Founder and CEO | Lightbridge Franchise Company
Guy Falzarano is the Co-Founder and CEO of Lightbridge Academy, an early education child care concept that he and his wife Julia established in 1997 to provide The Solution for Working Parents®. Lightbridge Academy offers programs for children ages six weeks through pre-K, as well as special programming for children up to 10 years old during school holidays, breaks and summer camp.
Under Falzarano’s leadership, the brand began franchising in 2011, and currently has 28 child care centers opened with an additional 65 under development. Lightbridge Academy will quadruple its size in the next five years as the company accelerates its growth into Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Falzarano serves as President of Lightbridge Properties, LLC, a real estate investment company developing child care centers and leasing to Lightbridge Academy franchisees. Falzarano has also received the Small Business Man of the Year Award from Woodbridge Township and earned the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America.
Lightbridge Academy has received numerous accolades over the years and was recently ranked 279 on the Entrepreneur magazine Franchise 500 list and included in the Top 50 High Investment Franchises, in addition to being awarded the Corporate Culture Award from Smart CEO Magazine.
A commitment to the community has consistently been an integral part of his personal mission, serving as V.P. of Government Affairs for the New Jersey Child Care Association, a nonprofit association dedicated to the interests of 4,300 licensed New Jersey child care centers. Falzarano also sits on Advisory Boards for Columbia Bank and Montclair State University’s Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
In 2001, Guy founded and currently serves as President of Lightbridge Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed to support the health, education and well-being of children and their families. Through the foundation, Lightbridge has donated more than $400,000 to those in need including local charities, food banks, college scholarship funding and supporting for those displaced by natural disasters.
Guy and his wife Julia of over 40 years have three sons, Louis, Guy and David. Together, they have eight grandchildren, all of which are currently enrolled or alumni of Lightbridge Academy’s Circle of Care.