Taneil Arkner

The IEA Elite
www.iea-elite.co.za

What Does Your Company Do?

We are an educational institution that incorporates equestrian and academic studies. I help parents fulfil their children’s dreams through Grade R to 12 academic, equestrian and entrepreneurial education. We offer boarding facilities to ensure that our academy is accessible to all corners of the globe.

What is your Biggest Success?

Our biggest success has been the gradual annual increase of new learners joining our academy, we have achieved a 100% pass rate every year since we opened and the fact that our equestrian riders have reached national level in their equestrian competition fields (SANESA and SA Champs, Royal Show etc). For a small academy we have made some big noice within the equestrian and academic industry and are proud to say that we change children’s lives.

What has been your Biggest Hurdle?

My biggest hurdle has been to be strong enough to say no. Parents come into our academy asking for payment plans and with false promises to pay but never stick to the agreement. This has come at a huge cost to our company and has damaged me emotionally. The strength to put my foot down and vet potential parents as well as to hold them accountable did not come easy to me however since I have implemented this strategy my life and our company are much better off.

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