Archive for November, 2012

November 14th, 2012

17 AG Centers Rank in 2012 Quick Printing Magazine’s Top 100 List

Last year, 15 AlphaGraphics centers made Quick Printing magazine’s Top 100 list – more than any other brand in the industry. The 2012 rankings are out, and AG once again leads the pack – this time with 17 centers!

This prestigious list acknowledges the Top 100 quick and small commercial printers in North America from the previous year, and being a part of it presents a uniquely valuable marketing opportunity.

Chuck Stempler, owner of AlphaGraphics Seattle, received the highest AG ranking on the list at #6, up from #12 last year.

“Recognition of our achievements is for our 66 employees collectively,” Stempler said. “None of our success could have been achieved without all of their outstanding efforts.”

“In a competitive environment, we continue to find ways to grow the business and remain profitable while doing it,” say Mike Sparaco and Darin Osborne, owners of AlphaGraphics on University in Tempe, AZ. Like Chuck, Mike and Darin increased their ranking from last year’s list, jumping from #32 in 2011 to #23 in 2012.  

Other AG center owners who nabbed a spot on the list included Bill and Clare Meehan (US514, #42), Jim and Sally Hewell/ Mike and Martie Cowan (US376, #44), Ed Rothschild (US612, #51), Mike Burgard (US690, #57), Grant Richey (US088, #60), Rudy Baron (US242, #62), Karen Brinker (US162, #63), Larry Furlong (US011, #64), Rob Johnson (US034, #69), Steve Adams (US291, #73), Dick Moran (US525, #82), Carol and Ed LeClair (US398, #94), David Kovacs (US281, #95), Tom and Lisa Slade (US370, #97), and Paul VanVeldhuizen (US451, #99).

Congratulations, all!

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November 13th, 2012

Three New Owners Join AlphaGraphics Global Network in October

More Franchise Growth for Leader in Print and Marketing Communications Services

Three new franchisees joined the AlphaGraphics network in October, marking another strong month of unit growth for the brand. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, AlphaGraphics, Inc. plans, produces and manages visual communications for businesses at nearly 300 owner-operated, locally based business centers worldwide.

Jeff and Deborah Smith in Missouri have signed a franchise agreement with AlphaGraphics and are currently exploring business location opportunities. Jeff brings an entire career in sales, sales management and marketing to AlphaGraphics, most recently with Coast Brands as vice president of sales for the mid-west region. Deborah works as a recruiter and trainer for the American Greeting Card Company in St. Louis. He holds an associate of arts degree in law from the University of Missouri.


Scott Wethers in California has more than a decade of experience in sales for print, mail and promotional products, including stints in management for companies like Workflowone and SmartSource. He holds a degree in business administration in marketing from Oregon State University, as well as an MBA in marketing, finance and eBusiness from the University of Washington. Wethers plans to open a state-of-the-art AlphaGraphics Digital Business Center in Southern California in the coming months.


Mark Lee in Texas recently took early retirement from his role as director of customer management at Frito-Lay, Inc., having spent his career with that company and, previously, with General Electric. He plans to employ his sales, marketing and customer engagement talents to an AlphaGraphics franchise opportunity. Lee graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and a master’s in advertising and marketing.

“While a number of brands in the print industry have struggled through the Recession, AlphaGraphics continues to grow because of our vision for the future and the way in which we’ve embraced the rapidly evolving marketing and communications business,” said Dave Buzza, vice president of global development for AlphaGraphics.

“With our focus on serving as an outsource marketing provider, we’ve been able to expand our offering and provide greater value to our customers. New owners like these three recognize the unlimited potential, and we’re proud to have them on the AlphaGraphics team.”

The AlphaGraphics network, a 41 year-old brand, continues to be at the forefront of the printing franchise industry and was recently ranked in the Top 200 Franchises by Franchise Times. Backed by state-of-the-art technology, the world’s highest quality standards and a global network, the company’s trained and experienced team members are committed to delivering creative solutions that enable customers to grow their businesses and increase their reach. For more, visit or


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November 13th, 2012

Local AlphaGraphics Creates Mobile Site for Ryder Cup Host Towns

The Ryder Cup Challenge golf tournament in September at the Medinah Country Club in northern Illinois brought in more than 45,000 visitors, and Wood Dale AlphaGraphics owner Jeff Bittner was tapped to help take advantage of the opportunity.

Bittner and his staff created a concierge map and mobile website, incorporating a QR code that allowed tourists to find nearby businesses with the goal of keeping them in the immediate area.

“We were approached by the business development director from Wood Dale about building a map to hand out at each of the hotels,” Bittner said. “A combined 2,700 hotel rooms were sold for the week in the six host communities, and I suggested adding a QR code to the map that would link to a mobile website showing directions to local businesses. We put together a proposal and a demo showing how it could work, and they jumped at the opportunity.”

With a print distribution of 5,000 maps, the site had 2,000 hits during the tournament, and generated local media coverage and more opportunities for Bittner’s AlphaGraphics center.

“I have three appointments with restaurants that want to discuss a site for their own businesses,” he said. “And three of the six communities are interested in keeping versions of the site live for local residents.”

Visit our website to learn more about the innovative ways that AlphaGraphics is helping our owners achieve their personal and professional goals. There’s never been a better time, and we’d love to help you write the next chapter of your career.

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