Tammy Schlamp, owner and operator of Speedpro Signs Red Deer, took home the 2016 Speedpro Signs Franchise of the Year Award at the annual Speedpro Signs Canada convention held in Victoria in March. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Speedpro Signs Red Deer earns Franchise of the Year Award

Two-time national winner

Red Deer business owner Tammy Schlamp now has two national Speedpro Signs Franchise of the Year Awards on display near the front door of her Riverside Drive shop.

Schlamp, who opened Speedpro Signs Red Deer in 2008, picked up the 2016 award in March and won the 2013 award. She was also nominated for 2016 Client Loyalty and Sales Achievement awards.

She said her franchise produced all the signs, banners, and wall graphics for the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup held in May in Red Deer.

“Red Deer has some great events that don’t come here all the time, like the Memorial Cup. That was a fabulous event and certainly there’s not signage left from the year before so everything needed to be done,” Schlamp, of Red Deer, said.

“That was a big honour. The Red Deer committee put a top notch event on. It was very important to them, the whole aesthetics of the event.”

Before opening Speedpro Signs Red Deer, Schlamp worked in the trade show event industry. After she finished up as a project manager for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar and returned to Canada, she met Speedpro Signs Canada president Stuart Burns at a franchise networking information event.

“It seemed like it was a good fit for me to go from trade show event industry over into visual communications.”

Schlamp said her instincts were right.

Franchise of the Year is Speedpro Sign’s highest achievement award and requires the franchisee to demonstrate leadership in a number of categories including sales volume and growth, ethics, innovation, employee satisfaction and community involvement.

Not only did the Red Deer shop win Franchise of the Year twice, it was also a finalist for the award in 2012 and 2014, and received other recognition from Speedpro Signs Canada.

Schlamp said her business always delivers on time and staff do what they say they’re going to do.

“We just really concentrate on our customer service so we get a lot of referrals. We have fantastic customers.”

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