FASTSIGNS(R) to Showcase Conversion Franchise Initiative at SGIA Expo

Franchisor Hosting Booth, Luncheon to Share Successful Domestic & International Growth Strategies

October 10, 2011 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas – Those interested in exploring potential franchise partnerships with FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the world’s premier business-to-business marketing solution franchise with more than 530 locations worldwide, will have ample opportunities to meet with the company’s top executives at the upcoming Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo.

Seeing an ideal opportunity to meet potential new franchise partners, as well as to educate and network with sign and industry graphics professionals, FASTSIGNS will exhibit (Booth #2009) and host a luncheon at the 2011 SGIA Expo, to be held October 19-21 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. SGIA is the only international association for specialty imaging.

FASTSIGNS, a proven leader in the custom sign and graphic industry and named #1 in the Sign Category by Entrepreneur magazine, has experienced significant recent growth, much of which can be tied to a conversion initiative that allows independent sign and graphic shop owners to partner with FASTSIGNS in reaching their full potential and long-term goals. As an international franchisor, FASTSIGNS currently has stories located throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®), and a recently signed deal in Saudi Arabia.

Mark Jameson, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development, will be available to speak with individuals at the SGIA Expo about the company’s franchise opportunity and national conversion program, and to discuss strong incentives for conversions or new centers rolled out in 2011, both domestically and internationally at the booth during show hours. In addition, on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, Jameson, along with company CEO Catherine Monson, and conversion franchisee Dan Stutzman, will be hosting a luncheon (reservations required) to share information about the conversion strategy and answer any questions regarding the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity.

“As we continue to position ourselves at the forefront of the industry, the SGIA Expo serves as a great opportunity for us to speak with those who are interested in getting into the sign and graphic industry for the first time, or those people who are seeking to convert their independent sign shop into a franchise,” Jameson said. “Dan Stutzman was our first conversion franchise owner, and he recently broke $1 million in sales. He is a great resource for existing sign shop owners to turn to as a case study on the tremendous corporate support FASTSIGNS can offer them to help them grow their business.”

Jameson noted a growing interest in graphic businesses looking to become part of one of the most successful franchise systems in the business services category. For example, FASTSIGNS has successfully converted several stores throughout the country, including recently signed deals in Toledo, Ohio, Fernandina Beach, Fla., Kankakee, Ill. and Victorville, Calif., along with its first Caribbean conversion franchise in George Town, Grand Cayman.
Stuzman said that converting to a FASTSIGNS franchise was the best business decision he ever made. He added, “By becoming a FASTSIGNS franchise owner, I have the support of one of the most respected names in the franchising and sign industries. We feel like we have a strategic partner in the FASTSIGNS support team that shares our vision for continued success and profitability.”

With more than 530 centers worldwide, FASTSIGNS sign and graphic centers provide marketing and visual communications solutions to companies of all sizes and across all industries. FASTSIGNS product line includes signs and graphics – including banners, flags, building signs, digital and electric signs, yard signs, vehicle graphics, labels, trade show exhibits and displays, point-of-purchase signs, and posters – as well as mobile websites, promotional products, printing and other marketing services.

For franchise information or to make a reservation for the luncheon, please contact Mark Jameson at mark.jameson@fastsigns.com or by calling (214) 346-5679.

About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the worldwide franchisor for the more than 530 FASTSIGNS® sign and graphic centers located in the US, Canada, the UK, Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). FASTSIGNS sign and graphics centers leverage sign and marketing knowledge, state-of-the-art technology and innovative thinking to solve customers’ marketing and communications challenges—from the simple… to the simply impossible™. Centers provide consulting, file transfer, design, production, delivery and installation for a full range of custom sign and graphic solutions. For franchise information, visit www.fastsigns.com.

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