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Executive and ManagementTeam

The growth of Instant Imprints is supported by a seasoned, effective Executive and Management Team and Board of Directors

Executive Team

Ralph Askar, President, CEO, Director and Shareholder
Ralph Askar With a proven record of accomplishments as one of Mail Boxes Etc. & The UPS Store's most successful multiple Area Franchisee's and Multiple International Master Licensee's, Ralph brings 25+ years of hands-on franchising experience to Instant Imprints. Ralph was an officer of Mail Boxes Etc’s parent company from 1995-1997 and headed the domestic and International franchise development departments as Vice President. Ralph purchased the Instant Imprints Master License for Canada in January of 2008. Ralph is the President and CEO of Instant Imprints Canada and USA.

Christian Collucci, COO, Director and Shareholder
Christian Collucci Christian brings a broad base of experience to the Instant Imprints leadership team, with an MBA complemented by over a decade of leadership experience in both franchised and corporate environments. Christian's expertise spans across sales, marketing and operations functions with some of Canada's leading companies. He was a successful manager with Future Shop for 7 years, where he ran their tradeshow business while also opening and relocating several stores. He then spent 2 years with Hartco, Canada's leading franchisor of systems integrators and computer stores. In this role, Christian oversaw all store merchandising and retail operations initiatives before launching their entry into digital AV market. Prior to joining Instant Imprints Canada, Christian was with Grand & Toy developing sales and marketing programs for their technology business unit and leading a direct sales organization in the Greater Toronto Area.

Danny Lyon, Director and Shareholder
Danny Lyon Mr. Lyon joined Instant Imprints as an Area Franchisee in spring, 2010. For the past 14 years Danny has been a key part of an Area Franchise team with The UPS Store Canada. Notably, he and his partners were recognized in 2002 by winning the Canadian Area Franchisee Award of Excellence, presented in Calgary by MBE Canada, and the International Area Franchisee of the Year, presented in Las Vegas by MBE U.S. Their current Area now includes Alberta, Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories with 50 operating stores and the Trillium IGTA Area in Ontario which has 108 operating stores. In 2010, this Area team has expanded again to include the Instant Imprints Area Franchise for Alberta. Danny also is an accomplished athlete, having completed more than 58 marathons, is a motivational speaker, and a published author of a guide for achieving personal and professional success.

Wilson Sawyer, Director and Shareholder
Wilson Sawyer Mr. Sawyer joined Instant Imprints as an Area Franchisee in April, 2005. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and is a shareholder of No Frill Franchising, Inc. Mr. Sawyer began his retail career in 1963 with Maxway Stores Inc (formerly Mack's Stores, Inc). While employed with Maxway, he held the positions of Manager Trainee, Store Manager, District Manager, Director of Operations, Executive Vice President, President and COO. During this time, Maxway grew from 25 stores to a peak of 118 stores. Mr. Sawyer is currently President and COO of the Variety Stores, Inc. division of Maxway. Variety Stores, Inc. currently operates approximately 400 stores across 14 states ranging in size from 4,000 to 70,000 square feet.

John Tillger, Director and Shareholder

John Tillger (M.B.A.) is a career senior executive with over 35 years of management experience in transportation, distribution and supply chain management in Canada and Europe. In addition, he has been involved as an Area franchise owner for 18 years with the UPS Store Canada, where he and his team built the franchise network from 6 units through 80 units. John currently provides project management services to I.I. CA Inc.

Management Team

Bob Baker, Vice President of Operations
Bob Baker

Bob has over 25 years of experience in this industry including a wealth of knowledge in the areas of embroidery, digital printing, screen printing and many others. Bob has held senior management positions at TEXMAC, SWF/Mesa, and Stitch City (the Southern California Distributor for Brother, Int'l) and had his own contract digital printing company, Apparel Printing Systems.
Jim Blackburn, Executive Vice President
Jim Blackburn

Jim brings more than 32 years of Information Technology (IT) and small business experience to his position with the company, including over 12 years in franchising. Prior to joining Instant Imprints, he was Operations Manager for Concerto Networks and Director of IT at Image Arts, Etc. Mr. Blackburn has held management positions with Fox Photo, Fotomat Corporation, Warp Nine Imaging and several other imaging companies in San Diego, CA.
Victor DeSio, Director of Development, Western Region

Victor is a Certified Franchise Executive “CFE” with an MBA and over 20 years' experience in all aspects of franchising including, development, operations and support. His entrepreneurial background includes direct involvement in the startup of Mail Boxes Etc. “MBE”, now known as The UPS Store. Victor has also held senior positions with other franchise organizations, such as Muzak, LivHOME, AIM Mail Centers, and Jenny Craig. Victor joined Instant Imprints in October of 2012.
Jay Holguin, Vice President of Marketing
Jay Holguin

Jay served as the Director of Marketing as well as Director of Business Development for the U.S.'s largest concrete rooftile manufacturer, having grown sales from the company's inception to over $150 million and multiple manufacturing facilities nationwide. Jay has over 20 years experience in business development and strategic marketing. As an Instant Imprints Franchisee for 3 years, his store experienced success in a small, isolated market. In 2008, Jay joined the management team of Instant Imprints Franchising Inc.
Ellis Schaffer, Controller, USA
Ellis Schaffer Ellis has over 16 years in finance and accounting. Prior to joining Instant Imprints, he was with Concerto Networks franchising. In addition, he managed his own accounting services business as well as working in a variety of roles in the banking, manufacturing and Biotech industries. Ellis joined Instant Imprints in 2008.
Eric Welch, General Counsel, USA
Eric Welch

Eric Welch serves as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of the Company. Mr. Welch graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of California San Diego and received his Juris Doctororate from the University of San Diego School of Law and is entering his tenth year of practice.