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Designer Sign Systems' corporate office and manufacturing facility is located 13.5 miles north of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.                  

Designer Sign Systems
9975 Flanders Court NE
Blaine, MN 55449                                     Map      

Phone:         763-784-5858
Fax:              763-784-2300
Toll Free:      866-784-5830



REGIONAL OFFICE - Columbus, OH                  

Designer Sign Systems Ohio regional office is located 20 miles north of downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Designer Sign Systems
649 Bear Run Lane
Lewis Center, OH 43035                            

Phone:         866-784-5831


Management Team

Kathy Brown Zerwas – President / Owner

Fascinating Fact:   While Kathy wears many hats a little known fact is that she has taught typing in Russian and earned the nickname “Striker” during her welding certification.

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Jim Zerwas – Director: Accounting & Human Resources              

Fascinating Fact:   Jim financed his college education by playing in a Back-To-The-50s band called the Cruisin Cadillacs

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Designer Sign Systems has assembled some of the most talented and diverse staff to assist with virtually any signage project need.

Sales Team

Bjorn Bowman – Account Manager  Contact

Fascinating Fact:   Bjorn is the traveler of the group and has relatives in 5 of the world’s continents. Even better is that he has actually traveled to them.

Kathy Johnson – Account Manager  Contact

Fascinating Fact:   Kathy draws, sketches, and paints portraits of people and animals.  One of her murals was on the back cover of a published book.  Was born 9/29 at 9:29.

Jenny Robertson – Market Manager (OH)  Contact

Fascinating Fact:    Jennifer can recite every line in Christmas Vacation and reads 4 newspapers a day. She’d rather be in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands than anywhere else in the world.

Dino Paglia - Account Manager (OH)  Contact

Fascinating Fact: Dino enjoys making wine and he rehabs houses in his spare time.

Brian Elsesser – Project Manager  Contact

Fascinating Fact:   Brian loves to fish. In fact his goal and dreams growing up we to become a professional fisherman. Though reality has set in, he still shares his passion with others and most importantly with his children.

Ryan Johnson – Project Manager  Contact

Fascinating Fact:   Ryan likes to brew his own beer. He also enjoys spending time with his family while fishing and 4 wheeling.

Julie Wandtke – Project Manager (OH)  Contact

Fascinating Fact:   Julie thinks she missed her calling to be a race car driver.  She loves warm weather and the beach, any beach but the more tropical the better!  She hopes to one day own land with many horses so that she could start a therapeutic riding program.

Mitch Otto – Estimating  Contact

Fascinating Fact:   Smart and athletic, Mitch is an Eagle Scout and has a Gold Medal from the 1991 Minnesota State Games.

Tim Prinsen – Estimating  Contact

Fascinating Fact:   Likes to fish and hunt, also enjoys woodworking and building items needed around the house.

Ashley Otto – Customer Service Lead  Contact

Fascinating Fact:   In the truest life imitating art or in this case food Ashley loves to make homemade pies from scratch. In a simple twist she and her husband live in a home that was converted from a creamery.