It all started with a game of chess.
Greenwich resident Flavia Naslausky was eating lunch with her children at a ski resort in Park City, Utah, when a young boy and his father approached their table. They joined her family for the meal, and the two parents discussed a wide range of topics including Latin America, Singapore math and mainframe computers, while the children enjoyed a friendly game of chess. It turns out that the man, Paul Zane Pilzer, was the founder of the STEM education program, Zaniac.
Naslausky called her friend and fellow Greenwich resident Camilla Gazal right after the chance meeting, and the two brainstormed how they could bring this product to their hometown. The former financial industry professionals had previously toyed with the idea of starting their own business, and Zaniac piqued their interest given their investment in their own children’s STEM education. STEM is short for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.