As the dream cruise weekend is coming to an end, all of the old school to newer looking cars are being put back into the garage for next year. The Dream Cruise weekend is an opportunity to show off your best looking car no matter the shape, the size, or the model. If you had the chance to have the best looking vehicle graphics on Woodward, would you capture it? Or just let it slip?
Signarama Troy has the best looking vehicle graphics in town! We can deal with any type of car, any color, and any size you can think of! If it moves, we can put graphics on it. We cover everything including: full vehicle wraps, vehicle graphics like a logo or quote, vehicle lettering, and even vehicle magnetic toppers.Everything we make is completely custom, so even if you have the craziest imagination, we could make something that fits it!
It is never too soon to get a jump start on next year! The worst thing you can do is wait until the last minute to get custom vehicle graphics put on your car. Bring your vehicle into Signarama Troy today and get the best looking vehicle graphics around!
Preceding Signarama Troy’s recent Caribbean Cruise, our team had the opportunity to visit the United Franchise Group World Headquarters. As a part of the Signarama franchise, our Hall of Fame location operates in the top 1% for the conglomerate. It was a huge honor and very exciting to visit the people who provide so much support for our business.
During our visit we toured the facility which is encompassed in what used to be a movie studio! The headquarters is a combination of offices, sample showrooms for each brand, research and development, production rooms, a full size gym along with a half basketball court, an amphitheater with translation room for international guests and much more. While we toured the grounds we were shown the various areas utilized for supporting our Signarama brand.
The highlight of the experience was a personal presentation by CEO, Ray Titus, inspirational talk from JJ Prendamano both with a video introduction by President, Jim Tatum. Ray had been preparing a speech for the “World Leaders Conference 2014” and presented it to our team as a “warm up”. His talk touched on life/work balance, continuing our education through books about self improvement, and not to multitask when doing certain tasks such as answering a phone or working with a client in person. He passed out several books to our team, notably “The Energy Bus”, by Jon Gordan. Our group has agreed after each of us read every book we will make a habit to enjoy lunch together while sharing our thoughts on each title.
Overall, our day was well spent. We came out of UFG inspired, excited and ready to take on new challenges. It was an experience we will never forget and will always be grateful for having.
With over 25 years in the franchising industry and more than 1400 franchisees throughout the world, United Franchise Group offers unprecedented leadership and solid business opportunities for entrepreneurs. Today, United Franchise Group has more than 200 employees with established offices in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Its corporate headquarters are located in West Palm Beach, Florida and also house a superior state-of-the-art training facility, where all new franchisees are welcomed to begin their journey into business ownership throughout the year.
For more information on the United Franchise Group please visit: http://unitedfranchisegroup.com/
For more information on the World Leaders Conference 2014 please visit: http://worldleadersconference.com/
In January 2013 Signarama Troy President, Bob Chapa, set a hefty goal for his team. He said “if we can collaborate, work hard and increase our sales 20% over 2012, I will take each of you and a significant other on a Caribbean Cruise!” Not only did our team achieve the goal, we SMASHED our goal. 2013 proved to be the most successful year ever for Signarama Troy. We improved our previous years sales by over 50%. The Signarama Troy Goal Smashers were set to enjoy a Caribbean Cruise!
On Sunday, February 23, 2014 the Signarama Goal Smashers were off to a week of traveling they would never forget. The adventure started with a trip to World of Beer and a fantastic dinner at E.R. Bradleys in West Palm Beach, FL. We shared a meal with Scott Mast, United Franchise Groups Vice President of Global Performance. It was just the beginning of what proved to be a rewarding and enjoyable trip for all.
We set sail on the Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas on Monday, February 24. We wore matching red polo shirts with “Signarama Goal Smashers 2013” embroidered on the sleeve. They were a hit in line, many people asking why we all matched and asked what “Sing-A-Rama”. To our amusement we politely replied we were the entertainment on the ship!
While on the vessel we were all amazed at the size and variety of features it held. We all enjoyed several of the ships features including:
- FlowRider® surf simulator
- Rock-climbing wall
- Mini-golf course
- Full-sized basketball court
- Saturday Night Fever: The Musical in the Main Theater
- Ice-skating shows
- 22 bars, clubs, and lounges that never have a cover, including Boleros Latin-themed lounge and Hoof & Claw English Pub
- Windjammer Café, Jade Sushi, Sorrento’s Pizza (the most popular with the Goal Smashers), Café Promenade for coffee and pastries/snacks, and room service!
Our favorite gathering place was Hoof & Claw English Pub. It was a pub reminiscent of it’s namesake and had 2 of the best servers on the Liberty of the seas. We had amazing dinners each night with dedicated servers who also treated us like royalty. We made quite an impression on our fellow diners chanting “Telly, Telly” to our beloved head waiter. Our last night on the ship was a meal to remember, chock full of fresh lobster picked up on our last port of call Falmouth, Jamaica.
When our team thanked Bob and his wife Melissa for the opportunity to spend a week together at sea he replied,
“It sure feels great to work hard towards big goals and share in the rewards together! Thank YOU for making it happen!”
Our team couldn’t agree more with our respected President. Thank you Bob & Melissa, we will never forget our trip together. We can’t wait to “smash” 2014’s goal and make new memories in Jamaica!!!
For more information on World of Beer: http://wobusa.com/
For more information on E.R. Bradley’s Saloon: http://erbradleys.com/
For more information on Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas: http://www.royalcaribbean.com/home.do
The Salvation Army Red Kettle History
In 2012, Signarama Troy proudly donated a sign to The Salvation Army to display the total donations collected by the organization in Metro Detroit. Every year the sign is displayed next to the “World’s Tallest Red Kettle” at Campus Martius in Downtown Detroit. We update the goal for the year and provide them with additional “red lines” to mark the progress. The world famous Red Kettle’s will be in front of stores soon! If you walk past and wonder about The Salvation Army Red Kettle History, read on for the heartwarming story of how it all began…
The Salvation Army Red Kettle History:
In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry. During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken. He only had one major hurdle to overcome — funding the project.
Where would the money come from, he wondered. He lay awake nights, worrying, thinking, praying about how he could find the funds to fulfill his commitment of feeding 1,000 of the city’s poorest individuals on Christmas Day. As he pondered the issue, his thoughts drifted back to his sailor days in Liverpool, England. He remembered how at Stage Landing, where the boats came in, there was a large, iron kettle called “Simpson’s Pot” into which passers-by tossed a coin or two to help the poor.
The next day Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street. Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He soon had the money to see that the needy people were properly fed at Christmas.
Six years later, the kettle idea spread from the west coast to the Boston area. That year, the combined effort nationwide resulted in 150,000 Christmas dinners for the needy. In 1901, kettle contributions in New York City provided funds for the first mammoth sit-down dinner in Madison Square Garden, a custom that continued for many years. Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods.
Captain McFee’s kettle idea launched a tradition that has spread not only throughout the United States, but all across the world. Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries. Everywhere, public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.
To donate to The Salvation Army click here:
Check out Signarama Troy’s sign in the background!
The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 7th Annual Sunrise Pinnacle Awards on October 11 at the Royal Park Hotel in downtown Rochester. An estimated 500 people were in attendance with Presenting Sponsor PNC Bank.
The annual breakfast celebration honored 23 winners that included local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and outstanding community citizens. In its 7th year, Sunrise Pinnacle has become one of the most encompassing and prestigious award ceremonies in the Metro Detroit area. Keeping with the event tradition, winners were announced by well-known WXYZ-TV Channel 7 anchorman Dave LewAllen.
Each Sunrise Pinnacle Award winner also received an award and a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” from U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers in appreciation of outstanding and invaluable service to the community.
We are proud to announce Signarama Troy honored to accept a Sunrise Pinnacle Award. We were presented with the Wellness at Work Award, sponsored by Boulevard Health Center. The award recognized Signarama as a company in the greater Rochester area demonstrating the importance of healthy co-workers and fosters an environment where healthy choices are encouraged and even rewarded.
In 2013 our team embarked on a venture to improve our lifestyles and get healthy together! We work in such a fast paced environment it is easy to put our health on the backburner. As a challenge for our team to change our ways, we collectively joined LA Fitness in Troy! We have been attending cycling classes, playing racquetball at lunch, weightlifting, dancing at Zumba!, and boxing together. For the past few months we have seen differences in our bodies, had more energy, grown closer as a team and encouraged each other to eat healthier at lunch. Our efforts have reflected in our production, making 2013 one of the most successful years in Signarama Troy’s company history. We look forward to continuing our progress and keeping our healthy changes for years to come!
The Sunrise Pinnacle Awards is Rochester and our neighboring communities’ pre-eminent celebration of the area’s visionary entrepreneurs, business and civic leaders, and exemplary corporate citizens.
The Sunrise Pinnacle Awards was created by the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce as a way to honor area businesses and leaders for their innovation, success and contributions to the quality of life in the community.
Signarama Troy has partnered with the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce to promote new chamber members grand openings. The partnership will provide each new business joining the chamber with a complimentary banner from Signarama to commemorate their Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The chamber approached Signarama Troy to discuss a partnership in making each ceremony more memorable for the new members. Bob Chapa, owner of Signarama Troy, immediately expressed interest and the plan was underway!
Signarama is providing each new member the opportunity to personalize a 2’x6′, full color banner with their name and the date of the ceremony. Orders are placed directly through the chamber and produced proudly in our Metro Detroit shop! The chamber helps new members plan a ribbon cutting and/or grand opening celebration! They have an option to choose one of three packages available to help make the event more exciting!
As a new business in the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Firehouse Subs in Rochester Hills, will be the first company to be honored with the complimentary banner from Signarama Troy! Jeff Urbas opened the restaurant in July 2013 and has been welcomed by many in the surrounding community.
The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization with a membership base of businesses ranging from sole proprietors to nationally recognized corporations. Founded in 1955, we are the principal voice of the business community, we focus on fostering a favorable climate and promoting orderly and progressive development for our region.
The chamber is dedicated to providing programs and services that enhance your business potential. Business owners and their representatives can promote their business through the Chamber’s technological advancements and networking opportunities.
The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusivity among membership, leadership, and staff.
Source: Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce http://rrcmi.le6.getliveedit.com/pages/AboutUs/
For more information on Firehouse Subs visit: http://locations.firehousesubs.com/locations/mi/north-rochester-city-walk
Troy, MI, September 23, 2013– Signarama Troy has expanded its product offerings with the purchase of a state of the art laser engraver from Universal Laser Systems. The capabilities of the new piece of equipment will take their product offerings to a whole new level, unmatched by any competitors in the Metro Detroit area.
“The purchase of a laser engraver allows us to work on an entire market we haven’t been able to provide for. Now we can offer a whole new range of products to our clients, produced in house. This equipment will be a great asset to our business with all the exciting new construction and reinvention of Detroit,” stated Bob Chapa, President of Signarama Troy.
The laser engraver has the ability to personalize items such as ADA signs, directory signs, glasses,key chains, plaques, awards and much more. It features a multi-level processor that can cut, engrave, mark, and produce photographic images in one step. It is able to process a wide variety of materials including glass, plastic, metal, fabric, leather, wood, stone, paper and more. It can cut through substrates up to a ½” thick and can accommodate materials up to 24 x 18 x 9”.
“We are excited to continue our plan to keep reinvesting in the business to meet our clients’ needs. We are focused on becoming where “Business Goes to Grow” in Metro Detroit and the purchase of the laser engraver will push us to the next level”, Chapa said.
Signarama Troy has been in business within the sign industry for over 15 years. They were previously located in Madison Heights and currently reside on Rochester Road just south of Big Beaver. Their award winning shop is involved locally with the Troy Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Sunrise Networking Group of Troy.
My name is Bianca Iacopelli and I started working at SIGNARAMA Troy on Tuesday May 28th, 2013. A day after Memorial Day! I am happy to have been hired as the Graphic Designer at SIGNARAMA Troy. I’m in charge of designing snazzy signage and preparing files for production in order for them to print perfectly!
I recently graduated with a Fine Arts Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in Graphic Design, from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. I started off drawing and painting as a child and moved into the computer aided design world my senior year of high school. I have been designing professionally for almost five years now, and I absolutely love it. I am so passionate about design that I actually studied abroad in the Netherlands for almost a month in order to broaden my skills.
Since I started at SIGNARAMA Troy I have been privileged to work on some pretty cool projects for our shop. Some of the designs I have produced were utilized on various substrates for a wedding seating chart, deli window graphics, golf outing signs, a welcome home military banner and banners for various local businesses. My favorite design so for was working on the decals for Kid Rock’s personal wave runners!
I believe I am a great fit for this team because I’m a hard-worker, enjoy designing high quality art, and I am excellent at receiving feedback. I think constructive criticism is a positive communication which allows me to learn more each and every day. I am excited to work in the sign industry because it is something very new for me! I have worked in marketing departments for cosmetic distributors, publication offices, advertising agencies, and small boutique design studios, but never at a sign company! I’m excited to learn new skills and collaborate ideas with some really great people!
On April 8, 2013 I started at SIGNARAMA Troy as the Sales Support/Administration Staff. I am usually the first person anyone calling or walking into SIGNARAMA speaks to! I have many responsibilities including assisting clients with orders, selling signs and other products, organizing and assisting other team members and keeping the showroom presentable for all of our great clients to visit!
After graduating from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Journalism, I headed home to the east side and started my adventure as a business owner! In 2005 my father and I opened a printing shop up in Imlay City which we operated until 2009. I loved the interaction with customers, who became friends, the fast paced environment and the creativity I was able to express in my work. Since moving on from my shop I have spent the past few years in sales for a few different companies including the Better Business Bureau. My experiences have set a great platform for me to be an asset to the team at SIGNARAMA Troy.
From the first moment I walked into the showroom at SIGNARAMA I had a feeling this was the place I belonged. It has everything I loved about running my shop and more! I am finally in a position where I can use the sales and creative skills I am passionate about. I feel like I am at home when I come to work because of the team I have the pleasure of working with every day! It’s a place where everyone rolls up their sleeves to get work done and still has time to laugh and enjoy what we do!
I am excited to be back in the sign industry and to continue my career at SIGNARAMA Troy. The best part about being here is my involvement in a trade I LOVE and not having to pay the bills (sorry Bob)! I look forward to a long term career, helping our team grow and continue to succeed throughout the years!
Gone are the days of job boxes and spreadsheets to track customer projects through the various stages of production. SIGNARAMA Troy is a known leader in the sign industry with help from innovative tools like SignVOX.
SignVOX is a comprehensive sign industry business management solution that enables SIGNARAMA Troy to collaborate manage all the different aspects of a customer project. SignVOX has assisted in making our great customer service even greater by:
- Allowing SIGNARAMA Troy to tracking the initial customer call all the way through the thank you card sent with the final invoice.
- Customer and lead tracking is efficient and painless.
- Flexible and accurate estimating creates consistent quotes for customers.
- Electronic job, production and install boards gives SIGNARAMA Troy the ability to know the status of the job as well as manage workflow. Integrated automation makes managing the job boards simpler and more accurate.
- Online proofing cuts down on approval time. Also make less mistakes by easily identifying the approved version and customer comments regarding changes.
- SignVOX promotes customers finished products to social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.
- Customer proofs, estimates and invoices are secure and stored. No hardware failures to be concerned about.
- SIGNARAMA Troy uses SIGNVOX to go mobile device so you can create a quote, email it to a customer, close the deal all without having to leave the client location.
SIGNARAMA customers can rest assure that their projects are being tracked & handled with our innovative SIGNVox tracking system.