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JR Promotions was started by Janeen Sprague in July of 1986. At the time she owned a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant that relied on interstate billboards. With the billboard market dominated by a few large, national companies, Janeen saw an opportunity to establish an outdoor advertising company with the goal of helping each customer succeed by offering high-quality billboards at affordable prices. The billboards proved to be a great tool to significantly grow business at her restaurant.
In the summer of 1987, Richard Sprague joined the company and focused on our growth and development. Our objective was to provide high quality, competitively priced billboards to businesses by capitalizing on the interstate and highway systems of Indiana, and this remains our objective to this day. During the early years of the company, our main method of growth was through the development of new sites.
In 2001, we became JR Promotions LLC and began to grow much more aggressively through land lease development and acquisitions of smaller sign companies. As a result of this expansion, we have grown to nearly 1,300 billboard faces in Indiana.
In 2007, we made state headlines when we installed the first interstate 14'x48' digital billboard display in Indiana. This sign is located on I-65 near Edinburgh Premium Outlets at the Columbus/Edinburgh interchange. We currently have 7 of these digital billboards on I-65 between Indianapolis and Clarksville along with 2 on I-69 north of Noblesville, 4 more in Muncie, 1 south of Bloomington, and 1 in Jasper. We are continuing to look for new opportunities to build and expand our digital network throughout the state.
Over the past few years we have seen steady growth by building new sites along I-69 in southern Indiana and the addition of existing faces throughout central and southern Indiana. We continue to be one of the few companies working to expand our inventory to help reach new customers. Even with all of our expansion, we have been able to stay true to our goal of providing affordable outdoor advertising and doing everything we can to help each customer grow their business. All of our employees take great pride in providing top quality billboard locations, dazzling artwork, and most importantly, excellent customer service so that we can help every customer succeed.
JR PROMOTIONS TEAM
Richard has been a part of JR Promotions LLC since the beginning as the managing member and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company. Over the years he has helped the company grow by successfully purchasing properties, negotiating land leases, and securing financing in order to expand the billboard inventory throughout Indiana. Richard developed his dedicated work ethic growing up and working on his family farm and is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Business. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of many years, Janeen, and son, Nicholas.
After joining the JR Promotions team in 2012 as a graphic designer Joshua has seen the company double in size. Now, as the General Manager, he oversees the sales and design teams, assists in scheduling, operations, and maintenance. Joshua is a graduate of the University of Evansville and has a passion for UE and Indiana University basketball. He and his wife, Jess, have been married for five years and they have a daughter and son that they adore. When not working, Joshua enjoys woodworking, visiting breweries, and going to concerts with his wife.
Gerri joined the JR Promotions LLC team in August of 2004. She is responsible for all aspects of accounting, administrative assistant duties and working with INDOT. Gerri is a hardworking, conscientious employee. She has seen the company grow considerably in the last 18 years. She and her husband Trent have been married for 39 years. They have two children and four grandchildren. She enjoys spending time in her pool and taking rides with Trent on their motorcycle.
Ray has been in the outdoor industry for over 45 years and came on board with JR Promotions in 2008. He is a hardworking and honest sales person who goes out of his way to work with his clients. He understands the needs and wants of his clients and is always looking to find the best solution for each individual. Ray lives outside of Owensburg with Sandy, his wife of 50 years. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Frank has been with the JR Promotions team since 2014 and has over 14 years of total experience in the billboard business and over 39 years of experience in sales and marketing. He spent 16 years in the United States Navy with the rank of First Class Petty Officer and has received many awards. Frank and his wife Suzanne have been married for 28 years and they have three children – Morgan, 26, James, 25, and Megan, 21. He also has a new granddaughter that has stolen his heart. Frank has also been very involved in coaching many youth sports in the community for the last 20 years.
While relatively new to the billboard industry, Scott has over 35 years of experience in sales and sales management. He has been promoted on numerous occasions to multiple positions throughout the Midwest, with Indiana being home for the last 30 years. Great relationships and superior customer service are the building blocks to his successful career. A graduate with honors from Ohio University, he and his wife Betsy have been married for over 30 years. They enjoy family, friends, and traveling together.
Thurman joined the JRP team as the Graphic Designer and Operations Manager in early 2021. He graduated from Ball State University in 2013 and has since worked as a designer for both a local Indianapolis Ad Agency and a major news media conglomerate. On weekends you might find Thurman catching a matinee showing of the latest blockbuster, digging through the crates at his favorite record store, roaming the streets with his camera, in his garage stumbling through his latest DIY project or at a local tattoo parlor adding to his growing collection. He also enjoys attending concerts, discovering new restaurants and binge-watching the latest hot new TV show with his wife, Kyleigh.