Meet the Direct Mail Experts at Cactus Mailing
As you will read below, Mike and Maria Ryan started Cactus Mailing in their garage over 20 years ago. But we would not be where we are today without an amazing staff to help get us there.
Where It All Started
In early 2001, my wife Maria and I set out to start our own business. Working on the proverbial “shoestring” budget, we set up shop in our two-car garage.
We invested in a few pieces of used equipment and purchased the special software required for processing mailing lists. After a few weeks of practice and training, we were ready for business.
- Michael Ryan
The History of Cactus Mailing
A walk down memory lane from the corporate world to our garage to becoming a leading postcard marketing company.
Deciding that they were tired of the corporate environment, Mike and Maria decided to start a business. So, with a newborn and a three-year-old, as well as Mike still having a full-time job, they set up shop in the garage, and Cactus Mailing was started.
Maria answered the phone and responded to emails during the day. In the evenings, Mike would do quotes and process mailing lists. Weekends were for addressing and preparing the bulk mailings in the garage. With the business starting to grow, it was becoming too much for just nights and weekends. So Mike took the leap of faith and left his cushy corporate job to pursue Cactus Mailing full time.
After three months of being focused on Cactus Mailing full-time, they were outgrowing the garage and started looking for a facility to move into. After weeks of looking to no avail- Maria was driving by a building in the local business park and noticed a for lease sign in the window - Cactus Mailing had found its new home.
The Cactus Mailing team had grown to over a dozen, and the business was averaging over 250 mail campaigns per month and becoming a nationwide player in the direct mail industry. But space was becoming a big issue, so the offer from the building’s landlord to take over the adjacent suite came at the perfect time and doubled the operating space.
The landlord stopped by Cactus Mailing to inform them that he would not be able to renew the lease as he needed additional space for his business. Fortunately, he gave plenty of notice, allowing ample time to find a new home for Cactus Mailing.
The search for a new facility concluded with the purchase of a run-down building a block over from the current location. The condition and price presented an opportunity to realize a vision for a state-of-the-art direct mail facility. After a six-month renovation, Cactus Mailing moved into its new facility designed around streamlined and efficient mailing operations, including all new high-speed addressing and mail processing equipment.
Twenty-one years after our start in the garage- we are still at it. Having assisted over 23,000 businesses, we've successfully executed more than 50,000 campaigns. This achievement translates to over 500 million postcards printed and mailed.
Meet the Cactus Mailing Team