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‘Undercover Boss’ Features Phoenix Fastsigns

Scott Koehler, who has owned a local franchise of Fastsigns for 10 ½ years, will be featured in the Fastsigns episode of CBS’s hit series “Undercover Boss,” Friday, May 4 from 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

On Friday, there will be an open house from 2 p.m.-6:30 p.m. with refreshments & door prizes at the Fastsigns store located at 2517 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix. Then the “viewing” party will be across the street at The Fairfield Inn & Suites, 2520 N. Central Avenue, to celebrate with refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, starting at 6 p.m. For more information, call 602-266-7446.

Each week, the two-time Emmy Award-nominated  “Undercover Boss” follows a different executive as they leave the comfort of their corner office for an undercover mission to examine the inner workings of their companies. While working alongside their employees, they see the effects that their decisions have on others, where the problems lie within their organizations and get an up-close look at both the good and the bad while discovering the unsung heroes who make their companies run.

Catherine Monson, CEO of Fastsigns received two important “signs” while on her undercover trip to the Valley. The first was on the job site with Scott. “I was impressed the moment we arrived seeing the magnitude of the project,” states Monson. “It was an impressive and difficult exterior install three stories up. Not a typical Fastsigns project. It was exhilarating to work with Scott and I asked him how he knew how to do this type of install and his reply was that ‘he learned how to do it on his own’.” “I realized that corporate needed to provide this training and they will integrate it into the corporate franchise training program starting mid-summer of this year.”

The second “sign” about how Koehler was as a business owner dealing with business and life challenges. She learned his wife has multiple sclerosis and due to chemotherapy treatments is unable to conceive. They were turned down by the first adoption agency they went to. Then Koehler was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had two surgeries. An introduction by a friend enabled them to adopt a newborn baby girl. His cancer returned and he made the decision to have his bladder removed. At the end of 2008 business was down 35-40 percent with light rail construction in front of his location and then the recession. He had to downsize, no vacations and put in extra hours, yet has persevered with a positive attitude.

“I know too many people in life that don’t have the challenges he has and they complain. Scott is positive and full of gratitude,” states Monson. “I collect positive quotes and Scott exudes inspiration. His outlook on life motivated me to create an award in his honor that will be given out at our annual corporate event.”

“I am a positive person. I see no point in being negative. Negative people tend to get negative results. Positive people at least have an opportunity for a positive result,” states Koehler. “I am blessed to be alive and I have a wonderful family. I enjoy my business and being a part of this show and the rewards I have received from Catherine and Fastsigns International are incredible!”

For more information about Fastsigns, visit Fastsigns’ website at fastsigns.com.


FASTSIGNS Launches New Brand Initiative

FASTSIGNS of Scottsdale, the local visual communications/sign and graphics solutions provider, has unveiled a new branding platform with updated messaging: “More than fast. More than signs.”

“We want people to know that while we are fast, more importantly, we provide a wide variety of products, services and comprehensive visual communications solutions to help companies meet their business objectives,” said Jim Sloan, owner of the Scottsdale FASTSIGNS. “We have always known that we are more than fast and more than signs, and this new brand platform is a way of better communicating what FASTSIGNS offers. We have capabilities and service offers beyond what many realize.”

FASTSIGNS of Scottsdale first opened in 1990 and Sloan took ownership in 2009. Originally known as the “the next day sign and lettering experts”, FASTSIGNS’ business concept has grown from just offering banners and vinyl to providing complete visual communications solutions for way-finding, creating business visibility, helping launch new products – everything to meet the needs of businesses who are trying to have a consistent visual message. Some of the wide range of solutions provided by FASTSIGNS includes window shades, vehicle graphics, digital signage, exhibits and displays, architectural signs, channel letters and mobile web sites.

Trained to be consultative and knowledgeable about the full range of visual communications options, the FASTSIGNS of Scottsdale team works with businesses, organizations and events to better understand their needs, and then put together the right mix of innovative graphic solutions to achieve the business or organization’s objectives. To meet the needs of companies large and small, FASTSIGNS offers design, production, project management, delivery and installation.

“Our experienced team knows how to help move businesses forward—we’re not selling a commodity, but helping businesses solve their unique visual communications challenges so that they can reach more customers and accomplish more than they ever thought possible,” said Sloan.

For more information on FASTSIGNS, visit FASTSIGNS’ website at fastsigns.com.