September 24, 2009 // Franchising.com // SARASOTA, Fla.--Allegra Network LLC, one of the world's largest print and graphic communications franchises, recently announced that Signs Now President Steve White, has been appointed as the company's Chief Development Officer. White will be responsible for managing franchise development efforts for Allegra Network's print and sign divisions. He will also continue in his roles as Signs Now President and Allegra Network Executive Vice President.
Carl Gerhardt, Allegra Network President & CEO commented, "We are very pleased with the progress of Signs Now development efforts under Steve's leadership and anticipate continued growth of both of our Allegra Print & Imaging and Signs Now brands through improved collaboration and integration with his expanded role."
White added, "I look forward to working with our development staff to discover new and innovative ways to help prospective franchise members realize their dream of entrepreneurship through our one-of-a-kind MatchMakerTM program, in addition to helping match current franchise members who seek an exit strategy with new buyers and assisting those wanting to grow their business via an acquisition the tools to do so." Eighteen new franchise members joined the Allegra Network this year and the company expects an additional 15 to join by year end.
White has spent over 23 years in the franchise industry and has been with Allegra Network since 1994. During his tenure, he oversaw marketing, operations and franchise services. He was appointed Signs Now President in May of 2006 and has worked to build greater synergy between Allegra and Signs Now following the acquisition in 2005. In his current role, White plays a key leadership role in building the corporate team and setting strategic objectives. His prior experiences include more than five years at Domino's Pizza in its Ann Arbor headquarters and six years service in the United States Army.
Allegra Network LLC is one of world's largest print and graphic communications franchises linking nearly 600 locations across North America and abroad. The company ranks in the top 150 among all franchise companies in the world and is considered a leader in franchise training, technology implementation and system profitability. Allegra Network was founded in 1976 and today supports three primary brands under its print division - Allegra Print & Imaging, American Speedy Printing and Insty-Prints and the Signs Now brand under its sign division. The company is privately owned by an investor group including Michael Marcantonio, former VP of Domino's Pizza, Thomas S. Monaghan, the founder and former CEO of Domino's Pizza and founder of Ave Maria University.
As a leader and top innovator in the sign and graphics industry, Signs Now truly stands out in a crowded world. Signs Now has over 225 franchise locations across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The corporate offices and the Signs Now Training Academy, Sarasota Campus are headquartered in Sarasota, Fla. Founded in 1983, the Signs Now service base includes solutions and digital imaging for outdoor and indoor signage, exhibit and vehicle graphics, magnetic signs, banners, window graphics, ADA signage, dimensional letters, directional systems and other visual communications tools to businesses worldwide.