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W. Berry Fowler

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In 1979, after working in the public schools as a classroom teacher, a master teacher, and a department chairman, W. Berry Fowler founded Sylvan® Learning Centers by committing his entire life savings of $14,500 to build his dream. During his leadership Sylvan grew from a concept to a large provider of supplemental education to school-age children. Today, Sylvan has almost twelve hundred learning centers and has helped over two million students to succeed.

In 1992, he acquired a small company in the children’s fitness industry and founded The Little Gym® International, Inc. Under Fowler's direction, the company grew from a concept with two facilities in the Pacific Northwest to becoming an international leader in its industry. Today, The Little Gym has over 340 franchises operating in the U. S. and 20 foreign countries.


"Return from Krypton, Rational Steps to Entrepreneurial Success" is a book Fowler wrote for the small business owner. In it, he shares his proven strategies, methods and techniques for starting, growing and operating a successful business. A speaker since 1997, Fowler's energetic keynote speeches on Simple Strategies for Extraordinary Results, The Joys and Madness of an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle and Coaching Your Small Business Team to Succeed have motivated and educated people around the US.




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