Local entrepreneurs and owners of Code Ninjas in Concord — Anjali and Vivek Dighe — were honored by the International Franchise Association with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award.
The Dighes were recognized among franchise owner-operators representing 30 franchise systems during the IFA’s Franchise Action Network annual meeting for their performance within Code Ninjas and their contributions to enhance the growth and development of franchising.
The Dighes were recognized not only for their outstanding contributions to Code Ninjas and its students in Concord and Charlotte, but also to the franchise industry as a whole. Anjali and Vivek bring combined strengths from their decades of experience in business optimization, as well as business and technology development strategies in the public, private and international sectors.
Their passion and dedication has paid off, as they were also recently recognized by Code Ninjas as a Black Belt Center, ranking in the 90th percentile of all centers and being a recipient of the company’s Cultural Advancement Award.
Committed to making technology opportunities available for children, Anjali is the co-director for the Women in Homeland Security STEM committee, an organization with a mission to connect students with exciting hands-on field trips related to homeland and national security. The committee is geared toward kids who may not realize the many STEM opportunities available.
“As our brand’s first franchisees and one of our biggest supporters, Anjali and Vivek have made a tremendous impact on not only kids in the greater Charlotte area, but to our rapidly growing brand as a whole,” said David Graham, CEO and co-founder of Code Ninjas. “We are thrilled that their contributions are being recognized among some of the top franchise owners in the nation and cannot thank them enough for their dedication and hard work. We are honored to have them on our team.”
The Dighes joined Code Ninjas in April 2017 as its first franchisees. Code Ninjas is known for teaching children ages 7-14 how to code by building their own video games in a fun, safe and inspiring environment. With a nine-belt curriculum inspired by martial arts, Code Ninjas keeps kids excited and engaged while parents see their children gain life-changing STEM skills.