May 22, 2008 // Franchising.com // - SARASOTA, Fla — Signs Now executives and franchise owners recently convened at the 2008 Allegra Network Convention "Expand Your Horizons," held April 2-5 , 2008, at the Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas. The convention presented franchisees with the opportunity to network with industry peers and attend educational and training sessions to assist with the growth and development of their businesses.
The convention also included the yearly Graphics Expo on Friday, April 4 at the George R. Brown Convention Facility in Houston. This year's Expo included over 250 suppliers and gave attendees an opportunity to learn about emerging industry trends and technology developments.
This year's convention theme, Mission 2008: Expand Your Horizons, embodied the educational content and networking opportunities available to both Signs Now and Allegra franchisees through recreational and social outings, bonus sessions, work shops, roundtables, general sessions, panel discussions and various key note speakers daily.
The Convention wrapped up on Saturday, April 5 with key note speaker, Doug Keeley, CEO and Chief Storyteller of The Mark of a Leader. Keeley is one of North America's leading communicators and a self-professed "leadership junkie." He has written numerous magazine articles and columns, appeared as a subject expert in two books on creativity and corporate culture and has been interviewed on radio and television on the subjects of leadership and innovation.
The Allegra and Signs Now Awards Gala followed, which recognized top franchise and corporate accomplishments, including awards for Signs Now Rookie of the Year and Best of the Best, formerly known as Franchise of the Year.
The Rookie of the Year Award is based on production and stellar results in business growth and development. David and Edye Popke, owners of the Signs Now center in Tucson, Arizona were given the Rookie of the Year award.
"David and Edye Popke have made amazing progress in their first year and a half of business," remarked Signs Now President Steve White. "Their client base and increase in sales and production put them at the top of the list for the Rookie of the Year award."
Another top award, Best of the Best, was given to John and David Berryhill for their accomplishments at the Signs Now center in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The award was formerly known of the Franchise of the Year.
"Since John and David became Signs Now owners in 1997, they have posted a sales increase yearly," remarked White. "In addition to their growth and development, they set an example for the entire Signs Now family when they assisted fellow owners Norm and Michelle Gobert with the remarkable turn around of their Signs Now New Orleans location after Hurricane Katrina."
As fellow Louisiana owners, Katrina survivors Norm and Michelle Gobert were given the Triumph of Spirit award for their efforts in the successful reopening of their Signs Now location last October. In addition, over 40 Signs Now owners received numerous sales and growth awards.
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As a leader and top innovator in the sign and graphics industry, Signs Now truly stands out in a crowded world. Signs Now has over 225 franchise locations across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The corporate offices and the Signs Now Training Academy, Sarasota Campus are headquartered in Sarasota, Fla.
Founded in 1983, the Signs Now service base includes solutions and digital imaging for outdoor and indoor signage, exhibit and vehicle graphics, magnetic signs, banners, window graphics, ADA signage, dimensional letters, directional systems and other visual communications tools to businesses worldwide. The company grossed nearly $86 million in sales in 2007.