National Banner Inc. (Sign It) is a producer / manufacturer of indoor, outdoor, permanent, and temporary signage. Sign It was founded in 1995 in San Diego, CA. They provide signs, banners, vehicle graphics, and trade show displays for customers in Southern California, and across the country. Find there website at: www.sign-it.com. Sign It is an acknowledged leader in the large format printing industry and is known for expeditious service while maintaining the highest regards for quality, price, and integrity.
Customers have depended on Sign It to support their signage and graphic requirements for nearly 20 years. They are known for their experience, reliability, responsiveness, selection, capacity and finally, competitive pricing. Today, Sign It proudly supports many industry leaders including; SeaWorld, Welk Resorts, San Diego Port, Thor, Postal Annex, General Dynamics, along with an eclectic mix of large corporations and small companies.
Avi Klinger is the President and CEO of Sign It. Avi was born in New York. He earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worchester Polytechnic Institute in 1990, and an MBA from California State University Long Beach in 1996. He worked for Hewlett Packard and Cymer on his path before becoming an entrepreneur.
Avi purchased 50% of Sign It (a small sign shop at the time) in the mid 2000’s and tripled the sales within the first 3 years. At that time he purchased the remaining onwership of the company to allow him the flexibility and enable his leadership to continue the company’s success.
The property Avi purchased is located at 3220 Kurtz Street, San Diego, CA. The site provides abundant space for post-production operations and for materials and equipment. Additionally the space allows room for large vehicles to be brought into the building for wrapping.
The seller’s commercial real estate broker was Jeff Brown from Cushman & Wakefield.
Chris Garton, Vice President of California Bank & Trust provided 50% of the financing with a market rate loan. John Matanguihan of Southland EDC provided 40% of the project financing with a 20 year fixed rate SBA 504 loan at a below market rate. The owner provided the 10% cash injection.
The total project cost was approximately $1.5 million. This project allowed a successful sign company to remain in San Diego County. It provided more direly needed work space for a growing company, and did it in a fiscally responsible and strategic manner. Thus keeping the jobs in San Diego and providing the space needed for near term growth whiich will result in additional capital equipment investment and the creation of more jobs.
Cibola Systems Corporation
Lisa Perrine, President and CEO of Cibola Systems Corporation, knows a thing or two about collaborating on projects. Cibola Systems specializes in designing and implementing technologically advanced meeting spaces with the goal of inspiring communication and enhancing productivity. Over the years Cibola has assisted the Annenberg Foundation’s Center for Photography, First American’s NOC and briefing room, Edwards Lifesciences conference and training centers, and the LAPD’s headquarter relocation.
When it came time to purchase a facility to house her business she knew exactly where to go. Lisa turned to J. Chip Wright and Peter Wells of CB Richard Ellis to locate a property and with the help of Jennifer Eltinge of Comerica Bank and Robert Dodge of Southland EDC she secured financing through the SBA’s 504 loan program
Lisa’s vision was to rehabilitate the old St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store in downtown Orange into a state of the art, environmentally friendly building she could occupy for many years to come. The project did present some challenges since the warehouse portion of the property was originally constructed in 1949 and it encroached into the OCTA rail road right of way. In the end Lisa obtained the necessary permits and has a beautiful, LEED Certified building her business can call home. To find out more about Cibola Systems Corporation we urge you to check out their website at cibolasystems.com.
“Comerica Bank and Southland EDC brought essential skills to Cibola’s purchase of our new buildings. Just as important, they were enthusiastic, and able to share our vision: to create a unique environment where Cibola’s team can do our best work.” Lisa Perrine