Launching Success Learning Store changing ownership

The owners of Launching Success Learning Store in Bellingham are passing the business down to two of their employees, according to an announcement from the company.

Dan and Barbara Sanford, who have directed the growth of Launching Success for the past decade, are selling the store to general manager Jen Zimmermann and business manager Kristen Krumdiack, who have both played major roles in the company for the past three years.

The Sanfords said the store’s customers should notice few changes.

Zimmermann is a former school teacher with experience in classroom and church-school education. Krumdiack is active in church and community organizations, and she is in the process of getting  certified as a public accountant.

The Sanfords co-founded Launching Success with other teachers on Northwest Avenue in 2003 . They moved the store to its present location on Prince Avenue just off of Meridian Street in 2006. Three years later, they took over full ownership when two other partners retired.

Barbara Sanford is a former elementary teacher and librarian. Dan Sanford recently retired from a career teaching  international education and business management at Whitworth University, Western Washington University and Trinity Western University. Both Sanfords will remain involved with the store on its board of directors.


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