Zaniac Celebrates Grand Opening of NYC Campus

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Innovative K-8 After-School STEM Enrichment Franchise Opens New Campus on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

From left, Zaniac Pres. & Chief Academic Officer Sidharth Oberoi; Fabio Zsigmond; Zaniac Founder & Franchisor Paul Zane Pilzer; Lisa Pilzer; Zaniac franchisee owners Camilla Gazal & Flavia Naslausky

Zaniac, an innovative K-8 after-school Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) education enrichment franchise, yesterday celebrated the Grand Opening of its new campus on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new campus at 261 E 78th Street, between Second and Third Avenues.

Zaniac’s Upper East Side grand opening is a homecoming for Zaniac founder and franchisor Paul Zane Pilzer. Economist, college professor, social entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author of 11 books, Pilzer received his MBA in 15 months from Wharton Business School and became Citibank’s youngest officer at age 22 and its youngest vice president at age 25. Mr. Pilzer 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 has served as an appointed economic advisor in two White House administrations and has started or taken public six companies in healthcare and K-12 education.

"My first apartment after college was on 79th Street right by where Zaniac Upper East Side is located,” said Professor Pilzer. “I left that apartment to go to Wharton where I developed the interactive teaching technology that grew into Zaniac. I never dreamed I'd be returning here 41 years later to help bring the incredible benefits of Zaniac K-8 Programs and Camps to children in my old neighborhood."

Zaniac is a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) franchise designed from the ground up to prioritize fun, to actively engage and integrate a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving. The company provides a host of STEM learning programs that get K-8 kids excited about math and science while preparing them for 21st Century jobs, including Zaniac Robotics: LEGO®, Game-Based Learning: Minecraft™, 3D Printing, App Creation and Computer Programming.

The opening of the Manhattan campus is also a homecoming for franchisee owners Camilla Gazal and Flavia Naslausky who previously worked on Wall Street in the financial services industry. Both are graduates of New York University.

“We’re thrilled to be in New York City, the greatest city in the world! Bringing the Zaniac K-8 learning experience to Manhattan is a major move for us. We are confident this new location will be a big success and lead to expansion to other boroughs in the city,” said Gazal, who launched the first Zaniac franchise in Greenwich, CT two years ago with co-founder Naslausky.

“Our new location on the Upper East Side is ideal for our target market. We look forward to working with Manhattan’s public and private educational community to advance STEM education for K-8 students with programs that make learning math, technology, and other STEM fields of study fun and exciting," said Ms. Naslausky.

The Manhattan campus is the third location in the New York area. In August, Zaniac opened a new campus in Westport, CT which joined Zaniac’s Greenwich campus. Gazal and Naslausky are planning to open ten Zaniac campuses in the New York Metropolitan area over the next five years.

Zaniac has plans to have 50 campuses open nationwide by 2017.

For more information about Zaniac Upper East and the programs they will be offering, visit

About Zaniac
Zaniac makes math, technology, and other STEM fields of study fun, helping K-8 kids to become engaged, develop confidence, and measurably improve their academic performance. Zaniac is like school at its best—an active, inspiring place filled with friends and friends-to-be. Zaniac, a division of Park City, Utah-based Zane Prep, is looking to expand its franchise nationwide. For more information, visit

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