CEO & Founder
Mr. Gran is a Graphics Industry veteran with more than 25 years involvement in all facets of the Graphics marketplace. In 1992 Blair founded the dominant brand of instant sign shops in Canadian markets and in 2003 launched Speedpro Imaging in Dallas, TX. As a speaker and writer on Industry issues, with articles appearing in numerous national publications, Blair continues to position Speedpro as the clear leader, revolutionizing imaging and branding, through the use of powerful image applications. He is a regular speaker on Business Image Development for Chambers of Commerce and private firms. Mr. Gran is a true visionary, specializing in creating strong strategies that will emotionally impact tomorrow’s buying public.
Vice President Franchise and Business Development
Mr. Phelps is responsible for Franchise Development, working with all new prospective owners, guiding them through their initial investigation phase. He is also heavily involved as a tactical business partner to all franchisees, providing guidance, marketing leadership and management. Steve’s high-level relational sales background of more than 20 years, ensures continued franchise growth at both the Corporate and Studio level. He has been involved with Speedpro Imaging since inception in 2003.
Vice President Franchise Operations
Matt Gemmill is a Professional Digital Imaging Specialist with 20 years of sign industry experience. In 1992 Matt started his own Sign Company located in Southern California primarily manufacturing digital imaging for Advertising Agencies, Vehicle Wraps, Sign Shops and the Watercraft Industry. Matt worked with Speedpro in 2001-2003 and then moved to Roland DG (Speedpro’s main Technology Vendor), holding several positions with Roland from 2003-2008. In January 2009, Matt came back to Speedpro, bringing more than 5 years of in-depth technical experience from Roland. Matt is currently in charge of Franchise Support and Operations for Speedpro Imaging.
Shawn brings a wealth of experience to his position here at the Scottsdale Corporate Office. He has worked as a Roland Service tech for several years on all devices. He recently became Roland Certified on the newest devices. During his tenure at Roland Headquarters, he worked in numerous departments, mainly their Customer Services Department handling the responsibilities of the entire Western Regional Territory, containing over 20 Roland Dealers. Shawn handles the technical support division here at Speedpro and all customer service matters. He is also color literate, meaning he currently writes profiles for the devices used in the Speedpro Studios nationwide and will be involved in the training of newly opened Studios.
Pat Clark is responsible for all Corporate Accounting. Pat has a degree in Business Management and twenty-five years of corporate level accounting experience. She is a Quickbooks Pro Advisor with extensive experience in small business software such as Quickbooks Pro, and Peachtree. Also Microsoft certified to include Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook. Pat’s specialty areas include setting up new accounting systems, human resources and payroll processing, credit management, training, auditing of financial statements, inventory control and internal operating procedures.
Regional Support Manager - Houston and Austin Texas
Steve received a BSEE from the Univ. of Notre Dame as well as a MBA from Univ. of Texas. He brings 17 years of experience from Motorola, holding positions of Director of Marketing and Director of Operations. In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his family.
Regional Support Manager - New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and DC
Scott graduated from Gettysburg College with a BA in business administration, and also holds an MBA from Rutgers University. He was involved in the start-up of a wireless company, Corporate Telecom. Scott built it into a successful operation and ran the business for 17 years before selling in 2005. It is with this experience in building a business and a brand that Scott has brought to Speedpro Imaging. Scott enjoys travel and his involvement in Rotary.
Regional Support Manager - So. Ohio, So. Indiana and Kentucky
Dave received his B.S. from Oregon State University. Dave worked for Campbell Soup Co. where he served as Director of the National Customer Team. Prior to that he was President of California Day Fresh Food, a division of Chiquita as well as General Mgr. of Chiquita Fresh Cut, Ohio. Dave enjoys spending time with his family as well as a good game of golf.
|Borg and Anne Siburg|
Regional Support Manager - Arizona
Regional Support Manager - Colorado and Wyoming
Gina comes to Speedpro with experience in lead and manager roles in the medical field, including department manager of a multi-site hospital facility. She received her degree in respiratory therapy from Ohlone College in Fremont California. Gina enjoys spending time with her family.
Regional Support Manager - Northeast Texas
Tom is a graduate of SMU where he received his BS Degree. He previously worked for YUM Brands (Taco Bell, Pizza Hut) as the Director of Information and Technology. Prior to that he was the Division Mgr. for E.D.S. Tom enjoys camping and reading.
Regional Support Manager - Minnesota
As a graduate of the Control Data Institute, Rich brings 8 years experience as the President and CEO of Enventis Telecom, Inc. Prior to that he worked for Workstations International as well as Comdisco, Inc.
Regional Support Manager - Carolina's
Ward brings to Speedpro over 10 years of experience as an Investment Banker with Morgan Keegan & Co, as well as his private equity experience with a focus on multi-unit franchise and master development. Ward graduated from University of No. Carolina where he received his B.A. When not at work, he enjoys his family and fishing.
Regional Support Manager - Los Angeles
Bruce, a graduate of Branch College NYC brings 13 years experience as Regional Manager in the Staffing Industry. Bruce a huge USC fan, enjoys his family and sky diving.
Regional Support Manager - Iowa/Nebraska
Bruce brings 16 years of experience with Precision Industries, where he held the position of Regional Vice President. A graduate of North Western College with a BA degree, he enjoys golf and water skiing.
Regional Support Manager - Missouri
Pat graduated from the University of Arkansas, where he received his BA of Finance. Previously Pat worked as Vice President of Caremark. In his spare time he enjoys helping out with Youth Sports as well as Golf.
Regional Support Manager - Southwest Texas
Mark attended the University of Maryland, where he received his BS. His experience includes being partner of J & M Gemini and Vice President/Global Tech Manager of Novar, England.
Regional Support Manager - Wisconsin
Prior to opening Speedpro Imaging’s first location in Wisconsin, Sean spent the last 19 years with Research Products corporation in various sales & marketing positions. After graduating from MATC in Madison, WI Sean started with Research Products as an outside sales person in Memphis, TN. He then held a number of Product Management positions focusing on new product development, advertising, promotions & overall brand development. The last 8 years he was the National Sales Manager for Research Products, responsible for over 50 direct sales people & regional managers throughout North America.
Regional Support Manager - Orange & San Diego Counties
Steve graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a BA in business administration. Steve’s high-level relational sales background of more than 20+ years, ensures continued franchise growth at both the Corporate and Studio level. He has been involved with Speedpro Imaging since inception in 2003. Steve is enjoys spending time with his family.
Regional Support Manager - New Hampshire
John joined Speedpro after nearly 30 years in the Semiconductor and Electronics industries. After graduating with a BSEE degree from Georgia Tech he worked in design and application engineering roles with companies including Texas Instruments and Intergraph before his most recent position as Director of Business Development for Toshiba's custom System on Chip and Foundry business unit.
Regional Support Manager - Florida
Originally from the UK, Ron started his business career as a certified accountant before switching into Information Technology with IBM. Later he held the positions of Regional IT and Operations Director in Europe and North America with Cabot Corporation, DHL Worldwide Express, and Cardinal Health. In 2002, Ron and his family founded a full-service graphics and sign company in Tampa. In 2008 they aligned this business with Speedpro and are now developing and supporting the network throughout Florida. Ron’s wife, Georgina; daughter, Sara; and son, Brad, are all actively involved in management and operations.
|Paul Reinhardt and Annette Vernon|
Regional Support Managers - San Francisco Bay Area
Annette brings over 20 years of experience in strategic program and project management to her roll at Speedpro Imaging. A early Sun Microsystems employee, her responsibilities over the years included overseeing customer briefing programs, sales support programs and corporate events. She holds a MA in Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam. Paul’s diverse career includes film, video and live event production; corporate marketing and business development roles at Sun Microsystems and Sony; and Executive Director for the Mobile DTV Alliance and SD Card Association. He attended UC Berkeley and Santa Clara University School of Business and received his BA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Paul and Annette enjoy cooking, travel and tennis.
Regional Support Manager - Massachusetts/Connecticut/Rhode Island
Michael's professional experience includes over twenty years of diverse national and international experience with proven success in corporate sponsorships, sales management, radio, broadcast & cable television advertising sales. His career experience has included management and sales positions at ZGS Communications/Telemundo New England, Petry Media Corp.NY, Cablevision NY, Katz Communications in London/Chicago, and Tribune/WGN Television in Chicago. In 2009, as a consultant for Progreso Latino, he was the Project Manager of Progreso’s Youth Homeland Security Initiative. He identified funding prospects, convened a planning team and assigned tasks to the Central Falls Police & Fire Chiefs, the President of Progreso and the President of the Rhode Island Red Cross. The program was designed to offer at-risk youth the opportunity to receive certificate training in life saving techniques, emergency preparedness and disaster relief.
Regional Support Manager - Chicago
Prior to Speedpro, Jim enjoyed 30 years in the metals distribution industry working for Ryerson Inc. During this time, his experiences ranged from having operational responsibilities for business units in the U.S. and Mexico to leading national sales as well as corporate procurement. He is a native of Massachusetts, but his career has led him to call Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, and Chicago home. He has a bachelor of arts from Brown University and a MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife Johanna live in the Chicago suburbs with their two teenage sons.
Regional Support Manager - Washington
Paul brings to Speedpro Imaging over twenty five years of management and technology experience with Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies; where he held a variety of senior program and project management, product management and business development roles. He received his BSEE/MSEE from Gonzaga University and holds his PMP certification from the Project Management Institute. In his spare time, Paul is a youth soccer coach and USSF licensed referee.”
Regional Support Manager - Western Pennsylvania and No.Eastern Ohio
Rich has 25 years of management experience with The Bank of New York Mellon and Mellon Bank; where he held a variety of senior management roles, including CEO of Mellon Leasing, Executive Vice President and Head of Credit Underwriting, Global Institutional Banking, International Banking, Corporate Banking, Loan Products and Portfolio Management. He received his BS from Brigham Young University and MBA from New York University. In his spare time, Rich enjoys spending time with his family and golfing.
Regional Support Manager - Upstate New York
Lynne is a CPA and has worked for Marsh & McLennan and Arthur Young. She has volunteered with local government, non-profit, and religious organizations. When she is not working, she golfs or shops with her daughters. She prefers to golf.
Regional Support Manager - Downstate New York
John has 25 years of pharmaceutical sales, sales management and training experience with Pfizer and Warner-Lambert where he was the Senior District Sales Manager developing sales teams for the NY Metropolitan area. John was also the Regional Sales Manager for a contract with Boehringer-Ingelheim pharmaceuticals to develop and launch a new sales team for the North East. Prior to Pfizer John has experience in sales of electro-optical equipment for OEM applications and as a Clinical Laboratory Manager for a major NYC Medical Center. He received his BS from Wagner College, NY in Laboratory Medicine and is Board Certified as a Medical Technologist. John received his MBA in Business Management from Pace University, NY.
|Scott & Kimberly Frane|
Regional Support Managers - Michigan
Scott comes as an Automotive Senior Account Manager previously working for companies such as Magna and Lear Corporation. He has managed some of the largest supplier accounts in the industry with sales in excess of $2.3 Billion. Kimberly’s prior career was as a mortgage professional. She was an Account Executive for companies such as Washington Mutual, Chevy Chase Bank, and Taylor Bean and Whitaker. She was instrumental in opening the Michigan market to these companies and funded in excess of $1 Billion of mortgages in her career.
They have three children and in their free time enjoy watching and supporting their kid’s activities.
|Nick and Bohdan Yaremko|
Regional Support Managers - New York
Prior to joining the Speedpro family, Nick spent 20 years at Johnson & Johnson, where he held leadership positions in R&D, project management, sales and marketing, and corporate strategic development. His most recent position was Associate Director of Strategic Business Improvement in the Pharmaceutical sector. Nick is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, lean manufacturing expert, and holds nine U.S. and foreign patents in medical diagnostics. He received his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union School of Engineering in NYC, and M.S. from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Nick is joined by his son, Bohdan (Dan), who comes to Speedpro from Absolut Spirits, where he was IT Manager for the entire US organization. Prior to this, Dan was senior IT consultant at the Rockefeller Group. He graduated from Cooper Union with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. He is an avid photographer and in his spare time supports the Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund.