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28 • July 2015 • L E D & E M C P aul Gardner got into the sign business by accident. The president and owner of Sign Enterprise in Fredericksburg, Virginia, was an artist throughout high school but never considered art as a career. To put himself through college, he worked as a fleet vehicle mechanic. One day he found out his employer was going to hire a crew to letter all of its trailers. Gardner had practice lettering race cars from when he was young. "I thought, maybe I can do this. I was 18 years old. I walked in and said I can do it," Gardner says. He ended up lettering 100 trailers. He learned much about the business from that experience and ended up breaking away and starting his own sign company in 2000. Paula Aven Gladych is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colorado. She can be reached at pgladych@gmail.com. Images courtesy Sign Enterprise. "I had ambitions of doing something different, but I was so attracted to the (sign) business. The more I learned, the more I liked. I liked the diversity of it all and the variety of work to get into," Gardner says. He started his business, Sign Creations, in 2000 and sold it in 2006. He started another sign company in 2007, after his year-long non-compete clause expired. For the past eight years, the company has operated under the Sign Creations name. Gardner decided to change it to Sign Enterprise this year to help differentiate his work from that of his former company. Gardner started out hand lettering and air brushing signs. When he first got into the business, he had a hard time learning it. In Gardner's experience, he says sign LED/EMC LED Technology Striking When the Iron's Hot Virginia sign shop finds success in early adoptions of technology B y P a u l a a v e n G l a d y c h

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