Goldfish Swim School Cofounder Chris McCuiston has been named a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2014 Award in Michigan & Northwest Ohio. The nomination comes in recognition of McCuiston’s ability to demonstrate extraordinary success in innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to Goldfish and the thousands of children the company has taught to swim over the past six years. Award recipients will be named at a black-tie gala on Thursday, June 5 at the MGM Grand in Detroit.
McCuiston and his wife and co-founder, Jenny, opened the first Goldfish Swim School in Birmingham, Michigan in 2006. The company quickly gained popularity by offering a unique, innovative curriculum that provides extraordinary swim lessons in a child-friendly environment. In the last six years, Goldfish Swim School opened nine franchise locations throughout metro Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Grand Rapids and Indianapolis.
Now in its 27th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., and Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn. Local award recipients include Florine Mark of the WW Group, Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans and Art Van Elslander of Art Van Furniture.
About Goldfish Swim School
Established in 2006 by husband and wife team, Jenny and Chris McCuiston, Goldfish Swim School provides swim lessons and water safety instruction to infants and children ages four months to 12 years. Classes are offered by specially trained instructors in a safe, kid-friendly and fun environment. Goldfish currently teaches more than 18,000 students per week how to swim and be safer in and around the water.
Headquartered in Birmingham, Michigan, Goldfish Swim School opened its first franchise in 2009 in Farmington Hills, Mich. Currently there are 14 Goldfish franchise locations, including metro Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis and Chicago markets, with planned locations in Reston, Va., Pittsburgh, Penn., and Burr Ridge, Ill. For more information, visit www.goldfishswimschool.com.