Whether it’s a B2C or B2B, small or mid-sized businesses or nonprofits, at the end of the day it’s all about people. The people of Allegra in St. Paul are ready to take on all of your Marketing, Print and Mail needs.
We’ve been working with businesses and organizations much like yours in the St. Paul region since 2007 and we remain committed to you and our community.
The path to the world of printing was a less than direct one for Jim Flaherty. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (with degrees in communications and business), his professional working history includes stops with Play It Again Sports-where he was a manager-and Amoco Corp., where he was lead painter. He’d attended college with plans on becoming a teacher, but his interests soon shifted to business. Flaherty got his first break in printing from Dale Beane (his future father-in-law) at lnsty-Prints of Falcon Heights, MN. He served in every position in the company except press operator. After being a delivery driver for Beane’s shop, Flaherty worked his way up to production manager. It was apparent, however, that sales was a true calling for Flaherty, who upon becoming an account manager, won an award for having the highest sales volume in the Allegra Network for three consecutive years.
An avid baseball fan who also enjoys football, basketball, and racquetball, Flaherty also counts continuing education among his interests; particularly those opportunities that can help him improve as a leader. Jim and his wife, Kari, have been married for 12 years and have two sons, Shawn, 10, and Ryan, 6. They also have a Maltese dog named Macie.
Shannon Cherep joined the Allegra/Image360 team in December 2016 as an Account Manager. She graduated from the University of MN – Duluth in 2006, having studied communications & journalism. She previously worked for nine years in an entirely different industry, and has enjoyed the new challenge of learning the printing world. She loves that every day brings on something different & new, as well as learning how to put together projects her customers will be happy with. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys crossing items off her bucket list, boating, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Alyssa Binsfeld joined the Allegra/Image360 team in July 2017 as an Account Manager. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She previously worked in as a Human Resources Administrative Assistant. She enjoys the learning and challenges involved with starting a new career in the printing industry. Alyssa is looking forward to using her several years of customer service experience to assist her customers.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing volleyball, spending time with her niece and nephews, and going on adventures with her dog, Lucy.
Jerry Flaherty is the General Manager for Allegra Downtown St. Paul. He joined the Allegra/Image360 team in 2008 after many years working for UPS, starting as a delivery driver and working his way up to various Manager positions. He’s been married to his wife, Sue, for 44 years and has 4 children (Jim Flaherty is one of them!). His interests include spending time with his 9 grandkids, golfing, staying active, traveling and reading.
Alex Tschida joined the Allegra/Image360 team in June 2016 as the office coordinator. She graduated from the University of Minnesota – Duluth in 2015 with a degree in Psychology and Special Education with the intention of becoming a School Counselor. While having the opportunity to intern with the Western Collegiate Hockey Association following graduation, she quickly decided to pursue a career in business instead. She is currently working towards her MBA at Concordia University – St. Paul to continue her education. When a moment to do something other than homework arises, you’ll either find her on the boat, traveling, playing volleyball, or spending time with her puppy, friends, and/or family.
K.J. Harstad is a graduate from University of Wisconsin – River Falls with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art. With over 16 years experience working in the printing industry, she thrives in the fast-paced and ever changing print world. Starting out in 2001 as a young prepress operator in Wisconsin she learned how to trouble shoot print files and prepare them for output (a skill that she excels in). She joined Allegra in 2007 as a prepress/design and digital copier operator. She has implemented and standardized a prepress workflow system that allowed for more accurate and quicker turn time on print projects. She is highly motivated to output the best looking product available.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, creating art, framing, gardening and golfing.
Rob Thompson graduated from Brown College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications. He got his start in the printing and signage industry in 2007 as an Account Manager at Fastsigns, where he worked for 8 years, eventually transitioning to Graphic Designer. He joined the Allegra / Image360 team in 2015, hoping that his knowledge and experience in large format printing could help the team expand their services into one of the leading print and signage companies in the St. Paul area. Since joining the team, Rob has enjoyed working with and getting to know a long list of clients that he hopes to continue helping with any project they may have.
In his spare time Rob likes to pretend he’s creative by dabbling in art, photography and playing guitar. During the summer he enjoys going to baseball games, playing golf and spending time outside with his family dog, Oscar.
Emily Winn joined the Allegra/Image360 team in June 2016 fresh out of school. As a graduate of Century College’s Graphic Design program she jumped into the world of printing and hasn’t stopped learning since. She enjoys the unique challenges of each project and bringing the clients vision to life. She strives to do everything she can to make the ideas become reality and loves seeing the finished product as well as the smiling faces of clients that receive it.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cheering on the MN Wild, spending time outdoors and going to the family cabin.
CJ Brunner joined Allegra/Image360 in 2016 as a Copier Tech. Before becoming part of the team she worked in Guest Services and graduated with an Associates Degree in Interactive Media and Graphic Design. What she enjoys most about working at Allegra/Image360 is watching every step of the design come to life.
In her free time she helps organize snowboard and wakeboard competitions across the Midwest. She designs the marketing and shreds a little bit herself.
Todd Zwiefelhofer began his career in printing in 1992, after receiving a degree from Century college in Graphic Communications. He has done every job in production – running presses, copiers and all bindery equipment. He joined the Allegra/Image360 team in 2009 and enjoys working with his fellow employees. In his free time he enjoys watching all Wisconsin sports.
Dave Fermoyle has been in the printing business since 1983. Starting out in the Detroit, MI area, then ending up in Minnesota in 1986. He has worked at large and small companies doing a variety of jobs from CSR to running various printing presses, bindery equipment and management duties. He enjoys working at Allegra/Image360 because it is fast paced, there are many fun projects and he enjoys working with his fun fellow employees.
Dave’s hobbies include volleyball, golfing, fishing and hunting. Dave is married to his lovely wife, Melissa, and they live in Brooklyn Park, MN.
Greg Pietrus joined the Allegra/Image360 team in 2013. He is the expert on anything apparel and promotional products related, having specialized in those two areas for the past 25 years. Coming from his own promo and apparel company, Greg knows and understands the value in customer interaction. He takes care in the feedback he gives customers when looking for a particular item and uses his extensive knowledge to provide the best recommendations possible.
Tony Schwartz has been a business entrepreneur for 30+ years with experience in Retail, Service and Multi-Level Marketing. He merged a promotional products company he owned called Cormarq with Allegra/Image360 in 2013 and now handles the outside sales and community relations promoting all the products and services Allegra/Image360 offers.
He has been a Real Estate Broker for the past 20+ years. He’s currently the Broker/Owner of Beacon Properties, a full service Real Estate Brokerage offering Residential, Commercial and Investment realty services.
He’s a 7+ year board member for the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (SPACC) and currently chairs the Ambassador Committee for SPACC. He also sits on the SPACC Public Affairs and Political Action committees. He helped organize The Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce and holds a board position there as well. He’s also a member of Allied Executives, a business owner’s/CEO peer group.
Tony has 2 children, Michael and Kristina. He has been a resident of the east metro area for all his life. He graduated from Tartan HS and went to Inver Hills Community College for Business and Accounting. Tony likes to spend time with his kids, travel, go to concerts and shows, ride motorcycle and play the occasional golf game.
Contact us today and say hello to your team. We are ready to get to work.