AlphaGraphics CEO Art Coley Resigns; Board Chair Named Interim President
SALT LAKE CITY—August 19, 2014—AlphaGraphics Inc. has announced that Art Coley, Jr. has resigned as the franchisor's president and CEO to spend more time with his family. Coley, who has been with the company seven years and CEO since February 2012, will remain as a part owner and continue working with the company as a full-time consultant.
"After the unprecedented success during our last fiscal year, it's clear that AlphaGraphics is well positioned to continue its rapid growth," said Coley. "I have family responsibilities in Texas that can no longer take second place, and AlphaGraphics deserves strong leadership at World Headquarters in Salt Lake City. I look forward to continuing my work with our incredible franchisees and finding the successor who will take our team to the next level."
Gay Burke, executive chair of the AlphaGraphics Board, is now serving as interim president and leading the search with Coley for a new chief executive. Burke joined the company in January 2013, bringing with her a wealth of executive experience. As the top executive at Pumpkin Masters and at Houston Harvest, she helped both companies achieve an impressive 80 percent market share. Burke has also operated as an area developer and franchisee with Naked Pizza and founded a company that developed a healthy frozen pizza for national grocery distribution.
"Thanks to Art's leadership and the hard work of our franchisees and team over the past two and a half years, AlphaGraphics is stronger than ever," said Burke. "A number of our centers achieved double-digit sales increases last year—nearly 30 percent. With clear strategic objectives and a plan for seamless succession for our new CEO, we all remain dedicated to continued growth for our network and this company."
AlphaGraphics Inc. and its 260 franchise business centers worldwide plan, produce and manage visual communications for a wide variety of clients. Headquartered in Salt Lake City and founded in 1970, the AlphaGraphics Network continues to be at the forefront of the printing franchise industry. AlphaGraphics offers its customers a full range of services from Web design, mobile and e-mail marketing to branding, graphic design and color printing. Backed by state-of-the-art technology, the world's highest quality standards and a global network, the company's trained and experienced team members are committed to delivering creative solutions that enable customers to increase their reach.