About Jim McMichael

For 55 years, Jim McMichael Signs and Truck Painting has been serving the Southeast with quality and pride in workmanship as the premier supplier of signage, vehicle body work and painting in the region. We offer everything from banners to graphics – neon signs to new paint jobs. Our 14,000 square foot facility located in North Knoxville, TN allows us to handle various sign jobs of all shapes and sizes. In addition we are a complete collision repair and paint facility servicing tractors, trailers, cars and trucks for both fleets and individuals.



Our Mission

Be a 360° solution for all your signage needs from lighted signs, banners, sign repair, retail signs, custom graphics, body shop repairs and much, much more!

Our Team

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Jim McMichael,


Jim started out from the trunk of his car back in 1964 as a young 21 year-old fresh out of the Marines, along with the help of his wife Shirley. To begin with he was hand lettering vehicles and signs but now, over 50 years later he has a 14,000 square foot shop of his own. Jim prides himself on his loyal customer and employee base and is known to take on a variety of interesting projects. As Jim once said "I will NEVER retire!

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Kelly Kramer,

Office Manager

Kelly officially joined the business in January of 1996 with a degree in Tourism, Food & Lodging and a minor in Business from the University of Tennessee. However, as Jim's daughter, she has been involved in the business her entire life. Her role as Office Manager encompasses many daily tasks along with behind the scene projects that are included in the operation of the business.

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Mark Kramer,

General Manager

Mark was hired in July of 1989 as a Graphic Designer and Sales Representative. He has helped to procure several of our clients over the years and helps with our company marketing. Mark also assists Jim in the managing of the business.

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Austin Kramer,

Operations Manager

Austin makes up the 3rd generation of Jim McMichael Signs. He was officially hired in November of 2016 with a degree in Marketing and Management. As Jim's grandson, he's been involved in the family business since he was in high school. Austin works closely with all the employees to ensure daily operations run smoothly and efficiently. During his free time, he enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife and son.

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Clayton McKinney,

Body Shop Foreman

Clayton started in September of 1986 working part time while he was still a student at Central High School in the Auto Body program. Since then he has become one of our longest standing full time employees and his current role is Body Shop Foreman and Estimator.

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Joel VanDeGriff,

Sales/Graphic Designer

Joe has worked in several facets of the business over the years. In February of 2013, he returned as a Graphic Designer specializing in the design work for vehicle wraps along with digital printing.

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Amanda West,

Sales/Lead Graphic Designer

Amanda was hired in August of 2018 with a BA in Art from Carson-Newman University. Before moving to Knoxville from Middle Tennessee, she managed a screen printing company and operated as a freelance graphic designer.

Jim "JR" Ridener,

Sales/Graphic Designer

Jim was hired in March of 2020 with over 20 years of experience in the graphic design field, including a decade of freelance design. His previous jobs have included managing print shops and sign shops.

Gracee Hayes,

Graphic Design Intern

Gracee was brought on as an intern in May of 2021 after graduating from Carter High School. She is currently attending college to pursue a degree in Media Technology with a concentration in Web Technology and Design for Web and Print.

Jason Fraker,

Sales/Graphic Designer

Jason joined the the Jim McMichael team in July of 2021. He studied computer art and design at Roane State and has over 20 years of experience in graphic design and wide format printing. He is a Knoxville native and has five kids.