Houston Firm eSigns.com Acquires I-45 Signs, Inc.

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eSigns.com, owned by Houston-based entrepreneur Robert Marsh (EV1.net - Everyone’s Internet), has acquired I-45 Signs, Inc., also of Houston. This purchase gives Marsh a brick and mortar storefront component to complement his recent purchase of eSigns.com.

Following the sale, I-45 Signs, Inc. owner Keith Rowe will join eSigns.com as Sr. Director/Houston Operations. I-45 Signs, Inc., which has been in business for 14 years and generates approximately $1 million in annual sales, has five employees, all of whom will be retained.

“I can’t tell you how pleased I am to be working with Robert Marsh,” says Rowe. “I’ve seen what he can do and I’m excited about his vision for growth and expansion.”

The business relationship between Rowe and Marsh dates back twelve years, to the time when Rowe’s company began providing all of the signage for Marsh’s groundbreaking firm EV1- Everyone’s Internet.

“I brought the eSigns.com opportunity to Robert,” Rowe says, “knowing that he was interested in getting back into an internet-based business. During the due diligence process, Robert said that he wanted to bring me on board, and it was an easy decision to join his team.”

Robert Marsh shares Rowe’s enthusiasm for the enterprise and the business category, and admires the sign veteran’s track record.

“I’ve known Keith for over a decade, and during that time he has shown himself to be an accomplished entrepreneur, a proven operator, and a person of incredible integrity. His real world skills and expertise add an important component to the core competencies of our management team.”

Following the sale, I-45 Signs will be relocated to a new 2500 square foot retail showroom and design center within a few miles of eSigns.com’s new national headquarters. This facility will give the company an opportunity to showcase its evolving product lines.

Later this summer, eSigns.com will move into its new corporate headquarters, in the process creating over 100 new local jobs. This expansive 62,000 square foot facility, which will be located near I-45 and the North Belt, will house the corporate offices, warehousing for their new wholesale division, and a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

Marsh predicts that eSigns.com sales will increase over 400% within a year. “We will grow this business just like we did with EV1 – we are great operators and incredible marketers,” Marsh says. “We have an absolute commitment and dedication to our customers,” Marsh declares. “Next to moving the moon and exchanging its place with Mars, we will do anything to make our customers happy – their success is our success.”

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About eSigns.com
eSigns.com utilizes a proprietary technology that allows customers to custom design signs and banners for delivery within three business days, at a savings of 50% - 65% over prices charged by traditional retail sign companies. The company has invested millions of dollars in printing technology to provide the best possible product for its customers, giving them access to a level of quality unavailable from retail outlets.

About Banner Baron Robert Marsh
You could call them a gift or perhaps an inheritance, but Robert Marsh’ entrepreneurial talents are as much a part of his upbringing as his propensity to zag when others zig. The son of an active entrepreneur, Robert Marsh watched as his father’s determined spirit gave rise to multiple enterprises, and the lessons learned from those which flourished as well as those which failed now serve as guideposts as the younger Marsh creates his own legacy.

Today, the man named Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and the SBA’s Person of the Year, has turned his attention to morphing esigns.com from a successful small business to the dominant position in its field.

A veteran of the communications and technology arenas, Robert Marsh’s initial venture was Beeper Boutique, one of the first such companies in the country to introduce colored beepers and decorative cases. At its peak, Beeper Boutique had over 100,000 users serviced by dozens of retail locations and offered an opportunity for Marsh to work side by side with his father and brothers. Over a decade later, many consumers can still recall the company’s distinctive jingle, an advertising tactic Marsh would put to good use in subsequent ventures.

In 1998, Robert Marsh’s launched Everyone’s Internet (EV1.net), an internet service provider that would amplify his reputation and his fortune, while offering fertile ground for the research and trial of tactics that would drive consumers to action. After identifying the perfect combination of value proposition, platform and marketing, Marsh and his EV1.net team utilized live endorsement radio advertising locally, regionally, and then nationally to secure hundreds of thousands of subscribers at a time when similar companies were folding. A sideline of EV1.net’s success was Marsh’s discovery of the functionality of control panel adaptations that would allow virtually anyone to run a server and therefore a hosting business. Additional server configurations pioneered by Marsh enhanced the dependability of hosting systems and despite Marsh’s late entry into the server industry, the company quickly achieved profitability and soon boasted a cache of over 30,000 servers in his data centers. Marsh’s ongoing crusade to create new features, values and benefits for his customers allowed him to outpace his competition and his consistent changes and upgrades were continually attracting new audiences while empowering other entrepreneurs.

EV1.net’s server business became the largest of its kind, but it is Marsh’s experiences as an advertiser and client that he believes will serve him best as the driving force behind esigns.com. As an idea provider and problem-solver, Marsh’s expertise spans both sides of the client-vendor equation and better equips him to deliver potent operating and financing solutions to this already profitable enterprise.

As eSigns.com’s de facto commander-in-chief, Banner Baron Robert Marsh will call upon his real world tutorial as well as his father’s fundamental teachings to complete this next chapter of his professional life. As for his personal life, this devoted husband and father spends his off hours in support of family pursuits, charitable efforts, and his favorite sports teams.

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