Florida-bred entrepreneur and family man David Dickey has never shied away from taking a leap of faith to start a new venture. Most recently, he and his wife, Aubrey, moved their young family of six more than 2,400 miles to take ownership of Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail in Bozeman, Mont.
How did this Sunshine State guy decide to make his mark in Big Sky Country?
Let's start with the IT start-up he founded in 2005 and sold ten years later. "I enjoyed owning my own business, but struggled with striking a healthy work-life balance," said Dickey. "Information technology is a demanding field with constant fires that need to be extinguished. I loved owning this business, but was ready for something that worked better for my family life."
Geography presented few obstacles for the couple. Both were game to re-locate to uncover the best business fit. Their mutual love for the Mountain West focused Dickey's research on hundreds of business opportunities in that region, from trampoline parks to laundromats.
"It takes a massive amount of energy to start something new," said Dickey. "So I honed in on businesses that were already established; that I could continue to grow. I ultimately identified business-to-business franchise opportunities because I wanted something with built-in support. This time, I didn't want to go it alone."
Dickey found the Allegra Bozeman opportunity while reviewing franchise brokers' websites. The owner, Dan Himsworth, a long-time Allegra franchise member, had his eye on retirement – with a desire to leave his business in strong, capable hands.
"I enjoyed growing my business and helping customers grow theirs first through printing, then through more comprehensive multi-channel marketing communications," said Himsworth. "Working with the Allegra Franchise Development team, I took the right steps to position my center for sale and myself for a comfortable retirement."
After meeting Himsworth, shadowing other Allegra center owners around the country and visiting the franchisor's home office in Plymouth, Mich., Dickey was officially handed the keys in August.
"The Allegra network helped Himsworth grow Allegra Bozeman into a successful business, and I know the support is there for me to continue his legacy while building my own," said Dickey. "It is our vision to be the leading value-added marketing communications, print and mail provider in the area, helping both our clients and their communities continue to grow. I'm excited about what the future holds for our clients and our team."
About Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail Allegra franchise members are backed by more than 40 years of franchising and industry experience. The power of the network lies in the franchise leadership's commitment to technological advancements that deliver operational efficiencies and a competitive advantage; strong vendor relationships; and dozens of proven support programs and tools to drive profitability. Average 2015 sales for Allegra centers were $1.06 million, with the top 50% realizing a sales average of more than $1.69 million.
Allegra locations throughout North America are full-service marketing communications providers offering marketing consultation, copywriting and graphic design services, advanced printing technologies including full-color printing, digital color signs, posters and banners, complete finishing services, mailing services, variable data capabilities, promotional products and print management solutions. For more information, visit www.allegramarketingprint.com.