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WEST PALM BEACH, FL, May 03, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- 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.
"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."
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).
"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."
For more information about Signarama and its franchising opportunities, visit www.signaramafranchise.com or call toll-free at 800-286-8671
Signarama, the world's largest sign franchise, offers branding and messaging solutions in addition to comprehensive sign and graphic services to consumers and commercial customers – from business signs, vehicle wraps, and digital signs, to advertising and marketing services. Signarama is part of a successful group of affiliated companies and brands under the United Franchise Group (UFG) and has been under the leadership of the original founder for more than 30 years. As part of the $49-billion-plus worldwide sign market, Signarama has been at the forefront of the sign industry for more than two decades. Signarama was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as part of the Franchise 500 list and a Top Global Franchise list in 2019. With over 800 locations in 60 countries, the company expects to have more than 1,500 locations worldwide by the end of 2020. For more information, visit www.SignaramaFranchise.com.
About United Franchise Group
Led by CEO Ray Titus, United Franchise Group is home to a variety of internationally recognized brands, including Signarama, Fully Promoted, Experimax, Jon Smith Subs, Venture X, SuperGreen Solutions, Transworld Business Advisors, Accurate Franchising, Network Lead Exchange, and The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill. With more than three decades in the franchising industry, and 1,600 franchisees in 80 countries throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs.
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