Catherine Monson, the CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc., the franchiser of the leading visual communications, graphics and sign brand, has just been announced as the keynote speaker for the 2018 National Franchise Conference of the Franchise Association of New Zealand. Monson will speak on August 10 at the conference, which takes place at the Wairakei Resort Taupo this year, and share the knowledge and insight she's gained over her decades of experience with some of the leading business-to-business franchises.
The brand's EVP of Franchise Support and Development, Mark Jameson, will also join the CEO to talk to potential Master Franchisee candidates in the area. Jameson noted that since the brand continues to speed up its international growth and foster relationships with leading franchise associations around the globe, the New Zealand conference became the ideal place to showcase the master franchise opportunities it has to offer. Jameson said the signs and visual communications franchise business has been in Australia for over two decades, operating under the name "SIGNWAVE."
Expansion in New Zealand is on this brand's target list, and they are currently seeking a Master Franchisee to develop centers and open locations across the country. This has been a strong growth year for FASTSIGNS, with two new centers in Australia, three in the UK, and 43 centers opened in Canada and the US.
Earlier in the year, the brand inked a Master Franchise Agreement with NEOMARK, a Chilean sign company, to open five new locations in Santiago and convert all its own stores to FASTSIGNS. Last year, Famlaco Group joined the brand as a Master Franchisee and will open 16 new stores in Greece, Italy and Malta. This fast-growing brand is still looking for candidates for its franchise opportunities in several global markets, including Latin America, Europe, India, Southeast Asia, North Africa, Quebec and Brazil.
A leader in the signs, visual communications and graphics industry, this brand has been ranked the top franchise opportunity in its category by Entrepreneur Magazine and ranked 70 overall on that publication's well-known Franchise 500 list for 2018. The largest franchiser of its type in North America with close to 700 locations across multiple countries, this company is still growing. The franchise fee for this brand is $47,500, and the total initial investment ranges from $193,548 to $289,639.