ISA Elite

Let’s Become Industry Leaders!

Every Spring, ISA brings together the brightest young talent in the sign, graphics, and visual communications industry at ISA International Sign Expo. Here they experience unique networking opportunities and free access to all education sessions. The group meets again for a 2-day leadership retreat at the ISA office in the Fall. In addition to studying personal leadership traits and analyzing their leadership habits, the class will participate in several networking opportunities with both the ISA Board of Directors and ISA staff.

The deadline to apply for the ISA Elite program has passed. Know someone who might be interested in the program for future years? Nominate a colleague here. Applicants for the 2017 program will be notified of their status by February 24.

Join your colleagues at ISA Sign Expo and continue to network, learn, and build your career at the largest gathering of industry experts in the country.

All applicants must be:

  • Born after January 1, 1982.
  • Currently be working in the sign, graphics, and visual communications industry.
  • Currently be a member of ISA. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact membership@signs.org.

Selected participants for ISA Sign Expo 2017 will receive:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation.
  • Free entry to the trade show and all education sessions.
  • $250 travel stipend.
  • Unique networking opportunities with fellow sign, graphics, and visual communications industry professionals and the ISA Board of Directors.
  • Participation in a follow-up 2-day leadership retreat at the ISA office in the fall of 2017.
  • Make lifelong friends with your peers in the industry.

This truly is the best learning and networking opportunity for those professionals hoping to progress their career in the sign, graphics, and visual communications industry.

Questions? Contact Iain Mackenzie at iain.mackenzie@signs.org.

Here’s what some of the ISA Elite participants had to say about the program:

“The ISA Elite Program provides a unique and valuable opportunity for young professionals in the sign industry to meet and learn from industry experts and leaders and, equally important, it provides a unique and valuable opportunity for young professionals to meet and learn from each other. This is an experience you do not want to miss out on!”
– Stephanie Poyant Moran, Poyant Signs, New Bedford, MA

“The ISA Elite program is the best program to be a part of if you are up and coming in the sign industry. It was extremely valuable to meet other young people who share my same interests and desires. I would encourage anyone who is young and excited about what they do to join the ISA Elite program.”
– Nathan Young, YESCO, Salt Lake City, UT

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Congratulations to the 2016 class of ISA Elite participants!

Adam Yorston, Yorston & Associates, Middletown, DE
Alex Lauretano, Lauretano Sign Group, Windermere, FL
Alexander Timmers, KeyedIn Solutions Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Alyx Haraway, Flexmark USA, Houston, TX
Ashley Bray, Sign Builder Illustrated, Warwick, RI
Ashley Hohensee, Southwest Signs, San Antonio, TX
Brooke Albring, Oakhurst Signs, Largo, FL
Chris Whitmore, Acorn Sign Graphics, Richmond, VA
Christopher Ezell, Davey Coach Sales, Inc., DBA Big Picture Graphics, Sedalia, CO
Corey Shano. Associated Sign Company, Phoenix, AZ
Dane Alvord, Royal Sign, Phoenix, AZ
David Shapiro, Triangle Sign & Service, Baltimore, MD
Emily Bamonte, Holthaus Lackner Signs, Cincinnati, OH
Eric M. Linquist, Ramsay Signs, Clackamas, OR
Faye Rowell, Watchfire Signs, Danville, IL
Gabriel Vazquez Espinell, Sign Engineering LLC, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Haeli Lowe, Ziglin Signs, Union, MO
Jeremy Johnson, George Lay Signs, Wichita, KS
Justin Matheny, Prairie Signs Inc., Normal, IL
Katy Downie, Icon Identity Solutions, Schaumburg, IL
Kelsy-Ann M. Hayes, TLC Sign, Kimberly, WI
Kyle Edmonds, Mitchell Signs, Meridian, MS
Mary Crim, National Signs, Houston, TX
Matt Humphrey, Bristol Sign Company, Bristol, VA
Matthew Budnik, Inpro-SignScape, Muskego, WI
Myles Amor, Amor Sign Studios, Inc., Manistee, MI
Nicholas Thompson, Image Supply Source, Inc., North Tonawanda, NY
Nick Wilson, Oxford Graphics, Monroe, LA
Rachel Moore, Design Center Signs, Tyler, TX
Rachel Wolfgang, Poyant, New Bedford, MA
Ryan Schurle, Schurle Signs Inc., Lawrence, KS
Sarah Norris, Cummings Resources, Knoxville, TN
Shawn Klinger, Optec Displays, Sarasota, FL
Tayten Tullis, Sign Wise, Hyde Park, UT
Thomas Young, YESCO Custom Electric Signs, Salt Lake City, UT

2015 ISA Elite participants:

Angela Bailey, Signage Legislation, Daktronics, Sioux Falls, SD;
Matt Baker, Co-Owner / Operator, Bakers’ Signs & Manufacturing, Conroe, TX;
Joshua Barnett, Co-Owner, Ink’d Out LLC, Newport News, VA;
Ryan Brady, CFO, Brady Sign Co., Sandusky, OH;
Corey Burns, Designer, Ziglin Signs, Union, MO;
Jasper Sterling Burton III, Custom Applications Specialist, Cuerden Sign Co., Inc., Conway, AR;
Steven Carter, Project Manager, Barnett Signs, Mesquite, TX;
Keith Chapman, Vice President of Business Development, Mid Florida Signs & Graphics, Leesburg, FL;
Lance Cossey, President, Scott Services Company, Birmingham, AL;
John C. DeBold, Head Installer, Graphic Options, Farmington, MO;
Daniela Echeverry, Assistant Manager, Imagen Digital, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia;
Kevin Fink, Graphic Designer, Toledo Sign Co., Toledo, OH;
Michael Garavaglia, Director of Environmental Design, Ideation Signs & Communications, Inc., Royal Oak, MI;
Garrett Gibson, Apprentice Sign Installer, Ramsay Signs, Oregon City, OR;
Todd Hayes, President, Sign Design of Florida, Inc., Leesburg, FL;
Taren (Sitter) Heindl, VP of Maintenance Operations, Icon Identity Solutions, Elk Grove Village, IL;
Jon Holthaus, Sales Representative, Holthaus Lackner Signs, Cincinnati, OH;
Marisol Kathleen Juarez, Project Manager, Southwest Signs, San Antonio, TX;
Anthony Karnowski, Vice President, Sirius LED Signs, Englewood, FL;
Starr Mershon, Service Manager, Universal Sign Company, Scott, LA;
Troy Metcalf, Production & Installation Manager, Designer Sign Systems, Blaine, MN;
Stephanie Poyant Moran, Sales Executive, Poyant Signs, Inc., New Bedford, MA;
Alex Schlosser, General Manager, Schlosser Signs, Inc., Loveland, CO;
Nicholas John Stauff, Regional Sales Manager, The Howard Company, Inc., Brookfield, WI;
Bethaney Taylor, Service/Install/Purchasing Manager, Signarama Peterborough, Peterborough, ON;
Ryan Trapp, Structural Designer, Poblocki Sign Co., West Allis, WI;
Chad VanEffen, Account Manager/Outside Sales, Signs by Crannie, Fort Myers, FL;
Lauran Wang, Owner, Mustang Sign Group, Kennewick, WA;
Johnathan Warren, Marketing Manager, KeyedIn Solutions, Minneapolis, MN;
Andy Wasserstrom, Director of Business Development, Advance Sign Group, Columbus, OH;
Jorden Weiner, President, Division 10 Signs, Lynnwood, WA;
Christopher Wesbrooks, Purchasing, Charles Hampton’s A-1 Signs, Inc., Burns, TN;
Nathan Young, Training Development Director, YESCO, Salt Lake City, UT.