Longtime Memphis sign industry professional Elvis Davis was presented the Kirk L. Brimley Distinguished Service Award at ISA International Sign Expo 2018. The International Sign Association (ISA) presents the award each year to a leader who has made significant contributions to the sign, graphics, and visual communications industry.
Davis was honored for his work with ISA and the Mid South Sign Association (MSSA), serving on both boards of directors. Davis served on numerous ISA committees, including the regional committee and government affairs.
“Elvis has long served the industry in a number of capacities,” said ISA Chairman of the Board Mark Granberry, who honored Davis at a special reception during the sign, graphics and visual communications industry’s leading tradeshow. “Elvis also made sure that other sign company owners could learn from his experience. He has presented training on business strategies for many years, helping others succeed as he has.”
Davis noted that the sign, graphics, and visual communications industry has been good to him, providing a solid livelihood that allowed him to rise above humble beginnings. He has dedicated much of his volunteer activities to ensure that others have the same opportunities. In addition to his work in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry, he has volunteered countless hours to organizations in the Memphis area, including serving on the board of directors for AGAPE Child & Family Services and organizing fundraisers for HOPEWORKS.
Davis began his career in the industry in 1959 as a sign painting apprentice with Service Sign Company. He later became an ownership partner and founded several additional sign companies. Since 2010, he has worked for Eastern Metal Supply as an industry ambassador.