MEET THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
THE SCHOOL OF ROCK LEADERSHIP TEAM COMBINES BUSINESS SAVVY, A PASSION FOR MUSIC AND A DRIVE TO HELP FRANCHISEES SUCCEED
Our leadership team is comprised of a group of experienced franchise executives who are either musicians themselves or deeply passionate about music and music education. We know our approach is still radical, even after all these years in business, and other companies are starting to imitate the way we do things. That’s okay; we welcome the competition.
PRESIDENT & CEO
Prior to School of Rock, Price served as President of Edible Arrangements, which integrates an online business and 1,300 franchised stores worldwide. Before that, he was SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at CVS Health. Price has also held executive roles at Wawa Food Markets and H-E-B Grocery. In addition to serving as a director of Walker & Company, Price is a member of the Alumni Board at Harvard Business School, where he earned his MBA. He graduated with a BS in Applied Economics from Cornell University, was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and was a Henry Crown Fellow and Richard Braddock Scholar at the Aspen Institute.
Favorite band: Steely Dan
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Even in middle school, Stacey Ryan much preferred The Beatles to New Kids On The Block. Later, she spent more than a decade of her career in childhood education franchises. Her enthusiasm for music and childhood education made School of Rock an easy choice.
While with Huntington Learning Centers, Ryan grew her center into the top performer in the nation, and at Goddard preschools she went on to define quality, raise standards and drive results by implementing operations to support and grow the top and bottom lines. She brings those same high standards to bear as our Chief Operating Officer.
Favorite band: The Beatles
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Elliot Baldini bought a $5 guitar at a rummage sale when he was 7, and he’s been hooked on music ever since. As School of Rock’s chief marketing executive, Baldini oversees a comprehensive brand support system as well as helping to craft local level marketing support for individual schools. He also works with the Franchise Development Team to identify potential owners. Before joining School of Rock in 2015, Baldini worked in marketing strategy at a variety of companies, including Guitar Center and Sears. His background also includes a specialty in eCommerce and brand development.
Favorite album: Silverchair’s Diorama
CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER
Prior to School of Rock, she was a Director of Human Resources at CVS Health. With over 20 years in HR in various industries such as telecommunications and retail, Mary has also had hands-on experience running retail operations. She knows what it’s like being on the front lines running a business.
Favorite song: We Belong by Pat Benatar
CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER
Sam Dresser grew up in a musical household and has always had a passion for music. While pursuing his music degree in Jazz Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, he began working at Apple retail stores. After completing his degree, he spent almost 10 years at Apple focusing on customer experience, management and training. Dresser has been able to bring all of his passions together at School of Rock. He has held a few different positions since joining School of Rock corporate in 2013, from overseeing technology and the help desk team to now ensuring that all of our training programs, knowledge resources, and curricula are world-class.
Favorite album: Hank Mobley’s Soul Station
VICE PRESIDENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Prior to joining School of Rock, Eric spent over 20 years in the medical device industry, focusing on Information Technology and Business Intelligence. Most recently, he served as the Director of Information Technology and Director of Business Intelligence/IT Applications for Arjo ($870M) and Getinge ($2.5B). Eric holds a BS in Network and Communications Management and graduated summa cum laude from DeVry University.
Eric’s passion for music started when he was 10 years old and grew into a love for both musical performance and luthiery. In his free time, Eric enjoys building exacting replicas of iconic rock guitars.
Favorite ALBUM: METALLICA’S MASTER OF PUPPETS
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
John comes to School of Rock with extensive experience building and leading high performing finance teams in a range of industries. Prior to joining School of Rock, John was the Vice President of Finance at Sentient Jet, a leading private aviation company, where he was responsible for the Accounting and Finance function. Before that, John was the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at the W.B. Mason Company, where he built the function. He has also held key financial positions at Olympus, Boston Scientific and several additional established companies. John received his B.A. in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College, where he graduated with honors on both occasions.
Favorite song: Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Tony Padulo leads our franchise sales and real estate efforts in the USA and internationally, as well as oversees International Franchise Operations. With almost 40 years of experience in Franchise Development, Tony has served in various leadership positions during his 22 years at Dunkin’ Brands, including leading international development 10 of those years. During that period, Tony launched Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins in excess of 30 new countries. Tony has also served as EVP, Global Development for BrightStar Care, the premier in-home care provider, and VP of Franchise Development for Goddard Systems and AAMCO Transmissions Inc. He has also had development roles with BP Oil and ReMax Realty, one of the leading real estate companies worldwide.
Favorite song: Proud Mary by Tina Turner
School of Rock Leadership: Our Connection to Music
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