Meet the Team

Caroline Esmond
Master Franchisee Australia

Caroline brings many qualities to the OPC Master Franchise team having 25 years experience in sales, marketing and business ownership.

Caroline fully believes in training and supporting her network, and working together to achieve mutual goals.


Mark Thompson
Managing Director

Mark entered the greeting card industry in 1989 joining Carte Blanche Greetings. During his seven years there he gained a good grounding in many aspects from display planning, merchandising, sales and sales management. He left to join Britannia Products who were later bought by Hallmark Cards, continuing in sales team management and eventually moved into National Accounts within the merged group.

In 2004, Mark joined OPC as their National Accounts Manager and soon involved himself in many aspects of the business, whilst learning about the franchising industry. In 2007 Mark was promoted to Sales and Marketing Director and became Managing Director in 2008.

To this day, the growth potential of the OPC franchise and greeting card brands remain at the heart of Mark’s drive and ambition for the business.


Martin Parks
Art Director

Martin heads up our creative team developing successful, innovative, new product.

He has 21 years experience as a graphic designer and art director, 14 of those specialising in greeting card design and production. Martin worked in advertising and corporate identity design, before moving to the Greeting Card industry.

He joined OPC in April 2002 after 5 years as Studio Manager with Paper Rose, a leading UK greeting card publisher, and became a Director and shareholder in October 2004.


Keith Taylor
Financial Controller

Having worked in both the corporate environments and a number of smaller enterprises within a variety of industries, Keith brings to OPC a considerable range of business experience from retail and service to travel and specialised insurance.

Prior to qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant and embarking on a commercial career, Keith was a serving British Army Officer. He joined OPC in the position of Financial Controller in May 2016 assuming full responsibility for all financial functions within the company.


Testimonial

 John Miller, Franchisee, Country Victoria
The franchise is very simple; I put a stand or a spinner into a store, merchandise each month with bestselling designs and collect money. I love the fact that I can operate out of my home, so overheads are low.
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