After spending six years behind the camera in Broadcast Journalism, Amanda Francis-Thomas knew the importance of a quick, simple message that catches the eye and leaves a lasting impression. This led her to employment at Signs Now, where she is now the manager. In 1989, John Hoppe Jr. bought into the Signs Now franchise as store number 45 in a network of just under 500. Their mission is to enhance the value of the businesses they serve by offering a variety of advertising options including large-format digital graphics, banners, vehicle graphics and wraps, real estate and site signs, tradeshow displays and dimensional lettering. Most recently they have added the Eco-Friendly HP Latex Wide-Format Printer. This new printer allows them to offer a unique line of recyclable material options including papers, fabrics, banner and wall paper.
Tell me a little about your family. – My husband, Kyle, and I have been married almost 4 years. He is a Math teacher with LPS. We have two beautiful daughters. Amari is 7 and Gabrielle is 2.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Having children definitely gives life a huge increase in value!
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – Play with my kiddos, take a nap and oddly enough, I LOVE to organize and clean my house (especially vacuum)!
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? – I am a bonafide cowgirl. 4-H, High School Rodeo, Rodeo Queen…you name it, if it involved a horse, I did it and lived it!
What are you the most proud of? – I am very proud of my girls. They are God-fearing, intelligent and loving. Raising the next generation is the hardest and most rewarding job one can have!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – Matthew 19:26 …“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish? – Professionally, I would like to take our new Eco-Friendly Digital products to the next level. Personally, Australia is #1 on the bucket list!
How would your friends describe you? – Hard worker, energetic, detail-oriented and overly organized. At work I am the “Vigilance Sheriff”, at home I am the “Organizer Bunny”.
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? – I am a SUPER-organizer, which I do use, just not to its fullest potential!
Which talent would you most like to have? – I would love to sing well, enough to keep my 7-year old from complaining in the car anyway!
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? – I am perpetually late. I know it reflects badly. I am really making an effort to be on time to everything from here on!
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? – The answer to both is the Bible
What is your favorite movie? – The Man from Snowy River
What is your favorite TV show? – Survivor and The Amazing Race. If I had cable, I would include Chopped and Cupcake Wars.
What is your favorite Lincoln restaurant? – I LOVE the Roasted Red Pepper & Gouda soup at Bagels & Joe…ymmm!
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Jesus is welcome at my table every day! I would like to invite my Grandpa too.
What is the best way to contact you? – Call me at the store at (402) 441-9383 or visit us online at http://www.signsnownebraska.com/