International Sign Association - 4/28/2014
ISA Sign Expo 2014 Breaks Attendance, Exhibit Records for Orlando
For the second year in a row, ISA International Sign Expo 2014 has broken attendance and exhibit hall records for its show, which just closed in Orlando, Fla.
Attendance topped 18,110, up more than 10 percent over 2012, the last time the show was held in Orlando. Total exhibit hall space, at 198,900 square
feet, was also a record-breaker for Orlando, up five percent from 2012. In all, more than 580 companies were represented on the expo floor, with a
significant number using the show to introduce new product lines.
ISA International Sign Expo, sponsored by the International Sign Association, alternates between Orlando and Las Vegas. Other highlights from 2014:
The Dynamic Digital Park included 12 new exhibitors and was 34 percent larger than in 2013;
The Hosted Buyer Program, which brings designers and architects to the show, doubled in size over 2013;
A new educational track, project management, proved popular with attendees. It was created after a roundtable discussion in 2013 showed the need
for more education on this topic. Overall attendance at educational events was up 34 percent from 2012; and
A record number of co-located events, including Almo E4 A/V Tour, the Inflatable Advertising Dealers Association, and an event co-sponsored by
the Society of Experiential Graphic Design.
“There is no doubt that ISA International Sign Expo 2014 was an unqualified success,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “There were opportunities
at every turn for sign companies to expand their businesses and to refine and improve their existing lines. Clearly, many took advantage of those
opportunities and exhibitors reported strong sales. That is just another signal that the on-premise sign industry is stronger than ever.”
ISA Sign Expo 2014 included a number of enhancements to improve the overall show experience, including ISA’s first app, designed to connect and
assist attendees throughout the show and multiple networking opportunities. The event also included several creations by the Six-Minute Painter, an
artist who creates masterpieces in just a few minutes. Those projects were auctioned off at the end of the show, with proceeds benefiting ISA
ISA International Sign Expo 2015 is scheduled for April 8-11, 2015 in Las Vegas.
International Sign Association - 2/28/2013
GASC and ISA Partner
The Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) has formed a strategic alliance with the International Sign Association (ISA), the authority on signs, to
offer unprecedented opportunities for attendees from the sign, display, and large photo imaging segments of the graphic communications industry at
PRINT 13, coming September 8-12, 2013 to Chicago’s McCormick Place.
“We recognize that one size does not fit all,” said GASC President Ralph Nappi. “That is why we have partnered with ISA to bring PRINT 13 attendees the
most comprehensive mix of applications, education, best practices, equipment, software, and research for display, sign, and photo imaging print output
of all sizes.”
Not only will PRINT 13’s impressive exhibit floor be filled with the top digital print manufacturers, as well as offset, hybrid and flexo suppliers, but
attendees also will be able to take advantage of a new attraction in “BIG”— the Wide Format Pavilion. Here, ISA will offer wide format application
and innovation information in an interactive format that will cover the hottest trends and techniques.
“ISA is excited to partner with GASC to provide relevant information on the growing sign industry,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO.” This
partnership will enable both organizations to reach out beyond our existing customers to help the industry grow and prosper.”
Coming this fall at PRINT 13, now with the involvement and resources of ISA, print pros from sign and display shops have their own “one-stop shop” at the
show, and commercial printers, as well, can learn about the latest applications and opportunities in wide format direct from the industry ‘gurus.’ Here,
education will also focus on new entries and veterans into the sign market with individualized guidance on why and how to diversify and grow their
business into signs/displays.
“We are excited about ISA bringing their valuable partnership and content to PRINT 13,” said Nappi. “As part of the partnership, GASC and NPES
The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies will utilize its research arm, PRIMIR, to build new and valuable
trending content for the sign and display member exhibiting companies at ISA. Our aim is to deliver more value and engagement to both our events.”
“This alliance will enhance the learning opportunities at PRINT 13, allowing attendees access to new applications and technologies while strengthening
their networks,” said David Murphy, director of Marketing, Americas, Graphics Solutions Business, HP. “HP Graphics Solutions Business customers
realize the value digital printing offers in a broad range of market segments, and we are excited to see ISA and GASC/NPES partner to offer a multi-
“EFI offers diverse business transformation technologies. These range from MIS Software to wide format inkjet printers and label printing to our Fiery
product offerings. An ISA – GASC/NPES collaboration is brilliant adding more value for our customers and prospects that are continuing to improve
or transform their business by giving them more reason to come to ISA and PRINT 13, two important events for our industry in two easy to reach
destinations,” said Frank Tueckmantel, EFI’s Vice President Corporate Marketing.
Adds Mal Balboyian, Executive Vice President, Canon/Oce Business Systems: “This partnership makes sense. Each organization has different
communities and value propositions. Together the benefits and value to attendees and suppliers alike should equal more than the sum of its parts,
much like Canon and Oce.”
“With our combined AGFA and Pitman solutions and strategy, we see the partnership between ISA and GASC as smart and even more valuable,” said
AGFA Pitman’s Director of Marketing Deborah Hutcheson. “This partnership creates great networking events, driving more customers and
prospects to each show and educating attendees on the latest technologies and applications.”
“Scodix equipment is used on different types of print applications including commercial, packaging and signage. We invest in many trade shows and
seek the highest ROI in exhibiting. We are excited about the GASC/ISA partnership.” said Ziki Kuly, VP of Marketing from Scodix. “Likewise we are
pleased about the co-location of the CPP EXPO package printing/converting show at PRINT 13. These innovative organizations are leaders in
delivering added value and ROI for exhibition attendees and exhibitors alike.”
International Sign Association - 4/30/2011
ISA International Sign Expo 2011 Completes Another Outstanding
Business deals are in process, new projects envisioned. ISA International Sign Expo is the place where the sign industry gets things done and the
just-completed 2011 event was no different.
In all, some 19,000 attendees visited the Expo floor, which was the largest in several years with nearly 200,000 square feet filled with the latest
innovations for the sign industry. Attendance at educational sessions was up significantly as well. The event ran April 27-30 at the Mandalay Bay
Convention Center in Las Vegas.
“Each year, ISA International Sign Expo proves to be the place for sign industry professionals to network, learn the latest information about their industry,
and see the latest products on the exhibit floor,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “This year proved to be all of that and more.”
The session opened with a stirring address by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who told attendees about “Plywood Leadership.” Using the analogy of the
material plywood, McChrystal discussed how team building brings together weaker materials. Under the right leader—the glue—the end result is stronger
than the pieces alone. McChrystal interspersed his own leadership experiences with lessons from history.
With that, the expo hall doors were opened and attendees were able to see a number of new products as well as meet face-to-face with the companies
with which they do business.
ISA International Sign Expo 2011 also included the hotly contested New Product Showcase and the Green Product Showcase, which made its debut in
2010. Exhibitors were given three minutes to present a new or environmentally friendly product and attendees voted on the most exciting in each
The international aspect of Sign Expo 2011 was in full force as well. As in years past, about 20 percent of attendees were from outside of the United
States, showcasing the thriving global marketplace for signs and sign manufacturers. The Global Sign Forum offers an opportunity for international
attendees to network and discuss issues and trends occurring in their countries. As it has for the past five years, the Global Sign Forum was a
Educational events have continued to expand dramatically. ISA and the International Sign Academy offered nearly 70 courses. In addition, the mobile
crane operator safety certification training—designed to prepare sign company employees for coming OSHA mandates—was held onsite as well.
Throughout 2011, ISA will be holding additional mobile crane operator safety certification training courses throughout the United States.
“Keeping sign industry professionals informed on the latest information that helps them manage their businesses better is a vital role that ISA plays,”
Anderson said. “While ISA International Sign Expo offers the best opportunity to have everyone in one place for educational events, we continue to
educate and train the sign industry throughout the year in webinars, in-person events, and through our registered provider program.”
ISA International Sign Expo 2012 is set for March 21-24 in Orlando.
International Sign Association - 4/18/2011
ISA Congratulates Winners in its 2011 ISA Sign Design Competition
For the second consecutive year, ISA held its annual Sign Design Competition online, empowering members to promote their sign design project photos
via their social media networks. ISA congratulates its winners in eight distinct categories, and proudly displays photos of their winning sign designs on
their website, at www.signs.org/winners.
“Our members’ signs are unique works of art and manufacture, as well as the most important marketing vehicles for businesses,” said ISA President and
CEO Lori Anderson. “The ability to design and expertly engineer signs, with all of their complexity and dimension, takes a very particular skill set that is
specific to the on-premise sign industry.”
This year’s contest received an astounding 106 percent increase in the number of votes submitted, with more than 35,000 votes recorded. In addition,
ISA displayed 40 percent more sign designs, with a total of 91 member entries. The contest categories included seven on-premise sign categories, as
well as a Best in the Regions design winner, for the highest voted sign.
“We believe the fact that votes increased so dramatically is due to the sign industry’s increased adaptation to social media technologies,” said ISA’s
director of marketing Sarah Singleton. “We saw members promoting their sign designs on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, which resulted in a vast
increase of votes.”
In addition to ISA’s votes increasing, ISA member entrants saw their social media networks expand as they promoted their sign designs online. One
winning sign designer, Rick Stemmler, of Creative Sign Resources in Fort Wayne, Indiana saw first-hand how his social network activated and
expanded throughout the contest voting period. “It was neat to see how our votes would shoot up after I posted a Tweet or Facebook post. I
also have a ton more followers on Twitter now!”
ISA congratulates this year’s winners. Their winning designs can be found at www.signs.org/winners. The winning sign designs will be on display on
April 29, during the General Session at the ISA International Sign Expo, in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information on the Expo, please visit
The winning sign designers are as follows:
• Best of the Regions: Ramsay Signs Inc. / Heath Northwest – Portland, Oregon, USA Designer: Ross Hilden
• Freestanding Signs, Electric Category 1st Place: Hyoco Distribution, Inc. – Irvine, California, USA Viva Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
• Freestanding Signs, Nonelectric Category 1st Place: Accel Sign Group, Inc. – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Designer: Jay Lambert
• Building Signage, Electric Category 1st Place: Creative Sign Resources – Louisville, Kentucky, USA Designer: Rick Stemmler
• Building Signage, Nonelectric Category 1st Place: Ansell & Porosa Signmakers – Newton Abbot, Devon, EN
• Historic Reproduction 1st Place: Ramsay Signs Inc. / Heath Northwest – Portland, Oregon, USA Designer: Ross Hilden
• Vehicle Graphics Category 1st Place: Nagle Signs, Inc. – Waterloo, Iowa, USA Designer: Holly Friedman
• Wayfinding/Sign Systems Category 1st Place: DaVinci Sign Systems – Windsor, Colorado, USA Designer: Casey Easton
International Sign Association - 4/18/2009
2009 ISA International Sign Expo a Huge Success - Points to a Strong
The International Sign Association (ISA) today called its 2009 International Sign Expo "a resounding success,"
noting that it was their best show ever, despite facing what are daunting economic odds. The Expo included
participants from 92 countries, proving it is truly a global event. Nearly 18,000 people met at Mandalay Bay
Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, to experience the latest in technology, educational offerings and
networking opportunities. The exhibit hall featured 500 companies, staffing nearly 1,600 exhibit booths.
"The sign industry is still strong," remarked ISA SVP of Trade Shows Brian McNamara, at the close of the show.
"Our exhibitors have overwhelmingly reported strong business leads, and many saw their sales projections
exceeded early on at the show."
ISA echoed the sentiments of their exhibitors’ success, as ISA President and CEO Lori Anderson noted, "To
experience a show of this magnitude in the midst of what has been a monumental economic crisis, speaks
volumes on a robust and resilient sign industry."
Also in conjunction with ISA’s show, the association announced the launch of its International Sign Academy,
a new program providing year-round education, workforce training and professional development for the sign
industry. Nearly 1,900 individuals participated in the Expo’s 40 Discovery Seminar Series courses, obtaining
the latest information and training on sales and marketing, management, digital imaging, safety issues, digital
electronic signage, and graphic arts and design. For more information, please visit www.signs.org/signacademy.
The show also presented the inaugural New Product Showcase, which featured the latest in innovative sign
technologies, highlighting exhibiting companies’ most recent products. More than 200 attendees voted on the
“Coolest New Product.” Tred Displays, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, won for their iN-Series Reflective
Digital Display Panels. Visit www.treddisplays.com for more information.
One notable networking event, other than the 225,000 net square feet of exhibit space, was the Custom and
National Sign Company Division Meeting. More than 400 sign company representatives attended this
recession-busting networking event, which connected national and local sign companies to forge business
Another new event taking place on the exhibit hall floor, which drew enormous crowds, was the first annual
Lowen Certified Wrap-Off. This contest was produced by the Lowen Corporation, in conjunction with the
International Sign Association. The wrap-off took place throughout the course of the show, and watched 48
professional vehicle wrap installers compete to win many prizes, including a Ford F-250 truck. The grand prize
winner was Dustin Shelley-Newnan, with It’s a Wrap Graphics, Inc. For more information, please visit
"Now more than ever, the International Sign Expo proved to be a quality experience for the industry’s buyers
and sellers," noted ISA Chairman Roy Cox.
International Sign Association - 11/4/2007
ISA Seeks Entries 2008 Sign Design Competition
December 4, 2007 (Alexandria, VA) - The International Sign Association (ISA) has issued a call for entries for its
2008 Sign Design Competition. Introducing a new format this year, the contest will judge actual sign projects,
rather than conceptual designs, as in years past. Winners will be recognized and winning submissions will be
displayed at the International Sign Expo 2008, to be held March 26-29, 2008, in Orlando, Fla.
Revamped for 2008, ISA’s renowned contest will take into consideration both conceptual designs and finished
products, selecting winners in three categories: commercial/electric, traditional/historic and architectural/sign
systems/wayfinding. To be eligible for consideration, signs should have been completed and installed in 2007
and you must be a member of ISA. Entries must be received no later than Monday, January 14, 2008. Four
prizes will be awarded as follows:
Grand Prize Winner - $2,000, plus domestic round trip tickets and hotel accommodations for two to attend the
Sign Design awards ceremony in Orlando
First Place Commercial/Electric - $500
First Place Traditional/Historic - $500
First Place Architectural/Sign Systems/Wayfinding - $500
Winners will be notified by February 22, 2008, and will receive a plaque and monetary award at the trade show.
"Since its inception, ISA’s Sign Design contest has provided an exceptional opportunity to showcase the best
of the best in our industry," said ISA President and CEO Lori Anderson. "This year, though, we wanted to take
a fresh approach, to ensure that all winning designs not only look great, but have met the test of customer
"We recognized that, while conceptual designs may be highly artistic, some might not be able to be feasible for
actual sign projects," said Anderson. "That realization inspired us to change the contest, to work with finished
projects and emphasize the importance of utility in creating an effective, attractive sign."
International Sign Association - 12/20/2006
International Sign Association Names Executive Committee, Board Of
Directors For 2007
December 20, 2006 (Alexandria, VA) - The International Sign Association (ISA) has named its board of directors
for 2007. Seven members of the 23 person board are new this year, including:
Mike Burnett, SignMedia, Inc., Hampton, Va. - Local/Custom Sign Company Division - Southern States Sign
Roy Flahive, Pacific Sign Construction, Poway, Calif. - Local/Custom Sign Company Division - Western States
Chris Flejtuch, Quality Quick Signs, Depew, N.Y. - Local/Custom Sign Company Division - Northeast States
Chad Jones, Southwest Signs, Inc., San Antonio, Texas - National Sign Company Division:
Mark Pridmore, Mid-South Signs, Inc., Columbus, Miss. - Local/Custom Sign Company Division - Mid South
Pete Sitterle, Comet Neon Advertising Company, San Antonio, Texas - Local/Custom Sign Company Division -
Southwest Sign Council
Carl Wagner, Wagner Electric Sign Company, Elyria, Ohio - Local/Custom Sign Company Division - Midwest
"A year ago, when so many of the board's long-time members were retiring after years of commitment, we began
to consider the mix of backgrounds, experience, skills and range of contacts that would best serve the
organization’s interests and supplement ISA's current talent pool," said 2007 ISA Chairwoman Teresa M. Young.
The nomination process brought a slate of talented new board members who are knowledgeable and passionate
about what this organization does and hopes to accomplish.
"Today, the transfer of power from the mentors of our past to the new volunteers of 2007 can be deemed a
resounding success," said Young. "Our new board members are eager to deliver tangible benefits for our industry
and our members. I am very proud to follow the wisdom of this board as its chairwoman for the next 12 months."
In addition to the new board of directors, Teresa M. Young, president and CEO of SignBiz, Inc. in Dana Point,
Calif., was named chairman of the International Sign Association for 2007, becoming the first woman to head
the nation’s leading on-premise signage industry group.
"Teresa is an outstanding and highly successful business leader and we feel very fortunate to have her at the
helm of our organization as we implement a new strategic direction," said ISA President and CEO Lori Anderson.
"Teresa knows the industry, she’s familiar with the issues facing us and she understands what our members
expect of ISA. She is exactly the right person at the right time."
Young will be joined by Ken Von Wald, president of Denco Sales Co., Denver, Colo., in the role of vice chairman
and Roy Cox, president of Trav-Ad Signs, Inc., Huntsville, Ala., as ISA’s secretary/treasurer. Thomas L.
Cummings III, chief operating officer of Encore Image Group, Torrance, Calif., will serve as immediate past
chairman for 2007.
"The collective talent level and industry experience of our new executive committee is impressive," said Anderson.
"With this leadership team in place, ISA has a solid foundation for ensuring that our organization grows in a prudent
manner while remaining committed to our mission of supporting, improving and promoting the sign industry."
International Sign Association - 7/31/2006
New Program Provides Financial Aid to ISA Members
July 31, 2006 (Alexandria, VA) - A new member benefit offered by the International Sign Association (ISA) grants
financial support to member companies that are seeking legal, legislative, educational or technical assistance to
address sign-related issues. The new program is designed to support grassroots initiatives by helping fund
individual sign companies dealing with concerns that have a broad impact on the industry as a whole.
Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and members must submit a detailed application outlining
the goal of the project for which they are seeking financial support. To date, ISA has awarded $42,500 to four
member organizations facing a variety of industry issues.
In one instance, ISA funding is being used to support a custom sign company’s efforts to contest government
regulation of lettering and graphics inside windows. The case takes on a local government that is charging
companies for window signs by using an arbitrary formula to estimate the cost for a sign permit. Because the local
sign ordinances contain numerous content-based provisions that would likely not survive a challenge under the
First Amendment, a win in this case could have wide-sweeping ramifications for the sign industry at-large.
Another beneficiary of ISA’s funding assistance program is a company whose case is currently before a state
supreme court. The case involves a city code banning Electronic Message Centers for anything other than time,
date and temperature readings. The city appealed to the state’s high court after a lower court found the code to b
e both an unconstitutional infringement on commercial speech and a direct violation of content neutrality standards
as required by the U.S. Supreme Court.
"ISA’s new funding assistance program is a tremendous benefit to our members as it helps to offset the financial
burden involved in challenging some of these legal cases," said ISA President and CEO Lori Anderson. "On a l
arger scale, though, this program is a boon to the entire sign industry. By backing the efforts of individual sign
companies to support their rights and promote the value of signage, ISA is helping to protect and defend the
industry as a whole."