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Nation’s Leading Printing and Graphics Franchise Celebrates SpeedPro Owner Mark Simmons for Valuing Customer Relationships and Building a Robust Internship Program with Local High School

“Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.” That inspirational quote applies to Mark Simmons, one of the newest SpeedPro Imaging franchise owners.  Mark joined the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise after spending more than 30 years in retail executive management, learning the ropes and learning how to deal with the ups and downs.

Mark learned the value of relationships early in his career and it factors into his early success as a relatively new SpeedPro Imaging studio owner. The studio in Apex, NC, a blossoming business and homeowner suburb of Raleigh, opened its doors in July 2016. Mark is capitalizing on the network he built during his career to leverage new connections and business. That includes substantial work with American Airlines, Leith VW of Cary, Leith Automotive Group, Coca-Cola,  and premier homebuilder Royal Oaks Homes.

 

vwAA CLT 1Blog 3One of Simmons toughest professional lessons came during The Great Recession when he oversaw chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings at a national retailer. Mark had to deliver unwelcome news about job cuts to a countless number of employees. While there is no joy out of being the bearer of a major life change, the process reinforced Mark’s values of compassion and relationship building.

As Mark nurtures his budding SpeedPro Imaging business, he recognizes the value of building relationships with members of his community in Apex – something other SpeedPro franchise owners have told him is the key to success with the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise. Mark is a member of the Apex rotary club, has joined two local chambers, and supports several non-profits in the area. He also works with a crisis ministry in the county, where they provide food for the needy, and donates signage to the program.

That’s a lot of time and effort spent on relationship building and giving back…but Mark says it’s been the key to his success as he is more than doubling expected volume levels in his first full year (check out this recent blog post to see how one SpeedPro Imaging owner, Bruce Benson, made more than $750,000 in a single month!).

“I love the area,” says Mark, a Syracuse, NY native. “The Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.  With more than a million residents, and more being added every day, it’s also a booming market to grow a business. There’s so much development all around the city, allowing me to make connections for clients in need for graphic and signage solutions.”

But Mark’s relationship-building focus only begins with potential community clients and business partners.   The connection extends to the local high school, Apex Friendship. The school is home to the Academy of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing. The selective AP level program gives student exposure to hands-on experiences within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). It’s a program his daughter Kailea, a student at Apex Friendship, takes part in. When Mark learned the school was looking to partner with local businesses for an internship program, he jumped at the chance.

“School leaders do an excellent job building relationships with local businesses, small and large. SpeedPro Imaging has a commitment to community, and the high schools are a major part of the community here in Apex. It was an absolute no-brainer when I was approached to take part in this initiative.”

The students had to earn their way into his SpeedPro Imaging studio. He interviewed 4 candidates, each with unique traits. Mark ultimately chose a rising senior with a 3.7 GPA, interested in aerospace and automotive design. “His resume was polished, he was very accomplished. I was impressed by his maturity after our interview.”

While internships are typically associated with college students, ambitious high schoolers are gradually learning the importance of the work experience. The Society for Human Resource Management says both employers, and students benefit from high school internships. “By employing students, companies get exposure to talent early in their career journey and help support the well-being of the local community,” says Robin D. Richards, chairman, and CEO of Internships.com.

The student will assume a production assistant role at the SpeedPro Imaging studio – learning exactly what it takes to work for the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise. Day-to-day functions include handling the printing and finishing processes, along with exposure to graphic design. Once the intern is comfortable, he’ll have the ability for some level of customer interaction, both inside and outside the facility. The program is only seven weeks, but Mark believes this opportunity will be a win-win-win for the student, SpeedPro employees, and Mark himself.

“For the student, who is only 17, he’ll get hands-on exposure and experience in the design aspect that he simply would not get in school,” says Simmons. “This is an opportunity for him to implement classroom observation into real life scenarios and learn the ins and outs of a local small business and manufacturer.  He’ll be exposed to real world scenarios in a pressurized position that mirrors what it’s truly like to be a production assistant – something that rarely happens with internships.”

From a business perspective, involvement with this internship program serves as an informational session for Simmons. Later this year, he’ll use the lessons learned from the experience with his intern, as a blueprint when he hires a full-time production assistant. Simmons gets to test drive the position, without any of the associated labor costs.

“My whole team is excited because we get a chance to mentor an outstanding young man with a bright future.   This internship program gives everyone at my SpeedPro studio, including myself, the opportunity to grow and develop.   This is a rare opportunity for my employees to receive help from a highly motivated and intelligent intern who possesses skills that have real world impact.   Additionally, all of us will develop a better understanding of how to hire and what to look for in new employees while refining our delegation and training processes.   We can’t wait to get started.”

Mark and his team are excited about the upcoming summer lesson. He believes this venture is the start of a long-term relationship with Apex Friendship High School long after his daughter graduates. And Mark is thrilled his neighbors in Apex embraced him as much as he and his SpeedPro Imaging studio continues its growth.

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SpeedPro Imaging franchisees across the country are doing their part of cultivating America’s brightest minds with a meaningful opportunity.   A specific focus on hiring and developing hungry and passionate employees is one of the key catalysts that have fueled SpeedPro’s development into the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise that specializes in:

  • Banners, Decals, Digital Signage, Directional Signage, Elevator Wraps
  • Event Graphics, Event Tents, Flags, Fleet Wraps, Floor Graphics
  • Indoor Signage, Outdoor Signage, Point of Purchase Displays
  • Retractors, Signs & Graphics, Table Coverings & Table-toppers
  • Trade Show Displays, Vehicle Wraps, Wall Murals, Window Graphics

For more information on the SpeedPro Imaging franchise opportunity and what it takes to be a successful franchise owner like Mark, please visit http://www.speedprofranchising.com/.

Former Retail Manager Brings Nation’s Leading Printing and Graphics Franchise to North Palm Beach

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SpeedPro Imaging’s Newest Franchise Owner, Mike Slaton, Says Affluent Business Community Makes North Palm Beach a Perfect Fit for the B2B Company

(North Palm Beach, FL – March 22nd, 2017) SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, is set to open its newest location serving North Palm Beach, Florida in late May. The new studio will be equipped to handle any large format imaging project for local businesses, such as wall murals, event graphics, tradeshow displays, vehicle wraps, window graphics, and more.

The SpeedPro Imaging North Palm Beach will be owned and operated by local franchise owner Mike Slaton. The native Floridian brings more than two decades worth of retail managerial experience to SpeedPro Imaging.   Working for one of the world’s most recognizable retail chains, Mike enjoyed a lot of success, earned several promotions and even met his wife.   However, their professional obligations all-too-often resulted in decreased family time and Mike was seeking a better work-life balance.

Under the guidance of franchise consultant Scott Diener, Mike discovered the SpeedPro franchise opportunity. After reviewing the business opportunity in depth, Mike jumped at the chance to join the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise because it was a high upside investment that allowed him to spend considerably more time with his kids.

“It was extremely tough missing out on seeing my kids achieve big milestones and accomplishments,” says Mike. “Now I have a chance to watch them grow up as I grow professionally. SpeedPro Imaging affords me the opportunity to work on my passion of art. It’s clear SpeedPro Imaging is a powerful national brand, provides long-term financial stability and awards locations exclusively to franchise owners who are a great fit for the system.”

Mike adds that the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise will allow him to take full advantage of countless business opportunities North Palm Beach has to offer.

“It’s a win-win from my perspective,” says Mike. “Outdoor living plays a significant role here in the North Palm Beach area. There’s a strong demand from the affluent businesses to capitalize on the area’s beautiful scenery. With SpeedPro Imaging’s large format printing solutions, I will be able to meet that demand.   Plus, the SpeedPro Imaging business model provides my wife, Alexandra, and I the perfect opportunity to work together as her financial acumen parallels my skills very well.   I am excited to work with her while also spending more quality time with our family.”

Despite just getting started, Mike expects to ramp up his SpeedPro studio sales in the first year due to SpeedPro’s Ramp-Up Program. With the Ramp-Up program, Mike has already begun building his list of paying clients and bottom line profit, even before opening his physical studio location.  SpeedPro Imaging’s Cheif Operating Officer, Steven Brown, believes Mike’s goals for rapid growth are realistic considering his skill set and the success similar owners have experienced.

“We are thrilled to open our next Florida-based SpeedPro Imaging studio and we’re confident Mike will be able to scale his business quickly,” says Steven.   “He possesses a perfect blend of skills that are an excellent fit for our business model.   He’s personable, experienced, and willing to get his hands dirty with his employees.   He understands the level of quality and professionalism our clients expect of our state-of-the-art graphics.   We’re excited to see Mike grow our North Palm Beach presence and believe he can meet or exceed his first-year growth expectations.”

SpeedPro Imaging has a nationwide network of 126 studios in 31 states, nearly a third of which have opened in the last three years alone. SpeedPro Imaging delivers superior display graphic products to deliver key messages and extend brand awareness on behalf of their clients.   The company’s mission is to be considered the premier choice for large format graphics and exceed our client’s expectations through unmatched timeliness, professionalism, and product quality.

As the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, SpeedPro Imaging can handle any printing project on behalf of their clients, including:

  • Banners, Decals, Digital Signage, Directional Signage, Elevator Wraps
  • Event Graphics, Event Tents, Flags, Fleet Wraps, Floor Graphics
  • Indoor Signage, Outdoor Signage, Point of Purchase Displays
  • Retractors, Signs & Graphics, Table Coverings & Table-toppers
  • Trade Show Displays, Vehicle Wraps, Wall Murals, Window Graphics

For more information about Mike Slaton and his North Palm Beach-based SpeedPro Imaging location, please visit http://www.speedpro.com/locations/north-palm-beach/ or call the studio directly at (561) 408-4214. The Studio will be located at 7763 Ellipse Way, Stuart, FL 34997.

For more information about the SpeedPro Imaging franchise opportunity, please visit www.speedprofranchising.com.  

 

Nation’s Leading Printing and Graphics Franchise Names Drew Tefft Director of Operations

Industry Veteran Joins Corporate Team from SpeedPro Imaging’s Omaha-based Franchise Location

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(Centennial, CO – March 7th, 2017) SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, recently named Drew Tefft as the company’s new Director of Operations.  In that role, Tefft will oversee the business, production, sales and marketing support for SpeedPro Imaging’s rapidly expanding nationwide franchise network.

Prior to joining the corporate office for the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, Tefft spent the past 4 ½ years with the Omaha, NE based SpeedPro Imaging franchise location.  In his role as Vice President, Tefft managed the franchise’s day-to-day operations and business development, helping it become one of the top performing studios in the SpeedPro system.  Tefft held several sales and management positions over 18 years in the wireless and business equipment industry before joining SpeedPro Imaging.  He has also owned a wireless company and a 3D printing and prototyping business.

“Joining the SpeedPro Imaging management team is a great opportunity for me,” said Tefft.  “I think my experience with the SpeedPro Imaging franchise in Omaha, along with my deep knowledge of the industry, makes me an important asset for all the franchise owners in the SpeedPro Imaging system as they work to grow and develop their business.  My family is excited about the move to the greater Denver area and I am thrilled to work for the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise.”

SpeedPro Imaging’s CEO, Boris Katsnelson, says Tefft’s field experience, engaging personality, and work ethic make him a perfect fit for the position.

“We are devoted subscribers to the Traction philosophy at SpeedPro and Drew is definitely the right person for the Director of Operations seat,” said Katsnelson.   “Drew possesses extensive field experience that played an integral role in our Omaha location’s success in recent years.  We are confident he will be able to use that proven track record to fuel the success of other franchise locations.  We feel very fortunate to add him to our corporate staff as he has already embraced the core values and company culture that have helped us develop into the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise.”

SpeedPro Imaging has a nationwide network of 123 studios in 31 states, nearly a third of which have opened in the last three years alone.   SpeedPro Imaging delivers superior display graphic products to deliver key messages and extend brand awareness on behalf of their clients.   The company’s mission is to be considered the premier choice for large format graphics and exceed our client’s expectations through unmatched timeliness, professionalism, and product quality.

As the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, SpeedPro Imaging can handle any printing project on behalf of their clients, including:

  • Banners, Decals, Digital Signage, Directional Signage, Elevator Wraps
  • Event Graphics, Event Tents, Flags, Fleet Wraps, Floor Graphics
  • Indoor Signage, Outdoor Signage, Point of Purchase Displays
  • Retractors, Signs & Graphics, Table Coverings & Table-toppers
  • Trade Show Displays, Vehicle Wraps, Wall Murals, Window Graphics

 About SpeedPro Imaging

With more than 20 years of experience, SpeedPro Imaging is the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise – creating professional large format imaging for a wide variety of companies in any industry. The company specializes in high-quality products including wall murals, event graphics, tradeshow displays, vehicle wraps and window graphics. Through extreme resolution levels and unparalleled quality standards, SpeedPro Imaging takes visual communications to the next level. Today, there are 122 studios open and operating in 30 states, with 10 more in various stages of development.

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The SpeedPro Blog will cover a variety of visual communication related topics from industry and product-specific news and tips to examples of how we provide solutions for our client’s print related needs.

SpeedPro’s mission is to be the premier choice for large format graphics and exceed our client’s expectations through unmatched timeliness, professionalism, and product quality. Our SpeedPro locations throughout the country exhibit these qualities every day. When your business needs superior display graphic products such as wall murals, event graphics, trade show displays, window graphics, and vehicle wraps we know that any of our 130 plus SpeedPro locations can deliver products that are second to none.

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No matter the industry you work in from advertising agencies, event planners, interior design, restaurants & bars, to tradesmen: SpeedPro can enhance your brand’s image with our quality large format printing options. This blog will provide case studies on how we provide large format printing solutions for a variety of businesses and events such as concerts, conventions, corporate events, press conferences, sporting events and trade shows.

We will also provide information on how to care for products that we produce for our clients, as well as, showcasing the generous charitable work our SpeedPro franchise partners do throughout the communities they serve.