Carl Gerhardt has over 30 years’ experience in franchising. This career spanned 30 years in the trenches of the graphic arts industry, as an owner of an Allegra Marketing/Print franchise and as a corporate franchise executive. He built printing business from a start up to $2.5 mil. in sales and sold it to his manager, “sweat equity” partner, in 2003. In 2004, he brought those valuable insights and practical knowledge to the parent company Alliance Franchise Brands as President and CEO. He is now a volunteer with SCORE offering free consulting to individual entrepreneurs wanting to start their own business and existing small business owners.
In 1974 Irene began a career in Human Resources, working first in a service company, then moving into HR Management positions in manufacturing in Southern California. She successfully worked as an HR Consultant for a few years during that time. In 1995 her husband’s company moved to Arkansas, where she worked as HR Manager for an ice cream manufacturer of about 350 employees. Irene acquired my SPHR with SHRM and was named Arkansas Professional of the Year in 2003. Irene served on Amazon.com’s Corporate Teams developing and implementing new manager training, workers’ compensation strategies, and safety policies and programs. She retired from Amazon.com in 2011. She joined SCORE that same year and became Chapter Secretary in 2012 and Chapter Chair in 2014. In addition to SCORE, Irene volunteer for two other organizations.
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