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With Help from His Wife, Sign Pro Learns to Manage Stresses of the Job

Weekend retreats allow him to hit the reset button.




James Neely
Director of Project Management Rp Signs — Charlotte, Nc

I am what you call a “lifer.” I grew up around the sign business and started installing at age five, tagging along with my father, who was just starting the business and doing it all on his own. I have been hooked ever since. Work-life balance is key, and although I may not be the best at it right now, I am learning. My children won’t be young for long, so I make it a point to be at every event they have. When the job requires after-hours surveys or a weekend installation, I try to have them tag along (when it is safe) to show them what I do and to spend time together. Even when the job gets a little stressful, I make time for my family. We escape the hustle of everyday life — my wife plans short trips over the weekends or day trips to the mountains and beaches.

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