Founded in 1992, PostNet is the leading business-to-business franchise known for providing customized, business-enhancing print, marketing and shipping solutions. Locally owned and operated PostNet locations offer full-service digital printing; direct mail; signage; document binding and finishing; graphic design; and ancillary business services, like private mailbox rental and more. They also offer professional packaging services and shipping with UPS, FedEx, DHL and the U.S. Postal Service. In addition, with the brand’s bricks and clicks business model, each PostNet franchise has both a physical storefront in the community as well as an Online Print Center, offering customers the benefits of quick online transactions and traditional face-to-face service. PostNet has nearly 700 franchise locations across 10 countries.
Steve is a Certified Franchise Executive and was honored with the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003. In 2008, Steve served as Chairman of the IFA and is also a past Chair of IFA’s Educational Foundation, FranPAC Advisory Board, Convention and Membership Committees.
In addition, Steve serves on the board of the HealthStore Foundation,® a non-profit organization that has developed 75 franchised Child and Family Wellness Shops (www.cfwshops.com) in rural locations in Kenya.
Fran Tarkenton/Tarkenton Companies
Fran Tarkenton knows better than most what it takes to succeed in a competitive arena. As one of the NFL’s all-time great competitors, he was inducted into the National Football League and Collegiate Football Halls of Fame and was an All-American athlete at the University of Georgia. As quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, Fran took his team to the 1973, 1974 and 1976 Super Bowls. He set the all-time NFL passing records for touchdowns (342), yards (47,003) and completions. Those records stood for 17 years.
Fran has taken the lessons learned on the field to become a successful, hands-on entrepreneur, building more than 20 companies during and after his NFL career, the largest reaching revenues of $142 million. At age 75, Fran continues to advise and support small businesses. In partnership with the University of Georgias Terry College of Business, Fran recently launched the Tarkenton Certificate in Entrepreneurship, a comprehensive online education program teaching entrepreneurs everything they need to start a new business and operate an existing business more effectively.
Atlanta native Kevin Center’s “aha” moment came about 18 months ago while listening to a speaker regale a crowd with the last words of a beloved mentor: “I’ve made millions of dollars, and I’ve achieved a wonderful title. But I look back and ask, ‘What was it all for?’ I didn’t spend enough time with my family. I didn’t have the deep friendships that I should have. I did great in the business world, but at what cost?”
Center isn’t about to make the same mistake. As the new PostNet area developer for greater Atlanta, Center does have ambitious plans to open his own center and help cultivate the PostNet brand in this hotbed of growth: Center wants to see 25-30 centers in the Metro Atlanta region in the next 10-12 years. But his ultimate goal in helping Atlanta small business owners isn’t about fame and fortune, but instead to achieve the flexibility and financial stability that will allow him to attend piano recitals and Little League baseball games — and to help other entrepreneurs achieve the same thing.
“If I have my center staffed appropriately, and if I have the ability to trust my managers, I will have the freedom to do what I need to do — or not even what I need to do — but what I like to do,” he says.