Signs of the Times - January 2014 - (Page 55)
B y Wa d e S w o r m s t e d t
is the publisher/editor
of Signs of the Times
his 30th year on staff.
ISA Announces 2014 Board
Chad Jones, president of Southwest Signs (San Antonio,
TX), will serve as Chairman of the Board. Other
executive committee members are Vice Chairman
Christopher Flejtuch, president of Quality Quick
Signs (Depew, NY); and Secretary/Treasurer Robert
Mattatall, president of Mattatall Signs Ltd. (Dartmouth,
NS, Canada). Harry Niese, president of Mid-West Sign
Supply (Chicago), is past chair.
Christina Galgan, portfolio strategy, exterior branding
manager for Walgreens (Deerfield, IL), and Rick
Scrimger, president of
Roland DGA Corp. (Irvine,
CA), serve as at-large/unrestricted board members.
As part of ISA's reorganization, each of the three
main divisions - Suppliers/
Associations and Direct
Members - are represented
on the Board. The reorganization streamlined the
relationship between ISA
and its Affiliated
Associations. Local sign
companies join at the
Affiliated Association level
and receive automatic ISA membership. National
sign companies join ISA directly and are represented
by the Direct Member Council.
Representing the affiliates are: Joe Gibson, president
of Ramsay Signs (Portland, OR); Michael Hage,
president/owner of All Signs, Inc. (Gulfport, MS);
Michael Quigley, VP of Sign-Age of Tampa Bay Inc.
(Clearwater, FL); and Ben Ziglin, president of Ziglin
Signs (Washington, MO).
The direct-member representatives are: John Yarger,
president and CEO of North American Signs Inc.
(South Bend, IN), and Jeff Young, senior VP of YESCO
(Salt Lake City).
Representing suppliers/distributors are: Mark
Granberry, president/owner of Graphic Solutions
Group Inc. (Dallas); Dave Miller, director of business
development of Nova Polymers Inc. (West Caldwell,
NJ); and David Watson, national accounts manager for
WatchFire Signs by Time-O-Matic Inc. (Danville, IL).
IN M E M OR I A M
Lonnie Stabler (1946-2013)
Lonnie Stabler, a well-known sign-company owner and
association member, as well as the mayor of Bryan, TX,
succumbed to cancer on Monday, December 1, 2013
at Hospice Brazos Valley in Brazos. Lonnie was the
owner of Stabler Sign Co. (founded in 1932) in Bryan,
and he was the mayor of that city from from May
1995 until May 2001. He served on the City Council
the four years prior to that.
In the sign industry, Lonnie represented custom-sign
companies in the Southwest Region while serving on
the Board of Directors for the Intl. Sign Assn. (20012003). He served as president of the Texas Sign Assn.
Recently, while serving as the chairman for Texas'
Electrical Sign Task Force, Lonnie was heavily involved
with Texas House Bill 1352 and the parallel Senate
Bill 803, which concerned electrical licensing for signs.
His assessment of the situation was highlighted in
ST's June 2013 issue in the editorial on page 104.
John R. Smith (1923-2013)
John R. Smith, who retired as VP of sales for Cincinnati
Sign Supplies (CSSI) in 1996, died, most appropriately,
on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2013, at age 90, at his
home in Delaware, OH. In a career that spanned nearly
a half century, John first served Sherwin-Williams as a
sales rep and technical paint specialist for three decades.
John entered the sign industry as a sales rep for
Akzo-Nobel coatings before joining CSSI in 1979. He
became a northern-territory sales rep in 1982. John
was promoted to sales manager and then served as VP
of sales until his retirement in April 1996. John was a
trusted friend and confidant of CSSI founder John K.
Lamb and served as a sales consultant for CSSI for
several years after his retirement.
John was active in the Columbus Area Sign
Contractors Assn. (now COSA), as well as the
Midwest Sign Assn. and the then National Electric
Sign Assn. (now the Intl. Sign Assn.).
Born in Cleveland, OH on Valentine's Day, 1923,
John proudly served his country as a Marine in the
Pacific during World War II, and fought in the infamous
battle on Iwo Jima. John served for eight terms as
Commander of the Raymond B. Austin Post of the
American Legion and was instrumental, along with
his good friend Bill Sheehy, in creating the Veterans
Memorial Garden at the Delaware County Senior
Center. John was a regular speaker for the Veterans
Recognition and Living History Day program at Orange
Middle School, as he shared with the 8th-grade students
his recollections of his military experiences.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - January 2014
Signs of the Times - January 2014
Large-Format Design Strategies
The Moving Message
Technology Review - Agfa’s Jeti Titan X
Technology Review - Polytype’s NQ32 UV hybrid printer
GableSigns’ Casino Signs
Dynamic Digital Signage Made Simple
Building Street Cred
Modern Sign Engineering
Signs of the Times - January 2014