These 20-Under-40 Up-and-Coming Printing Industry Executives Share Their Success Stories
Family ties are strong at Performance POP, where one of White's brothers works as a creative director, and a brother-in-law is employed in sales. An uncle is the firm's vice president of sales.
In his spare time, White enjoys reading anything he can lay his hands on, from business to fiction, and enjoys playing tennis and golf. Taylor and Lindsay White have three children: Maddie, 7, and 4-year-old twins John and Elle. White's family is rounded out by an enormous black-and-white Goldendoodle named Charlie.
Jim Flaherty, 36
Allegra Marketing Print Mail
St. Paul, MN
The path to the world of printing was a less than direct one for Jim Flaherty. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (with degrees in communications and business), his professional working history includes stops with Play It Again Sports—where he was a manager—and Amoco Corp., where he was lead painter. He'd attended college with plans on becoming a teacher, but his interests soon shifted to business.
Flaherty got his first break in printing from Dale Beane (his future father-in-law) at Insty-Prints of Falcon Heights, MN. "Under his tutelage, I learned everything I know today about the printing industry," he notes. "I served in every position in the company except press operator."
After being a delivery driver for Beane's shop, Flaherty worked his way up to production manager. It was apparent, however, that sales was a true calling for Flaherty, who upon becoming an account manager, won an award for having the highest sales volume in the Allegra network for three consecutive years.
When the St. Paul, MN, Allegra franchise became available in 2007, Flaherty and his wife, Kari, pounced on the opportunity. In short order, the Flahertys grew the business from $280,000 to $2 million, relocated twice, acquired a small promotional products company and, in 2013, added Image360, a new signs franchise offering. In its first year of operation, Image360 is on pace to reach $500,000 in sales for 2014.