Executive Chair and Interim President
Gay Burke has over 15 years of experience as a senior operator and advisor to businesses. From 1993 to 2005, Gay Burke was the key executive at the seasonal consumer products company, Pumpkin Masters. During her tenure, the company developed the only consumer brand in the Halloween industry, expanded to an 80 percent market share, transitioned into international distribution and developed off-shore manufacturing. She led the Company from founder ownership to private equity ownership and then to strategic ownership ten years later. Gay started her career as a national-level private practice attorney where for 10 years she focused on transactional taxation, business law, and mergers and acquisitions in a variety of areas including telecommunications, oil and gas and real estate. In 2007 Gay became the Chairman and Interim CEO of Houston Harvest, Inc., stabilizing and restructuring that business and positioning the company for significant growth. Gay received her J.D. with Distinction from the University of Nebraska and her B.S. in Interpersonal Communications from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Dave Buzza, CFE, DMA
Chief Development Officer
Dave Buzza has been associated with the AlphaGraphics Franchise System since the beginning of 2008. Prior to this, Dave was VP of Business Development with the ICED Franchise System (Kwik Kopy Printing, Ink Well Printing, and Franklin’s Printing) for more than 13 years. During this time, Dave spent 10 of his years as a franchise owner with a Kwik Kopy Printing location in Nashville, Tenn.
As a printing franchise owner, Dave was successful in growing his company from a start up operation to eventually ranking within the top 20 centers worldwide within the ICED Franchise system. Since selling his operating company in 2004, Dave has been a coach and consultant to small and commercial print owners throughout the graphic arts industry.
Dave has been heavily involved in Sales and Marketing training both domestically and internationally. In addition, he has facilitated workshops on numerous topics ranging from finance, workflow management, administration, personnel, and others that concentrate on the growth and education of print facility owners. Dave is originally from the Cleveland, Ohio, area and holds degrees in Marketing from the University of Akron and Human Resource Management from Spring Arbor College. Prior to his career in the print industry, Dave was the Vice President of Hush Puppies Footwear based in Rockford, Mich., and also the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Mitre Soccer Co. based in Nashville, Tenn.
Tommy E. Auger
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Auger joined AlphaGraphics as our Chief Financial Officer in April 2011 and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Since February 2013, Mr. Auger also has been responsible for all legal and compliance matters. From August 2010 until February 2012, Mr. Auger served as a chief financial officer consultant with Advanced CFO Solutions in Salt Lake City, Utah. From August 2008 until August 2010, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Red Ledges Land Development, Inc. in Heber City, Utah. From September 2004 until August 2008, Mr. Auger was the Vice President of Finance and Administration for Talisker Corporation in Park City, Utah. He loves to work with people and help them to develop goals, objectives and strategies which will assist both individuals and companies in maximizing value. He graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s of Science in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is actively involved in the Utah Association of Certified Public Accounting (UACPA). He is a frequent speaker with the UACPA and other volunteer church and civic organizations. Outside of work, he loves to spend time with his wife and children and participating in and watching sporting events.
VP of Operations
Darin previously served as COO/CFO and Business Development Director for BaseCamp Franchising, providing franchise support to Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate. During his 13 years in a variety of positions at BaseCamp / Kid to Kid, he helped to lead efforts to provide operational, financial, marketing, training and information technology support to over 100 locations throughout the United States and Europe. Before his work at BaseCamp, he served as Director of Operations at Aspen Automated Lifestyles.
A Utah native, Darin earned both his MBA and Bachelors in Accounting from University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business. He also served our country in the Marine Corps, including time in the Persian Gulf War. While in the Marines, he received specialized training as a Scout Sniper and reached the rank of Sergeant. He and his family enjoy a variety of activities including soccer, gymnastics, football, theater, running, performing arts, travel, outdoor activities, and community service. Darin and his wife Wendy, have four children and one grandson.
VP Business Technology
Jason joined AlphaGraphics, Inc. in June 1997, and has held several positions including Director of Digital and Design Services (2003-2006), Support Services Manager (2002- 2003), Lead Support Specialist (2000-2002) and Support Specialist (1997-2000). In September of 2006, he was promoted to Director of Business Technology. His current roles include the management of the I.T. and Support Services department, and he is the subject matter expert in digital file workflow and color management.
Prior to being named Vice President, Jason was Senior Director of Business Technology.