Sign Biz, Inc. was established in 1989 to develop entrepreneurs in the exciting field of digital signmaking. This segment of the visual communications industry encompasses advertising, branding, and identity products, growing from digital print and vinyl cutting technologies. Industry growth continues to be phenomenal, and affords almost limitless niche development -- from wall murals and vehicle wraps, to gorgeous 3-dimensional branding elements and lobby video signs. The Sign Biz Network is a worldwide chain of independently-owned sign businesses founded with the Sign Biz model and located across the US and six foreign markets. But it is much more than that. Hundreds of entrepreneurs who entered the visual communications industry with no prior experience, operating nearly 200 digital sign enterprises that were born in partnership with Sign Biz, Inc, excel today in their businesses.
Sign Biz, Inc. is the only full-service business development company in the industry that requires no franchise fees or royalties from its store owners, unlike franchise counterparts. Our network of sign companies boasts the highest percentage of million-dollar and half-million dollar enterprises over any other sign chain, franchised or otherwise. This business development program provides complete training, equipment and support with an "evergreen" agreement for the life of the business. Our non-royalty program, when combined with the lifetime of support, personalized training and comprehensive equipment package truly allows Sign Biz Network Members to be entrepreneurial and put their own imprint on the business, yet have the support and structure available whenever they need it.
All key executives are Digital Signage Certified Experts.
Today, the Sign Biz Network is the largest non-franchised chain of sign companies in the world. Whether Sign Biz provides highly qualified corporate sign program resources or the latest technological innovations in visual communications, our commitment to excellence is based wholly on our commitment to our clients.
Marketed and sold the first digital print systems into the sign industry (1994)
Advanced Roland Technicians, Microsoft Certified Partners
First to develop Video Sign solution for digital sign industry (2005)
President, Teresa M Young, serves on ISA and CSA boards
Founder, largest chain of non-franchised sign companies worldwide
Teresa M. Young
DSCE, PRESIDENT & CEO
For 25 years, Teresa M. Young has supported new entrepreneurs entering the digital sign and graphics industry, originally as mentor and trainer while operating her own sign business (1986-1992). She received recognition as a Semi-Finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP, USA Today, and NASDAQ. Teresa was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Sign Association (ISA) in 2001. She became the first woman in the Association's 60-year history to hold the Chairman's position ( 2007). Teresa works one-on-one with new entrepreneurs to guide them through due diligence, business plan, growing pains and beyond, and fosters a generous and open culture throughout the organization. In 2012, she is Chairman of the Board for the California Sign Association Board. John Campbell, Member of Congress, and Stephen T. Ayers, Acting Architect of the Capitol, honored Teresa with an American Flag that was flown over the White House in her honor on March 11, 2008, for dedication to and support of the on-premise sign industry. Read More
PAUL K. STRAUCH DSCE, VP WORLDWIDE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Paul is responsible for developing special programs with industry manufacturers and major distributors of sign products, supplies, equipment and software for the Sign Biz Network. He has been with Sign Biz since 1991, and has grown the vendor program with exclusive discounts and more than 750 preferred vendors. In addition, Paul has more than 30 years in commercial and industrial real estate, as both owner and principal broker, in Hawaii, as well as in New York. He is particularly qualified to provide valuable guidance and instruction to new Sign Biz dealers for site selection, demographic analysis and lease negotiations, and provides SBA loan guidance. To date, more than $19,000,000 in SBA-backed financing has been secured for our start-ups. Paul contributes his expertise daily to Members of the Sign Biz Network.
MARY SILVERSTONE SALES & MARKETING
Mary developed the sales people, managers and trainers that grew Jenny Craig Int’l. from a $68M company to more than $260M, first as Director of Sales and Trainings and then as VP of Franchise. During this 11-year tenure, she authored and delivered franchise-training programs for their expansion from 50 to over 800 Jenny Craig centers. Her expertise led her to a position of Global Director of Sales Training for Callaway Golf, resulting in company revenue growth from $700M to more than $800M in a three-year period. Mary is a creative, results-oriented Sales Management Executive who presents an eight-hour sales and marketing class during the Sign Biz Formal Training Program, delivering with energy, ethics and enjoyment.
DAVID MCCUTCHEON DSCE, DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT
In 1996, David was the Senior Buyer with a electronics broker company. Soon rising to the position of Systems Administrator, he managed corporate platforms down to the desktop system. He joined the Sign Biz team in 2005 to provide networking assistance, hardware and software diagnosis and repair, IT management, and to assure each new custom sign making and POS system is built to rigid specifications. He manages technical support staff, is a Microsoft Partner, and an Advanced Roland Technician. Sign Biz Members offer great compliments for his expertise and good nature. He also maintains the Network's electronic message service, wherein Members communicate instantaneously with all other Network Members around the globe at the touch of the 'send' button.
SCOTT MEAD, DSCE, MULTIMEDIA ENGINEER
With a 20-year career in music and multimedia engineering, Scott is the ultimate video production pro behind the scores of workshop DVDs, LobbyPOP movie content, and the videography that makes it all come together. He started in Ann Arbor in 1980 recording sessions with Bob Seger, Mike Lutz of Tazmania, The Recording Institute of Detroit, Rick Medlocke and many independent artists. His clients have included the University of Michigan Staff on behalf of Yamaha for their new digital consoles, Guitar Center on behalf of Lexicon for their new computer hardware and digital reverbs, and original soundtrack development for Philips Consumer Electronics and Dominos Pizza. He brings great talent to each Member's LobbyPOP® video sign product, and authors countless educational DVDs.