SOURCE: FASTSIGNS International, Inc.
December 18, 2008 16:28 ET
FASTSIGNS® Names Catherine Monson CEO
Printing Industry Veteran Joins International Franchise to Continue Growth Efforts
CARROLLTON, TX--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the
franchisor and operator of FASTSIGNS® sign and graphics centers
worldwide, announced today that Catherine Monson will assume the position
of CEO beginning January 2, 2009. FASTSIGNS founder and current CEO, Gary
Salomon, takes over as Chairman of the Board and will continue working with
Roark Capital, the private equity firm that owns FASTSIGNS, and the
FASTSIGNS executive team on strategic direction.
Catherine Monson comes to FASTSIGNS with a strong background in franchising
and digital printing, having worked for over 28 years with another one of
the most well-respected business to business franchisors in the industry,
Franchise Services, Inc., which owns Sir Speedy, PIP Printing (where she
served as President), Signal Graphics, MultiCopy Europe and TeamLogicIT. As
president of PIP Printing, she was instrumental in advancing the processes
and functions of the franchise system while also focusing on how to improve
In addition to her role as president, she's gained valuable experience
within Sir Speedy and MultiCopy Europe, serving in the operations,
franchise development, sales, training and marketing/communications
divisions, giving her critical knowledge on all aspects of running a
franchise business. Monson is on the board of the International Franchise
Association (IFA), the Business Marketing Association and Pi Sigma Epsilon,
a national collegiate sales and marketing fraternity.
"As I began to look at stepping back from FASTSIGNS, it was important to
have someone in my place who understands the mission of FASTSIGNS and what
the brand stands for," said Gary Salomon, who opened his first FASTSIGNS
center in Dallas in 1985. "I know Catherine will continue the legacy and
the culture of this great company -- people and service first, always
taking the high road when given an option, and working tirelessly to keep
our system the amazing system that it is."
When the FASTSIGNS concept took flight as a franchise in 1986, the business
world considered the concept an innovation. The approach was a complete
break from sign industry tradition and for the first time, custom signage
was readily available to businesses, organizations and special events, in
small quantities, at convenient locations and at affordable prices. Over
twenty years later, the industry is vastly different with the introduction
of full color graphics and cutting-edge technology that the company has
embraced in an effort to meet the diverse and growing needs of sign buyers.
"FASTSIGNS has an impeccable reputation and is a proven leader in the sign
and graphics industry, and I am honored to have the opportunity to lead
this outstanding organization," said Monson. "The company was founded with
a simple concept of making the sign and graphics process simple for the
customer while delivering a valuable business need, and I strongly believe
that the goals and values that FASTSIGNS was founded upon will continue to
dominate how this business runs in the future."
Today, there are over 540 FASTSIGNS locations in six countries -- the US,
Canada, Australia (where it operates as SIGNWAVE®), Mexico, Brazil and
the United Kingdom. FASTSIGNS continues to consistently be ranked among the
world's leading franchise companies by industry and business publications
such as Entrepreneur, Franchise Times, Franchise Business Review and more.
About FASTSIGNS International, Inc.
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. For more information, visit www.fastsigns.com.