Signworld was established as a Business Opportunity by founder Ken Kindt in 1988, a former financial planner and Ford Motor Company executive. His concept was a light manufacturing model with a state of the art equipment package, a training program and on-going support for the life of the business. In the first year, two locations opened, one of which is still in full operation today. Over the years as the number of individual owners and locations grew, the business model continued to be refined and enriched, but the basic program of no-rules, no-royalties, with on-going support and training has never changed. This inclusive program makes it unique in the franchise market and sign industry.

In 2006, Ken Kindt sold Signworld to Jack Werner, a former individual Signworld owner. The transfer of ownership was designed to take place over a period of time to allow for a smooth transition. During the course of the transition the Signworld headquarters was moved to Southern California with an expanded training facility and additional staff. Ken Kindt remains as the VP Sales.