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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by schosports, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. schosports

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    Hello everybody! First, a big THANK YOU to all who have posted here. I've learned quite a few great tips here so far and I had to join to at least say thanks.
    Anyway, born and raised here in Baltimore City, can't wait to move out to the country. I'm married and have a two year old daughter.

    I graduated high school and went right into the family business, an automotive parts warehouse. While working days, I attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, studying Graphic Design. Worked there nine years, did almost everything and the family sold the business. Before we sold, I had bought a BMW (a USED 318ti, not an expensive model) and fell in love with vehicles. So my next job was at local BMW dealership selling parts. I joined the BMW Car Club of America and started doing track events and racing autocross (all legal, no street racing).
    Well, I then moved on to another local BMW dealer after the first dealership sold it's franchise and closed it's doors.
    While doing the BMW parts thing, I still did a few night, graphic design classes at the Maryland Institute to keep me feeling creative.
    As most of you can attest, once you get married, time really FLYS and I stopped night school.

    About a year and a half ago I bought a used vinyl cutter for a couple reasons.
    - I wanted to keep the creative juces flowing again.
    - I wanted to do my own racing numbers and help out some of my fellow BMW racers.
    - At my current dealership, the turnover was so bad I thought I could pay for my cutter by doing all the window lettering for the sales and service departments.
    - Call me strange, but I have always wanted to do signs. I love seeing somthing I created, no matter how big or small.

    Well, my Father-in-law owns a small embroidery business and started to send me a few small jobs for some of his customers. Not just signs and banners, but graphic design as well. I did some business windows, a few boats, a few BMW race cars, designed some company logos and I'm hooked. I'm not setting the world on fire but it very fulfilling to me.

    That brings me to now.........
    I just left my BMW parts job and I'm looking for a job for in sign business. I would like to learn all aspects of the biz, from design, fabrication to installs. I hope I could join a company and really contribute to it's groth and sucess by adding my design skills.
    I going to post over in the employment forum and we'll see how it goes.

    Sorry to ramble, thanks for reading, and look forward to being a member of Signs101.com.
     
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    Bonjour de Montréal :) :Canada 2:
     
  3. maddmd

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    Welcome from NJ (about 1 1/2 hr. north of you)and good luck :Welcome:
     
  4. signage

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    Welcome from PA. Good Luck
     
  5. mladams7259

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    Welcome to Signs101.com
     
  6. MAB SIGNS

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    Welcome from Indiana and best of luck!
     
  7. Ken

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    Welcome from Beautiful BC.
    I agree that working in a sign shop at first will help to give you a leg-up on just how things work ( or don't). Pay attention to the marketing focus of regional businesses and you may well find a niche that has not been satisfied.
    Sounds like you've got a real good start to this endeavour and I wish you all the best...AND..a Happy New Year!
    Ken
     
  8. WYLDGFI

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    Hello from Joisey!
     
  9. ENTDesign

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    Welcome
     
  10. Gino

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    Welcome from PA.

    Wow, how much your story sounds like mine… except the part about my family owning a business… or the part about owning a BMW… or the part about racing… or the part about in-laws owning a business and sending work my way… actually only the part about being feeling strange is really close, the rest is, well, I don’t know why it sounded so familiar ??

    Anyway, again... welcome to:signs101:.
     
  11. Mike Paul

    Mike Paul Major Contributor

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    Welcome Aboard!:thumb:
     
  12. Whit

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    Welcome from Texas !!!
     
  13. GregT

    GregT Very Active Member

    Welcome to the board
     
  14. The Big Squeegee

    The Big Squeegee Major Contributor

    Welcome from Oklahoma!

    Good luck
    :Welcome: to :signs101: ​
     
  15. schosports

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    Thank you all for the warm welcome,

    and...... guess what, I just bought a Big Squeege! Can't wait to try it out.
     
  16. Git-R-Done

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    Welcome from Chicagoland.
     
  17. Dale's Signs

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    Welcome William from Kansas to :signs101:

    Dale
     

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