Our management team understands franchise ownership
Jack Lentz, CFE
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Jack Lentz founded PostalAnnex+ with three stores, opening in the summer of 1985. One year later, Jack learned about franchising and started the PostalAnnex+ franchise system.
In September 2007, Postal Annex+, Inc. changed its name to Annex Brands, Inc. after the acquisition of three other brands: Sunshine Pack & Ship, SPS Moving and Handle With Care Packaging Store.
After graduating from college, Jack’s first career (12 years) was in the newspaper business. He later owned a business magazine and spent years in the printing business. During this period, he attended law school at night and received his law degree in 1969.
After a short retirement, he and his wife, Marty, started another printing company. Shortly thereafter, Marty took over the business, and Jack became president of a title insurance company.
Trying to retire once again, Jack found his expertise needed by friends, this time working as a business consultant. Working out of his home, Jack realized the need for mailing, faxing, copying, shipping and other services to belong under one roof. As a result, he created the first PostalAnnex+ store, located next door to a post office in the University City neighborhood of San Diego, California.
Today, Jack continues as Chairman and CEO of Annex Brands as well as having served or serving as a board member and trustee for several philanthropic organizations. His long time involvement with Rotary International has served several communities both in the U.S. and Mexico.
In 2008, the International Franchise Association awarded Jack the industry’s designation of Certified Franchise Executive, (CFE) in demonstration of expertise and experience in the franchising industry.
Patrick F. Edd, CFE
President and Chief Financial Officer
Patrick has been with Annex Brands since March 1991, starting with the company as Director of Finance and Administration. Subsequently, he was named the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
In 2004, he was promoted to the position of President while retaining the title of CFO. His primary responsibilities include the day-to-day operational management of the company and all accounting, finance, and administrative functions.
Patrick studied at San Diego State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration as an Accounting Major. After college, he earned his certification to practice as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the state of California (inactive).
Prior to his service at Annex Brands, Patrick spent four years with the international accounting firm of Touche Ross & Co. (currently known as Deloitte & Touche), primarily as a financial auditor, specializing in savings and loans, construction, broker dealers, mortgage banking, insurance and real estate.
After Touche Ross & Co., Patrick spent three years as CFO of one of its clients in the hospitality industry before joining Annex Brands.
Patrick is a member of Financial Executives International and in 2009 was awarded the designation of Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) by the International Franchise Association in recognition of his knowledge and experience in the franchising industry.
Sean P. Hilly, CFE
Senior Vice President
Sean has been with Annex Brands since November 1991, starting with the Company as a store manager. Subsequently, he was promoted to Vice President of Franchise Services.
In 2006, he was elevated to the position of Senior Vice President of the Company with responsibility for strategic planning, training, store buildouts, vendor relations and Franchisee support.
Sean studied at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. Immediately after college, he spent two years as a professional cyclist before beginning his career in the industry as a manager of a retail mail and parcel center.
In 2008, the International Franchise Association awarded Sean the industry’s designation as a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) for his knowledge and experience in the franchising industry.
Steve Goble, CFE
Vice President of Marketing Communications
Steve joined the Company as a PostalAnnex+ Franchisee in 2000 before moving over to the Home Office in 2006 as Director of Marketing Communications. In April 2007 he was promoted to his current position.
Steve’s current responsibilities are to market the PostalAnnex+, AIM Mail Center, Navis Pack & Ship, Handle With Care Packaging Store and Sunshine Pack & Ship brands, products and services for both the Company and the Franchisees through a variety of means including advertising, public relations, marketing materials and Web presence.
During his tenure as a Franchisee, Steve led the San Diego Advertising Association for four years and taught marketing classes to fellow franchisees. Before joining the Company, he worked at a discount clothing retailer and a quick-service food company in various finance, accounting and marketing analysis positions.
Steve studied at San Diego State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1983 in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and a minor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. In 1987, he earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a Marketing major. He is a charter member of SDSU’s Marketing Department Advisory Board and currently serves as its Chair.
In 2009, he was awarded the designation as a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) by the International Franchise Association for his knowledge and experience in the franchising industry. In 2012, Steve was awarded two Emmys® for his roles in the creation and production of the PostalAnnex+ commercial, “The Sound of Business.”
Mary Ann Canup, CFE
Vice President of Franchise Compliance
MaryAnn has been with Annex Brands since 1993, having started in an administrative capacity and eventually rising to the position of Executive Coordinator.
In 2005, she was promoted to Director of Compliance, in November, 2012 to Executive Director of Compliance, and in June, 2015 to her current title. Her duties include ensuring the Company’s compliance with franchise investment laws, managing franchise registration renewals and updates, and coordinating franchise resale transactions. In February, 2013, Mary Ann earned the designation of Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) as presented by the International Franchise Association.
Jack B. Pearce, CFE
Executive Director of Franchise Integration
Jack joined Annex Brands in 2007, just after the Company’s acquisition of the Handle With Care Packaging Store franchise system.
His responsibilities are to integrate the small, medium, and large-sized freight operations across the retail and commercial locations currently operated by the PostalAnnex+, AIM Mail Center, Navis Pack & Ship, Handle With Care Packaging Store and Sunshine Pack & Ship brands.
A shipping industry veteran with over 20 years of franchise system experience, Jack was a multi-unit franchisee of the Handle With Care Packaging Store in San Francisco Bay Area from 1990 through 2001. Prior to joining the Company, he served as Director of Marketing, Training and Business Development for Handyman Matters.
Jack graduated from Claremont Men’s College with bachelor degrees in Economics and Psychology and later received his MBA from Willamette University. His areas of expertise include organizational development, operational processes, financial controls, internal methods and procedures & integration management.
Jack also has been awarded the designation as Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) from the International Franchise Association (IFA) in recognition of his knowledge and experience in the franchising industry. In addition, he serves on two of the IFA’s national committees: Franchise Relations and Information Technology.
Ryan Heine, CFE
Executive Director of Franchising
Ryan joined the Company in 2002, in a sales and development capacity working with prospective owners seeking to join the franchise network.
His role in the operational activities of the department was expanded in January 2006 when he took on the title of Franchise Development Manager.
In 2007, he was promoted to Director of Franchising where his primary responsibilities are to develop the franchise systems of Annex Brands, Inc. and expand these franchise networks worldwide. In November, 2012 he was promoted to his current position of Executive Director of Franchising.
Ryan studied at the University of California at San Diego, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1999 in Philosophy. Prior to joining the Company, he worked in a career placement firm, assisting people transitioning from military service into positions with Fortune 500 firms.
In February, 2011, Ryan was awarded the designation of Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) from the International Franchise Association for his demonstration of knowledge and experience in the franchising industry. Ryan also has earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America.