PRESTONSBURG – Operating a successful business in a small town presents many rewards and challenges. Brandon Patton of Sign Guys takes the rewards in strides and the challenges head on. With the help of his father Darrel Patton, and the encouragement of good friend Kent Rose, Brandon Patton opened the doors to Sign Guys in September 2012.
Brandon Patton says being able to work with his friends every day, helping them make a living doing what they love and working with his wife Chasity at Sign Guys has been a blessing to him and he takes nothing for granted. Patton says it all began basically in the offices of C and S Signs and Graphics in Prestonsburg.
“We all met and hung out and became friends working at C and S Signs and Graphics,” Brandon Patton confided. “We have been actually making signs since 1999, but at that time it was basically vinyl cutouts. We all left the area and went on to pursue other things. I was working, barely getting by, and I knew there had to be something else I could do to make a better living and support my family. At the time, the Arm Drops were getting started and Kent Rose encouraged my dad to get into the sign business. It was basically to make the Arm Drop signs and the rest is history.”
Sign Guys donates to many causes throughout Floyd County and Eastern Kentucky, using a material called Rough Wrap to decorate the hallways and gymnasiums of local schools, as well as other worthy causes that come along.
“It really makes me feel good giving back to the community,” Brandon Patton added. “I don’t have a lot of the overhead like most of our competition, so it puts me at a greater advantage. I really try to pass on this advantage by keeping our prices low and also donating to several causes.”
The company donated 12 footballs and 12 whistles to the Prestonsburg Flag Football League, sponsored a team in the 2016 rec softball league, donated stickers and signs for the 2016 Levisa Fork Paddle Jam, sponsored and drove a float through the Jenny Wiley Parade for Allen Elementary A-B- and C- football teams.
In a show of appreciation for the encouragement Kent Rose gave when he was getting the business started, Patton raised over $1,400 the day after Rose passed away to help with funeral expenses.
“Kent Rose was such a big part in convincing my dad to help start this business, I felt this was something I could do to show his family how much we appreciated him,” Patton added.
Patton gives much of the credit for the amazing work they do to his graphic artist David Clark. Clark graduated from Prestonsburg High School in 1999. Working in a factory in Ohio, Clark discovered he had a knack for doing auto cad designs. He made a manual for a machine he used in the factory that included detailed drawings he created using computer design software. Management at the factory was so impressed with his skills they asked him to create manuals for other machines in the factory. Although he enjoyed working and living in Ohio, Clark’s heart remained in Eastern Kentucky.
Clark currently enjoys his position at Sign Guys where he uses Corel Draw, Studio Max and Photo Paint to make some of the designs that are seen on car wraps and signs throughout Eastern Kentucky. His son is currently following in his father’s footsteps by attending Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC).
Sign Guys is located at 3004 South Lake Drive in Prestonsburg. For more information on Sign Guys, call (606) 236-4947.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.