Sign store ranks among tops in chain


The FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids team, including Mike Gilpin, president, left, accepts the Sales Achievement Award from Catherine Monson, right, CEO of FASTSIGNS International. Courtesy FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids

The local franchise of a national sign and graphics company has been recognized as one of the chain’s top-performing locations.

FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids, at 3582 29th St. SE — a franchise of the Carrollton, Texas-based FASTSIGNS International — has been ranked No. 5 out of the company’s more than 700 locations in nine countries.

The local franchise was recognized at the 2019 FASTSIGNS International Convention this month in Orlando, Florida.

“With so many centers in the network, this distinction is very humbling,” said Mike Gilpin, president, FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids. “This award reflects our entire team’s hard work and dedication to helping businesses and organizations solve their visual communications challenges in our community every day.”

The Grand Rapids franchise was presented with the Sales Achievement Award, which recognizes the top five centers that achieved the highest sales volume in the U.S. and Canada between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018.

FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids also received the Mentor Recognition Award, which honors existing franchisees for helping new ones, as well as the Public E-commerce Task Force Service Recognition and the Franchise Advisory Council Service Recognition.

In addition, account manager Alex Cook was awarded a Circle of Excellence Award for outstanding sales.

FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids

FASTSIGNS of Grand Rapids, which opened in 2005, is a sign, graphics and visual communications business that provides visual marketing products and services to customers of all sizes and industries.

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