Forerunner Signs and Graphics takes service to a new level when partnering with customers. Through their Hope Starts at Home program, they give 10 percent of all proceeds to non-profit organizations. A recent project completed for Bank of Blue Valley resulted in donations to Heartland Habitat for Humanity, an organization dedicated to providing affordable housing to local families.

Overland Park, Kans., Aug. 20, 2015—Forerunner Signs and Graphics recently completed a major project for the Bank of Blue Valley. Along with the project, BBV received an opportunity to help a non-profit organization of their choice. Forerunner, which gives 10 percent of all proceeds to non-profit organizations, provides this opportunity to all customers who purchase a minimum of $2,000 in product over a three-month period. BBV, a community bank that focuses on empowering local citizens, chose to benefit Heartland Habitat for Humanity.
When BBV chose to partner with Forerunner for signs and advertising, the topic of charity work came up immediately. Michael Ryan, Founder and President of the sign and graphic company, takes giving back to the community seriously. Early in his relationship with BBV, he communicated information about Forerunner’s Hope Starts at Home program. This program, through which Forerunner donates 10 percent of all company proceeds, allows many partners to choose the non-profit organization that benefits from their purchases. BBV, with interest in investing in local families, chose Heartland Habitat for Humanity, which happens to be a regular beneficiary of the Hope Starts at Home Program.

Ryan has long been involved in charitable giving and the support of non-profit entities. Growing up, he observed his parents as they supported and worked for organizations such as The United Way, Ronald McDonald House and the American Heart Association. As the owner of a for-profit business, Ryan enjoys the freedom to take charge by supporting a variety of worthy organizations that make a difference in the community.
Concerning the partnership between Forerunner, BBV and Heartland HFH, Ryan says, “My favorite thing about this is the overall win-win situation it creates—from quality signage results for BBV to families in our community getting the help that Heartland gives. Really, to me, it’s about giving back.”

As a business owner, Ryan is passionate about bringing a fusion of entrepreneurship and philanthropy to his community. He points out that the partnership of Forerunner with BBV and Heartland HFH is a natural result of the three organizations’ work and presence in the community. All three are members of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce and the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, where they build relationships with other local businesses to better the community.

For BBV and Heartland HFH, state-of-the-art signage and graphics are only a portion of the good that comes from the work Ryan and his staff do. In addition to providing quality advertising products, Forerunner is in the business of relationship and community building. By connecting companies and people with resources they need for a better life, Forerunner and their partners are making Leawood, Overland Park and the rest of the Kansas City metro area a better place to live and work.

About Forerunner Signs and Graphics:
Located near the intersection of Lamar and College Blvd. in Overland Park, Kans., Forerunner is a full-service signage and graphics company. They provide interior and exterior signage for buildings as well as floor decals, vehicle wraps, window graphics, trade-show displays and much more.

Michael Ryan, founder and president
Forerunner Signs and Graphics