37 Emerging leaders named to 2019 ISA Elite

March 11, 2019

The 2019 ISA Elite class will benefit from an unparalleled network of young professionals in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry and receive ongoing opportunities for growth.

The 2019 ISA Elite class, now in its fifth year, is the most diverse ever for this highly competitive, one-of-a-kind program. In all, 37 participants range from those who own their companies to those who work for the largest manufacturers. Some are in sign creation and installation, others are in sales, marketing and product development. Still others have roles in planning, recruiting and training. In addition, 27 represent companies that are new to the program.

The first meeting of the 2019 ISA Elite will be held at ISA International Sign Expo 2019® in April and will meet again at ISA headquarters in the fall for the industry’s first-ever leadership training program where young professionals learn valuable skills that will help propel their companies, their careers and the industry forward.

"Each year, the ISA Elite bring a level of excitement to the industry," said Lori Anderson, president and CEO of the International Sign Association®. “This group, in particular, will benefit from the many diverse connections they will be able to make. As with previous groups, they will be able to take what they’ve learned back to their companies, where they can make a major impact."

One of the highlights of ISA International Sign Expo events is the gathering of ISA Elite participants from previous years.

"The ISA Elite program has proven invaluable in developing the next generation of sign, graphics and visual communications industry leaders," said Iain Mackenzie, ISA's vice president of meetings and events. "The networking provides connections that participants can take back into their businesses and help them solve problems or maximize opportunities."

The 2019 ISA Elite are:

  • Mark Abernathy, Owner, OxCart Manufacturing
  • Ian Adair, Production Specialist, Sign-Age of Tampa Bay
  • Jessie Allen, Training Coordinator, Allen Industries
  • Ellery Ammons, Planning & Development Coordinator, Downtown Memphis Commission
  • Andrew Bacher, Territory Manager, Watchfire Signs
  • Brianna Beere, Project Manager, Performance Signs
  • Scott Branch, Purchasing/Materials Manager, Everbrite
  • Kelso Brennan, General Manager / President, Hi Signs / Banff Sign Company
  • Ross Cartwright, Business Consultant, FASTSIGNS International Inc.
  • Cody Chambers, Sign Channel Territory Manager, Keystone Technologies
  • Lee Dawson, Operations Leader - Southeast, Poblocki Sign Company LLC
  • Anthony De Leon, Operations Manager, Ad Light Group
  • Kristen Derby, Purchasing Manager, Federal Heath
  • Ryan Drury, Account Representative, Pacific Neon Company
  • Ellen Dyar, Business Development Manager, Yorston & Associates
  • Krista Edwards, Project Manager & Sales Rep, Media Resources International Inc.
  • Elisha Gordon, National Search Consultant, MetroSeek
  • Erik Joncas, V.P. Sales and Operations, Welch Sign
  • Kaley Keller, Project Manager, Graybeal Signs
  • Corey Kennedy, COO, Nova Sign Group
  • Joe Landin, Fabrication & Install Manager, BSC Signs
  • Philip Lawrence, Partner/General Manager, Graphic Components
  • James Levine, Vice President, WL Concepts & Production , Inc
  • Nicole Maguire, Designer, Poyant Signs
  • Rob Matthews, Production Manager, Matthews Mobile Media
  • Daniel Mehmet, Procurement, Director, Philadelphia Sign Company
  • Lee Murphy, Sales Representative, Enseignes Access Inc.
  • Jordan Rhoads, Project Manager, Principal LED
  • Rebecca Rickman, Director of Marketing, Graphic Solutions Group (GSG)
  • Dexter Schiller, CEO, Schiller Reed Inc
  • Nikki Sheridan, Project Manager, Modern Age Plastics
  • Scott Sindle, Senior Project Manager, North American Signs, Inc.
  • Stuart Stein, Vice President / 3rd Generation Owner, ESCO Manufacturing / Stein Sign Display
  • Charlie Trujillo, CEO, Lettering Express
  • Samantha Walker, Project Service Coordinator , Stellar Sign & Design
  • Abigail Watts, Process Engineer , Springfield Sign
  • Ryan Wilkins, Vice President of Sales , Baton Rouge Sign
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