Dr. Ray Huntington – Chairman
Prior to co-founding Huntington Learning Center with his wife, Eileen, Ray served as a senior business analyst for a Fortune 100 company and as a college-level instructor in math and statistics. At the time the couple launched their new business, tutoring centers did not exist, and Ray brought his business acumen and vision to work, making the dream to help students a reality and a thriving business. Sharing a strong desire to do something that is personally and professionally rewarding, the couple has seen their business grow from a single location to become one of the nation’s leading tutoring services. Ray holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in statistics from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Manhattan College.
“Each child has his or her own special way of learning. Our process helps find the sweet spot where comprehension and understanding blossom.”
Eileen Huntington – Chief Executive Officer
Eileen founded Huntington Learning Center with her husband, Ray, in 1977. Prior to starting the company, Eileen was a junior high and high school teacher in New York City and New Jersey, where she witnessed struggling students first-hand. The idea for a tutoring center that offered individualized, supplemental instruction to students K-12 to help close the skill gaps was born. Forty years later, the company has grown to 300 Huntington Learning Centers with locations in 41 states. Eileen has a master’s in library science from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s from Good Counsel College in New York.
“Our founding vision is embodied in our mission statement, which is ‘to give every student the best education possible.”
Anne Huntington – Vice President, Business Development
Anne Huntington brings a unique perspective and depth of experience to Huntington Learning Center. As Vice President of Business Development, Anne develops and executes programs and partnerships that position the company to help more students. Anne works with each department to ensure the company’s vision is carried out. Prior to this position, Anne served as Head of Public-Private Partnerships and Director within the family business. Anne brings more than ten years of proven experience in sales and business development within the education and art industries.
Before joining Huntington Learning Center in 2014, Anne launched — and remains — the Principal of AMH, a creative agency for contemporary art and culture. In this capacity, she has curated over 30 exhibits across the country with organizations to help build awareness and raise millions of dollars for various causes. Anne serves on the Executive Committee for the Learning Disabilities Association of the Americas, and is a member of the Women’s Franchise Committee for the International Franchise Association (IFA). Anne is also an active chair and member of numerous education and arts-based groups such as the Young Collectors Council at the Guggenheim Museum, the Future Leadership Council at the Whitney Museum, NYC’s Coalition for the Homeless, Teaching Matters, CHADD and COPAA. Anne received a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University.
“Huntington’s future is bright as we expand our reach, implement technology in new and exciting ways, and increase the number of students we can help through strategic partnerships.”
Lisa Merry – Chief Operating Officer
Lisa is an experienced franchise professional who oversees corporate and franchise operations, and leads franchise development efforts for the company’s expansion nationwide. Lisa rejoined Huntington Learning Center as Chief Operating Officer in 2017 after serving in a variety of roles at Huntington between 1992 and 2007. In between she gained additional valuable experience as Divisional Director for the East Coast at Coverall and COO of School of Rock. Her previous experience with Huntington and proven expertise and knowledge of the brand makes her a game-changing addition to the company. Lisa received an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey and a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Pennsylvania State University.
“What could be better than helping kids do better in school? Our work changes lives.”
Jim Emmerson – Chief Financial Officer
Jim is responsible for managing Huntington Learning Center’s financial operations related to accounting, properties, human resources, payroll, IT, corporate purchasing and corporate risk management. He has extensive experience in financial management and business operations in retail, franchising, service and distribution industries, including positions as Controller for Nobody Beats The Wiz and Shoe-Town, Inc. His expertise also includes effective expense reduction and system improvements and implementations for startup and expansion situations. He holds an MBA in finance and a B.A. in Accounting from William Paterson University in New Jersey. Jim received the CFO Innovation Strategy award in 2015 from CFO studio.
“To provide the best tutoring services, resources must be deployed with great precision. Our success tells the story.”
Jennifer LoBianco – CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Jennifer has more than two decades of marketing expertise, in and outside of the franchise sector, including working with Century 21 Real Estate, Kiddie Academy and Valvoline Instant Oil Change. At Huntington, she oversees corporate and franchise marketing initiatives and leads a strategic planning team as the company continues its nationwide expansion. Jennifer most recently served as chief marketing officer for a national mortgage company. Jennifer received an MBA in Marketing from Seton Hall University and a Bachelor of Science from The College of New Jersey.
“Our parents are committed to helping their kids excel in the classroom. We share their commitment.”
Beverly Collins – SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SUPPORT SERVICES
Beverly oversees Huntington’s Support Services, which includes Educational Development department (EDD), Training, and Conference Services. EDD is responsible for the research and development of all educational programs and center accreditation. The Training Department conducts in-person and online training for new and existing franchisees and their staff including regional seminars and the national franchise convention. The Conference Services Department is responsible for helping franchisees and their staff be prepared to conduct initial conferences with parents and to help increase enrollment at each center. Beverly celebrated her 36th anniversary with Huntington Learning Center in 2017. Like Eileen Huntington, Beverly was a teacher prior to joining Huntington Learning Center and also saw the need for individualized, accredited, supplemental tutoring and test prep services. Beverly has an Elementary Education degree from St. Bonaventure University.
“Huntington is not a ‘quick fix.’ We build skills that will last a lifetime.”
Benjamin Blake – SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
As head of technology for Huntington Learning Center, Ben and his team provide technology solutions for all areas of the business, spanning accounting and finance, business intelligence, marketing, professional development, payroll and human resources, call center and learning center operations, K-12 education, contract administration, franchise business development, and more. Ben leads teams of top-notch project managers, business analysts, programmers, quality assurance professionals, help-desk staff, system administrators, and specialty consultants who work in cooperation to deliver and support technologies that further the company’s mission. Ben is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin – Red McCombs School of Business, where he earned a bachelor’s in management information systems, with peripheral studies in finance and real estate.
“My team develops technology solutions that empower and support our franchisees so that they can deliver incredible student results.”
Darlene Viering – VICE PRESIDENT, SALES
Darlene is a seasoned customer service and sales executive who utilizes both skill sets to the benefit of Huntington Learning Center’s customers and prospective franchise owners. Throughout her career, she has possessed a strong focus on cross-functional management and technology implementation to help franchisees grow their businesses. She also has expertise in identifying and vetting high-performing franchisees. Prior to overseeing both franchise sales and the call center at Huntington Learning Center, Darlene held various positions in operations management for telecommunications companies including Fleet Talk and Nextel. She holds a bachelor’s of business administration from Montclair State University in New Jersey.
“Huntington attracts accomplished, talented franchisees from diverse backgrounds and we help them enjoy even more success.”