“I recently read, ‘when kids look up to great scientists the way they do to great musicians and actors, civilization will jump to the next level.’ I am passionate about connecting parents with Zaniac so they can enrich and influence their children’s lives by awakening their spark for science-based learning.”
Reed Bilbray has served as CEO since April 2017, having been asked by the Board of Directors to take the helm after his successful launch and growth of the Zaniac Asheville franchise. Reed brings 32 years of corporate business experience, 27 years at the executive level in technology, education and publishing and 3 years leading the Zaniac Asheville franchise. Reed has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in finance from Louisiana State University.
When Reed discovered Zaniac Learning, he immediately knew he wanted to open a Zaniac Learning Center for the greater Asheville community, where he has been a Co-Owner of a Franchisee since December 2015. Reed and his wife Sandra were actively looking for a business to start and grow in Asheville, and Zaniac Learning met their desires to enrich children’s lives, offer valuable employment opportunities, and serve as a positive model for their young girls as they grow up. Reed is committed to the Zaniac being a fun, safe and inspiring learning environment for children.
Reed owns Accelerate Media Partners, LLC, an intellectual property business specializing in book product development, licensing, marketing, and distribution services to executives, authors and publishers. Previously, Reed was Executive Vice President and Publisher of SUCCESS Media, (owner of the national newsstand magazine, SUCCESS) where he led the strategic marketing of the company’s intellectual property and product portfolio. Reed has led and directed the publishing, marketing and sale of more than 500 books, audios, videos and educational CD-ROMs. Along with Zaniac Founder Paul Zane Pilzer, Reed was co-founder and CEO of publicly traded Zane Publishing, an electronic K-12 educational publishing company..
Actively involved in the community, Reed serves as Vice President of Marketing for the Boy Scouts of America Daniel Boone Council to enrich the lives of children. He recently completed a term as as Vice President of the Carolinas Real Estate Investment Association.
Reed is married, has five children and lives in Asheville, NC. Alyssa, Kyle and Haley are thriving young adults living in Texas. Sydney and Riley are busy being 6-year old twins. Reed loves the mountains, outdoor adventures and foodie culture of Asheville with his family.
“Zaniac takes the natural curiosity of children and turns it into a world of discovery, play, and confidence-building. I love that Zaniac will shape the future of our youth. It’s exciting to know our own girls will grow-up with Zaniac and STEAM education as an integral part of their lives.”
Sandra Bilbray has served as Marketing Director since January 2017, having been asked by the Company to bring the successful marketing strategies and execution plans from her Zaniac Asheville franchise for the benefit of all Franchisees. Sandra is a Co-Owner of the Zaniac Asheville Franchisee.
Sandra is a nationally-published writer and a social media content expert. She worked as the columns editor for SUCCESS magazine, and some of her high-profile interviews include Good Morning America anchor, Robin Roberts, renowned personal development expert, the late Wayne Dyer, actor Gary Sinise and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Sandra is currently a contributing writer to the national magazine, Live Happy where she has interviewed happiness expert and best-selling author Gretchen Rubin and Parenthood actress and celebrity Monica Potter. Sandra Bilbray has a BA in English Writing Arts from SUNY Oswego
Sandra owns The Media Concierge, a company dedicated to creating professional content for thought leaders, authors, and business executives.
Sandra is married to CEO Reed Bilbray, and together they have twin daughters, Sydney and Riley, and two dog named Biscuit and Oreo. Sandra loves running, planning fun things to do with her family, and traveling.
“Success in technology depends on the belief in your own ability. Zaniac provides children with the opportunity to integrate STEM learning into their childhood so technology becomes a natural part of their growing up experience.”
Noah Hall has served as Chief Technology Officer since May 2018. He leadership has been instrumental enhancing the Company’s Learning Management System and Operating System used by Franchisees.
Noah has deep experience in web design, coding and working in Python and Dijango, our two primary platform systems. He has worked with a number of startups, with a focus on the consumer experience side.
Noah lives in Asheville, NC with his wife and two young boys.
“Zaniac is the place where children gain confidence by developing the skills to creatively solve problems and succeed in life.”
Dana Hall has served as a Franchisee Consultant since May 2017 when CEO Reed Bilbray recruited her to lead the Company’s Franchisee training and support. Recently, she has been overseeing the expansion of the Company’s curriculum offerings for Franchisees to further scale their businesses.
In addition to her BA in Speech Communications from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Dana's prior experience includes 5 years in project management and training for a leading technology company supporting small businesses in CRM, websites and digital marketing and 5 years for a global manufacturer as a retail training and marketing/operations analyst.
Dana is the co-founder and owner of Asheville Improv Collective, a school dedicated to teaching the art of long form improv comedy. She is the communications director, manages the training center, social media and sales.
Originally from Pennsylvania with a 9 year stay in Texas, she finally landed home in Hendersonville, NC with her husband, Clifton, their mini farm and son, Sawyer. She enjoys writing, quality time with friends, performing improv, traveling and watching her son grow!
“Zaniac is the answer to the questions kids are always asking, “How does this work?” Life is a frustrating black box for many children today. They know how to use things—like making a letter appear on a monitor when they press a keyboard—but they have no idea why or how things work. This leads to frustration when things break and limits a child’s ability to feel in control of their life. Zaniac opens the black box on how things work for K-8 students, helping children bring knowledge, order and control to their lives—which kids crave.”
In 1975, at the University of Pennsylvania, 20-year-old graduate student Paul Zane Pilzer built one of the first interactive teaching machines on a mainframe computer. Paul had a vision that technology would one day make great education affordable for everyone, the same way movies made the work of great singers and actors affordable for everyone.
Paul Zane Pilzer founded the Zaniac in 2010 when he and his wife had their own children and they realized what was missing from K-8 education: A way to assess what math concepts a child knows, so an individual child can be taught based on what they don’t know—and not blindly by grade level. Paul developed a solution—Zane Math, Zaniac’s signature program. Zaniac then expanded into a full offering of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) programs for kids in grades K-8.
Paul Zane Pilzer is an American economist, New York Times best-selling author, and social entrepreneur. He has written 11 books and is the founder of six companies, and has been profiled in more than 100 publications including on the front page of The Wall Street Journal.
Paul graduated Lehigh University in three years and received his MBA from Wharton Business School in 15 months at age 22. He became Citibank’s youngest officer at age 22 and its youngest vice president at age 25. He was appointed a professor at New York University at age 24 where he taught for 21 years and was five times voted “best teacher.”
He served as an appointed economic advisor in two White House administrations and has been featured on the cover of more than 100 publications, including the front page of The Wall Street Journal. He has a particular fascination with educating students on both sides of the bell curve.For more on Professor Pilzer, visit Wikipedia or paulzanepilzer.com.