President of Signarama Among Top Young Leaders in South Florida
Forty of the region’s most entrepreneurial and influential young leaders from Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties were honored for their outstanding success and contributions to the community at the South Florida Business Journal’s annual “40 Under 40” recognition luncheon on August 3 at Jungle Island on Watson Island in Miami. Among the honorees was A.J. Titus, president of West Palm Beach-based Signarama, the world’s largest signage company, and a brand member of United Franchise Group (UFG). Named president less than a year ago, Titus succeeded Jim Tatem who held the position for 10 years and is now president of UFG. Titus is a third-generation family president, following in the footsteps of his father Ray, and grandfather Roy, co-founders of Signarama, a company with 800 locations in 60 countries—including Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. The honoree literally grew up in the family business, gaining in-depth knowledge as well as a close perspective of the brand’s needs and the needs of franchisees it serves around the world. With the “ground-up” knowledge of operations, Titus is attracting franchisees that are young, driven, and possess the entrepreneurial spirit—men and women that want to create scalable, profitable businesses. “This is a remarkable group of talented honorees, and to be chosen with them for recognition by the South Florida Business Journal is a distinct honor,” said Titus. “Each person chosen is a reflection of what I would call a new wave of entrepreneurs, as they each bring a diverse set of skills and knowledge to the ever-evolving marketplace.” Signarama, the world’s largest sign company, offers branding and messaging solutions as well as comprehensive sign and graphic services ranging from business and digital signs to vehicle wraps. The company also provides advertising and marketing services for customers to achieve optimal exposure. “I learned about every phase of the company’s operations, from selling signs to marketing and advertising,” remarked Titus. “By attending trade shows and conventions over the years, I really gained a true understanding of customer service needs, and what it takes to maintain our brand as an industry leader.” Those selected for the “40 Under 40” award were vetted from hundreds of nominations, and names of the honorees were unveiled in installments beginning June 22. The award luncheon took place in the Treetops Ballroom at Jungle Island on Watson Island in Miami on Friday, August 3.