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Sylvan franchisee Kent Kolbow talks student success, expansion

Posted by Sylvan Learning Corporate on Oct 24, 2016

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For Sylvan franchisee Kent Kolbow, hearing the successes of his approximately 800 students is the highlight of his day.

“It’s the most rewarding job there is,” Kolbow said.

In September, Kolbow was the recipient of Sylvan's highest annual franchisee honor, the Thrive Award.

Sylvan vice president of operations Susan Valverde described Kolbow as humble, driven, and hard-working.

“There are a lot of things I love about the way he works and the way he runs his operation,” Valverde said.

Kolbow began his career with Sylvan as a teacher, and though he is now an owner, he continues to tutor students in chemistry, physics and math.

“That’s unique among our franchise owners,” Valverde said. “There’s no better way, in my mind, of staying in tune with customers’ needs. And our customer is that child.”

Kolbow currently owns seven Sylvan centers in Indiana – one center in Elkhart, Mishawaka, Schererville and Valparaiso, and two in Fort Wayne – and he is in negotiations to acquire three additional centers in Indianapolis.

While all of these centers are located in northern Indiana, Kolbow would like to eventually expand across the entire state.


To read the full story originally posted by The Journal Gazette, click here.

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