Speedpro Imaging Highlights Bob Kelleher’s Successful Game Plan To Team Up With Local Colleges And Universities

March 23, 2018

Success as a business owner is far from a slam dunk. Being successful takes hard-work, discipline, tenacity and strategy, all traits that lie within Bob Kelleher, the owner of SpeedPro Imaging Central New York. The location is what affords Kelleher to thrive. He is strategically situated within driving distance of several key universities in Central New York, including Cazenovia CollegeIthaca CollegeSt. John Fisher CollegeSUNY Oswego,SUNY CortlandCornell UniversitySyracuse University and Binghamton University.

The college and university systems in Central New York are vital to the area. “Binghamton University is one of the largest employers in Binghamton, and the same can be said for Syracuse,” says Kelleher. “The good news for me is I have had the opportunity to work with most of them.”

Successful 1This April will mark Kelleher’s eighth year as a SpeedPro Imaging studio owner. He became an entrepreneur following a productive career in electrical engineering and sales management. “I was managing sales people across North America,” says Kelleher. “I was at an executive level and I felt like my own boss, even though I wasn’t. When I left, I decided I actually wanted to be my own boss.”

That sales experience helped Kelleher make the transition into the world of entrepreneurship. “For 30 years, the job market was extremely cyclical; there would be some ups and downs,” Kelleher says. “I escaped unscathed during two down cycles. When the last one hit in 2009, I wasn’t in the mood to ride it out. I looked at it as an opportunity to move on.” Kelleher consulted with some old co-workers who were experimenting with business ownership, and one put him in touch with a franchise broker.

“I was considering home health care franchises and a few painting firms, as well as flooring businesses,” Kelleher said. “None of them seemed like fun, except for SpeedPro Imaging.”

Now, Kelleher is enjoying the opportunity to work with clients of many shapes and sizes, including his deep roster of colleges and universities. “What makes college campuses great is that there isn’t simply one point-person you deal with. Each department is responsible for its own purchasing. That provides ample opportunities to make an impression. All it takes is one great job, and I’ll get referrals from all over the campus.”

Kelleher has helped the famed Carrier Dome on Syracuse University transition from football to basketball and now lacrosse seasons with big, vivid action banners that hang in the locker room.

undefinedBinghamton University is one campus where you’ll find Kelleher’s fingerprints in both academic and athletic facilities. That includes a timeline of the school’s history that spans the length of two walls in a main campus building.

Kelleher was also instrumental when Binghamton made the decision to overhaul the arena’s men’s basketball locker room. “It’s one of the things that we’re most proud of on campus,” says Kelleher. “The university wanted to up its game as it looks to recruit players. Part of the recruiting involved dressing up the locker room. The athletic department called me in, told me, ‘here’s what we need.’ I gave them some ideas, then they signed off and told me I had two weeks to complete it.”

As teams vying to be crowned champion continue their march, Kelleher says he can draw a lesson from the unpredictability of the tournament. “You don’t know how things are going to turn out, whether it’s on the basketball court, or in a boardroom,” he says. “There is a lot of luck involved. However, it seems like the harder you work, the luckier you get. As I first started this business, I had nothing else to do than sales. I made it a point to stop at every likely target and sell my new business to potential customers. Now some of those business remain some of my best customers.”

successful 2Including the colleges and universities. “A lot of people who work at colleges tend to move to other campuses,” Kelleher says. “The good news is that they often remember my work, give me a call and introduce me to new clientele.”

If you’re tired of the madness and want to take better control of your life, just like Bob Kelleher, consider joining the SpeedPro Imaging team. For more information on the SpeedPro Imaging franchise opportunity and what it takes to be a successful franchise owner like Bob, visit speedprofranchising.com.

The fighting irish: speedpro imaging celebrates st. patrick’s day with studio owners patrick and susan mcginnis

March 16, 2018

Dictionary.com defines Irish as “of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland, its inhabitants, or their language.” What is lacking are the intangibles that define the Irish-American spirit: tenacity, perseverance and a fight to never give up until the job is done.

James McGinnis encapsulates the Irish-American spirit that will be celebrated across the country this weekend on St. Patrick’s Day. James is the son of Patrick and Susan McGinnis, the proud owners of SpeedPro Imaging of Lenexa-Overland Park in the suburbs of Kansas City.

The McGinnis family will be active participants during the 46th annual Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. James will be featured on one of the participating floats in the parade. Patrick and Susan will be marching by the float’s side. The honor comes courtesy of a client of the McGinnis family’s SpeedPro Imaging studio.

Patrick and Susan McGinnis first joined on with SpeedPro Imagingthe nation’s leading large format graphics franchise, 12 years ago. Patrick was in management. Susan had experience with pharmaceutical sales before giving birth to her daughter, Megan, and then James four years later. When the children grew a little older, Susan took a job at a pre-school.

Patrick’s transition into entrepreneurship became clearer during an emotional conversation he had with a young Megan. “I remember she asked me if I liked James’ events better than I liked hers,” Patrick recalls. “She asked because my job had me on the road during the week. I would miss her events, but I was able to make James’ events on the weekends.”

That exchange laid the groundwork for major changes for Patrick and Susan. “I resigned shortly afterwards and gave myself six months to start a business,” Patrick said. “If it didn’t work out, I was going to get back in the corporate world.”

The pair chose SpeedPro Imaging because of the business-to-business, recession proof model and the flexible hours.

For the first six months of their business, Susan found herself working at her preschool during the day and at her SpeedPro Imaging studio during the afternoon. She found similarities between the two industries.

“When we first started out in 2006, many people weren’t educated on digital printing,” Susan says. “I found myself doing a lot of hand holding, teaching clients about the services we could provide.”

The pair says it took about two years of hard work to get their business on stable ground. “Networking and sales were a top priority during our launch,” says Susan.

“Our philosophy is that we don’t want the customer just for the first order,” says Patrick. “I want the second, third and fourth order. It’s harder to get a new customer than retain a new one. If you treat them right and live up to their quality of expectations, they’ll become the best sales person for your business.”

“A happy customer is the best sales rep you can have,” adds Susan.

Patrick and Susan say they have a great working relationship, in part because they rarely see one another during the day. “We’ve always been close, and we can resolve isSusans,” says Patrick, before quickly adding, “The main thing is to not share an office.”

“We have separate offices because he can’t handle the fact that I’m a talker,” Susan adds. “I talk to myself, I talk to the computer, I have cordial conversations with our clients. We know our differences and appreciate them.”

Patrick and Susan appreciate how being business owners gives them the ability to set their own schedules. That would never be more evident than in the fall of 2014. James suffered a traumatic brain injury during a high school football game. James spent months in a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, three and a half hours away from home. At least one parent was always by his side during that painstaking period.

“I look at the injury with our son, and it was a blessing we had our own business,” Patrick says. “Where we were, it allowed us flexibility that I wouldn’t have been afforded if I had been in a corporate environment.”

“My ability to be with James wouldn’t have happened without being a SpeedPro Imaging studio owner,” says Susan. “Even now during his physical therapy, I can go back and forth between working and being with James.”

The recovery for James continues today. He is enrolled in school classes, and earned a spot on the honor roll during the most recent semester. You’ll also find James joining Susan when she is making deliveries or hanging out at the SpeedPro Imaging studio, bringing his trademark smile and jokes to the office.

“I feel like the Irish spirit is to never give up, and that heritage lives strong in James,” says Patrick. “When the Irish first came to America, they were faced with several setbacks. They persevered. You’re going to be dealt with setbacks. But, we never step away from a fight. That’s the spirit I see in James. He never backs away from a fight. Not when he was growing up. Now we see it in his fight to regain normalcy. Failure is not an option.”

The fighting spirit that James displays is the same attitude Patrick and Susan apply to their business. “You have to put the work into it,” says Patrick. “It’s not a business you buy and sit back and collect a paycheck. You have to work.”

Connections forged through their SpeedPro Imaging studio have helped the recovery process. James has received V.I.P. status from the operators of the local NASCAR venue, the local professional hockey team, and the company playing host this St. Patrick’s Day.

Patrick and Susan work hard for themselves as well as their family. They’re in the process of writing a book with James, with the eventual goal of landing him on the speaking circuit. You can follow James’ journey as he educates and brings awareness to traumatic brain injuries on Facebook or his YouTube channel.

For more information on the SpeedPro Imaging franchise opportunity and what it takes to be a successful franchise owner like Patrick and Susan, please visit speedprofranchising.com.

Speedpro imaging celebrates Michael Price in honor of black history month

February 27, 2018

Michael Price is still deciding on his ultimate destination. He and Paula, his wife of 31 years, are avid travelers. Currently, Michael and Paula are working hard to make sure their 17-year-old son makes the right decision as he prepares for college. Luckily for their son, he doesn’t have to look far for inspiration. Paula is currently a full-time senior lecturer at Harvard Business School as well as a corporate board director. Michael is the proud owner ofSpeedPro Imaging Boston Metrowest.

Michael Price launched his journey with SpeedPro Imagingthe nation’s leading large format graphics franchise, eight years ago after a successful career in ad sales. Entrepreneurship wasn’t something he was pining for, even though those around him knew it was a perfect fit for him. “A friend of mine told me a long time ago that I should do my own thing,” says Price. “I never gave it a second thought. I always resisted. I thought I would have to work constantly as an entrepreneur to earn my keep. The thought of working 18 hours, doing a ton of heavy lifting, didn’t appeal to me.”

Price’s career ladder involved working his way up through media ad sales. Out of college, he landed a job working in local radio. He quickly moved on to television ad sales – first at a local tv station, and before long, a national cable operation.

His wife was also experiencing similar success in her career. A job opportunity for Paula allowed the Prices to call London home for three and a half years. “We got to travel and see much of Europe!” Michael says.

They were reaping the rewards of their successes financially, but Price says they were smart with their money. “We were living below our means. We had nice stuff, but we weren’t living super extravagantly. We were investing and socking money away.”

Price says growing up, one of his nicknames was “Rich Man,” because, “I was tight with my money.” Being frugal with his funds paid off later in life because it allowed Price to self-finance his own SpeedPro Imaging studio.

After London, the pair moved to New York City and then on to Boston. In Boston, Michael worked at a Spanish language television station. That’s when Michael began to listen to the entrepreneurial whispers. “My heart wasn’t fully committed to that job the way it should’ve been,” says Price. “At the same time, I reconnected with a friend who had gotten out of the TV ad sales game and was now involved in franchising and doing well.”

Michael picked his friend’s brain and determined it was time for him to become a business owner after years of pushing back. “It was working for him, and I felt it was something I could do,” says Price. “He didn’t have a history of entrepreneurship. I was looking for something else to do – I wasn’t sure about the media business, even though it was all I’d really done. Franchising seemed like a natural progression.”

Price met with a franchise broker who introduced him to three potential businesses. “One was an expense recovery firm where you would pitch people how to save money,” he says. “That didn’t appeal to me. The other was a waste recovery franchise. I thought I could do that, but it didn’t appeal to me working from home. Plus, I didn’t want to have to deal with responding to an emergency call at three in the morning.”

Price said SpeedPro Imaging was right up his alley because of the business-to-business model. “You’re not hoping and praying people walk in your doors,” he says. His extensive background working in sales helped him quickly establish a quality client roster. But being a new business owner didn’t come without challenges.

“I did a lot of learning on the job early on,” Price says. “I went through the ups and downs. Some perhaps unavoidable. It’s important to grasp the nature of the opportunity and the effort required to successfully launch a business and keep it successful. Regardless, things are going very well and I’m thankful that the ’18-hour’ vision I once had is not the reality as a SpeedPro owner!”

Grasping the totality of being an owner is advice Price passes on to aspiring entrepreneurs. Particularly for young African-Americans. Price is among the two percent of African-Americans who are business owners in the United States.

“I want to be an inspiration and be that shining light for minorities,” Price says. “I want to counter the stereotype about minorities. These operations can succeed when they’re run by someone who looks like me. I can be an example of someone who happens to be black and is doing something that works. My goal is to normalize black ownership.”

Eight years later, Price remains excited to be a SpeedPro Imaging studio owner. “It’s a business model where the rewards are generally commensurate with the time and effort put in to it. It has also taught me the value of life outside of work by spending quality time with my son and continuing to see the world with my wife,” says Price. Michael is enjoying the fruits of his labor. It’s a lesson he hopes his son, and others, learn, too.

“Entrepreneurship is about doing something that you have a passion for, that matches your skill set,” Price says. “Don’t be wishy-washy about it. Wishy-washy isn’t going to work. Doing something halfway isn’t going to get you far in life. Be all in. Add something positive to the situation, and no matter what field you go in, be passionate about it.”

For more information on the SpeedPro Imaging franchise opportunity and what it takes to be a successful franchise owner, like Michael, visit speedprofranchising.com.

Speedpro imaging celebrates michael mckenny in honor of black history month

February 26, 2018

Michael McKenny is a husband, father, and son. He’s also a mentor, provider, community advocate, and one of more than 2.6 million African American business owners in the U.S.

McKenny is the owner and operator of theSpeedPro Imaging studio in St. Petersburg, Florida. As a business owner with the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, he is among a select group of Americans who have made the leap into entrepreneurship. As a black business owner, he is among an even more exclusive group.

Although 2.6 million may seem like a large number,data shows that African American owners make up between 2-6% of business owners in America. The figure isn’t surprising to McKenny.

“When I attend functions, such as chamber events, I’m frequently the only minority business owner in attendance,” says McKenny. “I have a huge opportunity to let minorities know that business ownership is possible if you are willing to put in the hard work, make some sacrifices and persevere.”

Being a pillar of the community is important to McKenny, but he’s a businessman at heart.

“I’m running a business. I’m here to make money. However, it’s important to give back to my community. I also want to inspire those who may only believe there is only one path to success. We are frequently met with the stereotype that you have to be a hip-hop artist or athlete in order to be successful. There are other ways. And most importantly: even if you have made mistakes in your past, they don’t have to define your future.”

Owning SpeedPro Imaging St. Petersburg is a family affair for McKenny. His wife of 16 years and a U.S. Army veteran, Holly, serves as general manager of his SpeedPro location. They have two teenage daughters. Their oldest works part time at the studio, as does McKenny’s father. Speaking of his father, Michael credits his parents for being an entrepreneur.

“My parents were my biggest cheerleaders,” says McKenny. “It sounds cliché, but it is the absolute truth in my case. When Holly was in the Army, without my parents, I’m not sure how I would have managed it. When I was considering starting my own business, I consulted heavily with my father. He is a great sounding board for his thoughtfulness, experience, patience and wisdom.”

Before making the leap into entrepreneurship, McKenny spent 15 years working for one of the country’s largest personal lines insurers. He worked his way up through the ranks until his trajectory became stagnant. McKenny says the tipping point to his decision to venture out on his own was when a program he implemented was executed company-wide.

“I got a mention in a PowerPoint slide and a gift certificate. After years of giving the company my all, I was still in the same position. It motivated me to start searching for opportunities that would fully benefit my family.”

McKenny, a music buff who majored in music management in college, says SpeedPro Imaging allows him to tap into his artistic side. Michael adds that his fellow studio owners are also among the best perks. “The owners are an exceptional group of people. They are quick to help one another, provide exceptional guidance and offer advice whenever I need it.”

During the initial months after opening, McKenny says he faced some difficulties that come with starting any business from the ground up. Now he’s hitting his stride, as well as sales targets. That has allowed him to hire an additional sales representative this month as well as add additional production equipment. McKenny says he plans to become even more aggressive in the St. Petersburg market to build his SpeedPro Imaging clientele.

Since making the bold decision to become an entrepreneur, McKenny hasn’t looked back. He says he’s excited about the opportunities business ownership is delivering. And with his oldest daughter already in an entrepreneurial mindset – she plans to operate a business that caters beauty products to Type 1 diabetics and give a portion of all sales back to Type 1 Diabetes research – he has a feeling this SpeedPro Imaging franchise may stay in the family years down the line.

“Two years ago, if you would’ve asked our friends, they would’ve said there’s no way my wife and I could work together. We are really opposites in a lot of ways. Now, our relationship is stronger than it’s ever been. Those differences make for a great team and great balance. I’m fortunate to get to work with my father. I’m working with my daughter at times. I expect that this can be generational. The sky is the limit.”

And that’s his message to fellow African American owners, particularly the youth. The sky is the limit. Business ownership is within reach in McKenny’s eyes, if you’re willing to put in the hard work, dedication, and focus that he has displayed.

For more information on the SpeedPro Imaging franchise opportunity and what it takes to be a successful franchise owner like Michael, visit speedprofranchising.com.

Bonding through business: husband-and-wife speedpro imaging owners fall in love with working together

February 14, 2018

There’s a quote from Confucius that says, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” That’s certainly the case for the more than 130 SpeedPro Imaging owners who are living their life to the fullest every day. As we acknowledge Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to the celebration of romance, SpeedPro Imaging is highlighting studio owners who are not only doing what they love, but are doing it with the person they love.

Rand and Lorna Scherff are among nearly four million “co-preneurs” – married couples who are in business together. The pair has owned SpeedPro Imaging of North OC in Tustin, California for the last eight years. Lorna says the business partnership boiled down to a matter of convenience.

“Since we hardly spent much time together during the day, Rand thought it would be nice to have us build a business together,” says Lorna. “We talked about not being afraid to go outside our comfort zones, not being afraid to take the financial risk. And to hire the best individuals to accomplish the job because we didn’t want to have to produce the products ourselves.”

It’s one thing in life to go into business with partners, such as colleagues, friends, or other like-minded individuals. But to go into business ownership with your spouse can sometimes be a risky proposition. Add to a marriage the stresses and rigors of business ownership, and it’s easy to understand the risks involved. It’s certainly a labor of love for the Scherffs, who will celebrate 23 years of marriage this May.

“It can be challenging at times, as far as trying not to talk about business when we are at home,” says Lorna. “But as far as working together, for the most part, we do fairly well. Rand has his strengths, and so do I. Obviously, many tasks are done together.”

The Scherffs began courting entrepreneurship after Rand retired as plant manager, a role he held for his entire professional life. “We considered a frozen treat restaurant and a portable storage facility,” says Lorna. The couple ultimately determined that SpeedPro Imaging was the perfect fit because, as Lorna explained, it seemed like the easiest business to get off the ground.

Like many relationships, there are some growing pains. The Scherffs experienced that early on as they got their SpeedPro studio up and running. “We did not have a single client, business, or even friend to sell to when we opened our doors,” says Lorna.

Their love for one another, and a desire to succeed, helped the Scherffs persevere. These eight years have served as an important lesson about business. Lorna says they have also taught them about the strength of their marriage.

“Since we are together a good deal of the time, it seems we have a strong tolerance for each other,” she says. “We actually enjoy working together. Now, there are times we disagree, but we move forward quickly and get the solution figured out.”

Patience and persistence are what the Scherffs lean on to get through tough times. Those, and faith. “I am a firm believer in God and know that He is guiding me through these moments of doubt,” Lorna says.

The Scherffs’ love for one another has never been stronger. And they’re still loving working together as the successful owners of their SpeedPro of North OC studio. It’s a work in progress, and an adventure that they’re enjoying together.

“Set your ego aside and realize no one person is always right,” Lorna advises. She adds, “You must not be faint of heart; it’s tough out here. Don’t expect instant success. You will work harder than you ever have.”

As the saying goes, “Love is worth fighting for.”

Speedpro imaging announces record-breaking january

January 31, 2018

Larry Oberly, New CEO of Nation’s Leading Printing and Graphics Franchise, Quickly Fueling Unprecedented New Studio Sales Growth

Centennial, Colo – (January 30, 2017) – SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, is announcing a fast start to 2018. The company is smashing franchise sales records under new corporate leadership as CEO Larry Oberly’s vision is paying immediate dividends. With Oberly at the helm, SpeedPro Imaging just set a record for new sales for the month of January.

Speedpro has hit the ground running after a fantastic finish to 2017 with three new studio sales in the past 30 days. That’s a new January record for the Centennial-based company, whose reach spans coast to coast. Add those new sales to the two studios that opened in December and three more opening by end of February, and the SpeedPro Imaging franchise network has grown to 126 locations in 31 states.

Oberly, who officially became CEO on November 6, 2017, says the SpeedPro Imaging franchise opportunity has never been more attractive and credits his team for quickly implementing a new company vision that prioritizes franchisee profitability.

“The record sales growth we have experienced in January speaks to the attractiveness of the SpeedPro Imaging brand and all those who represent it,” says Oberly. “We’ve strategically made our franchise owners a top priority as we begin a brand-new era at SpeedPro Imaging, including implementing new digital marketing initiatives. Prosperity for all will be accomplished as we continue to expand the number of franchise partnerships in our network in 2018 and beyond.”

The three new members who joined the SpeedPro Imaging family in January 2018 are:

 Lance Springer – SpeedPro Imaging Visual Solutions (Waterloo, Iowa)

 Steve Rowe – SpeedPro Imaging Affinity Solutions (Sarasota, Florida)

 Lily, David, and Jill Smelser – SpeedPro All-Stars (Rochester, MN)

As mentioned, SpeedPro is in the midst of a series of fantastic grand openings as well. The five new business owners who recently opened their studios, or will open in the coming days/weeks, include:

December 2017 SpeedPro Studio Openings:

 Chavah Avraham – SpeedPro Imaging Pearland, TX

 Marc Bouchard – SpeedPro Imaging Towson, MD

January 2018 SpeedPro Studio Openings:

 Dave Poche – SpeedPro Imaging Durham, NC

 Barry & Amy Word – SpeedPro Imaging Centreville, VA

February 2018 SpeedPro Studio Openings:

 Steve & Jean Jaszai – SpeedPro Imaging Northglenn, CO

As the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, SpeedPro Imaging can handle any printing project on behalf of their clients. Each of these new owners is proud to offer a full range of large-format printing services, 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 SpeedPro Imaging’s printing and graphics solutions, please visitspeedpro.com.

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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 more than 135 studios open and in development in 32 states.

speedpro imaging’s january 2018 franchisee in focus: steve moran-cassese, marin, ca

January 29, 2018

Nation’s Leading Printing and Graphics Franchise Monthly Franchisee Series Focuses on Studio Owner Steve Moran-Cassese’s Winning Business Spirit

You know the feeling. The premonition that, professionally, maybe it’s time for something new in your life. That’s what led Steve Moran-Cassese to join the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise and launch what is now his very successful and highly publicizedSpeedPro Imaging-Marin studio in the San Francisco Bay area.

For Moran-Cassese, the moment of clarity happened around a decade ago. “I had just returned from living overseas for two years,” he says. “It was percolating over time. I wanted to make a change.”

That change involved leaving the agency industry that helped Moran-Cassese see the world.

“It was an incredible experience,” says Moran-Cassese. Part of his job meant working on five Olympic games, beginning in 1998 all the way until 2006. “I traveled the world on business. I got to go to a lot of places – New Zealand, most of Europe, and Salt Lake City here in the states. I was exposed to and dealt with plenty of high-end clients, including several Fortune 500 companies.”

Moran-Cassese spent 17 years producing action-based television programming and executing event marketing. After moving back to the San Francisco Bay area, life was going well, but something needed to change. “I needed a fresh start. I was in my 40s and had reached a point where the status quo was no longer acceptable. I needed to decompress. That’s when I decided to take a sabbatical.”

That sabbatical sent him back overseas, this time to Africa to volunteer on a game reserve for six weeks assisting in animal research.

“There’s nothing like hearing hyenas cackle in the middle of the night or waking up and seeing a giraffe in the distance,” says Moran-Cassese. “It was great being disengaged from everyday life.”

While life was going well overseas, a big decision was awaiting him when he returned to the Bay area. How was he going to make a living?

Moran-Cassese found the answer through research. While embarking on the trip of a lifetime, Moran-Cassese was also engaged with what was the next step in his life. When he returned home, that research only intensified. With the help of a franchise consultant, Moran-Cassese narrowed his potential suitors to a few options. It was between SpeedPro Imaging and a few food-focused franchises.

“I considered getting into the food franchising industry, specifically the new fast/casual sector,” says Steve. “There were a lot of new franchises in the organic food market that I liked. However, the more I learned, the more I saw that this type of business would require having a lot of staff, long hours, having to work seven days a week, etc. I didn’t want to have to deal with staff turnover, the operating hours and all of the additional headaches.”

SpeedPro Imaging’s business model – with its client-based services and network of business professionals, paired with normal work hours and less overhead – stood out to Moran-Cassese and proved to be the deciding factor. In 2011, he signed on with SpeedPro Imaging to open a new studio in the San Francisco Bay area.

“I’ve always been an entrepreneur,” says Moran-Cassese. “When I was younger, I invented a product and applied for a patent. I also produced and sold t-shirts in college to make some extra money. Being a business owner has always been inside me.”

Moran-Cassese says his past experiences within the agency industry prepared him for his SpeedPro Imaging business. He adds that the SpeedPro Imaging business model is appealing to some of America’s most influential companies in his territory.

“I understood customer service, B2B clients, and project management. When I was managing large, complex events around the Olympics and televised sports programs, there were lots of fast-moving parts that needed constant attention. Here at SpeedPro Imaging, that ability to manage multiple projects at once is important. When clients come to us, they’re expecting our input and expertise to help them discover the graphic solutions that best fit their needs. We work with many national agencies, as well as large brands like Clif Bar and Facebook; we know what they’re looking for. They want professional service, dependability and a quality product. They have other important things to do than worry about their printing project. That’s why they hire us.”

Moran-Cassese’s efforts are getting noticed. His wall murals received praise and recognition recently in several articles. As he sees it, working on projects – such as thesemesmerizing graphics – are a no-brainer. “The research is out there – environmental/interior graphics is the fastest-growing market segment. We see that as a big opportunity and thus, we’ve put a lot of effort into the environmental graphics space. It’s a top priority for us.”

From business ownership to bottom-line growth, Moran-Cassese is always thinking about what’s next. And ever since he’s joined SpeedPro Imaging, that future-focused train of thought has paid off – big time.

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

speedpro imaging ranked a top franchise in entrepreneur’s annual franchise 500® list

January 23, 2018

Centennial, CO – (January 23, 2018) – SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, proudly announces its inclusion in the exclusive Franchise 500® byEntrepreneur magazine. SpeedPro Imaging ranked #399 on the list for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, brand power and financial strength and stability.

“At SpeedPro Imaging, we’re working hard each day to provide excellent service to our clients and help our franchise owners achieve unprecedented profitability,” says Larry Oberly, SpeedPro Imaging’s chief executive officer. “We are continuously implementing programs and systems dedicated to creating a more productive environment at our corporate office and our studios. This ranking is a testament to the phenomenal work done by our corporate office and all SpeedPro Imaging franchisees. It’s humbling to be recognized among the very best by Entrepreneur magazine.”

A dedication to be the industry leader in wide-format graphics helped propel SpeedPro Imaging to the highly sought-after honor. Entrepreneur received more than 1,000 applications. Over its 39 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. SpeedPro Imaging’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

“This year’s Franchise 500® ranking features both up-and-comers who bring fresh ideas to an ever- changing industry, as well as savvy stalwarts that have thrived for decades. We are proud to highlight and celebrate them all,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “Our results show that the industry is strong—and that the most enduring franchisors are those who learn to balance innovation with reliability. That’s how to attract new customers while keeping the old ones happy.”

The key factors that go into Entrepreneur’s evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength and financial strength and ability. All franchises are given a cumulative score based on more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order.

To view SpeedPro Imaging in the full ranking, visit entrepreneur.com/franchise500. Results can also be seen in the January/February issue of Entrepreneur, available on newsstands now.

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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

Speedpro imaging riding wave of franchise development momentum into 2018

January 17, 2018

SpeedPro Imaging, the Nation’s Leading Printing and Graphics Franchise, Builds on a Wildly Successful 2017 Defined by Franchise Growth and Introducing a New CEO

(Centennial, CO – January 17, 2018) – SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, is proud of the success, gains and advancements made systemwide in 2017. Most notably, SpeedPro Imaging opened 11 new locations across the United States and introduced Larry Oberly as its new CEO. All corporate executives and franchise partners are eager to expand upon this recent success in 2018, further establishing SpeedPro Imaging as the industry leader in wide-format graphics.

The nationwide franchise experienced significant expansion over the course of the year. In 2017, SpeedPro generated a 10.6% increase over 2016’s systemwide sales figures and introduced 13 new franchisees with diverse backgrounds. Among the most recent to open their SpeedPro Imaging studios:

  • Gerald and Pam Stout in Akron, OH
  • Steve and Jean Jaszai in Northglenn, CO
  • Chavah Avraham in Pearland, TX
  • Marc Bouchard in Towson, MD
  • Dave Poche in Durham, NC

Beyond that, perhaps the biggest headline from 2017 was the introduction of Larry Oberly as the company’s new chief executive officer. Oberly, a franchise leader with over 25 years of experience as a franchisor and franchisee (including 10 years as vice president of global development at RE/MAX), joined the SpeedPro Imaging team on November 6, 2017.

Soon after taking over, Oberly defined and shared his vision with the entire SpeedPro family (learn more in part one and part two of a recent sit-down interview with Oberly). He then worked swiftly to begin implementing this vision, emboldening the SpeedPro brand and empowering SpeedPro franchisees to be more successful.

With Oberly at the helm, SpeedPro Imaging is poised to revolutionize the industry for years to come. The company is preparing to open new franchises at a blistering pace in 2018. There are currently nine units in development that will open early in the year, with many more in the pipeline.

Oberly says he’s excited to grow the SpeedPro Imaging franchise system while providing current franchisees with unprecedented support and guidance.

“2018 will be a breakout year for SpeedPro Imaging,” says Oberly. “We are creating a lot of momentum coming into the new year and look forward to further establishing our company as the national leader in large-format printing. The key to accomplishing that is turning our full attention to our franchisees – helping them become more profitable and efficient than ever before. We’re hard at work executing our new vision and we’re already seeing fantastic results. We’re excited to make 2018 the best year yet for everyone at SpeedPro Imaging.”

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 and graphics, table coverings and table-toppers
  • Trade show displays, vehicle wraps, wall murals, window graphics

For more information about SpeedPro Imaging’s printing and graphics solutions, please visitspeedpro.com.

For more information about the SpeedPro Imaging franchise opportunity, please visitspeedprofranchising.com.

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 128 studios open and operating in 31 states, with several more in various stages of development.

speedpro imaging’s december 2017 franchisee in focus: littie brown, marietta, georgia

December 22, 2017

Nation’s Leading Printing and Graphics Franchise Monthly Franchisee Series Focuses on Studio Owners Littie Brown and her Bold Approach to Business

Small business is the heart of America’s economy. The Small Business Association determined small businesses make up 99.7 percent of U.S. employer firms. Littie Brown is among the millions who determined entrepreneurship was the best course of action for professional and personal satisfaction. Littie Brown, along with longtime friend and confidant Karen Brown (no relation), are the owners of SpeedPro Imaging Marietta (Ga.).

Littie Brown joined SpeedPro Imaging, the nation’s leading printing and graphics franchise, after an extensive and accomplished career, including 26 years with Xerox. Littie’s strong sales background lead Grainger Industrial Supply to recruit her as Southeast Regional Sales Vice President. She served in that role for eight years. “It was going great up until the final year,” says Littie. “They wanted changes, something different that I wasn’t necessarily on board with. I determined it was a good time to do something new in my life, so I left on a positive note.”

But Littie didn’t immediately jump into the role of a SpeedPro Imaging business owner.

“There were several intriguing options I was considering at the time, and some of those didn’t involve entrepreneurship. I looked at running a non-profit in the Atlanta metro, I even looked at becoming a professor. That thought quickly subsided once they told me about the salary,” Littie said laughingly.

For years, Littie and Karen had discussed the thought of owning their own business. When Karen left her job, they were ready to transform those thoughts into reality. The pair sought out the services of a franchise consultant who highlighted a few businesses, including a high-end barbershop, a custom closet franchise and a cleaning services franchise. There was one that stood out.

“SpeedPro Imaging had an already established brand name,” says Littie. “The previous owner was looking to sell the business and it was in a great location for us. It was in the area where we live and attend church. The franchise location was already built out and had a little bit of a customer base. Karen and I felt like we could excel once we got the business jumpstarted.”

Being an entrepreneur opened Littie’s eyes to how this country relies on small business owners.

“After spending my life in corporate, I didn’t realize the importance of small businesses. That includes how many there are and how they make the country move. I have great appreciation for people who have been small business owners their entire lives. I now understand what it is like to rely 100-percent on yourself. We rely on bigger companies, but we’re going to push work to our fellow small businesses when we can.”

Business ownership isn’t a foreign concept to Littie. She also owns a real estate company and accredits her thought process in the corporate world preparing her for small business ownership.

“I always ran my corporate job like I owned that part of the business,” Littie says. “The SpeedPro business model was the closest to being in the same B2B, VP environment to which I had grown accustomed. Being in the corporate setting enhanced my sales skills, and I learned how to get the most of the employees I managed.”

It’s that experience with sales and success, that had Littie full of excitement when she finally signed on to become a SpeedPro Imaging franchisee in 2013. “We had a lot of support from family and friends and some awesome mentors,” she says.

Littie’s support system is deep. She is close to members of her church and is active in Alpha Kappa Alpha, the first sorority established by African-American college women. Littie is also a part of another proud group, the nearly 10-million women who own businesses.

Littie says being a woman, and a person of color, helps her SpeedPro Imaging franchise. “When you look different, some people want to know more about you, therefore bringing in more business.” Littie relies on the relationships built on years of networking to garner long-sustaining and revenue-generating business.

A recent relationship that has been built includes Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves. The team was looking for a large format printing firm as it moved into a new stadium and Littie Brown put a bid out. When Littie failed to hear the results, she reached out to the County Commissioner, someone she knew through previous networking. The commissioner put her in direct contact with the Braves’ president. A few calls later, she landed a contract with the baseball team.

“The proudest moment was when I was told the Braves chose me because they knew me, they knew the SpeedPro Imaging name, and that we delivered great work and service. This was said in front of a room full of business people, which resulted in additional jobs,” Littie says.

Of the many reasons why Littie loves Atlanta, she says she loves that it is the unofficial capital of the South and is a magnificent small business hub, particularly for women.

“Cobb County is a fast-growing county, people want to live here,” says Littie. “The quality of life is outstanding. The community is very supportive. It’s a great place to live, raise a family and have friends. Cobb County is a great place inside a fantastic Atlanta metro.”

That doesn’t mean the nearly five years as a business owner has always been smooth sailing. There have been some obstacles. “Managing financing and cash flow is one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced,” Littie says. However, she’s always up for any challenge. “I’ve learned that I can do pretty much anything. If I can install a vinyl sign on a building, I can just about do anything. You don’t know what you can until you put your mind to it. If I must do it, I can figure it out.”

Littie has figured out what it takes to run a business effectively. However, she’s quick to share the credit with her co-owner.

“I wouldn’t be in the business without Karen,” says Littie. “She keeps the operation going. She’s an extremely quick learner. Karen has self-taught everything we need to know about printing. Having a business partner with the same values and same focus on success allows us to run a business efficiently. We have cultivated a family environment, which makes running the business fun. We can get mad at each other, have our disagreements, but at the end of the day, we come back and keep going.”

Littie’s business goal is to get to one million dollars in annual sales. Her ultimate goal is to get to the point where she can resume her love of travel and golfing. Littie knows she’s in a good position to accomplish those goals because of her ownership of a SpeedPro Imaging studio.

“SpeedPro Imaging is a B2B company on the cutting edge of all new trends in printing and graphics. Companies still need to market their products, so graphic solutions are not going anywhere. Whether its vehicle wraps or window graphics, SpeedPro Imaging does it better than all others.”

Littie and Karen are loving life as SpeedPro Imaging franchise owners. For more information on the SpeedPro Imaging franchise opportunity and what it takes to be a successful franchise owners, like Littie and Karen, please visit speedprofranchising.com.