SpeedPro attracts professionals from corporate America who are ready for something less rigid, more interesting, and more fulfilling.
Larry Oberly describes SpeedPro as a “diverse opportunity where no two days are the same.” And he should know. He came to the brand as CEO from a long career in franchising. What attracted Oberly—and continues to attract investors—to SpeedPro is the entrepreneurial environment. “Unlike other franchises that leave no room for creativity, SpeedPro offers the best of both worlds: support from a solid franchise system and creative control,” Oberly says. “SpeedPro attracts professionals from corporate America who are ready for something less rigid, more interesting, and more fulfilling.”
Offering innovative visual solutions, the large-format printing and graphics business produces specialized, high-quality products with white-glove service. From vehicle wraps to larger-than-life wall murals to trade-show graphics, the offerings are vast and only limited by one’s imagination. A new partnership with Samsung, allows SpeedPro franchisees to offer innovative, large-scale digital signage as well.
In fact, franchisees can pick and choose the services they offer. They can start off with just a few machines, and add on as their business grows. “Several different verticals allow franchisees to run their business by their own design,” he says.
We run on ingenuity and aLarry Oberly, SpeedPro CEO
positive, helpful culture.
The really cool part is that SpeedPro owners never have to disappoint customers. If, for example, a customer from a Texas SpeedPro wants a product that the location doesn’t offer, the franchisee can work collaboratively with a SpeedPro owner from another location in Texas—or anywhere in the U.S. for that matter—who can get the job done. “In that scenario, they would work together,” he explains. Oberly says he’s never seen such a collaborative environment between franchise owners. “We run on ingenuity and a positive, helpful culture,” he says. “Instead of competing, franchisees help each other.”
The next big thing for SpeedPro is growth in international markets.
Although Oberly says that SpeedPro franchisees come from all different walks of life, he describes the ideal candidate as a “rainmaker” who is approachable and can build relationships. No printing experience is necessary, but generally owners will hire employees who have a print background. “We on-board franchisees with no experience and they are experts within six months,” he says.