sign and visual communication franchise

23 01, 2020

Catherine Monson, CEO at FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Will Deliver Two Upcoming International Keynotes

2020-01-23T12:43:19-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Monson to speak at European Master and Multi-Unit Franchising Conference in Vienna and Franchise Alliance Awards Gala in Budapest.

CARROLLTON, Texas — Catherine Monson, Incoming Chair of the International Franchise Association and CEO at FASTSIGNS International, Inc. will deliver the opening keynote session at the European Master and Multi-Unit Franchising Conference held in Vienna January 28 – 29 on the “State of Franchising: U.S. & Global Perspectives.”

Along with over 50 speakers who are Franchisors, Master Franchisees, multi-unit and multi-brand franchisees and insiders, Monson will enlighten attendees about broadening their brands’ footprints globally and share strategies for brand growth and the best opportunities for success in new countries.

Monson will also be delivering an inspirational and informative keynote address at the Franchise Awards Gala Dinner in Budapest on January 30, 2020 at the New York Palace. Last year’s keynote speaker was Reed Nyffeler, CEO and Co-founder of Signal 88.

Hosted by Boscolo Budapest, the awards dinner is the most significant event of the Hungarian Franchise Association. They are expecting 250 attendees during this event with representatives of the major franchise brands and multi-unit franchisees in Eastern Europe.

This celebratory evening will include honoring high-performing franchise networks in addition to members of the alliance that are represented in large numbers. Prizes will be awarded in various categories including Franchise Network of the Year, Most Dynamically Developing Franchise Network of the Year, Successfully Expanding Domestic Network Abroad, Marketing Award, Young Successful Franchisee and more.

“It is an honor to be speaking at both the European Master and Multi-Unit Franchising Conference in Vienna and the Franchise Alliance Awards Gala in Hungary,” said Monson. “I am happy to help contribute to these events that highlight and recognize the brands and businesses driving the growth of franchising in Hungary, Eastern Europe, Vienna and the world at large.”

ABOUT THE HUNGARIAN FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION

The Hungarian Franchise Association assists franchisees to operate according to the European Codes of Ethics. The activities of the Hungarian Franchise Association have three major scopes. The first and the most important one is to provide the possibility of ethical franchising by influencing and controlling all regulations connected. The second one is to extend the knowledge related to ethical franchising through regional conferences in cooperation with county chambers. Last but not least, the association helps to connect appropriate franchisors and franchisees with each other.

ABOUT THE EUROPEAN MASTER AND MULTI-UNIT FRANCHISING CONFERENCE

The 2020 European Master & Multi-Unit Franchising Conference is the premier European conference for Master, Multi-Unit & Multi-Brand Franchisees. This event provides an intimate forum for international franchise business leaders to grow profitable franchise enterprises, based on the facts and on the experience of successful European master franchisees and multi-unit operators.

About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. celebrates its 35th anniversary in business in 2020 as the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in 10 countries including the United States, Canada, Chile, England, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Spain, and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive signage and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, promote their products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points. FASTSIGNS has been ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for the past four years, a 2019 Top Franchises for Veterans by Franchise Business Review and a 2019 America’s Best Franchises to Buy list by Forbes magazine. Learn more about sign and visual graphic solutions or find a location at fastsigns.com.

15 01, 2020

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Celebrates 35th Anniversary with #1 Ranking on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500®

2020-01-15T15:03:19-05:00January 15th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Sign, Graphics and Visual Communications Franchisor Recognized As the Leading Franchise Opportunity in Its Industry for Fourth Consecutive Year.

CARROLLTON, TexasFASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today it has been ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500® for the fourth consecutive year. Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, the Franchise 500® ranks FASTSIGNS as #55 — the only sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise to be recognized in the top 100 — for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power.

“This is an incredible way to mark FASTSIGNS’ 35th year in business — being recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine for our continued position as the leader in our category. The FASTSIGNS brand has never been stronger, which is a testament to our outstanding franchisees, excellent franchise support team, strong unit-level economics, as well as the strength of our franchise opportunity,” said Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc.

FASTSIGNS reported exceptional results in 2019, including the signing of 35+ franchise agreements in the U.S and Canada. to develop new, co-branded, and conversion centers and the opening of over 30 locations. Internationally, FASTSIGNS opened its first locations in Chile, Malta, and France, and signed an additional master franchise agreement to develop centers in the Dominican Republic.

This year, FASTSIGNS is aiming to sign 45+ franchise agreements and enter several new countries. In the U.S., the brand is targeting growth in markets like Michigan, Southern California, Florida, New York City, Boston and the northeast corridor. FASTSIGNS also is continuing to seek qualified candidates to grow its international footprint in target markets throughout the world, including Québec, New Zealand, and Brazil, as well as countries throughout North Africa, Southwest Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

For any existing business looking to expand into this fast-paced market, FASTSIGNS offers co-brand and conversion programs to help owners diversify their product lines and services to meet the growing demand for comprehensive signage and visual communications solutions. FASTSIGNS has helped countless owners of print shops, photography studios, camera stores, embroidery shops, and more, add a FASTSIGNS to their existing business or fully convert their store to a FASTSIGNS franchise. FASTSIGNS franchisees receive ongoing training and support to stay ahead of the competition and exceed the needs of their local business community. Both the co-brand franchise opportunity and conversion can be started with only $15,000 down on the initial franchise fee.

FASTSIGNS also offers a special incentive for first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs, and firefighters, which includes a 50 percent reduction on the franchise fee — a savings of $24,875.

FASTSIGNS is consistently ranked as a top franchise opportunity. In 2019, Entrepreneur named FASTSIGNS one of the Top Franchises for Veterans. FASTSIGNS also was recognized as one of the top business opportunities for veterans in Franchise Business Review‘s 2019 Top Franchises for Veterans report. FASTSIGNS was named to the 2019 America’s Best Franchises to Buy list by Forbes magazine. FASTSIGNS made Franchise Direct‘s list of the Top 100 Franchises and ranked #2 on Franchise Gator‘s Top 100 list, both ranking the best franchises for 2019. Franchise Business Review has recognized FASTSIGNS as one of the “Best of the Best” for franchisee satisfaction for the last 10 years, as well as naming FASTSIGNS to its “Innovative Franchises” list in 2017, and its Top 50 Franchises for Women and Top Service Franchise lists in 2019. In 2018, Franchise Business Review named FASTSIGNS a “Best-in-Category” franchise. The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) awarded FASTSIGNS International, Inc. the Franchisees’ Choice Designation for the seventh consecutive year for its strong relationship with Canadian franchisees, as well as extensive franchisee training and support.

About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. celebrates its 35th anniversary in business in 2020 as the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in 10 countries including the United States, Canada, Chile, England, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Spain, and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive signage and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, promote their products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points. FASTSIGNS has been ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for the past four years, a 2019 Top Franchises for Veterans by Franchise Business Review and a 2019 America’s Best Franchises to Buy list by Forbes magazine. Learn more about sign and visual graphic solutions or find a location at fastsigns.com.

30 12, 2019

FASTSIGNS® Continues Worldwide Growth with Signing of Master Franchise Agreement to Open Centers throughout France and Monaco

2019-12-30T09:09:08-05:00December 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Sign, Graphics and Visual Communications Franchisor Will Open Its First Location in Paris in March 2020

CARROLLTON, Texas — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today it has signed a master franchise agreement to open 12 centers throughout France and Monaco over the next three years. FASTSIGNS’ first location in France recently opened in Paris.

“We are thrilled to add France and Monaco to FASTSIGNS’ global footprint as we continue to target growth throughout Western Europe,” said Mark Jameson, Executive Vice President of Franchise Support and Development. “Our success in France will play an important role in further proving the strength of the FASTSIGNS business model internationally, particularly in major cities throughout Europe and around the world.”

Parisian entrepreneur Jean-Marc Tabel will lead FASTSIGNS’ development in France, beginning with the first center that opened at 227 Boulevard Raspail in the 14th arrondissement of Paris. Tabel has over 40 years of experience developing awnings, store décor, and printed materials.

“Throughout France, there are numerous privately-owned businesses that need marketing and branding services, and FASTSIGNS is surely the most advanced franchise opportunity in its industry. We are glad to be pioneers for the brand in our country,” said Tabel. “Joining FASTSIGNS met every criteria we were searching for in a business opportunity. With the amount of ongoing support and training that FASTSIGNS provides its franchisees, we are confident we will be successful.”

FASTSIGNS has reported exceptional results this year. The brand signed 40 franchise agreements to develop new, co-branded, and conversion centers worldwide and is projected to open over 30 locations this year. Internationally, FASTSIGNS opened its first locations in Chile and Malta and signed an additional master franchise agreement to develop centers in the Dominican Republic. FASTSIGNS is continuing to seek qualified candidates to grow its international footprint in target markets throughout the world, including Québec, New Zealand, and Brazil, as well as countries throughout North Africa, Southwest Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

FASTSIGNS is consistently ranked as a top franchise opportunity. In 2019, Entrepreneur magazine named FASTSIGNS the #1 franchise opportunity in its category and 95 overall on its annual Franchise 500® list, making it the only sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise to be recognized in the top 100. Entrepreneur also named FASTSIGNS one of the Top Franchises for Veterans in 2019. FASTSIGNS also was recognized as one of the top business opportunities for veterans in Franchise Business Review‘s 2019 Top Franchises for Veterans report. FASTSIGNS was named to the 2019 America’s Best Franchises to Buy list by Forbes magazine. FASTSIGNS made Franchise Direct‘s list of the Top 100 Franchises 2019 and ranked #2 on this year’s Franchise Gator Top 100 list, both ranking the best franchises for 2019. Franchise Business Review has recognized FASTSIGNS as one of the “Best of the Best” for franchisee satisfaction for the last 10 years, as well as naming FASTSIGNS to its “Innovative Franchises” list in 2017, and its Top 50 Franchises for Women and Top Service Franchise lists in 2019. In 2018, Franchise Business Review named FASTSIGNS a “Best-in-Category” franchise. This year, the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) awarded FASTSIGNS International, Inc. the Franchisees’ Choice Designation for the seventh consecutive year for its strong relationship with Canadian franchisees, as well as extensive franchisee training and support.

About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. celebrates its 35th anniversary in business in 2020 as the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in 10 countries including the United States, Canada, Chile, England, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, Malta, Spain, and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive signage and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, promote their products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points. FASTSIGNS has been ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for the past four years, a 2019 Top Franchises for Veterans by Franchise Business Review and a 2019 America’s Best Franchises to Buy list by Forbes magazine. Learn more about sign and visual graphic solutions or find a location at fastsigns.com.

20 12, 2019

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Acquires Long Island-based Sign Me Up Signs & Advertising

2019-12-20T16:19:23-05:00December 20th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Sign, Graphics and Visual Communications Franchisor Inks Deal to Convert All Seven Sign Me Up Locations As Part of Its Continued Expansion throughout New York

CARROLLTON, Texas FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today it acquired sign franchise Sign Me Up Signs & Advertising. Each of Sign Me Up’s six locations throughout Long Island and one in New Jersey will be converted to a FASTSIGNS center by February 2020, growing FASTSIGNS’ presence on Long Island to eight locations.

“We’re delighted to end 2019 with this acquisition, adding seven locations to the FASTSIGNS network. We are proud to have Sign Me Up co-founder Bryan Schwartz join FASTSIGNS as a franchisee,” said Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “With dedicated members of the FASTSIGNS corporate team already on the ground in Long Island starting the rebranding and training process for each center, we are revving up to multiply our presence and further expand our reach in New York quickly. The addition of these seven locations is a true testament to the strength of the FASTSIGNS.”

The Sign Me Up locations that will be converted to FASTSIGNS centers are located in Oceanside, Wantagh, Lindenhurst, Centereach, and Bethpage, New York, and Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Additionally, the Sign Me Up corporate office and production center in West Babylon, New York, will also be converted to FASTSIGNS.

As part of its aggressive growth throughout New York, FASTSIGNS recently opened locations in Queens and Brooklyn, and continues to seek qualified franchisees to grow the brand throughout New York and the Northeast. For any existing business looking to expand into this fast-paced market, FASTSIGNS offers co-brand and conversion programs to help owners diversify their product lines and services to meet the growing demand for comprehensive signage and visual communications solutions. FASTSIGNS has helped countless owners of print shops, photography studios, camera stores, embroidery shops, and more, add a FASTSIGNS to their existing business or fully convert their store to a FASTSIGNS franchise. FASTSIGNS franchisees receive ongoing training and support to stay ahead of the competition and exceed the needs of their local business community. Both the co-brand franchise opportunity and conversion can be started with only $15,000 down on the initial franchise fee.

FASTSIGNS also offers a special incentive for first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs, and firefighters, which includes a 50 percent reduction on the franchise fee — a savings of $24,875.

FASTSIGNS has reported exceptional results this year. In the U.S. the brand signed 40 franchise agreements to develop new, co-branded, and conversion centers and is projected to open over 30 locations this year. Internationally, FASTSIGNS opened its first locations in Chile and Malta and signed an additional master franchise agreement to develop centers in the Dominican Republic. FASTSIGNS is continuing to seek qualified candidates to grow its international footprint in target markets throughout the world, including Québec, New Zealand, and Brazil, as well as countries throughout North Africa, Southwest Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

FASTSIGNS is consistently ranked as a top franchise opportunity. In 2019, Entrepreneur magazine named FASTSIGNS the #1 franchise opportunity in its category and 95 overall on its annual Franchise 500® list, making it the only sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise to be recognized in the top 100. Entrepreneur also named FASTSIGNS one of the Top Franchises for Veterans in 2019. FASTSIGNS also was recognized as one of the top business opportunities for veterans in Franchise Business Review‘s 2019 Top Franchises for Veterans report. FASTSIGNS was named to the 2019 America’s Best Franchises to Buy list by Forbes magazine. FASTSIGNS made Franchise Direct‘s list of the Top 100 Franchises 2019 and ranked #2 on this year’s Franchise Gator Top 100 list, both ranking the best franchises for 2019. Franchise Business Review has recognized FASTSIGNS as one of the “Best of the Best” for franchisee satisfaction for the last 10 years, as well as naming FASTSIGNS to its “Innovative Franchises” list in 2017, and its Top 50 Franchises for Women and Top Service Franchise lists in 2019. In 2018, Franchise Business Review named FASTSIGNS a “Best-in-Category” franchise. This year, the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) awarded FASTSIGNS International, Inc. the Franchisees’ Choice Designation for the seventh consecutive year for its strong relationship with Canadian franchisees, as well as extensive franchisee training and support.

About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the United States, Canada, Chile, England, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). Locations are slated to open in two additional countries – Malta and Spain – in 2019.

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive signage and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, promote their products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points.

FASTSIGNS centers provide architectural and interior decor graphics, fleet vehicle graphics, digital signs and digital signage content, event graphics, displays, banners, posters, ADA signage, safety and identification signs and much more, as well as handle everything from design to project management to installation.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is a recipient of many awards, including being ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for the past three years, and Best-in-Category in the business services sector on Franchise Business Review’s list of the top 200 franchises for multiple years.

Learn more about sign and visual 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.

12 12, 2019

FASTSIGNS Named One of Franchise Dictionary Magazine’s 100 Game Changers of 2019

2019-12-12T16:20:53-05:00December 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Sign, Graphics and Visual Communications Franchisor Recognized for Its Leadership in the Industry, Explosive Growth, and Support of Veterans

CARROLLTON, Texas — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today it was named one of Franchise Dictionary Magazine‘s 100 Game Changers of 2019. FASTSIGNS was recognized for its leadership in the $29 billion signage industry, explosive domestic and international growth, and providing strong support to help veterans become entrepreneurs.

“We’re thrilled that Franchise Dictionary Magazine has recognized FASTSIGNS as a game changer in the industry for the second year in a row,” said Mark Jameson, Executive Vice President of Franchise Support and Development, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “Year after year, our team continues to work hard to remain the top-ranked sign and graphics franchisor and provide unparalleled support to help our franchisees be successful. This recognition is a testament to our strength and leadership in our space.”

“Franchising itself is a game changer because it allows people to step into business ownership quickly and successfully, and with support. Each step along the way is explained so people can enter business ownership without the stress of going it alone,” said Alesia Visconti, CEO & Publisher, Franchise Dictionary Magazine. “A brand that makes our 100 Game Changer issue sets itself apart!”

FASTSIGNS has reported exceptional results this year. In the U.S. the brand signed 40 franchise agreements to develop new, co-branded, and conversion centers and is projected to open over 30 locations this year. Internationally, FASTSIGNS opened its first locations in Chile and Malta and signed master franchise agreements to develop centers in France and the Dominican Republic. FASTSIGNS is continuing to seek qualified candidates to grow its international footprint in target markets throughout the world, including Québec, New Zealand, and Brazil, as well as countries throughout North Africa, Southwest Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

FASTSIGNS currently offers veterans and first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs, and firefighters, a 50-percent reduction on the franchise fee — a savings of $24,875.

FASTSIGNS is consistently ranked as a top franchise opportunity. In 2019, Entrepreneur magazine named FASTSIGNS the #1 franchise opportunity in its category and 95 overall on its annual Franchise 500® list, making it the only sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise to be recognized in the top 100. Entrepreneur also named FASTSIGNS one of the Top Franchises for Veterans in 2019. FASTSIGNS also was recognized as one of the top business opportunities for veterans in Franchise Business Review‘s 2019 Top Franchises for Veterans report. FASTSIGNS was named to the 2019 America’s Best Franchises to Buy list by Forbes magazine. FASTSIGNS made Franchise Direct‘s list of the Top 100 Franchises 2019 and ranked #2 on this year’s Franchise Gator Top 100 list, both ranking the best franchises for 2019. Franchise Business Review has recognized FASTSIGNS as one of the “Best of the Best” for franchisee satisfaction for the last 10 years, as well as naming FASTSIGNS to its “Innovative Franchises” list in 2017, and its Top 50 Franchises for Women and Top Service Franchise lists in 2019. In 2018, Franchise Business Review named FASTSIGNS a “Best-in-Category” franchise. This year, the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) awarded FASTSIGNS International, Inc. the Franchisees’ Choice Designation for the seventh consecutive year for its strong relationship with Canadian franchisees, as well as extensive franchisee training and support.

About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the United States, Canada, Chile, England, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). Locations are slated to open in two additional countries – Malta and Spain – in 2019.

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive signage and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, promote their products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points.

FASTSIGNS centers provide architectural and interior decor graphics, fleet vehicle graphics, digital signs and digital signage content, event graphics, displays, banners, posters, ADA signage, safety and identification signs and much more, as well as handle everything from design to project management to installation.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is a recipient of many awards, including being ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for the past three years, and Best-in-Category in the business services sector on Franchise Business Review’s list of the top 200 franchises for multiple years.

Learn more about sign and visual 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.

22 11, 2019

FASTSIGNS International Named a Finalist in Torch Awards for Ethics by Dallas Business Journal

2019-11-22T11:59:04-05:00November 22nd, 2019|Tags: , , , |

CARROLLTON, Texas — FASTSIGNS International, Inc. was recently named a Dallas Business Journal’s 2019 Torch Awards Finalist in the Large Business category and honored at the annual awards dinner held Wednesday, November 20 at the Canopy by Hilton Dallas Uptown.

20 finalists were announced for the third annual Better Business Bureau’s Torch Awards for Ethics based on company size in six different categories. Candidates were selected from over 60 nominated DFW companies by judges from across multiple industries and representing many different regions of the Metroplex.

DFW-based companies were evaluated on the integrity and ethics behind business dealings as demonstrated by their policies, education, business-to-business recommendations, customer reviews and financial track-record, among many other criteria.

“We are honored to have received this award that highlights the ethics and integrity behind what we do at FASTSIGNS,” said Catherine Monson, CEO at FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “Our FASTSIGNS team exhibits dedication to our core values and strategic objectives to benefit our franchisees every day. We look forward to continuing to uphold ethical practices and set the standard in the sign and visual graphics industry.”

In addition, the finalists and winners were featured in the online publication of the Dallas Business Journal. To read more, visit the link here.

About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the United States, Canada, Chile, England, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). Locations are slated to open in two additional countries – Malta and Spain – in 2019.

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive signage and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, promote their products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points.

FASTSIGNS centers provide architectural and interior decor graphics, fleet vehicle graphics, digital signs and digital signage content, event graphics, displays, banners, posters, ADA signage, safety and identification signs and much more, as well as handle everything from design to project management to installation.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is a recipient of many awards, including being ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for the past three years, and Best-in-Category in the business services sector on Franchise Business Review’s list of the top 200 franchises for multiple years.

Learn more about sign and visual 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.

18 11, 2019

FASTSIGNS® Ranked #5 On Annual List Of Top Franchises For Veterans By Entrepreneur Magazine

2019-11-18T10:57:54-05:00November 18th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Sign, Graphics and Visual Communications Franchisor Recognized for Its Commitment to Helping Veterans Become Franchisees

CARROLLTON, Texas FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today it has been named a top franchise opportunity for veterans by Entrepreneur magazine on its 2019 Top Franchises for Veterans ranking. FASTSIGNS ranked #5 — the only sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise in the top 30 franchise opportunities.

Entrepreneur‘s Top Franchises for Veterans ranking highlights the top 150 franchises offering incentives and other programs to help veterans become franchisees. FASTSIGNS currently offers veterans a 50-percent reduction on the franchise fee — a savings of $24,875 — as part of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran program.

“We truly value the contributions and sacrifices veterans have made and are proud to provide them with the opportunity and support to become entrepreneurs. Currently, over 13% of franchisees in the FASTSIGNS system are military veterans, and that number continues to grow each year,” said Mark Jameson, Executive Vice President of Franchise Support and Development. “We are honored to be ranked in the top 5 franchise opportunities and the only one in our segment to break the top 30. It’s a testament to our strong network of veterans that are advocates for FASTSIGNS.”

Danielle Miranda, who recently signed a franchise agreement with her husband to open a FASTSIGNS center in Tracy, California, is a veteran of the U.S. Army and North Carolina Army National Guard, where she was a multimedia illustrator, and earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a master’s degree in advertising. Her husband, Johnny, is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, with extensive operations, leadership, training, and mentoring experience.

“Our combined expertise in graphic design and leading teams made FASTSIGNS the perfect business opportunity for us,” said Danielle. “As military veterans, we’re both intensely focused on service, quality of work, and contributing to a bigger cause — whether that’s helping customers meet their business goals or supporting the growth of the FASTSIGNS brand.”

FASTSIGNS is consistently ranked one of the top franchise opportunities for veterans. Earlier this month, FASTSIGNS was recognized by Franchise Business Review in its 2019 Top Franchises for Veterans report. Franchise Business Review surveyed over 26,000 franchisees to compile the list of 80 top-rated franchises.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. was ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category and 95 overall on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2019 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, the only sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise to be recognized in the top 100, for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate, and brand power. FASTSIGNS was recently named to the 2019 America’s Best Franchises to Buy list by Forbes magazine. FASTSIGNS also made Franchise Direct‘s list of the Top 100 Franchises 2019 and ranked #2 on this year’s Franchise Gator Top 100 list, both ranking the best franchises for 2019. Franchise Business Review has recognized FASTSIGNS as one of the “Best of the Best” for franchisee satisfaction for the last 10 years, as well as naming FASTSIGNS to its “Innovative Franchises” list in 2017, and its Top 50 Franchises for Women and Top Service Franchise lists in 2019. In 2018, Franchise Business Review named FASTSIGNS a “Best-in-Category” franchise. This year, the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) awarded FASTSIGNS International, Inc. the Franchisees’ Choice Designation for the seventh consecutive year for its strong relationship with Canadian franchisees, as well as extensive franchisee training and support.

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About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the United States, Canada, Chile, England, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). Locations are slated to open in two additional countries – Malta and Spain – in 2019.

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive signage and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, promote their products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points.

FASTSIGNS centers provide architectural and interior decor graphics, fleet vehicle graphics, digital signs and digital signage content, event graphics, displays, banners, posters, ADA signage, safety and identification signs and much more, as well as handle everything from design to project management to installation.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is a recipient of many awards, including being ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for the past three years, and Best-in-Category in the business services sector on Franchise Business Review’s list of the top 200 franchises for multiple years.

Learn more about sign and visual 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.

8 11, 2019

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Hosts Career Panel Discussion at The University of Texas at Dallas

2019-11-08T09:55:40-05:00November 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

DALLAS — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries, hosted a panel discussion with the American Marketing Association’s student chapter at UT Dallas on Monday, November 4, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to discuss marketing and careers in the sign and graphics manufacturing industry.

The presentation featured an overview of the history of FASTSIGNS, how each of the panelists play a role in the success of the franchise, and career opportunities available through their centers across the network. Panelists included Shawn Glenn, franchisee of four Dallas area FASTSIGNS centers and members of the FASTSIGNS International corporate team including Amanda Honey, Marketing Services Manager, Chris Brooks, Creative Director and Lance Tucker, newly appointed Technical Services Manager. Emily Shuler, Social Media Specialist, led the presentation and facilitated the panel discussion.

In addition, FASTSIGNS and the AMA closed the event with a question and answer session to provide students the opportunity to gain advice from the experts in marketing and sign and visual graphics.

“We are grateful to the team at FASTSIGNS for supporting our AMA UTD chapter,” said Dr. Julie Haworth, Director of Undergraduate Marketing Program at UT Dallas. “They provided a wonderful overview of the various FASTSIGNS opportunities available to our graduates as well as helpful general career advice such as ‘never stop learning’.”

“I believe that it is critical for students to gain insight from executives and employees at large companies in the area like FASTSIGNS, and it was useful to learn about the franchising model,” said Antonio Rubio Guerrero, VP of the American Marketing Association chapter at UT Dallas. “There’s value in coming to these events to create connections with leaders in the industry and hear what they are looking for in future candidates.”

About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the United States, Canada, Chile, England, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). Locations are slated to open in two additional countries – Malta and Spain – in 2019.

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive signage and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, promote their products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points.

FASTSIGNS centers provide architectural and interior decor graphics, fleet vehicle graphics, digital signs and digital signage content, event graphics, displays, banners, posters, ADA signage, safety and identification signs and much more, as well as handle everything from design to project management to installation.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is a recipient of many awards, including being ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for the past three years, and Best-in-Category in the business services sector on Franchise Business Review’s list of the top 200 franchises for multiple years.

Learn more about sign and visual 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.

7 11, 2019

FASTSIGNS® Named A Top Franchise For Veterans By Franchise Business Review

2019-11-07T12:41:03-05:00November 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Independent Research Data Shows Veteran Franchise Owners Are Highly Satisfied with FASTSIGNS’ Performance, Training, and Support

CARROLLTON, Texas — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today that it has been named a top franchise for veterans by Franchise Business Review in its 2019 Top Franchises for Veterans Report.

“We’re proud to provide veterans with the opportunity and support to become successful entrepreneurs through the franchise business model. Currently, over 12 percent of franchisees in the FASTSIGNS system are military veterans and we value their contribution to helping us build a top-ranked franchise,” said Mark Jameson, Executive Vice President of Franchise Support and Development. “We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition and continuously pride ourselves on the strong network of franchisees that are advocates of the FASTSIGNS business opportunity.”

FASTSIGNS was among more than 250 franchise brands that participated in Franchise Business Review‘s research on the Top Franchises for Veterans. FASTSIGNS’ franchisees were surveyed on 33 benchmark questions about their experience and satisfaction regarding critical areas of their franchise systems, including training and support, operations, franchisor/franchisee relations, and financial opportunity.

Steve Adrian, a retired U.S. Army musician and FASTSIGNS franchisee, discovered the brand on a top military-friendly franchises ranking while researching the best concepts to invest in as a veteran. He joined the company in 2015, and today he and his wife are owners of a successful FASTSIGNS franchise in Forest, Virginia.

“After finishing 20 years in the service, my wife and I were looking for new business opportunities. FASTSIGNS was looking to develop in the territory we wanted to live in, so it gave us an opportunity to have some freedom while owning our own business,” said Steve Adrian. “FASTSIGNS provides excellent support and if we ever had a question or concern, we can just pick up the phone and they’ve got an answer for us, so that network has been invaluable. We had no prior sign or marketing experience and in our first year of business, we exceeded the average for first-year centers by 60 percent.”

FASTSIGNS is known in the industry for equipping its franchisees with tools vital to securing the ongoing success of each individual location. FASTSIGNS offers military veterans the most comprehensive support and financial incentives available in the signage industry. FASTSIGNS participates in the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran program that provides military veterans with special incentives and assistance to open a franchise. Veterans and first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs, and firefighters can take advantage of FASTSIGNS’ 50-percent reduction on the franchise fee — a savings of $24,875

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. was ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category and 95 overall on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2019 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, the only sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise to be recognized in the top 100, for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate, and brand power. FASTSIGNS was recently named to the 2019 America’s Best Franchises to Buy list by Forbes magazine. FASTSIGNS also made Franchise Direct‘s list of the Top 100 Franchises 2019 and ranked #2 on this year’s Franchise Gator Top 100 list, both ranking the best franchises for 2019. Franchise Business Review has recognized FASTSIGNS as one of the “Best of the Best” for franchisee satisfaction for the last 10 years, as well as naming FASTSIGNS to its “Innovative Franchises” list in 2017, and its Top 50 Franchises for Women and Top Service Franchise lists in 2019. In 2018, Franchise Business Review named FASTSIGNS a “Best-in-Category” franchise. This year, the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) awarded FASTSIGNS International, Inc. the Franchisees’ Choice Designation for the seventh consecutive year for its strong relationship with Canadian franchisees, as well as extensive franchisee training and support.

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About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the United States, Canada, Chile, England, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). Locations are slated to open in two additional countries – Malta and Spain – in 2019.

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive signage and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, promote their products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points.

FASTSIGNS centers provide architectural and interior decor graphics, fleet vehicle graphics, digital signs and digital signage content, event graphics, displays, banners, posters, ADA signage, safety and identification signs and much more, as well as handle everything from design to project management to installation.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is a recipient of many awards, including being ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for the past three years, and Best-in-Category in the business services sector on Franchise Business Review’s list of the top 200 franchises for multiple years.

Learn more about sign and visual 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.

31 10, 2019

FASTSIGNS® International, Inc. Appoints New Chief Marketing Officer

2019-10-31T10:48:00-04:00October 31st, 2019|Tags: , , , |

CARROLLTON, Texas — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the franchisor of more than 700 FASTSIGNS® locations in nine countries worldwide, has welcomed Jennifer Herskind as the company’s new Chief Marketing Officer.

With over 20 years of experience in marketing, her background includes all marketing disciplines and strong cross-functional knowledge of all business fundamentals. Herskind has a successful track record of transforming brands and driving business results in multiple fast-paced industries with diverse environments.

She most recently held the role of Chief Marketing Officer for Smoothie King where she directed all brand, marketing and R&D strategy to build the brand and drive business results in the fulfillment of its mission to inspire people to live a healthy and active lifestyle for over 1,000 locations.

Before joining Smoothie King, Herskind held senior leadership positions in a wide variety of franchise and company brands including Gold’s Gym, Dave & Buster’s, Nestle Waters North America and Pizza Hut. She began her career with The UPS Store where she worked in several roles as the primary driver of new product development and customer services in support of over 2,000 franchisees.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Herskind as our new Chief Marketing Officer. She has a strong background working with various franchisors making her the perfect addition to support our franchisees,” said Catherine Monson, CEO at FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “We look forward to expanding the FASTSIGNS brand with her expertise as we continue to scale for growth.”

Herskind is a goal-oriented leader with a demonstrated capacity to solve problems with fresh, insight-driven strategic solutions and scale for growth. Herskind was named one of Dallas’ Rising Brand Stars by AdWeek in December 2018. A Dallas native, she belongs to a family of business entrepreneurs she enjoys assisting in her spare time.

About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the United States, Canada, Chile, England, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). Locations are slated to open in two additional countries – Malta and Spain – in 2019.

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive signage and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, promote their products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points.

FASTSIGNS centers provide architectural and interior decor graphics, fleet vehicle graphics, digital signs and digital signage content, event graphics, displays, banners, posters, ADA signage, safety and identification signs and much more, as well as handle everything from design to project management to installation.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is a recipient of many awards, including being ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for the past three years, and Best-in-Category in the business services sector on Franchise Business Review’s list of the top 200 franchises for multiple years.

Learn more about sign and visual 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.