Duke Ellington was one of the greatest jazz composers of his time. But did you know that he also had an artistic talent for signage? In 1917, he started a sign-painting business with a neighbor and fellow musician, Ewell Conway. Their sign company was located in Washington D.C. at 6th Street and T Street.
This year, the International Sign Association and its Board of Directors will once again be advised by experienced professionals who serve on three steering committees representing the diverse sign, graphics and visual communications industry.
The economy is facing a higher winter peak in COVID-19 and more fiscal stimulus in late 2020. This leads IHS Markit to anticipate a growing gross domestic product output in 2021. The IHS analysts anticipate growth around 4 percent in 2021 and 2022, according to the Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report, produced by IHS Markit for the International Sign Association.
Given the current state of the pandemic, ISA International Sign Expo® 2021 will become a fully virtual event taking place over the same dates, April 7-9. Learn more and register today at signexpo.org/virtual21.
ISA's THE LINK will kick off 2021 with an event proven to help local and national sign companies make vital connections. THE LINK...INSTALL offers one-on-one virtual networking appointments, pairing local sign companies with national companies who need installers. It will be held Feb. 3-4.
George Martin Kopecky: Leading the Industry Through Change
After a long and storied career with the FBI and House of Representatives George Kopecky stepped into the world of associations as the head of the National Electric Sign Association (NESA). Mr. Kopecky died November 25, 2020, at age 95.