From an early age, my passion was always art and design. I was surrounded by entrepreneurs as most of my family owned restaurants and various other businesses around the small town where I grew up in Champaign, IL.
As an artist, I experimented with many art mediums, from traditional pencil, painting, and sculpting, to filmography, special effects, and animation. My artistic journey has been diverse, to say the least. My first paid design job was creating architectural renderings for a marketing company at the age of fourteen. This fueled my passion and proved I could make a career out of doing something I loved. Over the years, I have been blessed to have held many positions as a designer working for others or in my own businesses.
In business, I find an art form that is less visual but more symphonic. Every piece of the puzzle must work together to create an outcome that is harmonious.
I have started many business ventures. My first notable success was a t-shirt design business called Graphic Sportswear, which I started in 1991 and sold in 1996. Although not a financial success, it taught me many valuable lessons about how businesses worked. I started my second company, Oakhurst Signs in 2003 and sold it in 2017. With this business, I achieved several notable milestones: selling over $35M worth of architectural signage to apartment properties nationwide, installing over 1000 monument signs, and designing and managing over seventy-five projects a month in 2018.
SignJive is a boutique design company with big ideas and a neurotic focus on quality. In fact, many would consider our standards too high. We are obsessive about our customers, partners and employees. And are equally obsessive about biophilic inspired design – the marriage of natural light, landscaping, water features and functional architecture – which we use in every Entry Artscape we present. The success of this company is solely based on the strength of our partnerships, the quality of our execution and the relentless commitment of our outstanding employees.
SignJive is in the business of building and innovating, creating and delivering. Here to serve each other and you.
We aim to dramatically improve and change the way multifamily property entrances are designed and executed.
We are excited. We are ready. Are you?