About The Artist

Mike Sheehan

It takes a certain spirit to give up a lucrative career and dive headfirst into a new industry, but that’s exactly the scenario that gave birth to one of the nation’s top sign companies.

The doors at Classic Sign & Mirror, located near downtown Pensacola, were opened 22 years ago by the now 49 year old, Michael Sheehan. At the time Mike was a licensed aircraft technician working in Louisiana for a company that leased helicopters to the oil industry. Interested in art from an early age, Mike used his artistic talents to make signs in his spare time. In 1981 things changed, the oil companies were headed for a recession and Mike was growing tired of the hours and the travel his job required. “I decided to give sign work a try full time”, he says “. There where some lean times, but I always thought what I was doing would catch on, so I stayed with it.” Mike’s perseverance paid off, now his handy work is sought by companies and businesses all over the country looking for structurally sound and visually impactive signage.

Mike’s background in aviation comes in handy in the “everyday” inner workings of the business. It allows Classic Sign & Mirror to utilize the newest, state-of-the-art technology.

While Mike puts most stock in the daily triumphs of satisfied customers and referral work, he is also recognized by his peers as a leader in the industry. As a trusted editorial contributor for various national sign publications and winner of numerous national and international awards, Mike and his staff at Classic Sign & Mirror are truly trendsetters and an industry leader. “I’ve learned over the years that instead of trying to do it all, do what you do best”, Mike said. It’s this philosophy of work and Classic Sign & Mirror’s ability to offer a unique, quality product that has allowed them to carve a niche in the sign industry.

Family life is very important to Mike. His wife, Suzanne and children, Elizabeth and Joseph are the top priorities in his life. Any “spare” time he has left is consumed by his passion for sailing in the summer and ice hockey in the winter!

Josh Woodyard

Josh Woodyard, a 26 year old native of the Gulf Breeze-Pensacola area began his employment with Classic Sign & Mirror soon after graduation from Gulf Breeze High School at age 18. He has been employed with Classic Sign & Mirror for eight years and presently holds the position of shop foreman. Josh, a woodworking craftsman and award winning metal-smith, is currently taking courses in jewelry craftsmanship and studies with an internationally renowned, master jeweler. In Josh’s spare time he’s an avid surfer who travels the world in search of that “perfect” wave.

His intelligence, skill and attention to detail are an asset to Mike and he has contributed greatly to the success and reputation of Classic Sign & Mirror.