Signarama franchisees fire up after annual national convention

Franchise owners were inspired and learned new ways to propel their success at Camp Signarama, the 2022 national convention of Signarama, the world’s largest sign and graphics franchise. More than 230 international attendees gathered for the convention in Atlanta, Georgia, which was held concurrently with the ISA International Sign Expo, the industry’s most comprehensive trade show.

“We couldn’t have asked for more success than what we saw at Camp Signarama,” said AJ Titus, President of Signarama and United Franchise Group (UFG). “Everyone has learned a lot and is full of energy as we head into the second half of the year.”

The theme of the convention was summer camp, where new friends are made and new experiences are shared. It featured educational breakout sessions, including executive presentations and panel discussions featuring successful franchisees. Campers also took the opportunity to grow their business by engaging one-on-one with print vendors and members of Signarama’s head office team. Attendees learned innovative ways to grow their businesses and received the latest news on Signarama’s developments, including the results of the franchise’s brand survey and a preview of its newly refreshed brand logos.

Titus discussed the state of the Signarama system in one of many leadership presentations, while his father, United Franchise Group founder and CEO Ray Titus urged franchisees to “learn and grow, focus on sales and grow your business…”

“What should you do now?” He asked. “Overall, be positive with employees, vendors and customers. Stay focused on growth and sales and be smart with your purchases.”

AJ Titus returned to wrap up the general session with “Leading with Joy,” in which he urged audience members to find their “why” – their motivation:

“When you find what motivates you,” he said, “it will tell you what you love. When you know what you love, it will bring you joy. When you have joy, you can pass that joy on to others, and they become better customers, employees, and partners.”

Event signage donated by vendors was sold at the convention’s annual auction, raising more than $7,500, to benefit the charity chosen by each winning bidder.

The convention concluded with the awards dinner and gala at which several high performing franchise owners were recognized.

Camp Signarama National Convention attendees join for a group photo.

2022 Signarama Annual Awards:

  • Rookie of the Year – Brooks Roffey (San Marcos, CA) and Matt Vaughn (Columbia West, SC)
  • Most Improved – Bernard & Heather Kincaid (River Cities (South Point), OH) and Craig & Paula Bowlin (Conroe, TX)
  • Bill Schwalje Humanitarian of the Year – Lino, Maria and Michael DeFeo (West Palm Beach, Florida)
  • mentor of the year – Jason “JB” Brown & Cynthia Miles Brown (Louisville (Dixie), KY) and Kevin McCord (Lawrenceburg, IN)
  • team player – Anthony Bashorun (Herndon, VA) and Todd & Stephanie Cunningham (Frisco, TX)
  • Master Partner of the Year – Kurt Tyack, Garry Owen and Rod Gornall (South Africa)
  • President’s Award – Kip Greer (Durham, North Carolina)
  • Most Valuable Player – Bob Chapa III (Troy, MI)
  • Hall of Fame inductees – Kurt Tyack, Garry Owen and Rod Gornall (South Africa), and Jim and Allison Eichenberg (Chandler, AZ)

This year, Signarama also held its annual Sign Awards, showcasing impressive Signarama projects completed in 2021. Maggie and Brian Harlow (Louisville, KY, downtown) won Best in Show for a special sign they created in part of a new partnership between KFC, based in Louisville. and Louisville-born artist Jack Harlow. They designed and produced a huge KFC bucket, lined with a giant loudspeaker, for the local leg of the Harlow concert tour. They wrapped it in graphics in a single day.

2022 Sign Prize Winners:

  • Vinyl – Non-digital: Kelli and Tyler Edon – Greenfield, IN
  • Vehicle graphics – Bernard and Heather Kincaid – River Cities (South Point), OH
  • Electric, neon and bright – Beatriz Cardona & Roberto Hiller – New Tampa, Florida
  • Digital print output – Dawn Bent & Mike Ziccardi – Huntington Station, NY
  • Original in-house design concept – Roger Robinson – North Dallas, TX
  • Directional orientation – Alex & Sharon Fong – Redmond, WA
  • Self-promotion –Morgan Smith – Peterborough, Ontario
  • Router output – Clay, Lisa and Spencer Coleman – Wasatch Back (formerly Midway), UT
  • laser engraver – Dawn Homa – Brighton, CO
  • Branding/Rebranding – Matt Vaughn – Columbia West, SC
  • Community involvement – Kathy Evert – Ankeny, Iowa
  • Best of Show – Maggie & Brian Harlow – Louisville (downtown), KY

Source: Signarama

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