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2018-05-10 Print

The Little Gym Inducts Five Brand Partners into Hall of Fame

Children’s Experiential Learning Franchise Honors Exceptional Leaders At Annual Reunion


The Little Gym International, a children’s enrichment and development franchise known for its range of progressively structured classes, announces its 2018 Hall of Fame inductees. Five members of The Little Gym family have been recognized for their individual contributions to the franchise’s continued growth and success throughout the world. The ceremony took place at The Little Gym’s 2018 Reunion, an annual company-wide meeting that was recently held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The 2018 Hall of Fame inductees are:

• Slater Crosby
Owner of The Little Gym of Edina, MN

After being recognized as The Little Gym’s 2017 Franchise Owner of the Year, Slater was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year due to his significant contributions to the franchise community since joining The Little Gym in 2005. Since opening a location in Edina, Slater has been a multi-year recipient of the President Circle award, helped chart the course for curriculum enhancements, and served as a Field Consultant for more than five years, a position in which he gets to mentor other franchise owners.

• Julie Dobbs
Owner of The Little Gym of Litchfield Park, AZ

In addition to owning and operating The Little Gym in Litchfield Park, Julie acts as a Field Consultant, mentoring brand partners and offering her insights and expertise to help her fellow franchise owners grow in their role. She has also opened up her gym for regional trainings and serves as a resource to the community and gym owners alike.

• Birgit Obrietan
Owner of The Little Gym of West Seattle, WA; The Little Gym of Bellevue-Redmond, WA; The Little Gym of Issaquah, WA

Birgit has been part of The Little Gym family for over 20 years, helping to open three locations in Washington and positively impacting the franchisor and franchise community. As the current owner of the first The Little Gym location in Bellevue, which opened in 1976, Birgit continues to give Founder Robin Wes the opportunity to teach multiple times a week at the original location while serving as an example of a successful multiple gym owner.

• Melissa Evans
Operations Director of The Little Gym of Germantown, MD; The Little Gym of Gaithersburg at Downtown Crown, MD

As a longtime member of The Little Gym, Melissa helps to write the curriculum that ultimately powers the brand. Her contributions and commitment to the franchise’s vision for over 10 years have made her an asset to The Little Gym system.

• Emily Black
Director of The Little Gym of Columbia, SC

Emily—another longtime member of more than a decade—wears many hats at The Little Gym and was inducted into the Hall of Fame this year for her many contributions. As director, Emily has successfully operated multiple gyms, assists in writing curriculum, and brings valuable insights to her location and to the company overall.

“Every year—as we continue to induct members into The Little Gym’s Hall of Fame—it becomes more and more evident that we have a system full of valuable, irreplaceable partners that make the entire company better,” said Alex Bingham, President and CEO of The Little Gym International. “It’s our honor to recognize these individuals for their contributions to The Little Gym, and we are proud of the ways that they have helped make a positive impact on children in their communities and around the world.”

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About The Little Gym
The Little Gym is an internationally recognized program that helps children build the developmental skills and confidence needed at each stage of childhood. The very first location was established in 1976 by Robin Wes, an innovative educator with a genuine love for children. The Little Gym International, Inc., headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., was formed in 1992 to franchise The Little Gym concept. Today, The Little Gym International has over 396 locations in 32 countries. For more information, visit The Little Gym at

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