Chris Vlemmix, Speedpro Signs
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Q&A with Speedpro Signs Franchisee Chris Vlemmix

Why did you become a franchisee?
I worked for a major Automotive supplier in their Engineering department, where I did a lot of traveling for work. When the economy took a downturn in 2009, I was released from that role and offered another role within the company that I was not interested in. At the time, I had already done a lot of research on owing a business and really liked the idea of being my own boss. I had to make a decision on buying Speedpro (which was an existing franchise here in London, Ontario at the time) the same week I was informed of my new role. I recognized this as a “sign” and decided to buy into the sign business!

How did you choose your franchise?
I chose Speedpro after looking at a number of different franchise options. The sign industry made sense to me because everywhere you look there are signs and graphics of some sort, so there was an obvious need. I chose Speedpro because they had a really great system and everyone I spoke to within the organization was completely transparent and open and friendly. It really felt like I was buying into something that everyone enjoyed doing and being part of.

What do you enjoy most about being a franchisee?
I love being in charge of my own destiny. I also love keeping our employees and customers as happy as possible. It is super important to keep both employees and customers satisfied no matter what it takes.

In what ways do you support or get involved in your local community? Why is this important to you?
We get involved in a number of different charities and charity events. This year, we got involved as a sponsor of the YMCA’s “Sweat for Strong Kids” event and are sponsoring an event called “Jordon’s Run the Runway” in the fall. We have also made up some banner stands for WestJet and the Make-A-Wish foundation for no charge as well this year. We feel we have had a successful 8 years here in the city of London – and it’s the people who have helped make it a success – so it’s important to give back within the community and get involved in great events like these!