September 29, 2016 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - The United Franchise Group has named Joe Loch as President of EmbroidMe, the franchise leader in the promotional products industry.
Loch brings more than 20 years’ experience in building multi-million-dollar sales growth and team leadership to EmbroidMe, the world’s largest diversified promotional products franchise that offers local, in-house promotional products, customization, embroidery and screen-printing services.
“Joe’s broad-based business skills and experience working with small-business owners is exactly what we need to lead EmbroidMe,” said Jim “JT” Tatem, a member of the UFG executive team. “He has extensive experience leading teams, growing sales and improving processes and associates.”
Loch most recently spent eight years at Hickory Farms – which has more than 500 corporate stores and 100 franchisees – serving as Vice President of Supply Chain, Vice President of Franchise and Retail Sales Operations, and Senior Director, Business Gifting & Partnerships.
Loch spent the first 18 years of his career with Boise Cascade Office Products, which is now part of and known as Office Depot, Inc., with positions in sales, customer service, warehousing and call center. He also spent four years as an Executive Vice President with Independent Stationers.
Loch is a Maryland native and graduate of Towson State University. He and his wife, Patty, have two daughters, Rebecca and Courtney.
Rated by Entrepreneur Magazine as the No. 1 embroidery franchise, EmbroidMe added 30 new franchises in 2015 and is looking to increase that number to 70 in 2016, including 20 international master license partners. Domestic growth will be focused in the Pacific Northwest, northern California, the Northeast and Midwest. International markets to be targeted include India, Europe and South Africa.
EmbroidMe has 220 Resource Centers throughout the United States and Canada and more than 300 Resource Centers in 12 other countries. EmbroidMe plans to open 70 new resource centers throughout the country by the end of the year, reaching 500 locations worldwide by the end of 2018. For more information go to embroidmefranchise.com
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