Press Release

34 Emerging Leaders Named to 2017 ISA Elite

Alexandria, VA - March 21, 2017 -- ISA program recognizes young talent

The ISA Elite class of 2017 includes 34 emerging leaders in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry. These leaders were selected to participate in special networking and educational opportunities. In all, almost 150 applicants sought admission into the program, now in its third year.

“This program has proven to be extremely competitive, and for good reason,” said Iain Mackenzie, vice president of meetings and events and director of the ISA Elite program. “Participants clearly see the value in the opportunities that this program provides. The industry benefits from bringing together this many excited and bright individuals in one place.”

The ISA Elite, a program developed by the International Sign Association, includes free entry to all education sessions and three nights’ hotel accommodations at ISA International Sign Expo 2017, the sign, graphics and visual communications industry’s leading tradeshow. It also includes unique networking opportunities with fellow sign, graphics and visual communications professionals and industry leaders at ISA Sign Expo. A two-day leadership retreat will be held in the fall for the 2017 Elite participants.

Those named to the 2017 ISA Elite are:
  • Adam Ortega, Operations Expeditor, Luminous Neon Art & Sign Systems, Hutchinson, Kansas
  • Amanda Lauridsen, Account Manager/Designer, Precise Sign, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Bethany Leonard, Project Manager, Poyant, South Dartmouth, Massachusetts
  • Betsy Luke, Account Executive, Mitchell Signs, Meridian, Mississippi
  • Brian Vlasich, Manufacturer's Representative, Yorston and Associates, Iowa City, Iowa
  • Colin Carpenter, Operations Manager/Department Coordinator/Scheduler, Archetype, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Dennis Nameth, Central Territory Manager, AgiLight, San Antonio, Texas
  • Dustin Monroe, Owner/Division Manager, BSC Signs, Broomfield, Colorado
  • Eric Salmon, Sales/Project Management, Talley Sign Company, Richmond, Virginia
  • Gary Kurtz, National Sales Manager, The Howard Company, Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Jack Protesto Jr, Estimator, Pro Sign Co., Downingtown, Pennsylvania
  • Jason Lamberts, President, SignComp, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Joseph (Joey) Summers, Regional Sales Manager, ThinkSIGN, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Kacie Cullen, Jr Project Manager, TLC Sign, Kimberly, Wisconsin
  • Kelsey Schauer, Project Manager, Signtech Electrical Advertising Inc., San Diego, California
  • Mark Wallis, Vice-President, Co-Owner, Signature Sign & Image, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
  • Matt Ambrose, President, Excellart Sign Products, Olathe, Kansas
  • Matt Vaughn, Director of Grand Format, Sun Solutions, West Columbia, South Carolina
  • Matthew Lauretano, Sales Executive, Lauretano Sign Group, Terryville, Connecticut
  • Michelle Pedley, Project Manager, Sign Engineering, La Villa de Torrimar, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
  • Natalia Harrington, Project Manager, Ramsay Signs, Portland, Oregon
  • Nathan Mulcahy, Account Manager-Lights and Signs Northeast, Altec Industries, Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Nick Wilson, Director of Marketing, Montroy Sign and Graphic Products, Signal Hill, California
  • Robert Ascenzi Jr, Project Manager, Spectra Advertising, Concord, Ontario, Canada
  • Rocky Fincher, Sales Manager, A.R.K. Ramos Architectural Signage, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Roxie Schwochert, Purchasing, Priority Sign, Inc., Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Sean Hart, Project Manager, Selkirk Signs & Services Ltd, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada
  • Sean Sheedy, Director of Project Management and Installation, Creative Sign Designs, Tampa, Florida
  • Skyler Rucker, Production Manager, Ziglin Signs, Marthasville, Missouri
  • Steve Glasenapp, Market Manager-Higher Education, Retail Chain & Restaurant Chain, Inpro, Glendale, Wisconsin
  • Tabitha Bowen, General Manager, All-Right Sign, Inc., Steger, Illinois
  • Thomas (Tommy) Allen Jr., Assistant Director of Operations, Allen Industries, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tori Rivers, Marketing Specialist, Sign Faces LLC, Pelham, Alabama
  • Troy W. Mayer, Vice President, CreativeSignage Systems, College Park, Maryland
ISA International Sign Expo takes place April 19-22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Learn more at www.signexpo.org.

About ISA

The International Sign Association (ISA) represents manufacturers, suppliers, and users of on-premise signs and sign products from the United States and 60 countries around the world. ISA and its Affiliated Associations work to support, promote, and improve the worldwide sign and visual communications industry, which employs more than 200,000 American workers and has an economic impact of $37.5 billion. ###

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