Catherine Monson one of its 50 Women of Wonder (WoW)

Monson Recognized for Transforming FASTSIGNS into an International Brand and Being a Champion of Franchising for the duration of Her Career

CARROLLTON, Texas FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the main sign, portraits and visible communications franchise, introduced nowadays that Franchise Dictionary Magazine has named CEO Catherine Monson one of its 50 Women of Wonder (WoW) for 2020.

This prestigious WoW list acknowledges inspirational woman franchisors that have been nominated with the aid of readers for their exceptional influence on no longer solely the manufacturers they lead, however additionally on the franchise industry. While at the helm of FASTSIGNS, Monson has grown the organisation to greater than 735 places throughout 9 countries, and the manufacturer continues to be diagnosed as the chief and a disruptor in its space.

"It's an honor to be named a Woman of Wonder, amongst so many inspiring mounted and rising leaders in franchising," stated Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc and International Franchise Association Chair. "I am fortunate to work alongside such a robust company group and our amazing international community of franchisees. Their dedication to assist develop and promote the FASTSIGNS company even in the most difficult instances is what has allowed us to come to be the global powerhouse that we are today."

The Second Annual Women of Wonder listing is featured in Franchise Dictionary Magazine's October 2020 issue, on hand at

"Each yr greater and extra female are making an have an impact on in the franchise industry," stated Alesia Visconti, Publisher & CEO, Franchise Dictionary Magazine. "They are altering the landscape, enforcing new initiatives and bringing groundbreaking thoughts to the table. Franchise possession adjustments lives and permits human beings to comply with their goals of enterprise ownership. Our '50 Women of Wonder' (WOW) are some of the most amazingly talented, robust and dynamic female franchisors in the franchise industry. We thank them and are delighted to rejoice their contributions!"

About Catherine Monson

Catherine grew to be CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. in 2009, bringing over 25 years of franchising and administration experience. In 2009, she acquired the International Franchise Association (IFA) Bonny LeVine Award in consciousness of her contributions to the boom of the franchising enterprise and in 2010, the Dallas Business Journal named her a pinnacle Women Industry Leader in the Dallas Metroplex. In 2012, Catherine seemed on the Emmy Award-winning sequence Undercover Boss to examine new methods to improve the FASTSIGNS® brand. In 2013, she was once named an "Innovator and Influencer" via Sign and Digital Graphics Magazine. In 2015, she acquired the IFA's first Franchise Action Network "FAN of the Year" award for her advocacy work on behalf of the franchising community. In 2016, she was once chosen as a Soderstrom Society Inductee for her contributions to the printing and picture communications enterprise and was once additionally honored with the 2016 Leadership Award from the Women That Soar organization. Under Monson's leadership, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. obtained the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the easiest consciousness introduced with the aid of the Department of Defense to employers for their exemplary guide of National Guard and Reserve members. In 2017, Monson obtained the Distinguished Women Award introduced by means of Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. In 2018, she was once honored via the Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) with their Ambassador of Free Enterprise Award. Catherine has served on the Board of Directors of the IFA considering the fact that 2008 and is presently Vice Chair and will grow to be Chairwoman in February 2020. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of Brain Balance, a franchise corporation with a non-drug choice for teenagers with behavioral challenges, and on the Board of Directors of the franchisor Big Blue Swim School, one of the nation's quickest developing swim schools. She is a keynote speaker at many franchise enterprise events, as nicely as at many signal and visible pix enterprise events. 

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