Our Leadership

Meet Our Board of Directors, Advisors and Management Team

Ralph Askar
President, CEO, Director & Shareholder
With a proven record of accomplishments as one of Mail Boxes Etc.® & The UPS Store's most successful multiple Area Franchisee and International Master Licensee, Ralph brings 28+ years of franchising experience to Instant Imprints®. He headed the domestic and International franchise development departments as Vice President at Mail Boxes Etc. Mr. Askar acquired the global parent company of Instant Imprints® in 2011 and he is currently the President and CEO of II TRANSATLANTIC INC., (the parent company for Instant Imprints and related subsidiaries).
Christian Collucci
Executive Vice President of North Division, Director & Shareholder
Mr. Collucci (M.B.A.) offers a diverse base of experience to Instant Imprints®. He has spent 15 years in retail, IT distribution, and office products with some of Canada’s leading brands. He also spent 4 years in B2B and systems integration services prior to investing in Instant Imprints.
John Tillger
CFO, Director & Shareholder
Mr. Tillger (M.B.A.) is a career senior executive with over 35 years of management experience in transportation, distribution and supply chain management in Canada and Europe. He is a veteran Area franchisee of The UPS Store®, Canada, where he built the franchise network from 6 to 80 units.
Danny Lyon
Director & Shareholder
Mr. Lyon joined Instant Imprints® as a shareholder and Director in May 2011. For the past 15 years, Mr. Lyon has been overseeing the management of three Area franchise territories of The UPS Store® concept within Canada. Mr. Lyon is a motivational speaker, a published author of a guide for achieving personal and professional success.
Tony DeSio
Shareholder & Board Advisor
Mr. DeSio began his career as an executive in the aerospace industry. He received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the President of The United States in 1973. In 1980, Mr. DeSio began franchising Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE). After a successful IPO in 1985, he proceeded to build 4000 +/- franchised outlets in 30 countries making MBE the world’s largest retail nonfood franchise. In May of 2001, UPS acquired Mail Boxes Etc. and rebranded MBE to “The UPS Store”. Mr. DeSio served on the Board of Directors of IFA and has received numerous awards including the Entrepreneur of The Year award from IFA in 1996, Inc. Magazine in 1989 and Franchise Times Magazine in 2001.
Wilson Sawyer
Director & Shareholder
Mr. Sawyer began his retail career in 1963 with Maxway Stores Inc. While employed with Maxway, he held various positions and is currently President and COO of the Variety Stores, Inc. He currently operates approximately 400 stores across 14 states.
Jim Blackburn
Executive Vice President of Franchise Support
Jim brings more than 34 years of Information Technology (IT) and small business experience to his position with the company, including over 15 years in franchising. Prior to joining Instant Imprints, he was Operations Manager for Concerto Networks and Director of IT at Image Arts, Etc. Mr. Blackburn has held management positions with Fox Photo, Fotomat Corporation, Warp Nine Imaging and several other imaging companies in San Diego, CA.
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Ellis Schaffer
Controller, USA
Ellis has over 18 years of experience in finance and accounting and almost 10 years of franchising experience. In addition, he managed his own accounting service business and worked in a variety of accounting related roles in the banking, manufacturing and biotech industries. Ellis joined Instant Imprints in 2008.
Jacqueline Antonetti
Marketing Manager
Jacqui has over 15 years Marketing and Corporate Communications experience. She has worked in different industries ranging from telecom, service based business, retail and most recently, personal growth. Having a vast experience in marketing, from different standpoints and industries, allows her to see the whole picture of the business and propose strategies that foster growth in the entire system.
Lorna Ellis
Franchise Support Manager
Lorna has over 15 years experience in Finance. For the past 4 years she held the position of Controller for IICA. She has a solid understanding of the Instant Imprints business and the day-to-day challenges our franchisees face. She brings a strong knowledge of finance and small business management to her role as Franchise Support Manager.
Katie Lynch
Manager, Design and Construction
Katie Lynch, our Design and Construction Manager, has been building out Instant Imprints stores in North America since 2010. Prior to this, she was the Director of Retail Center Development with The UPS Store and in her 12 year term built over 275 locations and played a significant role in the rebranding of Mail Boxes Etc to The UPS Store in 2005 converting 260 locations. Katie lives in Oakville Canada and outside of work enjoys tennis, cooking, her family and volunteering for The Halton Food for Thought breakfast program.
Bianca Rice
Marketing and Administrative Assistant
Bianca holds a college degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She has experience with many marketing practices and has a deep understanding of the promotional product business. She enjoys the depths of the promotions industry and found a great place at Instant Imprints where she can introduce her ideas. Bianca also knows the importance of discipline as she played competitive tennis for 12 years.
Ryan Burdick
Partner Support
Ryan started his career with Instant Imprints as a store manager in 2014 and moved to Partner Support in 2017. Ryan has 10 years of experience in graphic design, 3 years of in-store production experience, with a background in multi-media, visual analysis, and construction. He enjoys providing essential help and direction where it’s best suited, as well as tackling challenges while giving others the tools necessary to accomplish a positive outcome and product. He brings a strong knowledge of operations and production to his role of Partner Support to best aid franchisees.
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Making logos stand out.

We provide quality embroidery services on practically anything you can imagine. Our centers have state-of-the-art embroidery machines to provide you with anything from individual personalization to thousands of pieces. You can count on us to make your brand more visible.

Big or small, fancy and fast.

With wide format and digital printing equipment, our centers can produce nearly any sign, banner or display a business or organization may require, including retractable banner stands, A-frames, tradeshow booths and much more. For permanent or temporary use, indoors or out.

Personalized shirts with your logo or design.

We create t-shirts with custom designs using the latest technologies in direct to garment, heat transfers, lettering and screen printing which allows for maximum flexibility with order size and a fast turnaround to customize each order.

Items that stand out and are remembered.

There is no shortage of ways to promote your business. From branded pens to drinkware to flashlights, there are endless options at your disposal. Talk to us about finding the right solution for you and your customers.

Effectively communicate with ink and paper.

Let us help you create the printed materials that will promote both your brand and your message. Customized brochures, flyers, business cards, postcards, manuals, mailers and more designed to make you more visible to your customers.

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