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Priority Architectural Graphics Joins Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area in 2019

Written by: Juliana Choy Sommer
Published: November 16, 2020
Category: Latest News

Announced October 29th, 2020, Priority Graphics was honored to become part of the San Francisco Business Times Fast 100, the fastest growing private companies in the Bay Area. The high-profile Fast 100 list includes rapidly growing companies with revenues over $200,000, based on their percent growth in revenue from fiscal years 2017-2019.

Since 2017, the team at Priority Graphics has continued to pursue a disciplined 3-part strategy including a strong focus on the company’s core mission and values, business process refinement across design, manufacturing, installation and client service and more aggressive business development. Key to the company’s success has also been an investment in building stronger capacity and capabilities including hiring of additional staff and deepening of growth and learning opportunities for them.

“Our team has really matured at Priority over the past 3 years” says VP of Projects Maria Santana. “We have bonded even more closely as we’ve centered our work around the company’s three anchor values – transparency, growth and learning and trust. From our in-house team to our extended team of union installers, to our vendors and our clients, we’ve connected all the dots, both internally and externally, from planning, communications, operations to project post-mortem evaluations around lessons learned.”

In 2020, the company has capitalized on this strong foundation to deepen their focus on existing clients and adopt a more tailored approach around “design thinking”. Leveraging the kaizen model of 4 day intensive team workshops, the team at Priority used the COVID-19 pandemic crisis as an opportunity to invest in every element of company operations from shop design to handoffs between departments. In addition, a conscious effort was made to increase engagement across the team just as non-manufacturing team members began operating remotely. All-hands meetings increased in frequency and using the technology platforms the company had built for increased efficiency, the level of intro-team communications grew exponentially.

“When business conditions worsen similar to what we’ve experienced as a result of the pandemic, a lot of companies move to cut expenses. For many CEOs, it’s a much easier decision to cut as the path of least resistance versus to invest under these circumstances. But this can really pose issues for a company’s future stability and growth, longer term. At Priority this year, we made the decision to invest in our team and our clients – despite the pandemic” notes company President Juliana Choy Sommer. “We hope to see the results of these investments really pay off in Q3-4 2021 and 2022”.

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