Meet the Staff

FASTSIGNS of London, ON staff

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    Ted and Lynda Schouten

    Owner | Operator
    Ted Schouten, owner of FASTSIGNS® London since 1997 enjoyed owning and successfully operating Design Your Sign Source for 15 years before converting to the London FASTSIGNS center. His unique and creative problem-solving skills coupled with a solid technical know-how and eye for detail. Involved in the London Chamber of Commerce and the Sign Association of Canada, Ted is often described as honest, straight-forward and industrious. As a dedicated and hands on owner, he works in all areas from conception, manufacturing, fabrication and install. Ensuring the client is “More than” pleased is his number one priority. Happily married for over 26 years, Ted enjoys spending as much time as he can with his wife, eight children and several grandchildren; woodworking and spending time outdoors in God’s country.
     
    2016 moves forward, Ted is aiming to grow FASTSIGNS® LONDON into a more profitable business, not only in the financial sense but also strengthen and grow his relationships with customers, vendors and employees.
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    Trudy Koch

    Production Specialist | Coordinator
    Trudy started in the industry in 1995 and has been working with Ted Schouten, owner of FASTSIGNS since 2002. Trudy is the resident vinyl specialist and holds 
    A 3m Advanced installer diploma. Over the past 20 years, the industry has changed considerably and she has changed along with it. From cutting vinyl in individual colors and layering it, vinyl can now be printed on in full color and then applied to almost any substrate. The vinyl material itself has also improved to make installation easier and production of signs more efficient. The addition of new equipment and technology keeps her entertained and educated on what’s happening in the market place and the every changing industry. Married to Wesley for 25 years and mother to two boys, Jacob in College and Justin in High school. Outside interests/hobbies include Singing with the Ingersoll Community Choir, scrapbooking, wine tasting, reading and spending time with family. Trudy has a gift for baking and is ranked tops in our tummies as THE Butter-tart Queen.
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    Debra (Dee) Hall

    Business Development | Sales Representative
    Debra (best known as Dee) has worked 20+ years extensively in packaging and industrial sales. A solid knowledge of manufacturing and Distribution sales allows for great insight into several market segments. Dee joined FASTSIGNS in May of 2015 with primary responsibilities as the Business Development/Sales contact. Her role focuses on broadening existing client relationships, creating an exceptional client care (inception to completion) program and prospecting, creating opportunities by educating potential clients through a facility tour, social media and networking. With heavy emphases on a consultative approach to all client engagements, the goal is to stand out from the competitor offering more than just signage, but also resources for power washing, exterior or interior painting, electricians, flooring, logo and design creation and much more. A creative eye, keen ear and passionate interest in full service offerings keeps her entertained and a proven resource to FASTSIGN clients. When not socializing and sharing the dream, her down time consists of bowling, gardening, horseshoes, and entertaining friends and family.
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    David Haynes

    Production Specialist
    Hi I'm David Haynes, but a lot of folks call me Jim (although we're not really sure why...). I'm a Visual Communication Specialist at FASTSIGNS London, where I've worked since 2007. During my time at our Centre I've filled a number of roles, primarily in our Production Department, ranging from Engraving & CNC to Wide Format Digital Printing. As a result, I have hands-on experience with a wide array of production processes and this knowledge helps me to better identify how best to tackle your visual communication challenges. Additionally, I am a graduate of the Graphic Design program at Fanshawe College - a fact that comes in handy whether I'm brainstorming an idea with you or briefing our talented Production Team about the proposed look and feel of your latest project.

    In my off hours I am an avid reader, enjoying too many genres to list here. I prefer hardcopy to digital any day (call me old fashioned). I've recently rekindled my love affair with scale model building and it has become a personal goal to jump back in to the hobby with both feet – and possibly some new bifocals. I have an eclectic taste in music and I’m a firm believer that there is a song for every occasion (much to the horror of those around me when I burst in to show tunes).
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    Katie Reeves

    Creative Designer | Production specialist
    Katie, a graduate of Marketing and Graphic Design from Fanshawe College, brings her education and 4 years’ of experience, specific to the sign industry to our team. She is a recent graduate of the 3M Advanced Installer Diploma, and has solid knowledge of Wide Format printing, Thermal printing, rotary and laser engraving as well as vinyl application. By combining her natural creativity and hands on experience, Katie's design work is both artistic and functional. With her knowledge of the design and application process she is able to educate clients on maximizing the impact of their vision. Her hobbies and interests include photography, crafts, travelling and camping. A love of movies, singing and snowboarding keep her entertained and as for her colleagues, we appreciate her delightfully creative baking flare (Cupcake Fashionista) for birthday celebrations and events.
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    Rachel Robson

    Graphic Designer
    Rachel is a graduate of the Graphic Design Advanced Diploma program from Fanshawe College. With over five years’ experience in the area of graphic design and marketing in the London and surrounding area, Rachel provides an excellent ability to help customers achieve the best solution for their signage needs. She recently received a Digital Content Creation Certification - with a specialization in Motion Graphics.

    Outside of the shop, Rachel enjoys acrylic painting, going to the movies, photography, and travelling.