Founded with the mission to “Give the Gift of a Lifetime” to K-12 students nationwide, Best in Class Education Center, an unmatched education enrichment franchise with programs focusing on math and English, has a lot to celebrate this school year. With the opening of six new centers so far in 2017, Best in Class is now celebrating the brand’s 50th location nationwide, set to open in September 2017 at 16030 Bothell Everett Highway in Mill Creek, Washington. And now, with more than two decades of experience, Best in Class Education is focused on the brand’s expansion into new and existing markets including Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and California.
After Best in Class Founder and CEO Hao Lam fled Vietnam’s communist government in the late 1980s, he worked tirelessly to put himself through school at the University of British Columbia where he graduated at the top of his class with a BA in Mathematics. During that time, he tutored classmates through complex coursework and difficult exams – and that’s when a spark ignited. Lam knew that educating others was his ultimate passion in life.
“My wife Lisa and I opened our first Best in Class center in 1995 in the heart of Seattle, and since then, the business has grown rapidly through franchise partners who have the same passion for education that we do,” Lam said. “We have worked extremely hard and feel like this is a true accomplishment to hit this special milestone. We’ve helped hundreds of students around the country so far and look forward to supporting even more students in Seattle’s neighboring town of Mill Creek.”
With plans to finalize more than 10 additional franchise agreements this year, the brand expects to close out 2017 with record-breaking momentum. Best in Class currently has a large presence in Texas, California, Washington and Oregon, and new locations have already opened this year in Michigan, Florida, Ohio, California and Texas.
Additionally, Best in Class has been creating easier ways for passionate educators and licensed childcare professionals to join the Best in Class team through the brand’s teacher incentive program. For current and former educators, the program reduces the brand’s initial franchise fee by $3000 for each of the first three centers opened and waives royalty fees for the first three months a center is open. The program was created to reward those that share Best in Class’ values of changing the world by helping one student at a time.
“We’ve already experienced tremendous growth in 2017, and our 50th opening marks a huge milestone for us,” said Lam. “It’s a very exciting time to join our brand, and we plan to continue bringing new centers to our established territories, like Texas and Washington, while also growing in new markets throughout the country. The interest around our brand has been picking up speed, and we believe our growth is nearly limitless.”
The dedication Best in Class shows to its franchisees has ultimately helped fuel the brand’s notable development efforts over the past year. More than 70 percent of all Best in Class Education Centers are owned by multi-unit operators. This means franchisees are already seeing immense success with the brand so are therefore choosing to reinvest in multiple opportunities.
The current team behind Best in Class is now searching for passionate and dedicated individuals to join the premier franchise family and ensure America’s youth will excel academically. Best in Class has identified Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and California as key markets for growth for the remainder of 2017 and beyond.
“As we continue growing past 50 units, we look forward to also continuing to impact the lives of more families throughout the country,” Lam said. “With the backing of our committed multi-unit owners, a strong infrastructure and the brightest corporate team in place, 2017 is sure to be the best year yet for Best in Class.”