Vapor Store Franchise - Electronic Cigarette (ecig)

Ed Williams : CEO, Vapor Galleria, Inc.

Ed Williams

CEO, Vapor Galleria, Inc.

Gerald (Ed) Williams is the CEO of three companies and managing partner of Vapor Systems L.L.C. He has spent much of his adult life managing, owning and developing franchises. He was responsible for the development and design of the Vapor Galleria concept. The first half of his professional career was in the restaurant and hospitality industry. He began his career with Wendy’s Hamburgers when it was just starting to take off. He held the position as a regional manager at the age of 22. He later went on to become a franchisee of the company.  He has also developed several restaurants, night clubs and a hotel.

 

In the ninety’s he sold his businesses and moved to Michigan and bought a franchise from Union Carbide in the marble and stone restoration industry. After one year he bought the parent company which now operates 50 franchise units in 7 countries. He also has developed and owns a stone care products line that is sold online and throughout the United States in hardware and other retail stores. Related to the stone business, he owns a restoration company that operates in the Philadelphia and DC markets.

 

Ed provides vision and direction for the company ewilliams@vaporgalleria.com. All corporate team members report directly to Ed. He oversees the lab, new product development and equipment research as well as every aspect of operations. He also supervises all new franchise sales; store designs, and all branding efforts.

Baxter Castro Coffee : Marketing Director

Baxter Castro Coffee

Marketing Director

Baxter managed his first franchise in 1974; purchased his first franchise in 1984, and since then has helped to develop six national franchise companies, including Mr. Rooter Plumbing (plumbing), TutorTime (childcare); MarbleLife (stone restoration); American Graffiti (graffiti removal), Juicer Heroes (raw, organic juice), and Black Diamond Golf (automated club cleaners), and over the past 30 years has worked with thousands of individual franchisees to help grow their business.

 

Baxter is a former tenured professor, and holds an undergraduate degree in marketing and business communications; a Master’s degree in fine arts; and post-graduate studies in philosophy and public policy. In 1998 he was awarded a Community Builders Fellowship from the U.S. Dept of Housing & Urban Development and Harvard University. He is a Certified Restorative Therapist, business consultant, ordained minister, professional artist, and author of the critically-acclaimed workshops: “The Flash Point Process” and “Drawing on Visual Intelligence.”

 

He is a former Communications Consultant with A.T. & T.; President of Future Learning Centers of Arizona, Inc.; Executive V P of Marblelife Inc.; President of MegaAmerica Mortgage, Inc.; and V. P. of Marketing & Domestic Sales for Quality Safety Edge, Inc. Baxter develops, pilots and implements all marketing efforts. He serves as the liaison between franchisees and Vapor Galleria Marketing. Calls franchisees regularly to provide marketing and sales support and serve as clearing house for ideas and feedback from franchisees.

Christopher Shane Hendricks : District Manager & Franchise Support

Christopher Shane Hendricks

District Manager & Franchise Support

Chris has been in some form of management for the past eight years. He started as an Assistant Manager with Vapor Galleria in 2013 and is now the District Manager of all corporate stores. He also oversees all Franchise stores with regards to sales and technical support. Prior to that he managed the second largest aftermarket auto parts retailer in the US, Auto Lighthouse.

 

Chris is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where he received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Management including Latin Honors. In his spare time Chris is an avid gamer, hunter, and kayaker. He prides himself on being knowledgeable at anything he sets his mind to. This is especially true of his newest hobby – vaping. He has taken that love of vaping and applied it to his career. Chris’ areas of responsibility include franchise support, IT support (computer, POS, etc.), Operations Support (store setups, managerial policies and procedures) and R & D Support (product testing).

Adam Montgomery : Corporate Trainer/Franchise Support

Adam Montgomery

Corporate Trainer/Franchise Support

Received an undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in English Literature, with a focus on Italian Renaissance Literature. He spent a decade of his life overseas, living in Italy and Japan, where he attended Naples American High School and the University of Maryland.

 

Adam has worked for various hotels such as Holiday Inn & Suites, Radisson, Park Inn by Radisson, Hotel Cascada & Water Park (independent franchise) as their Sales Manager and Director of Sales, bringing in business to Albuquerque, New Mexico from around the country.   Adam relocated to Fort Worth, TX at the end of 2013 with his wife and two dogs and exotic fish.  He enjoys competing in handgun competitions and the outdoors.

 

Adam has been with Vapor Galleria since January of 2013 and has worked his way up in the company, training the new franchises and helping them with any needs and requests. He has developed a program to help teach new franchises about the Vaping Industry and how to feel confident in learning the products that are widespread throughout the industry. He is the General Manager for the Corporate Store in Euless, TX. Adam’s responsibilities include franchise support, operational support (sales procedures, franchisee training); social media marketing, and product promotions, and also creates product reviews for social media with his partner Chris Hendricks.

Terry Lanier : VP Franchise Sales

Terry Lanier

VP Franchise Sales

Our VP of Franchise sales, Terry Lanier, has over 30 successful years experience in financial services, insurance and investments. He began his career in 1983 selling life insurance. He has started and ran two small businesses, so he knows the value of longevity and prosperity that a proven franchise can bring.

 

Terry has two children that keep him busy, as well as active in a local church. He enjoys rooting for all his local professional teams, and spending time at the Texas coast with his children and other family members.

Charles Wallis : Franchise Sales

Charles Wallis

Franchise Sales

Charles is the former VP of Franchise Sales for Marblelife Inc. He managed all their leads and franchise sales in the US, plus international sales. While at Marblelife he helped move the business from Detroit to Dallas Fort Worth; opened Marblelife in Japan and several other international locations while pushing franchise sales in the USA. He is the former CEO and founder of the Swirl Brand of Frozen Fruit Drinks and Smoothies. He developed a model operation for three years and then sold 39 distributorships throughout the USA. He sold that business to investors in July 1, 2003, and has continued to support their efforts and receives royalties from their operation.

 

He served as Vice President of Franchise Sales and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Refinishing Systems, Inc. with The Dwyer Group. He managed and participated in sales and sales management of over 400 franchises in the US and Canada. In his last year there he served as Vice President of International Franchise Sales and traveled Europe and Australia in support of Master franchises and their franchise sales. Prior to Worldwide Refinishing, Charles owned and operated his own successful graphic design studio in Dallas, TX. In addition to his business interests, Charles is a nationally recognized professional artist.

Jennifer Howard :

Jennifer Howard

Jennifer Howard’s career as a secretary/administrative assistant began in the mid ‘80s as a junior secretary for a downtown law firm. Jennifer learned from the very beginning of her career the value of working hard and trying your best.

 

Prior to coming to Vapor Galleria, Jennifer had an extensive resume including 15 years as a legal secretary, 8 years running a small family owned business with her father and husband, 2 years in education and a year in the construction industry. Jennifer’s diverse background and career experiences provide her with the work ethic and knowledge of what it takes to get the job done.

 

When she isn’t working, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband John, her daughter Jordan and her two miniature dachshunds Buster and Hershey. She enjoys camping, jigsaw puzzles and crafting.

Bob Heid : Vapor Galleria Marketing

Bob Heid

Vapor Galleria Marketing

Bob Heid is the founder and managing partner at Vapor Galleria Marketing (Mailtropolis), an inbound marketing firm located in Orlando, Florida that specializes in hyperlocal marketing for national franchise organizations focused on the business to consumer market segment. In addition to Mailtropolis, which he founded in 2004, Bob currently serves on the board of four other Internet marketing related companies.

 

Prior to Mailtropolis, Bob served 5 years as president and CEO of psiloQuest, a venture backed semiconductor materials company, after serving as managing partner and EVP of business development for Renaissance Consulting since 1994. Mr. Heid is outgoing president of the

 

Executive Association of Greater Orlando, and actively participates in any charity golf event he to which he can manage to be invited. Bob is responsible for the design and implementation of all direct mail campaigns.

Bruce Jordan : Vapor Galleria Marketing

Bruce Jordan

Vapor Galleria Marketing

For over a decade, Bruce Jordan has helped businesses develop strategic marketing solutions and achieve their long-term goals. He is currently a managing partner at Mailtropolis, an inbound marketing firm in Orlando, Florida, that specializes in hyperlocal marketing for national franchise organizations focused on the business-to-consumer market segment.

 

Bruce specializes in local business promotion. He accomplishes this by using search engine optimization techniques and managing social media platforms for his clients. Bruce prides himself on continuously learning and developing new online marketing strategies and staying current with market trends.

 

He has written several articles on internet marketing and has served as a guest speaker at several colleges and universities. Bruce has also led seminars for business owners teaching them how to market their companies online. Bruce is responsible for all web construction, content and campaigns; SEO management; social media and for driving online traffic to the franchisees’ stores and websites.