FASTSIGNS Announces 2008-2009 National Advertising Council

Date: JAN 7th, 2008

Topic: Franchise News

January 7, 2008 - FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the international franchisor of FASTSIGNS® sign and graphic centers, has announced the roster of elected franchisees to its 2008-2009 National Advertising Council (NAC).

The six NAC members are all FASTSIGNS® center owners who have been elected by other FASTSIGNS owners in a specific region to serve a two-year term. As a member of the Council, the representatives work with FASTSIGNS International, Inc. providing strategic direction for the development of marketing and advertising services, programs and materials that benefit the 475 FASTSIGNS centers across the U.S. and Canada.

Two new members, Jerry Hair and Paul LeBlanc, have been elected to the Council this year.

Jerry Hair, who represents the Southwest region, previously owned a FASTSIGNS center in the Sacramento, CA area before he and wife, Andrea, purchased an existing center and moved to Denver, Colorado in the summer of 2007. “With my marketing background and my experience in the system, I hope to bring a new fresh outlook to the NAC and to the FASTSIGNS system as a whole,” said Hair. “I am excited to be part of the Council, developing marketing plans and products that will not only impact my center, but all of the North American centers.”

Paul LeBlanc, who will represent the 15 Canadian FASTSIGNS centres, opened his FASTSIGNS center in Vancouver in 1996. His centre has been consistently recognised by FASTSIGNS International, Inc. year after year for outstanding sales and service achievements, and was named one of the top two centres in Canada with the highest total sales in 2006-2007. When asked why he wanted to serve on the NAC, LeBlanc said, “I decided to join the NAC primarily to be part of a great marketing team. As a member of the NAC, I will work with the team to improve the FASTSIGNS profile, while taking special care to be sure the needs of the Canadian franchisees are met.”

The other 2008-2009 NAC board members include Shane Beard of Naperville, Ill., representing the Midwest region; Timm Godby of Casselberry, Fla., representing the Southeast region, Wade Palmer, of Studio City, Calif., representing the Western region; and Bill Belmont of Lawrenceville, NJ, who was re-elected to the NAC this year to represent the Northeast.

"Each elected NAC member knows the importance of his service to the entire FASTSIGNS network," said Drue Townsend, senior vice president of marketing for FASTSIGNS International, Inc. "They are committed to implementing a strong marketing program and are very aware of how their decisions will make a profound impact on the other centers."

FASTSIGNS® sign and graphics centers use innovation and technology to make the sign buying process simple by offering consulting, design, production, file transfer, delivery, installation for a full range of custom sign and graphic products, including wide format banners and POP, site signs, exhibit graphics, window and vehicle graphics, decals and labels, safety and identification signage and floor graphics for interior and exterior use.