FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Announces Four Promotions
Leading Sign and Graphics Franchisor Shares Internal Growth
September 10, 2021 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas - FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the world’s leading sign and visual graphics franchisor with more than 750 FASTSIGNS® locations in eight countries worldwide, announces four internal promotions in the company that include Jeff Lewis, Barbara Engle, Grant Walker, and Lana Daley.
Jeff Lewis has been named Assistant Vice President of Franchise Support and will continue to manage the Operations team and also lead the Sales Development department. Lewis originally joined FASTSIGNS in 2013 as a Business Consultant based in Salt Lake City. He has been promoted several times to his most recent role as Senior Director of Operations. Between his time at AlphaGraphics and FASTSIGNS International, Lewis has over 20 years of experience in franchising and the sign and graphics industry. He has also earned his Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation from the International Franchise Association in 2019.
Barbara Engle has been promoted to Senior Director of Education and New Centers. She will lead training initiatives and programs, as well as the New Center Business Consultant team, working to ensure the best start possible for all new FASTSIGNS franchisees. She first joined FASTSIGNS as a franchisee in 2011 in Buffalo, NY, taking an under-performing resale center to profitability and then selling it. She then joined the FASTSIGNS Corporate team as a New Center Business Consultant in 2017. Since 2019, Engle has held the role of Assistant Director of Operations. She will be combining her 10 years of FASTSIGNS experience, both as a former franchisee and on the Corporate team, to this newly created role. She has earned all required credits for the Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation and will receive her CFE at the February 2022 IFA Convention.
Grant Walker, who began his FASTSIGNS career at a young age while working at his family’s FASTSIGNS location, has been promoted to Director of Operations. In his new role, he will be responsible for the leadership and management of the Business Consultant team. He joined the Corporate Team in 2011 in the role of Operations Support Specialist. He has been promoted several times, most recently to the role of Director of New Center Operations. While working full-time, Grant has earned his MBA with a focus in Entrepreneurship. He has more than 15 years of direct FASTSIGNS experience, and The International Sign Association recognized Grant as a member of “The Elite Class of 2018” and one of the “35 under 35” to watch in the signage industry. In addition, Walker earned his Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) designation from the International Franchise Association in 2020.
Lana Daley, who retired from FASTSIGNS International in 2013 after 11 years in various roles in Operations and Sales Development teams returned in March 2020 and has been promoted to Director of Resales and Transfers. Over the past year, she has been seamlessly managing resales and transfers, bringing significant value to the FASTSIGNS franchisees selling their businesses, including saving them significant fees typically paid to business brokers.
“One of the greatest satisfactions of leading a team is to see team members grow and develop in their careers,” said Catherine Monson, CEO at FASTSIGNS International, Inc. and Chair of the International Franchise Association. “With growth of the company comes more opportunities for team members to grow their careers within the company. Providing advancement opportunities for our team is always exciting, and we look forward to all that these team members will accomplish in their new roles.”
FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 750 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in 8 countries including the United States and Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Grand Cayman, Malta, the Dominican Republic and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive signage and graphic solutions to help companies in all industries communicate their message and extend their branding across all of their customer touchpoints.
FASTSIGNS is consistently ranked as a top franchise opportunity and recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees. In 2021, Propelled Brands was formed, the corporate umbrella that includes FASTSIGNS®, SIGNWAVE® in Australia, NerdsToGo®, an emerging IT services franchise brand acquired in September 2020, and Suite Management Franchising, LLC, the parent company of MY SALON Suite and Salon Plaza in June 2021. With a focus on business-to-business franchises and the people behind those businesses, Propelled Brands will help each franchise confidently navigate forward based on their unique position, momentum and purpose.
Learn more about sign and graphic solutions or find a location at fastsigns.com. Follow the brand on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/fastsigns, Twitter @FASTSIGNS or Facebook at facebook.com/FASTSIGNS. For information about the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity, contact Mark Jameson (firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214.346.5679).
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