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Featured Studio Owner

Michael Regan
Home Video Studio - Scottsdale

Date: 09/02/2014

Mike Regan is a renaissance man and a true entrepreneur. His love of adventure and an unquenchable curiosity has led him to many places and businesses in his life - from the dawning computer programming industry in the late 1960's (when 16K of memory required a computer six feet tall!) to owning a helicopter flight school. Mike's latest venture is running a Home Video Studio in Scottsdale, Arizona, and his approaching three year anniversary gives us pause to appreciate him and his wealth of knowledge and experience. Meet Mike Regan, Home Video Studio's September Owner of the Month.

Mike Regan was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He enjoyed an idyllic childhood in the community of Roseland back when a day in the life of a kid from the Southside might include riding a train to the Loop, downing the world’s best hot dog (make it two) or catching a White Sox game at Comiskey Park.

Mike displayed an early interest in business, his first enterprise being that of a paperboy while in the sixth grade. He then went on to hold a variety of jobs while a student - from soda jerk to auto mechanic. After high school Mike enrolled in college with an emphasis on business courses. Already the prognosticator Mike was fascinated by the role he foresaw computers would play in the future of information management and jumped in with both feet.

Hired in the nativity of business computing Mike became a programmer for Greyhound Computer 1968. Starting development for strictly financial applications Mike’s contributions grew with the company and his department ended up making applications that encompassed every department and every operation. For nearly twenty five years Mike was a mainstay in this company which, after several emanations, became the Dial Corporation.

After this long tour in corporate America and the experience of a rather unceremonious downsizing Mike’s deep-seated entrepreneurial urges kicked in. He partnered with a PC-based software application developer to create a comprehensive back-end database management tool. This company, WestGroup Management Resources, Inc., grew mightily and soon caught the eye of AllTel Information Systems, who purchased it and retained Mike for a couple of years in a consultative capacity before he decided to tackle his next venture.

What does an ambitious and young (at heart) entrepreneur do next? Mike turned to one of his first loves...flying. As a college student Mike flew fixed-wing aircraft and decided he wanted to fly again, only this time in helicopters. As he researched flight schools he came across an opportunity to become a partner in a flight school business. Soon he was piloting not only aircraft but a flight school as part owner and Vice President of Universal Helicopters, Inc. Mike eventually sold his share of Universal, which is still a leader in the flight school industry.

Certainly now it was time to kick back a bit, right? Well, maybe not. Regan had always been a life-long home movie and photo enthusiast, and, like several of our owners, Mike became acquainted with Home Video Studio initially as a customer. He had the occasion to visit and use the services of a local Home Video Studio franchise in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Seeing the quality of HVS's service and recalling the fun he had with his dad’s wind-up movie camera as a kid he decided to investigate the possibility of becoming a franchise owner.

A call to Robert Hanley turned into an invitation, in late July of 2011, to Home Video Studio's annual Getaway in Las Vegas to check out the business. "The first thing that impressed me," says Regan, "was the transparency of HVS. I was given total access to whoever I chose to talk to and ask any questions."

Two months later Mike was installed and open for business offering superior quality video products. After all his other life adventures how does this one compare? "I enjoy being able to truly connect with people on a personal basis by helping to restore their earlier memories." says Regan. " Serving the end-user was also new to me and I really enjoy taking on a high customer service attitude. This is really a great service and an important one." Mike has also won a Hanley award for video excellence in the Lifestories category.

Ever the visionary, Mike is drawn to the possibilities of Home Video Studio's newest venture: Digital Video Archive. He has been involved with this cloud-based video sharing technology from the beginning, working with Robert Hanley and others through its inception, R&D, and the impending rollout. From the information management evolution of the 1960's up to today’s cloud technology Mike has come full circle.

Mike Regan: newspaper boy, auto mechanic, soda jerk, pioneer software developer, helicopter pilot, multiple business owner...and a few things he probably forgot to mention. Asked if he has any advice for the youngsters Mike responds enthusiastically, "There's a lot of different things out there. Don't get stuck in 'sameness.' Enjoy the variety life offers!" Thanks Mike! And congratulations!

Michael Regan
Scottsdale AZ

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Here's what we'll cover at Show 'N Tell Saturday.

The number one thing we'll cover is making money in the video business. I'll cover pricing video as well as collecting the money. What's the difference between a $500.00 video and a $5000.00 video? Are you leaving money on the table? I'll teach you how we do it! Oh... what about a $30,000.00 video?
This is the great unknown for most people who attempt to enter our industry. How do you get business and find clients? I'll share with you.
I'll cover our 12 month and 21 day in person training program in depth. How do we take you from where you are now to where you want to be? We are very good at this as long as you can take that first step and get to Show 'N Tell!
You'll be in my studio all day so we'll definitely get into the nitty gritty on equipment and gear. How will you outfit your studio? Do you have current equipment that can be used? Maybe and if so that will save you some money.
Home Video Studio is a short cut to success. You may be looking for both financial success and creative achievements - money in the bank and an Oscar! We make no promises except to put you in an environment with others who have the same vision. Our mission is to help you achieve success as you define it.
Not everyone is out to make a fortune. Home Video Studio is a very fun and exciting business and lifestyle. Want to turn your hobby into a real live functioning studio? We can do that for you. Want to get your family involved in the business? We'll help train them. This is a very family friendly business.
We'll discuss transitions and getting started. Going to quit your job? Come out of retirement? Convert a 401k? Will you work the studio part time until you can go full time? We will start designing a plan for you at Show 'N Tell Saturday.
We are experts in funding and financing. If you need us to help you find the money we would be happy to. It is easy to convert a 401k or IRA with zero penalty. Many people do a refi or a home equity loan. There are other avenues as well. One of the things we do on Saturday afternoon is cover financing. It's not that difficult. If you need consultation on funding call us.

We suggest you bring your spouse/partner to our Show 'N Tell Saturday. That's our treat. You'll know a whole lot more about running a Home Video Studio by end of day on Saturday!

Show 'N Tell: A first glimpse
john and tammy
"Tammy and I came to a Show 'N Tell Saturday. The initial conversation was Robert talking about what it is to be a Home Video studio Owner. Of course we'd listened to the CD's over and over in our car for a couple of months. I think Then we had the presentation and we signed right there at the end of the presentation."
- John Montgomery - Newark, OH.
tony and lori
"Our Show 'N Tell Saturday was on May 11, 2002 - Mother's Day weekend! We were already operating our own video business, but we wanted to run it at a higher level with better equipment. We needed a plan and a system like the one offered by Home Video Studio. If you're thinking about HVS, you should go to Show 'N Tell Saturday."
- Tony & Lori Melendez - Amherst, OH.
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