Webinar Archive November 2022


This Tuesday Webinar by The Franchise Talk was held with leading industry experts who provided a wealth of free business knowledge and an understanding of the considerations involved in the launch, management and operations of an early education franchise brand.

The panel of experts included a leading international franchise consultant and experienced education franchise professionals who joined as speakers to share their knowledge and first-hand experience including insights into the education sector on the challenges and successes they have encountered as they expand their brand domestically and internationally.

Key Takeaways

  • Overview of early education franchises
  • Insights and trends from the industry
  • Franchising and development opportunities
  • Deep dive into 2 international and unique early education brands

Moderator: Martin Hancock

Managing Partner
World Franchise Associates

Time: 17:15 – 17:30

Martin’s extensive experience includes facilitating international development in over twenty countries for brands in all sectors of franchising. Martin currently advises multiple US Brands on global development strategy. Martin is a regular speaker on Global Franchising at International Franchise events and serves on the International Committee of the International Franchise Association (IFA).

Speaker: Anthony Padulo

Chief Development Officer
School of Rock

Time: 17:15 – 17:30

Time: 17:15 – 17:30

Anthony (Tony) Padulo, CFE is Chief Development Officer for School of Rock, the leader in performance-based after school music education. In his role, Tony leads SoR’s global franchise sales and real estate efforts.

With over 39 years’ experience in Franchise Development, Tony has served as EVP, Global Development for BrightStar Care. Before joining BrightStar Care, Tony was VP of Franchise Development for Goddard Systems. Tony had responsibility for franchise sales, resales, new school openings, market planning, real estate development, construction and franchise financing. Prior to joining Goddard, Tony was the Vice President of Franchise Sales and Development for AAMCO Transmissions Inc.

In his earlier professional years, Tony was employed by Dunkin’ Donuts for over 22 years and served in various sales and management capabilities, including Vice President of International Development, and Vice President of New Business Development, Domestic. While at Dunkin’ Donuts, Tony was responsible for launching over 30 new countries internationally.

Tony received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Loyola College, Montreal, with a major in Business Administration. He completed the Fast Track MBA in franchise development from Nova Southeastern University and is a long-time Certified Franchise Executive (CFE). He serves as a member of the IFA’s International Committee.

Speaker: Pihla Meskanen

Arkki International

Time: 17:15 – 17:30

Time: 17:15 – 17:30

Time: 17:15 – 17:30

Pihla Meskanen (1970) is an Architect (M.Sc), pedagogue (B.A), entrepreneur, innovator, author, co-founder of Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth in Finland (1993), and CEO of Arkki International (2013) that licenses the Arkki concept.

Arkki‘s awarded after-school program is licensed world wide to 10+ countries. Arkki provides creative education using architecture & design as holistic real-world phenomena to teach creative thinking and innovation skills to children and youty, and to cultivate broad-based cultural and civic literacy. Architecture offers endless possibilities in being the big A in STEAM education, holistically intertwining Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Arts through Architecture.

Arkki´s curriculum has been officially approved by the Ministry of Education in Finland in 2007. Arkki´s pedagogical program follows the guidelines of the National Core Curriculum of Basic Education in Architecture. Meskanen has also participated in drafting the National Curriculum.

To acknowledge her work in the field of creative education, Meskanen has received the honor of the Knight First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland, conferred by the President of Finland 2018, the Asko-Avonius Prize 2018, the Pietilä Prize 2004, the Children’s Culture State Award in 2005 , and chosen Art Educator of the Year 2013.