International Kids Coding Franchise Brings on New CEO; Looks Onward to Next Phase of Growth
HOUSTON, Aug. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Code Ninjas, the world's largest and fastest-growing coding franchise, has named franchising veteran Justin Nihiser its new CEO, the company announced today. Nihiser succeeds Co-Founder David Graham. The new appointment comes on the heels of Eagle Merchant Partners', an Atlanta-based private equity firm, acquisition of an equity stake in the brand.
In his new role, Nihiser aims to create deeper alignment between corporate's capabilities and the needs and expectations of Code Ninjas' franchisees. This undertaking will include optimizing multiple business features, such as: programmatic and curriculum development; onsite and virtual-learning opportunities; and training for operators at Code Ninjas' centers – aptly named Dojos. By garnering franchisee insights, Nihiser believes it will help Code Ninjas reinforce its already strong support system and create a clearer path to Dojo success as the franchise enters its next growth phase.
"My intent is to team up with owners to further drive student engagement and results while growing each and every center's economic opportunities," said Nihiser. "Strong success at individual Code Ninjas Dojos translates into a strong global franchise system, and we have an opportunity to gain essential insights from our francisees. We will transform this feedback into action plans that promote even greater success for all franchise and corporate stakeholders."
Prior to Code Ninjas, Nihiser was COO of Brain Balance Achievement Centers, where he developed a company-wide turnaround strategy that increased franchisee satisfaction, reorganized headquarters staff to improve training and operations support and successfully led initiatives to expand program offerings. Before that, Nihiser's journey in franchising began over a decade ago as a general manager of an individual School of Rock location. He climbed the ladder at School of Rock, moving into operations and development roles before becoming vice president of franchise operations. There, Nihiser was responsible for supporting the opening and operations of domestic and international locations systemwide.
Nihiser is optimistic that his previous experience in the franchising space will help stimulate Code Ninjas' growth worldwide.
"Code Ninjas has a substantial head start in the brick-and-mortar coding education space," said Nihiser. "With a system of determined and passionate franchise owners and corporate staff that believe ardently in Code Ninjas mission, our work will result in better problem-solving and critical thinking skills for the ninjas that enter our Dojos. Building these STEM-related skillsets at a young age equips Code Ninjas students with valuable tools to navigate today's increasingly tech-centric world."
Code Ninjas teaches kids to code by building their own video games in an inspiring, creative, and safe environment. With a robust, nine-belt curriculum inspired by martial arts, Code Ninjas ensures kids have fun while parents see results. For more information about Code Ninjas or to learn more about franchising opportunities, please visit codeninjas.com.
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