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Monday, Jul 22, 2019
Minuteman Press Family-Owned Printing Franchise in Chesterfield Celebrates 25 Years in Business
Three generations have worked in the family business owned by Marie and Tom Weiskircher and U.S. Navy Veteran Greg Lester
CHESTERFIELD, Mo. – For 25 years, Marie Weiskircher, Tom Weiskircher, and their son U.S. Navy Veteran Greg Lester have run a successful Minuteman Press design, marketing, and printing franchise while maintaining work/life balance and a tightknit relationship. Greg says, “Our printing company is a family business. Besides all of the business opportunities it has afforded us, this journey has also been a great bonding experience for three generations of our family. Virtually everyone in our family has worked at least in a part time position at one time or another.”
Before they decided to work together in Chesterfield and join the Minuteman Press franchise family, Marie was as a bank administrator while Tom worked as a sales representative for National Lock. Greg expands on his background, saying, “I was an officer in the Navy. After graduating from the Naval Academy in 1983, I served on the USS Dubuque (LPD-8), USS Callaghan (DDG-994), USS Fanning (FF-1076), and USS Gridley (CG-21).”
One thing they all had in common is that they did not have any printing industry experience before franchising with Minuteman Press. Greg says, “We liked Minuteman Press for three reasons:
- First, the potential business growth was unlimited.
- Second, Minuteman Press has a great reputation for giving its business owners the support they need to prosper without putting a lot of restrictions/rules on its franchise owners. Many of the other franchise opportunities we investigated forced its franchises to be open certain hours, use certain required marketing, buy materials only from certain vendors, etc.
- Third, the royalty was reasonable especially since there is a cap.”
Marie further explains how Minuteman Press International provides comprehensive training and how the franchisor continues to support them today: “Our family had zero connection to printing when we went to the franchise show in 1994, so without Minuteman we would not have been able to get our business off the ground. The training we received in New York and the instruction we received from our local field representatives were invaluable to establishing our business foundation. Through the years, Minuteman Press has pointed us to new technology, new marketing options, and new business opportunities. Additionally, they have saved us money by negotiating a great lease with our landlord, and allowed us to receive great leasing and pricing via their national contracts.”