Blackstreet Capital Partners II, an affiliate of a Maryland-based private equity fund, has announced the promotion of AlphaGraphics Inc.’s Art Coley from senior vice president of global development to president of the franchise organization with nearly 300 centers worldwide. This appointment is effective immediately and follows the departure of Kevin Cushing as CEO of the company.
“We are very excited to have someone with Art Coley’s franchising knowledge and industry experience to lead AlphaGraphics,” said Blackstreet Capital Managing Director Lawrence Berger. “AlphaGraphics, and the printing industry in general, is at a critical inflection point and we are looking for renewed leadership to further implement the organizations’ strategy and achieve its goal of becoming the leading provider of business and marketing communications services to small- and medium-sized businesses.”
Coley added, “I am honored and humbled to lead this great organization. I see a bright future for AlphaGraphics, as it has continually positioned itself as a leader in its industry. I am excited to continue that trend.”
Before joining AlphaGraphics, Coley was executive vice president of franchising for the International Center for Entrepreneurial Development (ICED). In addition, Coley is a certified franchise executive (CFE) and served as president of Computer Explorers for four years, growing the number of locations from 58 to 105. Coley’s experience also includes owning and operating a successful small business.