Pictured from left to right: Tom Pabin, President/Founder and Winni van Gessel, Lexington Franchise Owner
Tom Pabin, president of Class 101, and his expert staff have years of experience working with high-school-age youth. After opening the first office in August, 1997 in Lexington, Kentucky, it was soon apparent that the college planning format Mr. Pabin used was successful and could be expanded to other areas.
“I believe our faith and our families come first in this world and when given a chance to enhance our lives and others, we should take advantage of that opportunity. It’s only in giving of ourselves that we receive. In that philosophy, Class 101 was started. We are here not only to help families save money, but to help make a difference in a young person’s life. That, my friends, is worth everything to me!” ~ Tom Pabin
Check out our timeline below for other important milestones we have reached!
In August, College Finance & Planning opens in a 2 bedroom apartment in Lexington, Kentucky.
In February we moved into our office space on Regency Road in Lexington, Kentucky and in October we began working with our first client in Louisville, Kentucky.
We opened the Louisville, Kentucky office.
We began working with clients in Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia.
We began working with our first international students.
We began publishing College Talk, a magazine distributed to high schools state-wide.
We began the year with our 1000th student, started a franchising division of College Finance & Planning called Class 101 and in June, we opened our first franchise in Louisville, Kentucky.
In June, we opened second franchise in Columbus, Ohio.
In June, we opened third franchise in Northern Kentucky.
In January, we opened a fourth franchise in Bloomington, Indiana.
In January, we opened our fourth franchise servicing Eastern Kentucky based out of Eastern Kentucky University.
March – Lexington, KY becomes a franchise location with the owner being Mr. Winni van Gessel along with original owner Tom Pabin.
March – Nashville, Tennessee franchise opens.
August – Coral Springs, Florida franchise opens.
January – Leesburg, Virginia franchise opens.
June – Atlanta, Georgia franchise opens.
September – Louisville, Kentucky franchise opens.
October – Little Rock, Arkansas franchise opens.
March – Wilmington, NC franchise opens.
June – Lafayette, LA franchise opens.
July – New Corporate Headquarters opens in Lexington, KY.
August – Charlotte, NC franchise opens.
September- Nashville, TN franchise opens.
November- Savannah, GA franchise opens.
December -Southeastern PA franchise opens.
February- West Tennessee franchise opens
March- Rochester, NY franchise opens
April- Irvine, CA franchise opens
April- Katy, TX franchise opens
June- Cleveland, OH franchise opens
June- Mesa-Gilbert, AZ franchise opens
Our goal by 2020 is to have 100 franchises in operation.