Our management team is seasoned and proven, led by Ralph Askar, who, under the Mail Boxes Etc. banner, expanded his franchise portfolio from 2 to 98 stores in an 8-year period (Colorado, Wyoming and Montana); expanded franchises in the UK & Ireland from 6 to 80 stores in a 3-year period; and from 220 doors to 330 in a 5-year period in Canada. In just a two-year period, as VP of Development for Mail Boxes Etc., Mr. Askar drove store growth by 700 units, from 2,380 to 3,050. Under his leadership, we are pursuing a similarly aggressive growth plan for the Instant Imprints brand worldwide.
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.
Chief Operating Officer. Mike has been associated with the Instant Imprints systems for more than 10 years. First, as the spouse of a Center franchisee and then an AREA franchisee before becoming part of our staff. Prior to joining us, he was a franchise coach with the Entrepreneur’s Source and with McDonald’s for 27 years as a multi-unit franchisee and an instructor at Hamburger University and a member of their operations and training departments. Mike is also a veteran of the Canadian Military.
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.
CFO, Director. 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.