Sign Research Foundation Adds Industry Vets to Board


The Washington, D.C.-based Sign Research Foundation, a nonprofit that issues grants to academics and experts who conduct research on the social, economic and aesthetic benefits of on-premise signage and other visual communication elements, announces the appointment of two industry veterans to its board of trustees.

Deacon Wardlow is special ops director of Spectacular Media, a digital signage company. Wardlow is a certified global business professional with specializations and certifications in computing, network security and systems analysis. He has served as chief technology and information officer for an international sign company and has more than 18 years experience as a consultant on international trade, global branding, digital signage and business change management.

Grady Brown also joins the Sign Research Foundation board. He is president of iZone Imaging, a maker of custom high-pressure laminate signage and graphics. He has served on the board of the International Sign Association and was recently named co-chair of the Austin, Texas, chapter of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design. He has more than 30 years of experience in managing the design, planning, installation and fabrication of major architectural signage, branding and exhibit products.

SRF also has a new chairman of the board of trustees: John Yarger, president and CEO of North American Signs. He has been involved with SRF and its predecessor, the Signage Foundation, and his father, Noel, was one of the co-founders of the Sign Research Foundation for Communication Excellence, a predecessor to SRF.

Ted Kiper, founding principal with Cardosi Kiper Design Group, has been named SRF’s secretary/treasurer.

Continuing in their terms of the SRF board are Anne DePalma, lab manager for 3M’s Commercial Solutions Division; Wendy E. Moeller, AICP, principal and owner of Compass Point Planning; and Judy Walton, senior tenant sign manager for the premium outlet portfolio of Simon Property Group.

Sign Research Foundation is hosting its annual National Signage Research & Education Conference April 19 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. This year’s NSREC focuses on the future of signage and anticipates how signs must adapt to function in the cities of the future.

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