About Us


Learn about our values and brand-promise.


Who We Are

Our philosophy is simple: Keep it simple. Make it clear. Pay attention. Rock and roll.

Rise Above Sign & Graphics is a full-service creative and production group with over 80 years combined graphic and sign production experience. The company was formed in 2013, with a mission to put decision-makers at ease by executing high-impact visual creations with an emphasis on customer service. Our strategic plan commands continual investment in talent, equipment, and technology. Our goal is to be your go-to sign company Charleston, SC.

With a strong focus on creativity and value, and a passion for customer satisfaction, we promise to keep you involved in your sign or graphics project from start to finish. With full-service production capabilities and an impressive team of project managers, designers, production/fabrication specialists, and installers, no project is too complicated. When you engage Rise Above Sign & Graphics for your sign and graphics projects, you start a strategic partnership that gives your brand dimension.

Your sign and graphics investments should be high-impact revenue drivers. We don’t just produce your graphics, we help you generate a return on investment. Whether it’s exterior signs, interior décor, vehicle wraps, banners, exhibits, and displays, or any sized custom project – we make sure that your final product will be high-quality and help you to achieve your business goal, whatever that might be.

Our Promise

Creativity – we thoroughly analyze customer needs and objectives to customize well-designed solutions.

Quality – we use premium materials and best practices to deliver lasting value.  And, we guarantee our work.

Fairness – we use sensible, market-competitive pricing.

Communication – we include customers throughout the production journey so they are informed and involved.

Urgency – customers who make investments in our company deserve timely service without compromising our quality promise.

Loyalty – our success is built on the trust of loyal customers so we must extend reciprocating reward.

Who we serve

Interior Designers
General Contractors
Marketing Directors
Event Planners

But that’s not all. We serve any individual, business or group who needs creative graphics and signage. 

Canon Océ Colorado 1640

Hytek Tools 5' x 10' CNC Router

Hytek CNC Router

Graphtec FC8600

Roland VersaCAMM VS-540i

Rollover Flexi

Our Capabilities

Our strategic plan commands continual investment in technology, equipment, and talent.  Our creative studio and warehouse, conveniently located in North Charleston, South Carolina, houses cutting-edge equipment to handle wide format printing, contour cutting, CNC routing, and custom fabrications (material cutting, welding, assembly, and more).

Meet Our Team

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Erich Lipphardt – President
Erich brings a unique background having balanced time between the executive suite and the production floor throughout his career. He is a highly motivated, diligent, and detail-oriented professional with an unwavering commitment to making customer service important in the sign industry.

His insatiable enthusiasm to earn the trust and satisfaction of every customer ensures that all aspects any project are accounted for to client specification and satisfaction.
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Eric Seeds – Marketing & Sales Manager
Eric's background in managing marketing for marketing services companies has given him a unique view and expertise in branding, marketing, and advertising in both online and physical applications. Eric works with clients to develop visual creations that meet the goals of their business while ensuring compliance with permitting laws and architectural restrictions.

Eric is the resident Green Bay Packers fan and is an aspiring scotch master.
LaShawn Smalls – Operations Manager
LaShawn is a true “Carolina Girl” born and raised in Charleston, SC. She has her MBA in Business Administration and a BS in Accounting. LaShawn has worked for government, nonprofit, public and private accounting firms bringing over 15 years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping, and taxes to the team.

LaShawn is a self-prescribed Foodie and can be found at any given Charleston restaurant in her leisure time.
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Martin Verna – Graphic Artist
Martin is a designer, illustrator, and conceptual artist with 30 years of experience in the digital media and print production field. Martin’s extensive technical experience with the Adobe Creative Suite and exceptional illustration and design skills regularly “WOW!” customers. Martin has a degree in Communication and Media Studies from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has worked in numerous creative and production environments.

Marty is a true history buff, likes talking about conspiracy theories, and sometimes even takes part in Civil War reenactments.
Patrick Matthews – Production Associate
Patrick’s graphic design education and customer service experience suit him well for the demands of our creative studio. Patrick’s fingerprints reach nearly every stage of any project we produce, including print production and finishing, material fabrication, and installations.

Patrick is a movie-buff and has an ever-expanding knowledge of seemingly all things, making him a great trivia teammate.