West Palm Beach, FL (September 11, 2012) – SIGNARAMA, the world’s largest full-service sign business, announced today that franchisees Matt and Vince Cvijanovic of Greensboro, N.C., have been honored by the International Franchise Association (IFA) with its annual Franchisee of the Year Award. Franchise owner-operators representing 31 franchise systems were recognized during the IFA’s 13thAnnual Public Affairs Conference Sept. 10-11 for their outstanding performance and the contributions they have made to enhance the growth and development of franchising.
“We are proud that the IFA has recognized the outstanding efforts of these business owners with the Franchisee of the Year Award,” said “JT” Jim Tatem, president of SIGNARAMA. “It is because of entrepreneurs and franchise partners like Matt and Vince that our business and the franchising community as a whole continues to grow, prosper and help bolster the economy.”
Matt and Vince Cvijanovic established SIGNARAMA of the Triad in Greensboro in 1991, and since then they have consistently been the top performer of the company’s 900 locations worldwide. The Cvijanovics employ over 70 staff members at their 35,000-square-foot factory and three showrooms in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Burlington. Together their team has over 400 years of experience in sign design, manufacturing and installation.
The Franchisee of the Year Award is a major component of the IFA’s Public Affairs Conference, which brings more than 400 franchise business leaders together in Washington, D.C. to carry the key messages of franchising to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. According to a study conducted for the IFA Educational Foundation by PricewaterhouseCoopers on the economic impact of franchising, there are more than 825,000 franchised businesses in operation across the country which is indirectly responsible for providing 18 million jobs and generating $2.1 trillion in economic output.
SIGNARAMA is part of a successful system of business-to-business franchise brands and development services under the United Franchise Group. As part of the $30-billion-plus worldwide sign market, SIGNARAMA has been at the forefront of the sign industry for more than two decades providing cost effective advertising and branding solutions for companies to increase recognition. Growth continues to be a focus for SIGNARAMA, both domestically and internationally. Currently the company boasts nearly 900 locations in more than 50 countries including Albania, Colombia and Australia.
Each and every SIGNARAMA store features trained specialists that understand the unique advertising and marketing needs of today’s constantly evolving market and can offer impactful solutions from digital signage to vehicle wraps, banners, and monument, neon, LED and pylon signs.
About SIGNARAMA (SAR)
Approaching 900 locations in more than 50 countries, SIGNARAMA uses cutting-edge industry software programs to provide a full range of comprehensive sign and graphic services to both the private and commercial segments of the business community. For franchising information, please call (800) 465-0362 or visit www.signarama.com.
About the United Franchise Group (UFG):
United Franchise Group (http://www.unitedfranchisegroup.com), the Global Leader for Entrepreneurs, is a $500-million franchising expert with 30 years of experience and 1,400 franchise locations in over 50 countries. Brands include SIGNARAMA, EmbroidMe, Billboard Connection, Plan Ahead Events, Super Green Solutions and Transworld Business Advisors. Information on franchising opportunities is available at 800-286-8671 (U.S.) or 001-561-640-5570 (international).
About the International Franchise Association
The International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. Celebrating 50 years of excellence, education and advocacy, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising through government relations, public relations and educational programs. Through its awareness campaign highlighting the theme, Franchising: Building Local Businesses, One Opportunity at a Time, IFA promotes the nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic activity generated by franchising. IFA members include franchise companies in over 90 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law and business development.
# # #