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Countdown begins

The excitement is growing within the COMPUTER EXPLORERS team for the arrival of franchisees in less than 10 days! If you are not a franchisor and never felt the excitement prior to a conference, it’s similar to the excitement that is felt when approaching an annual family reunion.

COMPUTER EXPLORERS is a system of franchisees that have known each other for 1, 5, 15 and even 20 years!  With this history comes an intimate knowledge of franchisees,  rivalries and  friendships.

There will be groups of franchisees that will huddle together and reminisce of previous conferences and events. Stories will be told about the year  franchisees gathered for a group photo and were mooned by a hotel resident. The poor photographer at the top of a tall ladder had no clue there was mooner just below him. It is the best group photo in COMPUTER EXPLORERS history!

There will be stories of the years we conducted Franchise Advisory Council meetings and how the northeast region of franchisees were locked up in a room for hours. There were arguments, tears and  laughter until  the meeting concluded in the wee hours of the morning. (The west and south region of franchisees met and conducted business in less than 30 minutes!)

Some will remember the year the Franchisee of the Year took the microphone and her acceptance speech was almost as long as the conference itself. Very entertaining and heart-felt! The same year another  franchisee delivered a “clicking heels” story that is retold year after year.

So the countdown begins. This year with the implementation of social media so does the taunting. I admit I have really enjoyed posting tweets or Facebook messages providing hints about conference. I have generated interest and intrigued some with messages like “what do lizards, rocks and conference have in common?”

There will be an expectation that 2010 conference will be better than ever. I am confident that the COMPUTER EXPLORERS corporate team is working as hard as they possibly can to make that happen.

Ten days to go and my extended family arrives! To those franchisors that do not feel the excitement as I do prior to an annual conference, I’m sorry! There is nothing better than the excitement and opportunity to spend time with franchisees.


COMPUTER EXPLORERS group photo at annual conference

Remarkable Franchisees

I know I spend a great deal of time bragging on my franchisees but I just can’t help it! COMPUTER EXPLORERS is a system of independent business owners who work hard to grow their business, committed to quality technology education in their communities and work as a team to grow the system.
Last week I posted a press release to PitchEngine about Jen Morack’s momentous 20th anniversary with COMPUTER EXPLORERS. The release received hundreds of hits which is impressive but more importantly it received great feedback and congratulatory notes to Jen and COMPUTER EXPLORERS.
Charlie wrote: “Congratulations! this speaks volumes not only for Jen Morack but also for Computer Explorers. To be able to adapt in the rapidly advancing field of technology over the past twenty years is a true accomplishment. Not only has this program adapted but it has also raised the bar on childhood education.”
Carolyn posted: “Congratulations to Jen! Such dedication is a rare thing in this ever-changing world. This clearly demonstrates Jen’s belief in the product as well as her unique abilities as a franchisee. Just think about how much technology has changed and grown in the past 20 years and how much change and development it demanded of Jen and Computer Explorers. Extremely impressive! Jen should be very proud of herself and Computer Explorers should be honored to have her. Congratulations once again!”
To celebrate Jen’s anniversary I traveled to New Jersey to attend  local camp expo that she was participating in. The event was a great success with the help from Jen’s staff and local franchisees!  Franchisees Linda Darwish, David Rhodes and Laura Graham-Leonard visited the expo to congratulate Jen and/or help with demonstrations. Laura spent a few hours demonstrating some of our TechStars programs working with children programming BeeBot or bowl with ProBot. Patty Titen, Manager for COMPUTER EXPLORERS Monmouth County has worked with COMPUTER EXPLORERS since 2002 and attended the expo to meet parents and explain the programs offered in the area.
Jen’s teacher Tracy delivered an album filled with photos and messages from local families and directors. Another teacher, Mrs. Jay along with her sister and two cousins worked with Green Screen curriculum. The took lots of pictures of families and children super imposing them into Sesame Street with Big Bird and cast. Jackie a teacher and manager for Jen brought her 13-year-old daughter  to dress as CT the COMPUTER EXPLORERS turtle mascot and greet children passing out delicious logo cookies. 
As I visited the camp booths and met representatives I don’t think any had the level of activity, excitement, enthusiasm and passion that the COMPUTER EXPLORERS booth contained. Don’t get me wrong, they had dedicated people that were working hard to promote their programs but we had a remarkable group of people. Seth Godin writes about remarkable people in his book Linchpin. He says, “People are not products with features, benefits, and viral marketing campaigns, they are individuals. If we’re going to talk about them, we’re going to discuss what they do, not who they are.”
 I can only speak for myself when I say I am thrilled that Jen is a franchisee.  She is just one of many remarkable franchisees in our system and I recommend that you visit the location page of the local franchisee in your area to learn more about them, their team and the programs they offer.