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Become The Ceo Of Your Future With Speedpro Imaging

May 8, 2018

Every day, 51 percent of American workers wake up and go to jobs they don’t like.

There are multiple reasons for this workplace malaise – difficult bosses, undervalued employees and a lack of work-life balance, to name a few. Whatever the cause, 50 million members of the workforce report feeling resentful and disengaged at their jobs.

With all that negativity surrounding the workplace, it’s no wonder more than half of Americans want to start their own businesses. Beyond its position at the core of the American Dream, business ownership alleviates many of the frustrations that drive workplace dissatisfaction.

Business owners decide when and where they work. They dive into industries they’re passionate about and make time for family, hobbies and travel. And their own drive and determination are the biggest determinants of their success.

SpeedPro is proud of the many franchisees that have used our concept to achieve their dreams of business ownership. Our strong support, systems and brand provide a clear path to entrepreneurship that lets our owners take charge of their careers.

Here’s how SpeedPro can help you become the CEO of your future:

Lifestyle

Unlike retail or food service franchises, SpeedPro owners don’t spend their nights and weekends at the store. Our clients are businesses, so owners keep standard business hours.

During the workday, owners enjoy a fast-paced environment with a huge variety of projects. Our focus on wide-format printing and graphics means not only do our products yield the highest margins in the industry, they keep owners thinking creatively and strategically all day long.

Profitable, Professional and Scalable

Because SpeedPro is a business-to-business company providing top-quality marketing graphics, our clients view us as consultants and business partners. These long-term relationships foster repeat business and larger sales. They also make for a professional work environment that hinges on promptness, quality and communication.

Due to the high demand for wide-format printing and graphics, SpeedPro owners have limitless potential to grow their businesses in their target markets. To scale up, they simply add employees and equipment to their existing spaces.

Support

SpeedPro owners call the shots at their businesses, but they never have to go it alone. SpeedPro provides a best-in-class support system to guide franchisees through each phase of business ownership, from startup to grand opening to ongoing growth.

From the moment owners signs on, we work to set them up for success. Our initial field training is designed to help franchisees ease into their business, completing larger and more complex projects until they are ready to take on a full workload. Going forward, our field consultants offer hands-on help to owners whenever they need it – or simply assist them with setting business goals and creating strategies to get there.

Our franchisees themselves are also a source of support. We foster a collaborative owner network that confers frequently about projects, marketing tactics and more. Some even share and refer clients.

If you’re one of the 50 million Americans who feels unfulfilled at work, it’s time to make a change and build a career that excites you. SpeedPro can help you get there.

To learn more about what sets SpeedPro apart from other franchise opportunities, visit our website.

Speedpro Imaging Studio Owner Profile: Q&a With Mike Retherford, Orlando

April 25, 2018

Life consists of taking risks. Some of us tend to avoid them at all costs while others will dive into a new situation without a second thought. Mike Retherford is the owner of one of the top performing studios at SpeedPro, the nation’s leading wide-format graphics franchise. Retherford will celebrate eight years as the SpeedPro Orlando studio owner this May. Part of the success in Retherford’s life can be defined by calculated risks. Retherford is certainly not risk-averse, but as a former insurance company executive, he seeks to minimize any foreseeable obstacles. This strategy has proved successful and profitable for Mike and his team.

Retherford spoke to us about his experiences as a SpeedPro studio owner, how the native Iowan ended up in Orlando, the perils that come with being 6’6” and why he finds wide-format printing… Sexy.

Success 1Can you tell us a little about yourself, Mike?

I’m 59 years old and have been happily married to my wife, Denise, for the last 35 years. We have three wonderful sons and three adorable grandchildren. Denise, along with my middle son, Taylor, and I work at our SpeedPro studio here in Orlando.

I’m deeply involved at my church. For me, it’s family, work and church, with a little travel and sight-seeing mixed in as well.

What was your professional experience before joining SpeedPro?

I have a financial background. I have a master’s degree in business after double majoring in accounting and financing with a minor in computer science. I always considered myself a very process-oriented person. That worked to my favor as I rose quickly through the ranks at the insurance company where I spent the first 18 years of my career. By the time I turned 30, I was both the chief financial officer and chief operating officer. I was running the company my final eight years.

After a two-year stint running an IT company, I made the decision to go into business for my own. My first foray involved coaching 30 CEOs across Iowa.

How were you introduced to the SpeedPro franchise opportunity?

I first noticed SpeedPro in 2008. When my oldest son graduated from college, I tossed out the idea to him of opening a business together. Coaching CEOs had introduced me to the franchise model and I found the prospects of running a SpeedPro studio interesting. We were in Des Moines, Iowa. The studio opportunity was in Omaha, Nebraska. My son’s wife got a great job in Des Moines, so he was unavailable. Time passed, but I was still interested. Up to that point in my career, I had only dealt with intangible products — insurance, IT and coaching. In SpeedPro, I saw a business manufacturing wide-format graphics, and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

How did you wind up owning a SpeedPro studio in Orlando?

In September of 2009, I went to Omaha to look at sites for the studio. I stepped out of the car and was promptly greeted with a bone-chilling wind. The second the wind hit me, so did a moment of clarity. I thought, I can open a SpeedPro studio anywhere. I looked at the open territories and discovered Orlando was open. I discussed it with my wife and once she signed off, we moved to the Sunshine state.

How did your previous experience translate to being a studio owner?success 2

I was a decisive decision maker in the corporate world, and I bring that same instinct to our SpeedPro business. Luckily, I’m able to determine the outcome of potential issues quickly. I’ve learned it’s human nature to make mistakes. I try to determine what happened, how can we prevent it from happening again, and constantly refine situations to make them bulletproof.

In the insurance industry, the main goal is to reduce and eliminate risk. Risk hurts your bottom line and harms your customers’ confidence in your abilities. At our studio, we make sure we are G7 color accurate on all our wide-format printers. Very few people do color profiling to the extent of our studio. Then, we leave the cutting to the machines. That eliminates human error. I want the size to be perfect. I want the color to be perfect. All we do is print and the rest should take care of itself.

How is SpeedPro’s franchise model effective?

I’m 6’6” and 220 pounds, so I can be a little imposing to some people. I’m not much of a networker and I consider myself to be a slight introvert. But SpeedPro’s model is set up to put an owner in the best position for success. If you follow the model, go in and pitch to potential clients, how our product can boost their brand and help their growth potential, you don’t have to be America’s top salesman. The confidence comes with the products SpeedPro offers.

Why do you feel you have been so successful in Orlando?

We focus on producing quality products, faster than anyone else in Orlando (usually within 24 to 48 hours). We quote every job, and try to deliver that quote in hours, or at the latest, same day. BySuccess 3 quoting all jobs quickly, you can win the job by sheer default, plus we never have issues with our customers, when the invoices are sent for final payment. We want our customers to know that we appreciate them, and we are always paying attention when they need our services, plus we rarely charge rush fees, even if it’s same day production. From a strategic perspective, we teach our customers that they can deliver artwork to us at the very last possible minute, and we will still execute to deliver quality products for them and their customer on-time. Our focus on quality and speed, allows us to deliver a premium solution, at premium prices, and our customers find it difficult to move away from us, to one of our competitors. Our 3-legged stool strategy (Quality, Speed & Premium Price) works in the Orlando, and we’ve been extremely successful executing it. Thankfully, our amazing clients have no issues referring us to others.

Why should someone transitioning into franchise ownership consider SpeedPro?

This is a super sexy business and I love the process part of it. When I walk into Orange County Convention Center, look up and see the graphics hanging from the rafters and on the wall and on the window, it brings me joy to be able to say “We did that!” We’ve also decorated Daytona International Speedway. If you make good money out of it and enjoy some of the quirks that come with it, there’s nothing better.success 4

I’ve also enjoyed spending time with my wife. I went into this business with my wife as my partner, and our partnership in and out of the office is stronger than ever. It’s been so amazing watching her growth in this business. We’ve always loved building things, including in and around the house, and we’ve built something amazing with this studio.

What does the future have in store for you, Mike?

I’m looking to achieve $5 million in gross revenue by 2020. I think this business can go even further. I’m trying to figure out what the business can look like at that milestone. I’m also looking to retire soon. I’m putting a Board of Directors in place that can operate the business once I make that decision.

As I said earlier, I like to travel. One of my frequent destinations is Iowa to visit my three grandchildren. The great thing about owning a SpeedPro studio is that I can run it from anywhere in the world. I don’t have to sit here for it to be successful. I’m able to enjoy the best of both worlds: being a successful business owner while getting the chance to spoil my grandchildren every other month.

If you’re tired of working for someone else and want to lead an independent lifestyle, just like Mike Retherford, consider joining the SpeedPro owner team. For more information on the SpeedPro franchise opportunity and what it takes to be a successful franchise owner like Mike, visit speedprofranchising.com.

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 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 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.”

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