Our Leadership

Meet Our Board of Directors, Advisors and Management Team

Ralph Askar
President, CEO, Director & Shareholder
With a proven record of accomplishments as one of Mail Boxes Etc.® & The UPS Store's most successful multiple Area Franchisee and International Master Licensee, Ralph brings 28+ years of franchising experience to Instant Imprints®. He headed the domestic and International franchise development departments as Vice President at Mail Boxes Etc. Mr. Askar acquired the global parent company of Instant Imprints® in 2011 and he is currently the President and CEO of II TRANSATLANTIC INC., (the parent company for Instant Imprints and related subsidiaries).
Christian Collucci
Executive Vice President, Franchise Development, Director & Shareholder
Mr. Collucci (M.B.A.) offers a diverse base of experience to Instant Imprints®. He has spent 15 years in retail, IT distribution, and office products with some of Canada’s leading brands. He also spent 4 years in B2B and systems integration services prior to investing in Instant Imprints.
John Tillger
CFO, Director & Shareholder
Mr. 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. He is a veteran Area franchisee of The UPS Store®, Canada, where he built the franchise network from 6 to 80 units.
Danny Lyon
Director & Shareholder
Mr. Lyon joined Instant Imprints® as a shareholder and Director in May 2011. For the past 15 years, Mr. Lyon has been overseeing the management of three Area franchise territories of The UPS Store® concept within Canada. Mr. Lyon is a motivational speaker, a published author of a guide for achieving personal and professional success.
Tony DeSio
Shareholder & Board Advisor
Mr. DeSio began his career as an executive in the aerospace industry. He received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the President of The United States in 1973. In 1980, Mr. DeSio began franchising Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE). After a successful IPO in 1985, he proceeded to build 4000 +/- franchised outlets in 30 countries making MBE the world’s largest retail nonfood franchise. In May of 2001, UPS acquired Mail Boxes Etc. and rebranded MBE to “The UPS Store”. Mr. DeSio served on the Board of Directors of IFA and has received numerous awards including the Entrepreneur of The Year award from IFA in 1996, Inc. Magazine in 1989 and Franchise Times Magazine in 2001.
Wilson Sawyer
Director & Shareholder
Mr. Sawyer began his retail career in 1963 with Maxway Stores Inc. While employed with Maxway, he held various positions on his way to becoming President in 2003. He retired from Maxway in 2017 and now has become an advisor in Variety Wholesale Stores in an Advisory capacity.
Jim Blackburn

Jim brings more than 36 years of Information Technology (IT) and small business experience to his position with the company, including over 17 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.

Ellis Schaffer
Controller, USA
Ellis has over 18 years of experience in finance and accounting and almost 10 years of franchising experience. In addition, he managed his own accounting service business and worked in a variety of accounting related roles in the banking, manufacturing and biotech industries. Ellis joined Instant Imprints in 2008.
Kevin Hartmann
Marketing Manager

Kevin Hartmann came to the company in 2019 with over 20 years of marketing in the California real estate title and escrow industry. Having managed several brands and operations under one corporate umbrella, Kevin’s insight to the technical, visual, and emotional needs that incite and inspire the necessities of branding are of much benefit to Instant Imprints.

Bob Baker
Partner Support Manager

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.

Swarna Puvi
Controller, Canada

Swarna has over 10 years of experience and began working for Instant Imprints in 2017. She completed her accounting degree at University of Toronto and completed her CPA exams in California. Prior to joining Instant Imprints, she has worked as an accountant and controller in the design printing and hospitality industries.

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Making logos stand out.

We provide quality embroidery services on practically anything you can imagine. Our centers have state-of-the-art embroidery machines to provide you with anything from individual personalization to thousands of pieces. You can count on us to make your brand more visible.

Big or small, fancy and fast.

With wide format and digital printing equipment, our centers can produce nearly any sign, banner or display a business or organization may require, including retractable banner stands, A-frames, tradeshow booths and much more. For permanent or temporary use, indoors or out.

Personalized shirts with your logo or design.

We create t-shirts with custom designs using the latest technologies in direct to garment, heat transfers, lettering and screen printing which allows for maximum flexibility with order size and a fast turnaround to customize each order.

Items that stand out and are remembered.

There is no shortage of ways to promote your business. From branded pens to drinkware to flashlights, there are endless options at your disposal. Talk to us about finding the right solution for you and your customers.

Effectively communicate with ink and paper.

Let us help you create the printed materials that will promote both your brand and your message. Customized brochures, flyers, business cards, postcards, manuals, mailers and more designed to make you more visible to your customers.