Hao Lam – CEO & Chairman of Best in Class Education Center
Hao Lam, CEO and Chairman of Best in Class Education Center, has spent his entire career as an advocate for affordable supplemental education. Over the past two decades, Hao has expanded his dream into the flourishing business that it is today.
Hao fled his native Vietnam in 1988 to escape political persecution during the height of the war. Despite ten failed attempts to escape the country, imprisonment, and raining gunfire, he tirelessly persevered. Finally, at the age of twenty, he escaped by boat to the Philippines where he lived as a refugee. A year later, he was sponsored to Prince Rupert, a small town in Canada, where he earned a BA in Mathematics from the University of British Columbia.
Sharon Peterson- Vice President of Franchise Recruitment and Development
Sharon joined the Best in Class team four years ago and has more than twelve years’ experience in business and franchise development. Her broad experience ranges from facilitating the launch of an emerging franchise brand to working with an industry leader with national brand recognition. In her various roles, Sharon has been instrumental in the development of franchise system infrastructure and the creation of policy that facilitates smoother operational processes and fosters strategic growth.
Stephanie Zhu – Vice President of Business Development & Finance
Stephanie’s experience with Best in Class Education Center stems from the time she was a young elementary student herself, attending weekly math & English classes. With over 10 years of experience with the Best in Class model, she held a wide variety of both operational and managerial positions at the corporate centers in Washington state before transitioning to the franchise development and support team in 2013.
Kevin Ellwood– Vice President of Strategic Planning
Kevin has twenty-five years’ experience in the field of supplemental education. With a BS in Marketing and a BA in Japanese, he joined Kumon in 1992 when he saw the benefits of supplemental study with his own children. Kevin has certifications in Entrepreneurship from Nova Southeast and Franchise Management from Georgetown. He is a Certified Franchise Executive by the IFA.
After twenty years as a Senior Franchise Development Manager at Kumon, he joined Eye Level Learning Centers as a General Manager. Nearly four years later, he joined Best In Class Education Center.
Victor Ho – Vice President of Information Technology
Victor is responsible for the operations of the IT department and oversees the development of company proprietary software and math curriculum. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering specializing in embedded systems and DSP at the University of Washington. With over fifteen years of experience working at Best in Class Education Center, Victor has worked in a variety of roles within the company, which has given him a unique and strong understanding in all aspects of operations.