Brian McNamara , April 27, 1956-November 4, 2014
The Board of Directors of the Signage Foundation, Inc. mourns the death of Board member K. Brian McNamara. Brian had served on the SFI Board since 2013.
A 1982 graduate of the College of Charleston (SC), Brian began his professional career as a Marketing Representative for the Xerox Corporation. After several years with Xerox, Brian made a move to the not-for profit sector, taking a position in the Membership Department of the American Society of Association Executives. While with ASAE, Brian was recruited by John Johnson, a long-time senior executive for the International Sign Association (formerly National Electric Sign (Association), to take a role in the growth and development of the tradeshow programs.
Brian’s start with ISA in 1985 coincided with the earlier introduction of the Gerber IVb --the beginning of the explosive computerization and digitalization of the sign industry. While the industry was in transition, so was the NESA tradeshow program, which exploded both internationally and regionally in the late 80’s and 90’s: the industry was hungry for information about the new technologies.
In 1995, Brian was gratified to see the technological changes recognized by the traditional electric sign industry when NESA became the International Sign Association. The explosive growth of the tradeshow and the association continued through, and outlasted, the extreme recession beginning in 2008. There is no end in sight. Brian retired from a full-time role at ISA in 2011, after 26 years of service. He continued to support the sign industry in any role that will continue the best interests of the industry and fully embraced his role with the research and education efforts of the Signage Foundation.
Obituary can be viewed at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com and an industry tribute can be viewed at www.signweb.com