Growing up in St. John’s, Newfoundland in a family of business owners, he saw first hand the hard work, and extreme dedication involved in creating something from scratch. An annual trip to Nova Scotia to visit a family friend in the sign business first exposed Furneaux to the possibilities that signs offered both for creative expression and business development.
So at the age of 19, he moved to Benicia, California to study and become certified in the art of neon fabrication. Making Victoria, BC home after that, Furneaux worked twelve years for a local sign shop, gleaning the hands-on business experience and technical training he would need to venture out on his own.
Always a creative thinker, Gazmend has been designing and building since he could walk. He arrived in Victoria in 2000 from Eastern Europe and immediately immersed himself in the sign industry as he discovered it was the perfect outlet for his creativity. He is a forward thinker and is constantly striving to keep up to date with the ever changing technology of this industry, ensuring that quality and innovation are a big part in every project he takes on.
Gazmend partnered with Jeff bringing his incredible work ethic and drive to the team. With 17 plus years of fabricating and leadership experience, and an ever growing passion for the industry, he is the perfect addition to our continued growth.
This company is the product of Furneaux’s hard work, creative thinking, and progressive approach to serving clients, coupled with a team of driven, hard-working superstars.
It started out small—a one-man-with-a-bucket-truck-operation. And with the vision and expertise of his team, it grew quickly into the successful operation it is today.
Urban Sign’s highly-trained professionals do exceptional work in everything from office management and business development, to design, fabrication, installation and service work. They work with both the local small-business sector and large national corporations with locations nationwide. Furneaux couldn’t be happier.
And it’s no mistake that we mention the relationship piece first. Our open communication with clients—active listening, ensuring satisfaction—is always at the forefront of our thinking. If our clients are happy, it means our expertise was put to good use. But it also means we listened effectively to their vision, and we got it right.
The company sculpts its pricing to fit their clients’ needs and not the other way around. We try and take the awkwardness out of the financial discussion explaining there is always a creative solution to budgeting issues as long as both parties are open to having that conversation, working through options that will best work for them. We want you happy not just with the price but with the end result.