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Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School, announces the hiring of Renee Benedict as the system’s Vice President of Information Technology. This being a new position within GSI’s Senior Management team, Benedict will be tasked with strategically positioning information technology as a growth enabler.

Benedict brings an extensive background in information technology (IT) with over 25 years of experience in the global healthcare and consumer packaged goods industries. Before joining The Goddard School franchise, Benedict most recently held the position of Vice President, Business Transformation at DanoneWave, responsible for leading the business process and application systems integration following Danone’s acquisition of WhiteWave Foods in Broomfield, Colorado. DanoneWave is part of the Dannon Company, maker of Dannon Yogurt. Before its acquisition, WhiteWave Foods was an independent manufacturer and distributor of plant-based food and organic milk products, where Benedict served as the Head of IT and led WhiteWave Food’s IT function.

“I am profoundly honored and eager to bring my years of IT experience to Goddard Systems Inc.,” said Benedict. “In this important new role for the company, I look forward to implementing the leading IT practices and programs that will better serve the system’s growing network of schools across the nation.”

Benedict’s global health care experience spanned more than 20 years with Johnson & Johnson where she held IT positions of increasing responsibility.  Her last position at Johnson & Johnson was Senior Director of the Global IT Enterprise Portfolio and she served in a key Chief of Staff role for the Corporate CIO.  Benedict was also a key champion and mentor for Johnson & Johnson Women’s Leadership initiatives.

“We’ve been quite impressed with Renee’s robust IT experience, collaborative workstyle, and true sense of intellectual curiosity,” said Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems Inc. “I’m confident that Renee will be a great addition to our IT and Senior Management teams, and we are all looking forward to her contributions.”

Benedict and her husband are returning to the Philadelphia area from Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Villanova University in Villanova, PA. For general information regarding The Goddard School franchise, please visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.

Joe Schumacher, CEO of The Goddard School Franchise, provides his advice for recent grads who are thinking about starting a business after college.

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“Franchises that offer Millennials the flexibility to run their own business while maintaining a meaningful life outside of work will be more attractive to this generation of young business owners.” – Joe Schumacher, CEO, Goddard Systems, Inc. via Franchising USA

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Mistakes Aren’t Always a Bad Thing

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

“Contrary to popular belief, making a mistake at work isn’t always a bad thing.” Read why Goddard Systems’ CEO, Joe Schumacher, actually appreciates when his employees make mistakes in this Business Insider article by Jacquelyn Smith: http://ow.ly/LGU6q.

A quote from Goddard Systems CEO Joe Schumacher has been featured in “10 Productivity Secrets Entrepreneurs Say Really Work” in Business News Daily. Click here to check it out.

This Harvard Business Review blog article offered pearls of wisdom from Goddard Systems’ CEO, Joe Schumacher, on why midsize companies should set priorities and avoid procrastination. Read the full article here.

 

A recent article from the International Franchise Association indicates that franchise growth has outperformed the overall economy for the past six years and will quickly increase in the next five. Click here for the full article.

 

Communicating with Employees

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

In order for companies to be successful, they need to work like well-oiled machines. One of the steps toward making this happen is a building a positive relationship between you and your employees.

A simple step in the right direction could be physically visiting the employee with instructions instead of hiding behind an email message. By actually seeing you, employees can get a lot more information simply from how you speak with them. They can see your optimism or your excitement. Email has a way of stripping emotion from the message.

Talking with an employee face-to-face can also open a path for discussion and questions.  This may eliminate the need to email back and forth.

Hectic Holidays

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

This is an insane time of year. What most of us would like to be doing is settling down for a long winters nap but with the holidays fast approaching, who has time? Market Viewpoint would like to recommend that you take the time to ask your employees what you can do for them to make their jobs easier during this period of peak activity.

Even if this is not your “busy season”, meet with your employees or survey them to determine the things they need to do a great job for you. Publish this list and try to act on all the suggestions you can for this year. Make sure you take the time to communicate the things you are doing so they know you are supporting them.

 

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Don’t Forget Your Front Line

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Delivering exceptional customer service is necessary in today’s competitive marketplace. In addition to your customers, don’t forget to treat your employees well. Many businesses drop the ball in this area. Especially with the current rate of unemployment, many business owners think their workers should be happy to have a job. While this may partially be true, remember, while you are trying so hard to create the best experience for your customers, it only takes one contact with an unhappy, disengaged or disgruntled employee to change a customer’s perception of the service you provide.

Be sure to add employee satisfaction to your marketing plan. This does not always mean you will need to add to your budget. Very often employee morale can be improved or maintained through open communication. Incorporating employee surveys or a suggestion box are easy ways to get feedback. Opening a dialogue with employees and engaging them in the company’s strategy goes a long way. Adding these types of improvements will often help reduce staff turnover and the costs involved in recruiting, hiring and training new employees.