|Headquarters||Carrollton, Texas, U.S.|
Number of locations
|Products||Signs, graphics, decals, displays, and visual communications|
|Owner||Levine Leichtman Capital Partners|
There are currently 660 Fastsigns locations worldwide in United States, Canada, the U.K., the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Australia (where centers operate under the name Signwave). Countries where the company formerly had locations but no longer operates include Colombia (from which it withdrew in 1996) and Argentina.
FASTSIGNS was founded in Austin in 1985 by Gary Salomon and Bob Schanbaum. The first franchise was sold in December 1986, with its first international franchise sold in 1991. The company was bought in October 2003 by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm. In 2009, former president of PIP Printing, Catherine Monson, was named CEO of Fastsigns. In July 2014, Fastsigns was acquired by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based investment firm.
The creation and growth of Fastsigns was profiled in a case study in the textbook Managing: A Competency-Based Approach.
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- Hellriegel, Don; Susan E. Jackson; John W. Slocum, Jr. (2008). Managing: A Competency-Based Approach (11th ed.). Mason, Ohio: Thomson South-Western. p. 210. ISBN 0-324-54375-1. Retrieved 2011-04-23.