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Meet Ernesto and Gladys Perez of Anytime Sign Solutions

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ernesto and Gladys Perez.

In June 2000 Ernesto was hired by Anytime Signs working in the shop. He started off working in the back of the shop painting signs, manufacturing, installing and cleaning up. Prior to being hired here, he studied graphic design at Platt College San Diego. After mastering the back shop he asked the owners Larry and Ken to give him an opportunity to prove himself in the office as the graphic designer he knew he was. Not only did they give him an opportunity to do so but a great trust and friendship was built.

In July of 2000, Ernesto and Gladys met. Fast forward to December of 2004 where Ernesto was still a right hand at Anytime signs and now Gladys was part of that close friendship, Larry and Ken offered to sell them the business. They refunanced their small condo and began their new chapter in being business owners. Since the customers were already familiar with Ernesto and often asked for him to help them with their signage needs, the change was not so hard.

Ernesto with no prior knowledge in running a business has had his challenges, but because of the support of his family, mentoring from Ken and his determination of making his life long dream of being a business owner he has come through. In February of 2009, Gladys began working alongside Ernesto as office manager. Together they strive to give quality products and service to their customers. Now, it’s not only the two who continue to give their all to Anytime signs and work but their three kids (16,14,10 years old) do too when on vacation.

Anytime sign Solutions is a family owned small business. Yes, even though uncle Larry and uncle Ken are the previous owners, they are part of the Perez family (Anytime sign family).

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not having any knowledge in managing/ owning a business. Being an employer not an employee and how to handle situations. But we have been lucky to have and have had pretty great employees.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We make a digital banner, vehicle wraps/vinyl graphics, LED signs. We proudly service Garden fresh restaurants Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes. Various school districts like Chula vista elementary, Sweetwater high, San Ysidro high. Also the coty of Chula Vista. Those are only a few of our great customers, they vary from hotels, construction companies like TFW, local mobile home parks and apartments.

We are very fortunate to have returning customers who trust us to give them quality work that will last long and great service in case something goes wrong. We are definitely not perfect and things go wrong, but we will try our best to give service and solutions to have our customers happy.

What were you like growing up?
For Ernesto is playing on the street during Christmas time with the other kids in his neighborhood in Tijuana. Also playing in a soccer team, it felt pretty good.

For Gladys is when she was about 5 and her dad would take her to work when living in Mexico City. He was a manager at a company who supplied construction materials and Gladys would play with the calculator. Pretending to do calculations and having long printed tapes. Also having pillow fights with her older sister and mom. Gladys would always end up crying!! Hahaha

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