Emler Swim School Named to Dallas 100 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies

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The award-winning swim school made it onto the annual SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship’s coveted list of Dallas 100 top companies.

We are honored to be included on the Dallas 100 list for the first time. This honor recognizes our entire team’s dedication and hard work to teaching as many children as possible how to be safe in and around water. I couldn’t be prouder.

Emler Swim School was named to the Dallas 100 list of fastest-growing private companies that is annually released by the SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship. Each year the institute gauges the ascension of privately held companies in Dallas and the surrounding cities.

“We are honored to be included on the Dallas 100 list for the first time,” said Greg Laird, Emler Swim School CEO. “This honor recognizes our entire team’s dedication and hard work to teaching as many children as possible how to be safe in and around water. I couldn’t be prouder.”

The release of the Dallas 100 is traditionally done at a fall reception with an award celebration a month later that unveils full rankings and the No. 1 company. However, the events have been moved to the spring due to the pandemic, and details about the socially distanced reception and gala will be announced in December.

“Of course, everything is contingent upon the pandemic, but we are hopeful that we can hold two safe, in-person events: a reception in late January or early February and our traditional Dallas 100 awards gala in early March,” said Caruth Institute Executive Director Simon Mak. “If we’ve learned anything since the onset of COVID-19, it’s that everything is subject to change. While we’ll remain flexible, we’re hopeful that we can gather in person, masks notwithstanding, to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that is so vital to our economy.”

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Dallas 100, which honors the ingenuity, commitment and perseverance of entrepreneurial businesses. The rankings are based on percentage growth and absolute dollar growth over the previous three years. This year, the top 100 companies are based in Dallas and 14 different surrounding cities and represent a variety of industries. The SMU Cox Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, working with the accounting firm BKD LLP CPAs and Advisors, examined sales from hundreds of companies from 2017 to 2019, the last year for which complete data is available.

Emler operates 25 swim schools in Texas and Kansas with plans to open new locations in Oregon. Emler uses an award-winning approach to teach children how to swim. Earlier this year it launched a do-it-yourself online curriculum so families could teach their kids how to swim from the comfort of their home or community pool. Named EmlerSwim@Home™, it is the world’s most interactive streaming swim lessons for children, and the company hopes it can expand its reach and teach even more kids how to swim and be safe around water through the online offering.

About Emler Swim School
In 1975, Emler Swim School was founded on two principles, that every child should experience a fun lesson that causes him or her to fall in love with the water, and that every parent should receive a guarantee that his or her child will learn to swim.

Emler utilizes a proven, ever-evolving curriculum, a quality staff that undergoes thorough training and – above all – a passion to nurture children in a healthy, safe and fun environment.

With more than 20 different classes and levels, the award-winning swim school is proud to meet the need of every swimmer with the same “Emler Sure,” 100 percent guarantee. For more information on each location, visit emlerswimschool.com. Follow us: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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