December 17, 2009 // Franchising.com // SARASOTA, Fla. — Allegra Network LLC, one of the world's largest graphic communications franchises, recently announced that Signs Now Director of Franchise Development Phil LeBlanc has been promoted to Vice President of Development for Allegra Network LLC, overseeing both the Allegra franchise and Signs Now divisions.
LeBlanc joined the Signs Now team in 2005, bringing more than 16 years of experience in franchise and sales development. As Vice President of Development, LeBlanc will continue to oversee the advancement of the Signs Now franchise network, as well as the directing the development efforts of the Allegra Franchise Network. In addition to the direction of the development staff and recruitment efforts, he will also direct management of key broker network contacts as well as relationships with franchise owners involved with various development objectives.
"Phil has been a key factor in Signs Now's continued growth in the face of the economic downturn," remarked Allegra CDO and Signs Now President Steve White. "We are confident that under his direction, franchise development will continue to thrive for both Signs Now and Allegra."
LeBlanc has worked for such companies as Carlson-Wagonlit Travel as well as Cruise One and Cruise Planners, all leaders in their respective market segments. His experience provides a keen understanding of franchise systems and their unique needs. He will continue to work out of the Signs Now Home Office in Sarasota, Fla.
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.