanded capacity, Brazier leads and oversees new franchise development and is responsible for awarding agreements to prospective franchisees. Brazier joined Kiddie Academy in 2016 as Director, and his 18-plus years of experience will play a key role in driving overall growth for our company. Prior to joining Kiddie Academy, Brazier served as Vice President of Business Development at Factory Athletics, where he managed development efforts for five years. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sports Management from Towson University and holds a Masters in Sports Administration from California University of Pennsylvania.
We’re also celebrating the following staff appointments. Read about our new and newly promoted team members below:
Charley Stoessel Joins as Director of Franchise Development.
In his new role, Stoessel is responsible for working directly with prospective franchisees and with current franchise owners to expand the number of locations in their respective areas. Stoessel brings over 15 years of experience in the education industry to his position, with prior roles as the National Sales Manager for Learning Without Tears and, most recently, as the Director of Business Development at ActivEd. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland and a Bachelor’s of Science from Old Dominion University in Virginia.
Jeff Pleis Promoted to Director of Operations.
After working in Kiddie Academy’s Operations Department for over eight years supporting franchisees with operational matters, Pleis takes on a newly created position as Director of Operations, designed to support the company’s growing community of existing franchises and Academies. He has experience in developing Academies in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina areas, with over two decades of sales and operations experience. Pleis holds a Bachelor of Science from Rowan University.