President and CEO, Director
With a proven record of accomplishments as one of Mail Boxes Etc.®& The UPS Store®’s most successful multiple Area Franchisee and Multiple International Master Licensee, Ralph brings 28+ years of hands on franchising experience to Instant Imprints®. Ralph was an officer of Mail Boxes Etc.®’s parent company when it was a public entity from 1995-1997 and headed the domestic and International franchise development departments as Vice President. Ralph was also President and CEO of MBEC Communications Inc., from 2003-2008, as well, Managing Director and Chairman of MBE UK LTD, from 2000-2003. Ralph purchased the Instant Imprints® Master License for Canada In January of 2008. Ralph is the President and CEO of Instant Imprints Franchises concepts in Canada and USA.
Executive V.P. Northern Division, Director
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 seven years, where he ran their tradeshow business while also opening and relocating several stores. He then spent two 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 Inc., 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.
Executive V.P & Secretary, Director
Mr. Lyon joined Instant Imprints as an Area Franchisee in spring 2010. For the past 15years Danny had 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 US. Their current Area now includes Alberta, Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories with 50 operating stores and the Trillium, Area in Ontario which has 58 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.
John Tillger, MBA
Mr. Tillger (MBA) joined the Company in 2012 and the board in 2014. He was previously an Area Franchisee in the Greater Toronto Area for Mail Boxes Etc./The UPS Store for more than 18 years. Mr. Tillger grew his area franchise from 4 locations to more than 80 in that time frame. Prior to that, he served as COO of Purolator Courier for 8 years growing company annual revenues from $ 200 – $ 500 m and President for a 3rd party major retail logistics organization for 4 years.
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 the Corporation. Mr. Sawyer began his retail career in 1963 with Maxway Stores Inc. (formerly Mack’s Store 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 of the Variety Stores Inc., a 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.