The Malone family of Michigan was recently recognized as the franchisee with the highest revenue across the entire Sylvan Learning system.
Robert Malone purchased the original center in Grand Rapids in 1985, and since then, the whole family has become involved. Malone's daughters, Molly Ebers and Hillary Malone Tilton, and Malone Tilton's husband, Sean Tilton, have taken over the running of the business.
“My sister and I, we grew up with the business,” Ebers said. “And now, we’re all part of the next generation bringing a different skillset to our upper management structure, and I think that allows us to be successful.”
The Malones first have been a part of the Sylvan system for more than 30 of the company's nearly 40-year history, and the family now owns 14 locations across the Minneapolis and West Michigan area.
“(The Malones) are definitely representative of a family franchise that’s unique in terms of how much skin they have in the game,” Sylvan vice president of operations, Susan Valverde, said. “And they’re unique because Sylvan is more than a business, it’s a legacy and they impact so much in terms of living the brand values and how they execute the Sylvan Learning business plan.”
To read the full story originally posted by the Grand Rapids Business Journal, click here.