April Newsletter
Four products that improve efficiency, longevity and creativity of sign, graphics and visual communications projects were named as ISA Innovation Award winners. All four products will be showcased on the tradeshow floor at ISA International Sign Expo® 2019.
In all, there were nominees across four categories, two of which are new for 2019. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts. They will showcase their products in the Lounge & Learn area at ISA International Sign Expo 2019 at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. The presentation will be followed by a reception, allowing attendees to ask questions and connect with these and other suppliers.

The winners are: Business Services/Software: 3M Graphics Install Wizard, a new software application, serves as a platform to share job details, documents and completion photos. Graphic manufacturers can list job opportunities, accept bids, book jobs and manage a consistent workflow. Jobs can be managed with an in-house crew or access a database of installers based on location and capabilities. Installers can increase visibility and receive more installation work by bidding on new projects. The 3M™ Graphics Install Wizard is available for desktops and as an IOS app, and the software is not exclusive to 3M authorized installers.

Electronic & Traditional Sign Products: N. Glantz HYPERVSN Solo, an integrated 3D holographic display system, produces high-resolution 3D visuals and images that appear to be floating in midair. LEDs are placed on four rays that spin, creating the illusion of a hologram.

Printers: Roland DGA Corporation’s TrueVIS VG2 Series Eco-Solvent Wide-Format Printer/Cutters offer comprehensive color choices in new TR2 ink including Orange, White and CMYKLcLm with a wider color gamut, and leading media certifications. For true unattended production, machine efficiency and print-and-cut accuracy have been optimized, with an included new take-up system, auto-adjusting pinch rollers, and slide-out ink-pouch trays to minimize waste and set-up time.

Substrates & Inks: Avery Dennison MPI 1405 PVC-free Media has been engineered to meet a variety of outdoor graphic applications with one head-turning solution. MPI 1405 is a premium, digitally printable film that captivates with superior color pop and conformability to tough textured surfaces, including brick and cinderblock. The MPI 1405 film features patented air-egress technology that helps eliminate wrinkles and bubbles during installation making installation faster and resulting in a surface that clients will love.
“The ISA Innovation Award winners truly represent the most creative and innovative products available on the ISA Sign Expo floor,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “Attendees at ISA Sign Expo have come to expect groundbreaking products and the latest solutions. These raise the bar. That said, each of the nominees also have products worth exploring and I encourage attendees to learn more about each.”

The ISA Innovation Award winners and nominees will be showcased at ISA International Sign Expo 2019, April 24-26 with pre-conference events on April 23 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

VASA Schedules Forum at ISA Expo in Las Vegas
The Virginia Sign Association has scheduled a forum for sign company personnel on Thursday, April 25th from 10:30-12 noon in Coral A at the Mandalay Bay. Refreshments and food will be available. Meet colleagues, hear about important issues, and enjoy some down time before the exhibit hall opens.
VASA Membership Renewal - Two for One
It's time to renew membership dues in the Virginia Sign Association. Your VASA membership dues include membership in the ISA. Double your benefits which include the following:
  • Discounts to ISA programs as well as seminars and trainings that include numerous online learning plus how to videos. View them here.
  • E-newsletters about important information affecting sign companies.
  • Legislative advocacy.
  • Networking opportunities.
Sign company dues begin at $100 for sign manufacturers with fewer than 10 employees. Visit www.virginiasignsassoc.org to join or renew VASA/ISA dues .
ISA's 75th Anniversary Celebration at ISA ROCKS: THE Industry Event!
Wednesday, April 24
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Luxor Hotel (by the pool)
Las Vegas, NV
Come celebrate with us at the must-attend party of the year as ISA kicks off another 75 years driving change and innovation. Rub elbows with sign, graphics and visual communications industry professionals as you enjoy music, dancing and fun festivities. Must be 21 to drink; no access to pool.
"Women Leading the Industry" Launches
Women aspiring for elevated leadership roles in their companies can join in a new initiative, "Women Leading the Industry." The new initiative will be launched by the International Sign Association with Sign Builder Illustrated magazine at ISA International Sign Expo 2019.

The inaugural session, "WLI - The Female Leader: Passion, Empowerment and Confidence," will be held Friday, April 26th. It will feature a panel of leaders discussing solutions to the issues that challenge women in the industry. The event will be moderated by Ashley Bray, SBI's managing editor. It also will include networking opportunities.

After ISA Sign Expo 2019, WLI and ISA will host ongoing events that encourage professional and personal growth through specific education and networking opportunities. Learn more or register at ISA Sign Expo 2019 at www.signexpo.org/womenleading .