The former president and chief operating officer of Reading’s Bills Khakis has been named president of a growing international sign company based in Wyomissing.
John Dever will lead alongside Bob Egan, founder, CEO and chairman of Egan Sign.
Dever led Bills Khakis to become a five-time participant in Inc. Magazine’s Inner City 100 list, recognizing the company as one of the fastest-growing inner-city companies in the nation.
While a management consultant at Tweed Weber Inc., Dever worked with more than 50 small- to mid-sized companies in the manufacturing and service sectors.
When Bills Khakis was bought by a private equity firm in December, Dever became available, Egan said.
“I reached out to him right away,” Egan said.
Egan said his sign management and corporate rebranding has grown dramatically since he started the business as a one-man sign-making company 28 years ago.
The growth began about 15 years ago when the company developed proprietary corporate signage management software and opened itself to larger, national clients.
The firm has seen the most significant growth in the past seven or eight years, Egan said, and the firm now has clients such as General Mills and Wal-Mart.
“We’ve been growing so rapidly we really needed additional management in Reading to help with our growing employee workforce and customer base,” Egan said.
Egan said he knew Dever from his work at Bills Khakis, which had a similar growth pattern from a local, Berks County firm to a large national company. Egan also worked with Dever in the past when Dever worked for the Tweed Weber consulting firm that helped Egan Sign develop its current business model.
“He has the knowledge of corporate structure and a business-to-business background that will be helpful to Egan,” Egan said.