Biography

December 10th, 2015

About Joe Schumacher, CEO:

With nearly 40 years of franchise industry experience, Joseph Schumacher is the CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School®, and is responsible for overseeing the continued growth and development for the leading early education franchise system with more than 400 locations nationwide. Schumacher’s journey in the franchise world began at Maaco, where he developed a passion for law administration and finished his career at Maaco as Director of Legal Administration. After leaving Maaco, Schumacher went into private law, working with esteemed brands such as McDonald’s, Auntie Anne’s, GNC and others; gaining valuable insights into the inner workings of the franchise model and especially the nuances of litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters in the franchise space.

In 2007, he joined Goddard Systems, Inc. as COO, calling upon his vast wealth of knowledge and expertise he had accumulated over the years in working with other well-known franchise brands. His acumen in the operational sphere of the business, combined with his keen ability to create strong franchisee relations, made him an optimal candidate for the CEO position just two years later. A firm believer in responsible growth, and not growth for growth’s sake, Schumacher encourages franchisees to voice their opinions and take an active role in the development of the company. He is committed to ensuring franchisees and the educators they work with have optimal corporate support so they may have all the resources and tools necessary for success. One of Schumacher’s favorite quotes is “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing” by George Bernard Shaw – fitting for the CEO of an early education franchise with the mission, “Learning for Fun. Learning for Life.®”

About Jim DiRugeris, Vice President, Franchise Development:

Jim DiRugeris is Vice President of Franchise Development at Goddard Systems, Inc. and is responsible for overseeing the continued growth of the brand while strategizing innovative ways to reach new markets and potential franchisees.

Before joining Goddard Systems Inc., Jim worked with Driven Brands in various roles for nearly eight years, most recently as the Vice President of Development. Jim was instrumental in implementing new measurable processes designed to increase efficiency, urgency and drive accountability, resulting in record growth for Driven Brands in new licenses awarded and new center openings. Jim is committed to growing Goddard Systems, Inc. responsibly and thus diligently vets potential franchisees. His keen ability to recognize qualities in prospective franchise candidates that align with Goddard Systems, Inc. is exemplified through the quality of franchise operators that ultimately join and help grow the Goddard system.

With nearly a decade of franchise industry experience and having worked in both the franchise development and real estate side of the business, Jim is in a prime position to scale Goddard System Inc.’s growth to new heights.