FASTSIGNS International’s Ross Cartwright One of 37 Selected to Join International Sign Association’s Elite Program for Emerging Leaders

Author: Leah Edwards

Ross Cartwright, a Business Consultant with FASTSIGNS International, Inc., has been invited to join the International Sign Association’s (ISA) Elite program, recognizing the next generation of sign, graphics and visual communications industry leaders. Cartwright is among only 37 professionals worldwide chosen for this year’s program.

The ISA Elite program brings selected participants to the International Sign Association event in April and provides them with unique networking opportunities with fellow professionals and industry leaders. A two-day follow-up leadership retreat will be held in the Fall.

“Being selected as one of 37 to join the ISA’s Elite Program for Emerging Leaders is an incredible honor,” said Mark Jameson, Executive Vice President of Franchise Support & Development at FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “We are so proud of the work Ross has done and the impact he will continue to make at FASTSIGNS from his experience in the program.”

“Our association, tradeshow and industry have been transformed by the energy that the ISA Elite bring each year,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “Past Elite members are already giving back by serving on committees and boards of the ISA and ISA regional affiliates. We’re excited to have Ross Cartwright join this prestigious group, and we look forward to the insights that each member of the 2019 class will bring.”

Ross Cartwright began his career with FASTSIGNS® in 2010, working in a franchised location in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio doing production and installations. Ross came into that position with sign experience, having learned to operate wide format and flat-bed printers, manufacture sign cabinets and channel letters, and also to install many different types of sign projects.

“I remember being hooked after the first week working in the signage business,” said Cartwright. “I wanted to learn how to do everything. It was very cool to see these big projects come to life and being a part of the creation process. I really couldn’t wait to get to work every day.”

From there Cartwright moved into the lead sales role where he helped grow the location’s revenue. After working in the FASTSIGNS center for four years, Cartwright took a job with the franchisor (FASTSIGNS International, Inc.) and relocated to Carrollton, Texas to become a Training Manager. Ross’ hands on sign experience and knowledge prepared him to train new franchisees who would soon be operating their own FASTSIGNS locations. Four years later, Ross is now a Business Consultant in the Operations Department where he continues to help and support Franchisees across many areas of their business.

“I’m honored to be a part of the 2019 ISA Elite class and to participate with other emerging leaders in the industry,” said Cartwright. “I look forward to learning about new products, services, processes and technologies so I can share this knowledge to help our FASTSIGNS franchisees become even more successful.”

The ISA International Sign Expo takes place April 24-26, 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, with education events starting on April 23. Learn more at

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FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the leading sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of more than 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the United States, Canada, Chile, England, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®). Locations are slated to open in two additional countries - Malta and Spain - in 2019.

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive signage and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, promote their products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points.

FASTSIGNS centers provide architectural and interior decor graphics, fleet vehicle graphics, digital signs and digital signage content, event graphics, displays, banners, posters, ADA signage, safety and identification signs and much more, as well as handle everything from design to project management to installation.

FASTSIGNSInternational, Inc. is a recipient of many awards, including being ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 for the past three years, and Best-in-Category in the business services sector on Franchise Business Review’s list of the top 200 franchises for multiple years.

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Follow the brand on LinkedIn at, Twitter@FASTSIGNS or Facebook at For information about the FASTSIGNS franchise opportunity, contact Mark Jameson ( or call 214.346.5679).

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.

About ISA International Sign Expo

ISA International Sign Expo is the on-premise sign and graphics industry’s largest expo. Held each spring, the event features the latest products that showcase the breadth of the industry along with education and networking events. The event has been named to the Trade Show News Network’s List of Top 250 Trade Shows and ranked in the Top 100 Largest Events by Trade Show Executive three consecutive years. Learn more at