August 23, 2012 // Franchising.com // NEW ORLEANS – Last week, lifelong Louisiana residents Doug and Debbie Collins opened the new FASTSIGNS® of Downtown New Orleans at 3001 Tulane Ave.
“When I began considering owning my own business, I first thought that I would open an independent sign shop, but I realized that I didn’t have the tools or the ability to build something from the ground up by myself,” said Doug. “After looking into franchise opportunities, I selected FASTSIGNS based on their history of providing excellent support to their franchise partners.”
Before buying his center, Doug, an Army veteran, worked as the General Manager of purchasing and distribution for Community Coffee. He will oversee the outside sales for the center while Debbie will handle the customer service and center management duties. The couple’s son, Brandon, will manage the graphic design and production responsibilities.
“Before we bought this center, I managed a billing department and I believe that the speed and accuracy required for that position will prove vital in my new role,” explained Debbie. “With our team’s variety of skills and knowledge, I think we will impress our customers with the quality of service and products they receive.”
“While we are part of an international brand, we are still a business that is locally owned and family operated by a team that cares about the New Orleans community,” said Doug. “Now that we are in a position to invest into this community, we are excited to support this rich and diverse city as it continues to rebuild so that it can once again flourish.”
FASTSIGNS® of Downtown New Orleans is a signage, graphics and visual communications partner that provides comprehensive solutions to help customers of all sizes--across all industries--meet their business objectives and increase their business visibility through the use of signs, graphics, printing, promotional products and related marketing services. Visit them online at www.fastsigns.com/603 or use a smartphone to visit m.fastsigns.com/603.
Doug and Debbie Collins, Owners
FASTSIGNS® of Downtown New Orleans
Larissa Metcalf Croll
FASTSIGNS Corporate Communications