With nearly 100 combined years of franchising and graphic communications expertise, here’s the Allegra Network management team:
Mike Marcantonio, CEO
Mike Marcantonio purchased Allegra Network with members of the management team in October 2000. His entrepreneurial spirit and success-driven attitude has been instrumental in planning the future of the company and positioning it as a driving force in the marketing communications industry today. Prior to joining the company, Marcantonio was vice president of tax at Domino’s Pizza, Inc. in Ann Arbor, Mich., from 1995 to 2000. In July 2006, he expanded his role at Allegra Network by becoming chief strategy officer. In 2011, Marcantonio transitioned to CEO.
Carl Gerhardt, Chairman
Ask Allegra Network franchise members or home office staff to describe Carl Gerhardt in one word and the most common response will be “experience.” With nearly 20 years in the trenches of the printing industry as an Allegra franchise member himself, Gerhardt has seen it all. In 2004, he brought those valuable insights and practical knowledge to the home office and became Allegra Network president. Over the years, he has consulted with hundreds of small business owners, appreciating the unique challenges they face and offering innovative and realistic solutions to help them achieve their goals. In 2007, he was named president and CEO. In 2011, Gerhardt transitioned to chairman.
Bob Milroy, President, Marketing/Print Division
In 2009, Bob Milroy joined the executive team as chief marketing officer to guide the company’s aggressive plan to help franchise members evolve into professional marketing services providers. He was named president of the company’s Print/Marketing Division in 2012. Prior to joining the company, Milroy was president of Alexander Marketing Services, a full-service business-to-business marketing services agency. Under Milroy’s leadership, Alexander Marketing became a perennial Top 50 Agency as ranked by B to B Magazine, serving dozens of clients such as Dow Chemical, Siemens, Dover Corporation, Pentair and CSA International.
Ramon L. Palmer, President, Sign Division
Most recently president of Columbia, Md.-based Signs By Tomorrow (SBT), Ray Palmer assumed the leadership role for Signs Now to become president of the Allegra Network Sign Division in June 2012. Members of Allegra Network’s investment group, Palmer and SBT Vice President of Operations Andrew Akers, assumed controlling interest in Signs By Tomorrow in early 2012.Palmer provides executive oversight for both brands, which share very similar business models, though they remain separate companies with separate support staffs and programs. As president, CEO and co-founder of Palmer Vohrer Enterprises, Palmer has been involved with Signs By Tomorrow for 10 years as a multi-unit franchisee in addition to his executive leadership role.
Laura Pierce-Marutz, Vice President of Finance & Administration
Laura Pierce-Marutz began her career at American Speedy Printing Centers in 1996 as the accounting manager. She was promoted to controller in 1997 and transitioned to vice president and controller in 2004 overseeing the accounting, financial services, compliance and human resources departments. As vice president, she maintains responsibility for all internal financial statements including the audit, banking relationships, budgets, competitor acquisitions and corporate records. In her role, she has also incorporated three competitor companies into Allegra and handled two company relocations. Previous to Allegra Network, Pierce-Marutz worked for EDS and James Communications.