Ted and Lynda SchoutenOwner / Operator Read Bio
Ted and Lynda SchoutenOwner / Operator
Ted Schouten, owner of FASTSIGNS® London since 1997, enjoyed owning and successfully operating DeSigns 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 are key elements to the company. 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.
Lynda has been the silent partner for many years but has taken on the bookkeeping role for a number of years and most recently Business Development. She has transferred her skills of managing a large household over to the business, ensuring everyone gets paid, that the coffee room is stocked and occasionally utilizing family recipes for team lunches.
Happily married for over 31 years, Ted and Lynda enjoy spending time with their eight children and several grandchildren, spending time on their boat and exploring the outdoors in God’s country. They are both active in their church where Ted serves as an elder and at their local schools where Lynda serves on the Board of Directors.
As 2020 moves forward, Ted and Lynda are aiming to develop FASTSIGNS® LONDON's capacity to operate as "the silent department" in our customers' business or organization by raising their visibility through a comprehensive, creative, customized, results-based approach that directly results in success for them. Having a growth mindset is something we strive for, both for our team and for our customers. Our motivation: “ He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Trudy KochProduction Read Bio
Trudy KochProductionTrudy started in the industry in 1995 and has been working with Ted Schouten, owner of FASTSIGNS London since 2002. Trudy is the resident vinyl specialist and holds a 3M Advanced Installer Diploma. Over the past 25 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 ever changing industry. Married to Wesley for 30 years and mother to two boys, Jacob and Justin. Outside interests include singing with the Ingersoll Community Choir, scrap booking, 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.
Rachel MeadCenter Manager Read Bio
Rachel MeadCenter Manager
For Rachel, working at Fastsigns London is an exciting, challenging and creative environment to be a part of. The opportunity to work with her team mates, business owners, agencies and individuals to help bring visual communications to life is what drives her every single day. Growing up, Rachel would help her grandmother from time to time in their sign shop which sparked her interest in working in the signage industry. After completing the Graphic Design program at Fanshawe College, it only took a few years to circle back into the sign industry where she's always felt at home.
Starting out as a CSR/Designer 5 years ago, Rachel has grown with the company and is now currently Centre Manager assisting with the day to day operations of the shop. Outside of the shop, she and her husband enjoy spending time with family, going out to the movies, gaming and travelling.
Brett BlokkerInside Sales/Customer Service Read Bio
Brett BlokkerInside Sales/Customer Service
Brett joined the FASTSIGNS Team in June of 2021, Brett brings with him his knowledge of marketing, being a graduate of the Marketing Program at Fanshawe College. What Brett loves about working at FASTSIGNS is collaborating with the team to make clients vision turn into reality, so that they can Make Their Statement.
Outside of work, his interests include basketball, baseball, and volleyball.
Katie CarlosProduction Specialist / Graphic Designer Read Bio
Katie CarlosProduction Specialist / Graphic DesignerKatie, a graduate of Marketing and Graphic Design from Fanshawe College, brings her education and 8 years of experience in the sign industry to our team. She is a 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.
Katie is a new mother to an amazing little daughter! Outside of work, her interests include photography, crafting, travelling, camping, movies, singing, snowboarding, baseball and dodge ball.
It goes without saying, we appreciate her delightfully creative baking flare (Cupcake Fashionista) for birthday celebrations and events!
Spencer DysonProduction Specialist / Graphic Designer Read Bio
Spencer DysonProduction Specialist / Graphic Designer
Spencer joined the FASTSIGNS London team in 2019 with a creative mind and the technical skills to match!
What he likes most about working at FASTSIGNS is the ability to have access to a wealth of experience and wisdom, with each of our team members' respective niches coming together to provide excellent and comprehensive services to the community! It feels really good to be involved in a supporting role for local businesses and individuals-- it is a very rewarding place to be working.
Working at FASTSIGNS has encouraged him to be organized and more mindful of context in everything that he does. Whether we're working on a plan to meet a customer's signage needs, or problem solving with our equipment -- at the end of the day, we are trusted to provide efficient and professional service and taking this message to heart has strengthened him in ways he never would have expected. "No challenge is too great or absurd when you're with a creative and highly motivated team!"
Outside of work he enjoys studying the natural sciences, photography, working on physical self-improvement, playing with modular synthesizers and building things! He also loves martial arts.
He likes to follow whatever interests appear in his mind and always tries to learn new things!
Daren JarvisBusiness Development Read Bio
Daren JarvisBusiness DevelopmentFrom the very first time Daren set foot in a Fastsigns store (in Victoria, BC), he was impressed with the Fastsigns commitment to finding and creating sign solutions - not just taking orders. He loves the consultative approach that we bring to every project and every client.
He started working at Fastsigns back in 1996 and has literally worked in every role (except owner) of the business - whether it has been production, installation, graphic design, front counter, management or sales. This has given him a well rounded understanding of the entire sign making process and provides him with the ability to help our clients "think outside of the box" and realize that there are options available that they were not even aware of.
Outside of work, Daren enjoys spending time with his wife and their dogs (they have three), camping and just hanging out with each other! They have also been known to spend a few nights a week in "The Dawghouse" - which is basically their garage that has been converted into a Karaoke room. "Oh, and I shouldn't forget to say that ???????????????????????" ... Google it.
Ashkan Ebrahimi-SadatProduction Specialist Read Bio
Ashkan Ebrahimi-SadatProduction SpecialistAshkan joined the FASTSIGNS London team in 2018. His passion for creativity and previous sign industry experience helped him fit in perfectly! Ashkan enjoys working with his team and has learned to persevere through stressful situations while working in a fast-paced and deadline driven environment. Outside of work it's all about Art + Love.
Jocelyn PigottCustomer Service Representative Read Bio
Jocelyn PigottCustomer Service Representative
Jocelyn joined the FASTSIGNS team in 2019 and brought with her creativity and knowledge from her previous experience in the printing industry. Little did she know she would gain a whole new world of insight in the signage industry!
What she appreciates most about working at FASTSIGNS is watching clients' unique and eye-catching ideas become a reality! Being able to help solve the problem with an array of signage and decor products has been very rewarding.
In Jocelyn's own words, "I really value the people I work with. This team is dedicated, hardworking and so much fun." She's learned quickly that this industry is always changing and we have to move with it to stay on top of the game.
Outside of work, Jocelyn is a Mom to a darling 3 year old. She enjoys cooking, gardening and designing jewelry.