International, Inc., CEO Catherine Monson To Speak At International Franchise Expo June 15-17
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International, Inc., CEO Catherine Monson To Speak At International Franchise Expo June 15-17

June 14, 2017 // // CARROLLTON, Texas - FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today that CEO Catherine Monson will speak at the International Franchise Expo from June 15-17 at The Javits Center in New York City. Additionally, entrepreneurs are invited to meet Monson and the brand’s franchise development team at booth #214 to learn more about franchise opportunities throughout the Northeast, including in the New York City metro area and Long Island. The brand also is seeking international partners worldwide to be master franchisees.

Under Monson’s leadership, FASTSIGNS has achieved World Class Franchise certification for the past seven years - the highest honor bestowed by the Franchise Research Institute - and, in 2015, was one of the inaugural inductees to Franchise Business Review’s Hall of Fame for being named to its “Top Franchises” list for 10 consecutive years for its high rate of franchisee satisfaction. During the conference, Monson will share insights gained during her more than 30 years in franchising, including FASTSIGNS’ expansion into nine countries, and strategies and best practices that helped make FASTSIGNS an international success story.

  • Thursday, June 15 - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.: “Global Franchise Expansion: Strategies for Lucrative and Planned Growth”
  • Thursday, June 15 - 2 - 3 p.m.: “Why Franchising? How Women Can Be Successful in Today’s Franchising Marketplace”
  • Saturday, June 17: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.: “The Franchisor-Franchisee Relationship: Striking the Perfect Balance” (with FASTSIGNS franchisee Denise Acquaye, of Newark, New Jersey)

“I have spent my entire career in the franchising industry and am thrilled to share my knowledge and expertise with franchisors, franchisees, and potential franchisees at the International Franchise Expo,” said Monson. “FASTSIGNS is a vibrant, growing 32-year-old brand; we are looking for qualified entrepreneurs interested in helping us expand globally. I’m looking forward to meeting with potential franchisees in New York City.”

On the heels of an extremely successful 2016, fueled in part by the ongoing worldwide need for visual communications and digital signage technology, the company expects to open a projected 45+ locations in 2017.

During the International Franchise Expo, FASTSIGNS will showcase digital signage that will serve as an alternative to traditional video walls made up of multiple flat panel displays. The new LED is brighter, seamless, and easy to install.

Additionally, author Dean Lindsay will sign complimentary copies of his book, “How to Achieve Big PHAT Goals,” at FASTSIGNS’ booth from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 - 4 p.m. on Friday, June 16, and on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m. (Limited quantities available.)

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. closed out 2016 with record-breaking growth and was recently ranked number 1 in the Business Services/Signs category and 95 overall in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Acknowledged by entrepreneurs and franchisors as a top competitive tool of measurement, the Franchise 500® recognizes FASTSIGNS for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate and brand power.

In addition to more than 400 U.S. and Canadian markets targeted for development, FASTSIGNS is seeking international partners worldwide to be master franchisees.

For information about the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity, contact Mark Jameson ( or 214-346-5679) or download an eBook that explores the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity at

About Catherine Monson

Catherine became CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. in 2009, bringing over 25 years of franchising and management experience. In 2009, she received the International Franchise Association (IFA) Bonny LeVine Award in recognition of her contributions to the growth of the franchising industry and in 2010, the Dallas Business Journal named her a top Women Industry Leader in the Dallas Metroplex. In 2012, Catherine appeared on the Emmy Award-winning series Undercover Boss to learn new ways to advance the FASTSIGNS® brand. In 2015, she received the International Franchise Association’s first Franchise Action Network FAN of the Year award for her advocacy work in the franchising community. In 2016, she was selected as a Soderstrom Society Inductee for her contributions to the printing and graphic communications industry and was also honored with the 2016 Leadership Award from the Women That Soar organization. Catherine currently serves on the Board of Directors of the IFA and was elected Secretary in 2017. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for two franchise companies - The Learning Experience® and Brain Balance - and one other industry association, Idealliance.


FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the largest sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of 660 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the US, Canada, England, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Grand Cayman, Mexico and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive sign and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, sell more products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points including décor, events, wearables and marketing materials. Learn more about sign and visual graphic solutions or find a location at Follow the brand on Twitter @FASTSIGNS, Facebook at or LinkedIn:

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Ashley Davidson
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