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Franchisees from around the world gathered recently at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas to participate in the annual Signarama convention. For the fourth consecutive year, the brand partnered with the International Sign Association (ISA) to co-locate its annual convention with ISA International Sign Expo 2019 – the largest sign, graphics, print, and visual communications convention in the world.

More than 300 attended the brand’s biggest event of the year from the U.S. as well as Australia, India, Canada, Africa, the Bahamas, and the U.K. With an agenda full of activities, franchisees learned about the latest updates in technology, product development, marketing strategies, and vendor partnerships. In breakout sessions, select speakers addressed important strategic topics on how to make franchises even stronger. Signarama is a brand of the United Franchise Group (UFG), and is the world’s largest sign franchise with more than 800 locations in 60 countries.

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“It was a remarkable event because franchisees met and networked with their peers, and connected and strategized with vendors,” said Signarama President A.J. Titus. “We were the only franchise to receive after-hours access to the ISA tradeshow floor. It was a wonderful opportunity for our franchisees to network, as well as learn more about products and convention-only offerings.”

“ISA International Sign Expo 2019 was a rousing success for sign, graphics, and visual communications companies who were able to see the latest in cutting-edge technology and to access business-building ideas,” said Lori Anderson, ISA President and CEO. “We are excited to mark the fourth year of Signarama’s co-location, a relationship that has proven beneficial to both of us – but most importantly to our members, franchise owners, and exhibitors.”

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Awards were presented to Signarama franchisees in 11 sign-related categories as well as the following:

*President’s Award

  • John & Ashly Robbins (Redding, CA)

*Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Aaron Friedman (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • Jason “JB” Brown & Cynthia Brown (Louisville Dixie, KY)
  • Francois Schoeman (Pretoria, South Africa)


  • Bob Chapa (Troy, MI)

*Honorary Inductee as Member of Hall of Fame

  • “JT” Jim Tatem (UFG President)

*Mentors of the Year

  • Aaron Friedman (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • Gary and Nancy Rosenberg (Buford & Duluth, GA)

*Bill Schwaljie Humanitarian of the Year

  • Maggie & Brian Harlow, Louisville (Downtown), KY

*Most Improved

  • George Ballane (Central Calgary, Alberta)
  • Robbie Jacobs (Stuart, FL)
  • Zern & Dani Vess (Springfield, MO)

*Rookie of the Year

  • Amanjot & Amandeep Olma (Etobicoke, Ontario)
  • Spencer Coleman (Midway, Utah)

*Team Player

  • Morgan & Debbie Smith (Peterborough, Ontario)
  • Todd & Stephanie Cunningham (Frisco, TX)
  • Steve Danko (Kenosha, WI)

The brand also announced the 2019 Franchisee Advisory Council (FAC) at the convention. “The FAC serves as a sounding board that helps us plan for the brand’s future, including conventions,” said Titus. “Being selected for the FAC is an honor in any franchise system. This board is integral for planning our yearly events in addition to moving many brand initiatives forward.” The 2019 FAC members are Bob Chapa (Troy, MI); Maggie Harlow (Louisville Downtown, KY); Ric Anderson (Salt Lake City, UT); Dawn Tiritter-Bent (Huntington Station, NY); Anthony Bashorun (Herndon, VA); Alex Fong (Redmond, WA); Jerry Pappalardo (Murrieta, CA); Gary Rosenberg (Buford, GA); Stephanie Cunningham (Frisco, TX); and Steve Danko (Kenosha, WI).

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“This event is a critical piece of how we develop ourselves as a franchisee and as entrepreneurs, said Maggie Harlow of Signarama Louisville (Downtown), KY. “The training, networking and access to product and tools is invaluable. Our team counts on this event to prepare for the future of our industry. This year’s event was the best one yet and we are already making changes to our business as a result, including new equipment and product offerings.”

Source: Franchising

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