Meet the Team

Tom Pabin
Founder and CEO

Tom_PabinTom is the founder and owner of Class 101 college planning franchise. His career as a business owner and college/financial planner has spanned almost two decades. In that time he has helped students and families save millions of dollars on higher education. In Kentucky, Tom has worked with students from more than 70 high schools conducting financial aid workshops, one-on-one college planning, ACT/SAT prep classes and facilitating visits to colleges and universities across the country. Working with students across 16 states and doing direct consultation with more than 20 high schools, he’s helped more than 3,000 students find their way to college and significantly improved their scores on more than 8,000 tests. In his spare time, Tom enjoys traveling and being involved with his sons’ basketball teams. He and his wife, Christie, have two boys, Matthew and Thomas.

Betsy Filchak
Director of Franchise Relations 

Betsy-FilchakBetsy Filchak comes to college planning after a full career in public education. She has worked with and taught children as an instructor and an administrator for more than 30 years. She has mastered how to tap students’ potential with tailored tactics, thanks to her varied background. Betsy works from the Lexington Class 101 home office where her responsibilities are divided between one-on-one client service and operational duties to further the Class 101 franchise. Her favorite part of her work is a tie between helping families realize the financial feasibility of college and the summer campus tour down South. Betsy lives in downtown Lexington with her husband, Drew. Her own children flew the nest for excellent college experiences and show no signs of returning. Betsy’s favorite use of free weekends is trips to destinations like Charleston, South Carolina, and Chicago (both great college towns).

 Follow her campus tours on Instagram at Betsy Filchak/Class 101.

Colleen O’Brien
Franchise Sales Director

Colleen-O-Brien-Class-101Colleen has been in the franchise industry since 2004, primarily in franchise development. She has worked with countless individuals to help them through the franchise discovery and award process. A graduate of Purdue University, she received her MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She enjoys working with aspiring entrepreneurs to help them make an informed decision regarding Class 101. Colleen resides in Indianapolis with her husband, Dan, and their children, Kelly and Jimmy. Colleen is author of the No. 1 International Best Selling Book on Amazon called The Franchise Game – Discover the 7 Strategic Moves to Buying a Winning Franchise.


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