THE FRANCHISE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Bill McPherson, CFE

Bill McPherson, CFE

Vice President Franchise Development – 28 Years Industry Experience

Bill McPherson joined the AlphaGraphics leadership team in September 2018.  Prior to AlphaGraphics, Bill served for 6 years as Executive Director of Development for FirstLight Home Care in Cincinnati, OH.  Bill graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude) with his Finance Degree from California State University, Northridge.

After college, Bill was recruited by Baxter Healthcare where he served in finance and accounting roles in CA and IL during a 3-year period.  Bill entered the franchise industry in 1990 and has served in a variety of increasing leadership roles with different brands in retail, services, B2B, B2C, and healthcare.

For 8 years, he served as Vice President of Development for FASTSIGNS International.  While there, he was the catalyst that grew the system from 225 locations to over 500 locations in 6 countries.

In addition, he has served as Franchise Development liaison for Master Franchisees in Australia and Canada, and has developed and led many franchisee training and workshops including Sales Development and Increasing the Value of Your Investment (Exit Strategies).

Bill is a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) and has been very involved with the International Franchise Association (IFA) for over 20 years.  He is often a panelist and presenter for the IFA and Franchise Update Media annual conferences.

He and his teams are annual recipients of industry awards and acknowledgments, including “Best Franchise Process”, “Best Franchise Website” and more.  Bill has been happily married to his “best friend” for nearly 25 years.  He and his wife have 2 children (boys 17 and 23) and enjoy travel, movies, the outdoors, and their two dogs.

“AGI is an amazing brand with a tremendous history.  I look forward to bringing high integrity, hardworking, likable franchisees into the AGI family, and continuing to build a world-class franchise brand.”

Jeff Spires

Jeff Spires

Regional Director of Franchise Development – 16 Years Industry Experience

Jeff Spires is AlphaGraphics’ Regional Development Director, with franchise development responsibility for the western region of the United States.

Spires has been with the company for nearly 15 years. He joined AG as a member of the field support team in 1999, where he focused on center-level sales and marketing support.

Having earned a degree in systems engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Manasha, Spires launched his career in the automotive sales industry with Toyota before becoming a digital printing equipment sales specialist and later a regional manager for the digital division of IKON.

Over the course of 14 years, Spires has touched nearly every facet of the AlphaGraphics business, with his primary focus on field support for franchise owners in the AG Network. His work with AGI, the AlphaGraphics Institute, included the development of key franchisee training programs that helped drive significant center-level growth across the system.

Most recently, he was AG’s Vice President of Operations, with responsibility over network support functions including the new-franchise launch team and corporate marketing efforts.

As Regional Development Director, he will work directly with franchise candidates, leading them through the evaluation and purchase process from start to finish.

“I’ve lived and breathed the support side, working with the AlphaGraphics Network for 14 years, and I’m passionate about the brand. I appreciate the magnitude of the decision that our franchise candidates are making,” Spires said. “AlphaGraphics represents an unparalleled opportunity for the right candidate, and it’s very rewarding to play such an important role in people’s lives. We’re helping business people realize their entrepreneurial dreams.”

Kirk Allen

Kirk Allen

Regional Director of Franchise Development – 18 Years Industry Experience

Since joining AlphaGraphics in 1998, Regional Franchise Development Director Kirk Allen has consistently taken a leadership role in driving profitability and training initiatives that help AlphaGraphics owners succeed. As national director of financial services, he was responsible for the Acquisition Assistance Program, annual profit leader studies, financial training and new center financing. He recently implemented the Company’s Mastering Profitability classes for franchisees.

In 2005, Kirk was instrumental in the development of the business model for the AlphaGraphics Digital Business Center, which today represents a state-of-the-art franchise opportunity. Earlier, he served as a regional manager on the field services support team, where he oversaw the operations and financial support for centers in 12 states. Over the course of nearly 15 years with AlphaGraphics, Kirk has had the opportunity to personally visit close to 50 percent of the Company’s U.S. locations.

Brian Gay

Brian Gay

Development Director - Conversions /Acquisitions

Brian has 30+ years of experience in the printing franchise business. He started his printing graphics journey with The Ink Well, a small franchisor in Columbus, Ohio, and worked in their company store that doubled as the training center for new franchise centers.

Brian joined the Operations Team at AGI in August of 2012. He has had numerous assignments and positions, again connected to supporting the franchisees in the system.

In January 2018, Brian joined the Franchise Development Department focused on working with Independent Businesses that would benefit to convert to an AlphaGraphics business. In addition, he will facilitate a few Peer-to-Peer franchisee Focus Groups allowing him to keep current on the industry and the needs of our system.

Brian lives in Northwest Houston, Texas. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and twin sons who currently are juniors in college at Texas Tech University & The Ohio State University.

Chrys Richardson

Chrys Richardson

Acquisitions Program Manager

Chrys entered the franchising industry in 1999, in a variety of functions, from promotions to sales to sales trainer. With a deep desire to assist others in achieving the American dream of business ownership, she easily transitioned into franchise sales & development. She has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs achieve their lifestyle goals through business ownership.

Her current focus is assisting independent print shop owners with their exit strategy by selling their print shops to pre-approved AlphaGraphics franchisees or converting their existing businesses to an AlphaGraphics whereby enjoying savings on day-to-day expenses through network discounts and expanding their businesses through AlphaGraphics’ proven 47 year old brand.