We See Projects From Start to Finish
Capital Sign Solutions provides a wide variety of products and services to our clientele. We partner with top vendors from around the country and will work closely with you—from the time that you first choose your design to the time that your signs are installed. It is our goal to establish long-lasting relationships with our clients, so that we may help with all of their signage needs over the course of their business.
We are excited to help with all of your signage needs over the course of your business. Among other things, we will assist you with design development, facility surveys, codes research, permit attainment, and the manufacture, delivery and installation of your signs.
What Our Customers Say
We are using [Capital Sign Solutions] for everything we are responsible for, and we are suggesting that others do the same, There are no misses or mistakes. They are really top notch, and one of the best groups we have worked with.
- Rich Barta, President, Core PropertiesSee More Testimonials
It is always a pleasure to work with Patrick and his staff. They keep us informed of the status of the project, are professional, and always complete all of our projects on time and within budget.
- Mark Hendel, Hawthorne Retail PartnersSee More Testimonials
Founder & CEO
Patrick Mills, Capital Sign Solutions’ CEO and founder, seeks to elevate brand visibility and perception for clients of all sizes. From global insurance providers to community banks and local restaurants, Patrick ensures seamless workflow and the highest customer service. “Our goal is to establish long-term relationships with our clients so we can partner with them on their signage needs for the life of their business,” says Patrick. “We are a full-service partner handling all phases of the sign process from design, to permitting, to manufacturing and installation.” Patrick started Capital Sign Solutions in 2011 to provide outstanding customer service and professionalism to small-to-mid-size businesses in the Triangle. Since then, CSS has added resources to serve all 50 states, while continuing its commitment to local clients. In addition to leading the team at Capital Sign Solutions, Patrick also works closely his wife, Harriet, running Wine & Design, a national franchise of paint and sip studios. When Patrick is not working, he enjoys running, fishing, and escaping to the North Carolina coast with his family.
Chief Operating Officer
As a member of the East Carolina University Baseball Hall of Fame and a former professional player in the Mariners League, John Williamson, Capital Sign Solutions’ chief operating officer, knows a thing or two about teamwork. “I love the team atmosphere at Capital Sign Solutions, and my personal goals are to be a team player and help others on our team reach their full potential,” he says. John oversees the development and implementation of growth strategies and processes for the company, and works with the executive team to improve operational performance. He brings more than 15 years of experience in corporate management and sales to his role at Capital Sign Solutions. As a former sales executive, John says he appreciates the role signs play in connecting companies with the public. “Signs are important to a company’s brand because according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, signs serve as the primary link between a business and its customers,” he says. When John is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Vice President of Operations
A veteran of the sign industry, Kenny Lester, vice president of operations, puts his expertise to work at Capital Sign Solutions by ensuring that clients have best-in-class customer service for sign installations. “Working in the sign industry is rewarding because you can translate a company’s identity into a visual image and communicate what the organization does,” he explains. “Meeting new people and working on a variety of projects means the job is never dull.” His co-workers describe Kenny as energetic, a team player and a great manager. “I love training and teaching,” he says. “I want all of our employees to have the information and knowledge they need to be successful so we have the best installation team in the business.” When Kenny is not working, he enjoys running, fishing and spending time with his family.
HR & Office Manager
April Lyon brings more than a decade of human resource and office management experience to Capital Sign Solutions from her previous work in the wireless communications and service industries. Her organizational skills and the individual attention she provides each employee make her successful in her role at CSS. “My goal is to ensure our business runs in the safest and most efficient way possible and to support each of our employees,” she says. “My office door is always open.” When April is not running things at CSS headquarters, she enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her husband and three children.
Director of Brand Implementation
As a principal at Capital Sign Solutions and a sign industry veteran, Buddy Laws works alongside Capital Sign Solutions owner Patrick Mills on CSS’s long-term growth plans. In addition, Buddy manages clients’ brand identity programs and says: “Signage is critical to a company’s brand because it is the primary means of communicating an organization’s business to its clients. Every detail of the sign matters.” Buddy is the third generation of his family to have an executive role in the sign industry. He began his career in 1997 with Harlan Laws Corporation, which his grandfather founded and his father later owned. In 2011, Buddy became vice president of business development for Atlas Sign Industries’ North American markets. Buddy’s hobbies and pursuits through the years have included bull riding, soccer, fishing, coaching youth sports and even co-owning a traveling NASCAR sanctioned race team. These days, he most enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Lanier Riddick has more than 20 years of experience in design, fabrication, installation and sales of products including commercial signage, warehouse systems and returnable packaging. At Capital Sign Solutions, he develops sales strategies and processes to expand the company’s client base. Lanier says his construction and fabrication experience serve him well in his sales role, but the real key to his success is building strong and trusting relationships with clients. "That’s critical when a company is entrusting you to perfectly communicate their brand through signage," he explains. “I believe a sign is the most important investment a business can make after great employees,” Lanier says. “Signs are critical for branding because they are visible around-the-clock.” A history buff and outdoorsman, Lanier spends his time away from work exploring and enjoying North Carolina from the mountains to the coast.
Corey Christiano learned to put customers first while working as cashier in a grocery store when he was a teenager. Today, with years of experience in the sign and hospitality industries, he is putting his commitment to outstanding customer service to work for Capital Sign Solutions. “I am good at being able to put myself in the customer’s shoes and to see things from their point of view,” Corey explains. “I am always willing to go above and beyond to meet and exceed the customer’s expectations.” Corey enjoys working in the sign industry because of the important role signs play in communicating a company’s brand. “Signs serve as the primary link between a business and its customers as well as drawing attention to the business and differentiating it from competitors,” he says. When Corey is not working you will find him enjoying time with his wife, young son and pet pug, and cheering for the New York Giants.
Eric Sweet brings his strong background in the sign industry and passion for helping his clients’ businesses succeed to his role at Capital Sign Solutions. His passion for signage began as a student at the University of North Dakota, where he was awarded the Darktronics Intern Scholarship. This opportunity allowed Eric to travel extensively, learning about digital signage and meeting with clients in the sign industry. After graduating, Eric traveled the country as a sign manufacturing representative before relocating to the Southeast to work for a variety of commercial clients. “Working in sales has helped me to develop a strong background in discovering client and business needs. My goal is to educate clients on the front end of their business development process to help them choose an effective sign for their businesses to be successful.” In his spare time, Eric enjoys fishing and traveling, having visited 41 out of 50 states in the U.S.
A former competitive archer, Rachel White keeps things on target at Capital Sign Solutions by working as the executive assistant to founder and CEO Patrick Mills. “She is great at thinking a step ahead and anticipating challenges before they arise,” says Patrick. Addicted to sticky notes and to-do lists, Rachel’s organizational skills along with her outgoing personality make her good at her job. “I really enjoy working alongside Patrick, and there is always something new to learn in the sign business,” Rachel says. “It’s rewarding and important work because signs provide the first impression of the company.” Rachel joined Capital Sign solutions after working in digital marketing and advertising, and she has a 2016 Telly Award for video production to her credit. When Rachel is not keeping things organized at the office, she enjoys going to the beach, reading and cheering for the UNC Tar Heels.
Project manager Hunter Ekin works within the operations department to deliver flawless sign installations for clients. With a degree in agribusiness from N.C. State University, Hunter has done everything from farm work to engineering, but says he has found the right fit in the sign business. “Signs are so important because they are how a business makes a first impression,” he says. “I also love being out in the field, and I enjoy the variety of the work that Capital Sign Solutions offers. Every job we do is custom, therefore every project is different.” Co-workers describe Hunter as a team player with a strong work ethic. He gives a lot of credit to the team atmosphere at Capital Sign Solutions. “In this industry, it takes a group effort to accomplish a common goal and great management to point us in the right direction,” he says. “We have all of that at Capital Sign Solutions.” When Hunter is not working, he loves hunting, working on his home, and spending time with friends and his Lab-Golden mix, Wheeler.
As a project manager for Capital Sign Solutions, Hillary Hall enjoys overseeing a project from start to finish. “I take a project from its inception to completion and work with the client and the internal team every step of the way,” she says. Colleagues say Hillary is good at her job because of her industry knowledge, tenacity and strong organizational skills. Hillary says that the opportunity to help create a 3D interpretation of a company’s image is exciting. “Signs are so important to a business because they give the public a first impression of the brand,” she says. When Hillary is not working she enjoys fishing, traveling and watching college sports.
Mary Elliott, a CSS project manager, enjoys working with customers to see their sign concepts become tangible products. “Signage is a visual reinforcement of a company’s existing brand,” she explains. “It’s satisfying to see a sign created that advances your client’s business objectives.” Mary’s colleagues describe her as efficient, productive and motivated, and she is known for providing outstanding customer service. “The bottom line is to keep the customer happy while working in a constructive way with my internal teams,” she says. “I want to provide smooth workflow and a seamless start-to-finish process that satisfies everyone.” Working in a creative industry is perfect for Mary because of her background as a graphic designer and her interest in painting, crafts and dance. Mary also enjoys outdoors adventures such as camping, hiking, rock climbing and fishing. When Mary is not at CSS, she spends most of her time with her young son and dog.
As a former combat medic with the United States Army, Brittany Pezzella has no problem working under pressure. She says that’s a useful skill as a Permitting Specialist for Capital Sign Solutions where she shepherds projects through the permitting process. “I enjoy challenges – working under pressure at a fast pace – this job encompasses all of that,” she explains. Brittany believes signs are critical to a business’s image because “first impressions are everything.” “The better a sign looks, the more likely you are to walk into a business,” she explains. “Think of it like an invitation.” Her colleagues describe Brittany as a fast learner, someone who is willing to tackle any project and an outgoing “people person.” When Brittany is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Director of Engineering
As director of engineering, Greg Mastro oversees the construction of signs from the design phase through the installation. He provides guidance on the best materials and fabrication methods to ensure that signs are built to specification. Greg has spent his career in the sign industry and has expertise in fabrication, project management and program management. Colleagues say his ability to communicate technical information clearly and effectively and his deep knowledge of the sign industry make Greg a tremendous asset to the Capital Sign Solutions’ team “Seeing a concept become a 3D sign that you can drive by is rewarding,” he says. “In many careers you are not creating a tangible product, and we are lucky that we can see our work for years to come.” When Greg is not working he enjoys gardening, cooking, playing with his dog and spending time at his family’s lake cottage.
Director of Design
A childhood passion became the building blocks for Holt Hobgood’s career. “I was obsessed with LEGOS as a kid,” he says. “I think that’s really where my lifelong interest in building and creating started.” At Capital Sign Solutions, Holt’s creative talents snapped into place as the company’s director of design, where he manages the team of designers and works with project management and production to maintain quality control. “Signs are an extension of a company’s brand, providing a 24-hour advertisement to communicate who you are and what you do as a business,” Holt says. “For me, it’s exciting to come up with a concept in my mind, translate it into a drawing, figure out how to actually make it, and get to see the final product.” When Holt is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their dogs, skiing and cheering for the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
Graphic designer Ty Freeman has more than 20 years of experience in the design industry, with much of that time focused on large-format design. Ty finds the sign industry challenging and enjoyable because signs establish a company’s brand and identity. “I love designing the most effective and creative solutions for customers’ needs, and seeing my designs become a physical reality,” he explains. “With my years of experience, you gain the expertise to create outstanding designs for production – because there is no value in creating an amazing piece of art that can’t be physically produced.” When Ty is not working, you can find him with his three children, hiking, swimming or playing video games.
Whether she is designing outstanding signs for clients or managing Capital Sign Solution’s marketing efforts, Kristen Withers is known for bringing fresh, creative ideas to every project. “I don’t settle,” this graphic designer says. “I always want to make sure that I achieve the best result possible.” Kristen loves working in the sign industry because of the variety of work, the collaborative process and the opportunity to create a visual that communicates a company’s brand. “I feel that if you enjoy what you do and who you do it with then you will always be able to perform above and beyond the expectations of your clients,” she says. When Kristen is not working, you will find her at a music venue, on a hiking trail with her dogs, or cooking something amazing.
Graphic Production Supervisor
As graphic production supervisor for Capital Sign Solutions, Marco Garcia focuses on delivering the highest print production quality for CSS clients. His co-workers say one of Marco’s strengths is anticipating problems and creating solutions. Marco explains that signs are art with a purpose. “Signs are both a visual representation of a company and a beacon to guide customers to their places of business.” Marco comes to the sign industry from the video gaming world where he worked as an artist and art manager. Most of his career, education and even recreational activities focus on creative pursuits. In his free time, Marco plays several instruments and is the lead singer of a local band.
Graphic Production Specialist
Arthur Young puts his creative talents to work producing graphic prints to communicate clients’ vision of their brand. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Arthur has developed a keen eye for detail and the patience required to ensure the artwork is perfect. “The ability to identify and focus on little details brings my production skill to a greater level,” he explains. “Sign branding is so important because it communicates a company’s identity, goods and services. I love being able to tell a client’s story through visuals.” In addition to being talented in visual arts, Arthur loves music, and he was a drum major for his university’s marching band. When Arthur is not working, you can find him roller skating; he even takes his skates on vacation, and enjoys checking out skating rinks around the country.
As marketing administrator, Margot is responsible for telling our story on social media, via the CSS blog and in traditional media. “We have so may exciting projects at CSS, and I love that I get to experience the company from all angles,” she says. “I like seeing how a project takes shape from its beginning stages to the day the sign is installed.” Working in the sign industry is a good fit for Margot because art and design have been lifelong interests. “Signs are art that have a business purpose,” she says. “They provide a snapshot of your brand and tell the story of your company.” Margot is also our front desk receptionist and is the first friendly face clients see when they visit the CSS office. Most weekends, you will find Margot at the farmer’s market looking for ingredients to try in new recipes.
Working in the sign industry is rewarding, Teejay Jarvis, says because it enables him to help other businesses succeed. “Signs tell your business’s story while also helping you navigate to that location,” he says. “They are often an introduction to a company’s brand.” A sports lover, Teejay enjoys working at CSS because of the team atmosphere. He also is not a stranger to hard work. His first job as a young person was picking potatoes, and he is a licensed barber. When Teejay is not at CSS, you will find him playing and coaching sports as well as traveling with friends and family.
With more than 20 years of experience in the sign industry, Minh Tran brings a wealth of knowledge in all areas of sign installation to Capital Sign Solutions. “I love the team atmosphere at Capital Sign Solutions and that we are working toward the same goal of providing the client with the best sign experience and product possible,” he says. Colleagues describe Minh as dedicated, meticulous and good at finding solutions to challenges in the field. When Minh is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family.
A former locksmith, Elias Bender says the key to success in sign installation is a commitment to doing the job right – no matter what it takes. “As installer, you work on variety of projects that present different challenges, and you need to be able to think on your feet to solve problems,” Elias says. “The bottom line at Capital Sign Solutions is to make the customer happy, to exceed their expectations. That means getting the install right the first time.” Elias says one of the best parts of his job is providing a finished product that tells a company’s story. “Signs are a company’s brand, name and image,” he says. “The only thing more important that a good sign is the good work that follows it.” When Elias is not on the job, he enjoys hunting and playing with his two dogs.
For Jennifer Aubut, a sign must epitomize an organization’s brand. “Your sign and logo communicate who you are and what you are offering,” she explains. Jennifer’s personal brand is about dedication. She has been part of the team at Capital Sign Solutions since the company began, having worked in installation, production and design. “Jennifer is always willing to jump in and help in any department,” says our founder Patrick Mills. When Jennifer is not working, you will find her spending time with her husband, their daughter and foster daughter. Together they enjoy roller skating, swimming and going to trampoline parks.
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