A Global Company Focused on Small-Town Values
In December 1994, Bob and Paula Diaco returned to Vermont with their two young sons. After 15 years of living in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states, and working for many corporate bosses, they opened the state's first, and only, Signarama store.
At that time, there were just over 300 Signarama stores in existence in the U.S. and abroad. Their store grew and so did the franchise corporation, which now has close to 1000 stores around the world.
Initially, the shop sold cut-vinyl signage, vehicle graphics and banners. Within their first year, Bob and Paula added lighted and dimensional signs. Within five years, they added carved, gilded and dimensional signs, and digitally printed signage that they produced in-house. As the sign industry has changed, so have the products and services that Signarama has offered and within the last year, they have added vehicle wraps, trophies and awards to their product mix.
In 20 years, they have received numerous franchise awards for customer service, quality, and mentoring, and in 2001, became members of Signarama prestigious Hall of Fame. In 2002 they were honored by their colleagues with the Mentors of the Year award.
Both are long-standing members of the Signarama Franchise Advisory Committee, providing guidance and assistance to their franchisor. They were the 2008-2009 Mentor Chairpersons for their franchise system, which is a liaison position between mentor stores and the corporate office. And Bob currently sits on the franchisee board developing Signarama's e-commerce solution.
Since Signarama's opening, the Diacos have provided in-kind signage donations for local events, monetary support of charitable organizations, and the contribution of time to an array of non-profit groups.
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