An industry innovator in architectural sign design, technical illumination and specialty finishes, Lawrin’s lifelong love affair with creative sign manufacturing has propelled ARTfx’ reputation to worldwide recognition.
Executive VP / GM:
Beginning over twenty years ago as Assistant to the President, Melissa mastered multiple fronts of ARTfx’ manufacturing and computer technology. Her management of all daily operations is indispensable.
VP / PRODUCTION:
A student of sign industry masters, Istvan is a vital link from old to new. His depth of knowledge is daunting – from masonry through metal fabrication to expert finishing and technical engineering, he does it all and with incomparable precision.
Accounting / HR / Office Manager:
After graduating from Northeastern University, Jill worked as a senior paralegal in metro Boston. At ARTfx, she runs bookkeeping and our front office… a perfect combination for her uniquely articulate and naturally friendly nature. Aside from work, Jill spent two decades in classical ballet, performing throughout New England.
VP SALES / MARKETING:
A former fashion model, current professional photographer, and social media expert, Cheyney perfectly balances ARTfx’ front line. A flair for contemporary marketing coupled with years in corporate and retail sales support her connection with a new generation of clientele.
VP BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT / IT Operations
With a background in sales, engineering and computer technology, Paul develops ARTfx’ business programs to increase operational efficiency. Additionally, he is well known throughout our region’s business community and has served as the president of the local Chamber of Commerce.
Senior Project Manager:
With master degrees in computer engineering and business administration, Gregg spent years in New York City analyzing statistics for advertisers. After returning home to Connecticut, he joined ARTfx to oversee key accounts. Gregg also studied art and enjoys painting on weekends.
ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT:
After many years coordinating a family business, administration comes naturally to Traci. In addition, a master’s degree in counseling is often a valued asset when assisting the company’s top executive.
With experience in lighting industry sales, Julia came to ARTfx with a bright background. Her eye for detail and passion for problem-solving suits the dynamics of project management. In her spare time, Julia can often be found in a Pilates studio or enjoying live music on the dance floor.
Estimating / Major Projects:
A disciplined numbers guy, Mike arrived at ARTfx having skills in project management, material purchasing and architectural estimating. Beyond preparing quotations, Mike assists with project coordination. In his spare time, he plays drums in a band and he works out daily beginning at 2:30 AM!
Permitting, like competitive sports, requires persistence. Before joining ARTfx, Matt managed sports facilities at Manhattan College, Boston College, Yale University, and UConn. While earning a BS in sports management and a MS in organizational leadership, Matt played baseball as a catcher, pitcher, and first baseman.
Starting as our screen printer, Paula honed a slew of technical skills including drafting, digital design and engineering, eventually taking charge of the design department. She is also a valued advisor to the president.
DESIGNER / 3D Rendering:
His youthfulness belies his seasoned resume. With a graphic design degree, Ben began his career in drafting, carpentry and CNC production at a company specializing in themed attractions and stage sets. In his spare time, Ben plays drums for a popular local rock band.
Graphics / Project Manager:
Whether printed, stenciled or lettered with vinyl, the majority of ARTfx’ work passes through Sara’s hands before it leaves the facility. Additionally, she oversees all of our mural installations, window graphics and vehicle wrap applications.
With over 15-years as a graphic tech in the sign industry, Will leans on critical experience and creative thinking to prepare and install printed and cut vinyl appliques. His passion for the craft earns him an honorable reputation as a problem-solving strategist for the ARTfx team.
Despite 45 years of experience in the spray-painting and powder-coating trades, Irv states with modest reflection, “Whether I’ve been doing this for a long time or not, I want to learn something new every day.”
Master Mechanic / Fabrication – Engineering:
“I bring renderings to reality.” It’s a humble claim for a multi-skilled veteran of the trade. Starting in 1976 as a helper in his father’s sign shop, Mike heads ARTfx’ engineering and CNC machining. He also “pinch-hits” for every position in the shop.
A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in glass blowing and sculpture, Heather began her ARTfx career as a neon tube bender. 15 years later, she leads our fabrication department, managing nearly every critical aspect of the company’s most complex projects.
From years on the ARTfx road crew to the ARTfx shop, Merle expanded his lengthy skill repertoire to include welding and sheet metal fabrication. In his spare time, he relaxes fixing small engines of all kinds.
Lead Fabricator / Letters & Glass:
Known as the “The Glassman,” Mike‘s career began many years back as a glazier in his father’s glass shop. Now, a long-term ARTfx veteran, he fabricates illuminated letters and oversees any projects involving glass.
Lead Fabricator / Welding:
Satyanand (Tooch) Sukhraj
Tooch brings traditional, time-honored expertise to the ARTfx shop. He grew up learning welding and metal construction from his father, a lifelong ironworker. To broaden and further hone his skills before entering the working world, Tooch studied automotive repair, metal fabrication, and paint refinishing in technical trade school.
Fabrication / Detailing:
Jesse (JJ) Tomlin
With degrees in art and graphic design, Jesse (AKA JJ) augments the artistic arm of our fabrication department. An expert in illustration and airbrushing, Jesse spent years plying his skills as an independent contractor before joining ARTfx.
Fabrication / Assembly:
After years in the pharmaceutical field, Lashauna (Shauna) switched career paths to join “Women Can Weld,” an apprenticeship program offering opportunities in construction trades. Prior to her fabrication position at ARTfx, LaShauna worked as a supervisory technician in the boat building industry.
Road Crew Manager:
He started on the top… hanging billboards for the outdoor advertising trade. At ARTfx, Carlos controls many of the more involved ARTfx installations, making certain the end result matches the plan.
Service / Installation Logistics:
After 30 years in the industry, Lou can’t be stumped. There’s nothing he can’t fix. He also coordinates a complex schedule. At home and play, Lou enjoys the company of his five boys, water skiing, motorcycles and exotic birds.
Jaime arrived in America from Ecuador with a degree in systems engineering. Initially, he spent five years as a carpenter specializing in home construction. However, his aptitude for mechanical functions earned Jaime a position at ARTfx conducting meticulous field surveys and installations.
For many years Sergio was involved with multiple aspects of construction. From foundations to framing, he did it all… in both Ecuador and his new homeland of America. A strong work ethic and multiple building skills makes Sergio a perfect fit for ARTfx’ installation and service team.
Calling Franklyn “handy” is an understatement. Not only can he build a house from the ground up, but he can take apart and reassemble a vehicle without consultation. If you see Franklyn working on a mechanical problem, most likely he has a solution. After hours, Franklyn enjoys doing what he does at work – fixing things.
Prior to joining the ARTfx team, Benjamin, or “Benji” as he is affectionately known, traveled extensively while mastering careers in computer repair, machinery operation, security system installation and cell tower climbing! Suffice it to say, Benji brings a multitude of valuable skills to our trade.
Service / Installation:
With a degree in mechanical engineering, Jerry brings extensive experience to the ARTfx service and installation team. Prior to joining our road crew, he worked as a professional mechanic and bus driver. When not at ARTfx, Jerry enjoys playing and watching soccer.
After receiving an associate’s degree of applied science in horticulture, Keith cashed in the study of leaves for a bachelor‘s degree in accounting. It all comes in handy at ARTfx, where he assists with the property along with purchasing. After work, Keith uses his carpentry skills to fix up and sell houses.
Photos by Todd Gorman