WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Feb. 19, 2019 - Fully Promoted, a brand of the United Franchise Group (UFG), has announced that Michelle Longueira and Monica Markulin have been promoted to the positions of Vice President of Operations for the Business Retail Division, and Corporate Trainer, respectively. Longueira, has been with UFG for 11 years, and recently served as the Director of Support, while Markulin, an 18-year employee, previously held the position of Support Specialist.
“Michelle and Monica are essential to the success and growth of Fully Promoted and I am very confident they will be exceptional in their new roles,” said Mike Brugger, president of Fully Promoted “They have been important contributors to the growth, expansion, and success of the Fully Promoted brand. In these new roles, they will be able to further leverage their many years of industry knowledge towards initiatives that make positive impacts on the bottom lines of our franchisees.”
Longueira is working closely with franchisees to streamline business operations so that Fully Promoted franchise owners can deliver competitive costs and excellent results to the clientele they serve. “Michelle began her career as an independent business owner in 1992, and has grown up in the industry,” said Brugger. “She has walked the same path as many of our franchisees and her first-hand knowledge is exactly the kind of tactical advantage our franchisee network is looking for.”
“I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together,” said Longueira. “My own journey and lessons learned can be applied to each franchise’s own unique business experience. I have a love, passion, and respect for Fully Promoted and UFG, and I’m looking forward to providing solutions that enable our franchisees to meet and exceed their goals.”
Nearly 30 years ago, Longueira began an embroidery business out of the family garage with a single-head embroidery machine. Learning through trial and error, the business grew and expanded to include locations at two retail mall locations. She added a warehouse with a multiple-head embroidery machine and screen-printing equipment to become a top supplier in her community.
Markulin expertise lies in providing high-quality training geared toward increasing a franchise’s productivity and individual store sales. “The Fully Promoted brand is one of the most successful in the world, and it underscores the importance of support training,” she said. “I want to enrich the knowledge, skills, and abilities of our franchisees, because when our franchise is successful, we’re all successful.”
Markulin began her career in 1986, screen-printing tee shirts at retail mall kiosks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and eventually started an in-line retail store in Philadelphia, PA. “I’ve been a retail owner operator of a promotional products business so I can relate to our franchisees,” said Markulin, who has worked as a technical support specialist, field support advisor, and provided all aspects of training school.
After moving to Florida, she became the first employee hired by EmbroidMe (now Fully Promoted), managing the original store in West Palm Beach, FL. “I am eager and enthusiastic to share my 33 years of hands-on industry knowledge with franchisees and be a part of their growth and success,” she said. “Monica has an excellent teaching approach, and her sincerity and compassion helps create strong long-term relationships,” said Brugger. “She is definitely an integral part of our brand’s success.”
Fully Promoted, one of five UFG brands named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2019 Franchise 500® list. It has more than 300 locations worldwide. As the world’s largest branded products and marketing services franchised company, it is the dedication and commitment of outstanding employees like Michelle Longueira and Monica Markulin that make a difference.
Fully Promoted has more than 300 locations across the globe and plans to have 400 by the end of 2019. Fully Promoted operates a full-service branded products and marketing services business, and is the place to go to get customers. From promotional products and embroidery to expert printing services, we can help take your business to the next level. Most recently, Fully Promoted introduced an office-based model that will allow you to operate your business using a developed network of resources. To find the Fully Promoted nearest you, visit www.FullyPromoted.com and for franchising opportunities, visit www.FullyPromotedFranchise.com.
Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is home to a variety of internationally recognized brands including Signarama, Fully Promoted, Experimax, Jon Smith Subs, Venture X, SuperGreen Solutions, Transworld Business Advisors, Accurate Franchising, Network Lead Exchange, and The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill. With more than three decades in the franchising industry, and 1,600 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs.