Archive for September, 2013

September 25th, 2013

AG Plano Owners Expanding Through Acquisition

Toni and Kenny Wilson have owned the AlphaGraphics center in Plano, Texas for seven years now. Over the course of time, they got to know Tom Brooks, the AG owner in nearby Richardson. Now the Wilsons have expanded their reach by acquiring the Richardson store.

Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 1.32.01 PM“This was a way to grow the business,” Toni said. “We told him when he was ready to sell that we’d love to buy it. We see a ton of growth potential between the two locations.”

The Wilsons were both in the printing industry when they first met. As a young married couple, they moved their family around the country, with Toni staying home with the kids. Eventually, they decided to put down roots, and Plano seemed like a great place to do it.

They bought an existing AlphaGraphics location there in 2006, and continued to build on the established business. They took over operations in Richardson on August 1.

“The Recession was tough, but each year we had steady incremental growth,” Toni said. “We have a great staff, and the Richardson staff members are a fantastic addition. We’re still learning the customer base and getting to know everyone, but we know the business and are excited about the future.”

Toni says the great thing about AlphaGraphics is that franchisees are kept on the “cutting edge” of the market – the company is leading the industry, and the owners benefit from that leadership.

Her husband, Kenny, cites things like technical support and the other perks of being an AG franchisee.

“It’s always been very positive, and obviously we believe in AlphaGraphics,” Kenny said. “The educational opportunities, the support, but also the Network – it’s been the biggest advantage to being a part of the organization.”

Kenny says if he gets too busy or a machine goes down, he knows other AG owners in the area are there to help, and vice versa. The local owners group gets together three or four times a year to talk through challenges and opportunities.

“I’ve mentored some, and some have mentored me,” he said. “It’s really been a big benefit to work together with others who are focused on the same goals I am.”

Ultimately for the Wilsons, taking care of customers is the most rewarding part of the business.

“We’ve seen the industry go from a commodity to now more of a partnership,” Kenny said. “We’re adding value to the relationship with our customers, and we do whatever’s necessary to get the job done for them. That’s what’s exciting about the business for us.”

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September 9th, 2013

Latest AG Franchisees Taking Team Approach to New Businesses

John and Anne Main, Steve and Cinda Morse Join AlphaGraphics Global Network

AlphaGraphics owners often cite a more reasonable work schedule and an opportunity to spend more time with family as key benefits. Two new AG franchise owners are taking it to another level, with husbands and wives working together to grow their businesses. Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 2.26.18 PM

Steve and Cinda Morse in the Cincinnati area recently purchased an existing AlphaGraphics location. Steve left his position as director of marketing at Procter & Gamble, having traveled around the world for 20 years. Most recently, he oversaw the baby care division in China. Cinda, who holds a degree in accounting from Purdue University, worked as a registered nurse before staying home to raise their children. Steve also attended Purdue, earning a degree in electrical engineering, and the University of Chicago, where he was awarded an MBA.

Cinda says their new AlphaGraphics center’s staff brings about 60 years of experience—from the production manager and press operator to the graphic designer and appointment setter, these professionals have made it easy for the Morses to assume leadership of a strong operation.

“We were looking for an opportunity to be own our own company and came across AlphaGraphics. We knew having support would be important to our success, and AG’s corporate acquisitions team and Launch Partners have been fantastic,” Cinda says. “We’ve been thoroughly impressed with the people, which has really reaffirmed that we are on the right path.”

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