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    A Publication of the Mid-South Sign Association June 2017



    Listed below are nine reasons SignConnexion 2017 will be amemorable meeting for you and your company!

    Meet key contacts in the Sign Industry!

    Stay on top of your competition they will be there!

    See new technologies and equipment!

    Expand your knowledge beyond your shops doors!

    Learn the new regulations during Crane Operator Certification Forum!

    Discover Jeff Youngs perception of the sign industry!

    Gain unique insight into networking toward success with David Watson!

    Explore downtown Memphis with a tour of the city!

    Play golf at the Elvis Davis Golf Classic at Wedgewood Golf Club an 18-hole championship course!

    Learn the history of Memphis Music while enjoying a local brew at The Memphis Rock n Soul Museum,

    a Smithsonian Institution!

    Enjoy a Southern meal at Memphis Blues City Caf on Beale St. while listening to Blind Mississippi!

    Dance a little jig at The Brass Door Memphis MAY THE ROAD RISE UP TO MEET YOU, AND MAY


    Sheraton Downtown - Memphis, TN July 26-30, 2017

    Sheraton Downtown - Memphis, TN July 26-30, 2017

    Sheraton Downtown - Memphis, TN July 26-30, 2017

    The MSSA Annual Convention and Trade Show is NOW SignConnexion!


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    Crane Operator Certification

    Rule Implementation: November 10, 2017

    Crane certification InformationVisit ISAs Crane Info webpage,

    For Training Resources / Providers, click NCCCO.

    Schedule Specialty Exams, click Certification.

    3-5 Days, Required for Exams.Sheraton Downtown - Memphis, TN July 26-30, 2017

    Sheraton Downtown - Memphis, TN July 26-30, 2017

    Sheraton Downtown - Memphis, TN July 26-30, 2017

    SignConnexion 2017 Activities

    To view current schedule:


    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Open to RegistrantsMAY THE ROAD RISE UP TO MEET YOU, AND MAY SIGNS LIGHT YOUR WAYSPONSORED BY EASTERN METAL SUPPLY / FACESJoin us for a night of good food and even better company at The Brass Door Memphis. Entertainment will be provided by TrainWreck, the sign industrys own party band. Dance a little jig, and in true Irish spirit, well be sure to keep your glasses full.

    The Brass Door is located at 152 Madison Avenue, Memphis a 10-minute walk from the Sheraton Hotel and just a few blocks from Beale Street.

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    SignConnexion 2017 Activities


    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Open to RegistrantsEXECUTIVE SESSION WITH JEFF YOUNG: Featured on CBS Undercover Boss, CEO of YESCO, and ISA Chairman of the Board of DirectorsJeff plans to address his experience of being the ISA Chairman of the Board, a celebrity on Undercover Boss, and being a part of the largest family owned sign business in the United States, YESCO.

    5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Open to RegistrantsFELLOWSHIP RECEPTION & GOLF CALCUTTAJoin us to socialize and network at our SignConnexion Networking Reception. MSSA will be hosting a reception that will allow you to introduce yourself and network with Sign Companies and other attendees as they look to expand their manufacturing partnerships. Dont miss this event if you are looking to bring some business back from Memphis!

    MSSA Golf Calcutta Auction will take place at approximately 6:00 p.m. Make sure to bid on your favorite golf team!

    FRIDAY, JULY 28th

    8:30 a.m. (Shotgun Start, please arrive by 8:00 a.m.) See registration form - Cost $90ELVIS DAVIS GOLF CLASSIC, Wedgewood Golf ClubMSSA is On Course encouraging team bonding during its golf tournament at Wedgewood Golf Club. Wedgewood is an 18-hole, Par 72 Championship layout with a rating of 72.8 and a slope of 127 with soft rolling Bermuda greens. A complimentary lunch and two drink tickets will be provided. MSSA golf awards presentation will immediately follow the tournament. 5206 Tournament Dr., Olive Branch, MS, a 40-minute drive from the hotel.Individuals wishing to participate, please contact MSSAs own golf Pro, Elvis Davis at (901) 335-8473 or For rental of golf clubs, please contact Wedgewood Golf Club (662) 895-7490.

    8:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. See registration form - Cost $45THE SIGNS & SOUNDS OF MEMPHIS TOWN! TOURThe Home of the Blues comes alive on this drive through the city aboard the nations only music bus. Your guide is a professional Beale Street musician who will play and sing selections from the citys rich musical heritage while entertaining you with comedy, history, and behind-the-scenes stories of your favorite Memphis personalities. Along the way, you will drive by and learn about: Sun Studio, The Lorraine Motel, Cotton Row, Peabody Hotel, Overton Park, Historic Central Gardens, St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital and early homes of Elvis, B. B. King, and Johnny Cash.

    After our city drive, a walking tour of Beale Street, the Home of the Blues will begin. Stroll on the same street as W. C. Handy, Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Memphis Minnie, Rufus Thomas, Rosco Gordon, B. B. King and other blues and jazz legends who played on Beale Street and helped develop the style known as Memphis Blues.

    Then whether or not you play the guitar or even love guitars, you will enjoy a tour of the Gibson Guitar Factory. The Gibson Guitar Factory has helped shape the world of music for over 100 years. You will witness as Gibsons skilled luthiers craft some of the finest guitars in the world.

    Enjoy this unique adventure through Memphis musical heritage.

    More Activities on the Following Page

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    FRIDAY, JULY 28th continued

    3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Open to RegistrantsSEMINAR: Crane Operator Certification ForumThis seminar was developed based on the immediate need and response of a multitude of members after ISAs Crane Operator Certification webinar. This round-table, open forum will allow for Q&A on the new crane operator certification required by OSHA. We will focus on where are MSSA members on certification, and how can we help each other meet the deadline. Darin L. Hinnergardt of Altec (hosted the ISA webinar) will bring his knowledge of this OSHA mandate.Forum presented by Darin L. Hinnergardt with Altec Industries

    5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Open to RegistrantsNEW MEMBERS RECEPTIONWhen asked why a member rejoins from year to year, one explanation which always places within the top three: MSSA members enjoy being around other MSSA members. A meeting space is being provided for each new member so that other members may drop by for a visit.

    The reception is open to all members to welcome members who have been unable to attend previous MSSA function. *New members please contact MSSA ( so that a table may be reserved in your honor.

    6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Open to RegistrantsA LITTLE LESS CONVERSATION, A LITTLE MORE ACTION BUSINESS DINNERCome learn and relax while we openly discuss several short business matters and enjoy a dinner of local cuisine. ALL entries for the 2017 MSSA Sign Design Competition will be available for viewing.

    6:30 p.m. Open to RegistrantsTHE STEVE METHENY SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS, LIVE AUCTION, AND RAFFLEMSSA is proud to provide higher education financial awards to employees or dependents of employees of MSSA member firms. Fifty-one $1,500 scholarships were awarded in 2017, reflecting MSSAs total scholarship funding history reaching beyond $1,299,4720! Immediately following the presentation of scholarship awards, The Steve Metheny Scholarship Live Auction and Raffle will begin. Once again, MSSA is blessed to have Richard Clifton as our auctioneer. As the saying goes, bid high and bid often for scholarship funds are obtained through items sold during both live and silent auctions. Attendees are responsible for donating and bidding on items for the auction. To donate, please contact prior to July 21st concerning items you would like to donate:Steve Metheny at (205) 410-3223 Sean Schultz, Reece Supply Co., (800) 776-0130 Mid South Sign Association (901) 452-6444

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    9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Open to RegistrantsSEMINAR: Network Your Way to SuccessHow to Make the Most of Business Networking OpportunitiesHave you ever felt a bit intimidated walking into a networking setting where you know only a few people or none at all? Maybe you avoid networking opportunities altogether because they make you feel uncomfortable. Or perhaps youre comfortable in a networking environment and simply would like to make better connections. In this session