Franchise Business Review, an independent franchisee satisfaction research firm, has named Minuteman Press franchise owner Mark Calis to its Rockstar Franchisees of 2017 list. According to Franchise Business Review, Mark was one of only 41 successful franchise owners (out of 30,000 possible franchisees) selected for this list, which represents “the diverse business-building opportunities franchising offers to entrepreneurs no matter what their backgrounds and interests are.” On their franchisee selection methodology page, Franchise Business Review states, “The franchisees who were selected exemplify a combination of financial success and professional satisfaction.”
Who is Mark Calis?
Mark Calis owns a Minuteman Press design, printing, and marketing franchise located at 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW in Washington, D.C. Mark’s family has owned the business for 31 years, first opening their doors in 1986. Mark is a second-generation franchisee, something that is not uncommon with Minuteman Press International as many of our owners decide to involve their families in the business. We have over 100 second-generation owners in our system, and Mark is one such owner who has successfully taken the reigns from his parents and continues to build the business.
Simply put, Mark Calis is an exemplary franchise owner. He and his family have successfully built their business over three decades. Mark is an active participant at Minuteman Press regional meetings and is always willing to share his advice and experiences with other owners. Additionally, Mark has also participated on the Minuteman Press President’s Discussion Panel that takes place at our World Expo. The World Expo includes speakers, seminars from industry leaders, a full vendor show, the President’s Panel, and a Gala Awards Dinner. Specifically, the President’s Panel is a rotating panel of franchise owners that participates in a Q and A session with owners throughout our system who are in attendance. Mark’s contributions to this panel were very much appreciated.
Bob Heimbuch, Minuteman Press International Regional Vice President for DC/MD/VA/WV, adds, “Mark Calis is a real team player for the Minuteman Press franchise family. He follows the system, leads by example, provides excellent service, and is a terrific representation of a successful Minuteman Press franchisee.”
Who Makes Up an Exceptional Minuteman Press Franchisee?
Because Minuteman Press has been franchising for over 40 years, we have had the privilege of putting so many great people into business. Our owners come from all different walks of life and have different personality types, but they also do have certain similarities. They are alert to the needs of the business community; they have passion for helping other business owners grow; they provide excellent quality and service; they treat their employees the right way; and most importantly, they have a very strong work ethic and take pride in their business.
We are also really proud of the fact that we have over 100 second-generation franchise owners that are part of our franchise family, meaning that businesses have been passed down from original owners to their sons and daughters and are in great hands for the future.
3 Questions with Mark Calis
1. What business advice do you have for aspiring franchisees when it comes to succeeding in franchising?
Mark Calis: “My advice would be to pick a strong and solid franchise that has a great reputation like Minuteman Press. Then, follow the game plan and path that they direct you on as there is a reason why they have existed for so long and have created such a successful business model.”
2. What are you most proud of with your career as a franchise business owner?
Mark Calis: “There are a lot of things to be proud about, but mostly being a longtime owner that is constantly growing and improving what we do. We are always striving to have the best customer service and client relations in the business. It’s always fun to watch a customer’s reaction after we have taken their idea from design and concept to completion.”
3. How did your family come to own a Minuteman Press franchise? What was your journey to entrepreneurship?
Mark Calis: “We were looking to work in our own business, but did not know where to start. We ended up going to a franchise show where we met the folks at Minuteman Press International. They had the most impressive presentation, the best training program, and the most comprehensive support we saw for an affordable franchise. So, we went in that direction and boom – 31 years later, here we are!”
View Mark Calis’ Rockstar Franchisee listing on Franchise Business Review here.
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