About Us


HINGE Brokers launched THRIVE Workshops in 2017 with the goal of helping childcare business owners and operators concentrate on their school’s financial health and on growing their companies to be as strong as they can possibly be.

Our team’s combined experience of more than 130 years in the early education industry has seen us as CFOs, owners and directors, school property owners, and buyers. So, when it comes to the business of early childhood education, we really know our stuff.

And now, we are committed to improving your school’s bottom line by sharing ideas on how to improve your revenue and discounts, how to build an effective marketing strategy and how to develop a practical budget for your early learning school.


Kathy Ligon, Founder & CEO


Mike Pepper, National Director
of Real Estate

Henry Tiberi, Senior Broker

Alec Ligon, Associate Broker & Licensed Attorney 

Kathe Petchel, Broker Support & Staffing/Operations Consultant

Carrie Pergerson, Business & Transaction Manager

Meredith Douglas, Director of Marketing Communications

Molly Petchel, Broker Support & Marketing/Enrollment Consultant