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Creative Sign Designs Selected to the Inaugural Seminole 100

Tampa, FL, August 30, 2017 --( Creative Sign Designs, LLC was named to Florida State University’s inaugural Seminole 100 and will be formally recognized at a ceremony on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at FSU’s University Center Club.

Presented by Florida State University, the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, the FSU Alumni Association and Inc. magazine, the Seminole 100 recognizes the 100 fastest-growing businesses owned by FSU alumni. Inc. magazine, using the criteria they developed for their annual Inc. 5000 list, calculated each company’s compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) over the past three years to generate the ranking.

Creative Sign Designs will learn their official ranking during the awards ceremony in March.

Creative Sign Designs is an architectural signage manufacturer with national headquarters in Tampa, FL led by President & CEO Jamie Harden. Mr. Harden is an alumnus of Florida State University class of 1990 and holds a bachelor of science degree in finance. Other Seminoles on the leadership team include Melanie Turner Harden, executive vice president who received a bachelor of science in marketing class of 1990; Paul Wilbur, CFO who received a bachelor of science in economics in 1991 and an MBA in 1993; and Elizabeth Turner Diecidue, account manager who received a bachelor of science in marketing class of 1994.

Creative has a dedicated team of 120 full-time employees who consult on projects through the sales, design, fabrication and installation of signage. A leader in custom, turnkey, architectural signage, Creative serves a range of industries in the greater Southeastern U.S. and ships nationally. Creative continues to increase its capabilities by investing in its people, sustainable resources, upgraded technology and equipment, and marketing initiatives.

Creative has won several important accolades including:
· INC. 5000 for seven years in a row 2011-2017
· Bright House Networks Regional Business Award
· Florida Companies to Watch SM Award
· U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business – 2012 and 2013
· Gulf Coast Business Review Top 500 Companies – 8 years in a row (2010-2017)
· Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year
· Projects have been internationally recognized by Signs of the Times Magazine, Sign Builder Illustrated and the United States Sign Council

“I have a great sense of pride knowing that we are recognized in the first ever Seminole 100,” said Jamie Harden. “My hope is that this award recognizes the success of our alumni, attracts applicants and resources to FSU and shows the kinds of accomplishments that stem from this prestigious institution. Congratulations to my fellow Seminole 100 finalists!”

“The Seminole 100 is an important initiative that recognizes entrepreneurial excellence,” said Randy Blass, Executive Director of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship. “It is open to all companies owned by FSU alumni who meet eligibility criteria, and recognizes those who are achieving growth, innovating, and making a difference in their communities.”

To qualify for the Seminole 100, companies must have generated revenue by March 3, 2013, and shown significant growth by 2016. Additionally, the business must be privately held, for profit, based in the U.S. and be owned by an FSU alum.

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About Creative Sign Designs
Creative Sign Designs is a nationally-recognized custom sign company focused on providing design-build architectural signage solutions. With more than 30 years of experience as an industry-leader, Creative successfully manages local, regional and national projects. Creative provides consultation, design, project management, fabrication and installation services for a full line of interior, exterior and digital sign products. Creative was founded in 1986 with national headquarters in Tampa, FL and offices in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit or call 1-800-804-4809.
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