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image L-R: Comet Signs’ owner and CEO Pete Sitterle, owner Tommy Reynolds and president Mikal Harn.

SAN ANTONIO - For Mikal Harn, being president of Comet Signs means the fun is in the doing. It also means that the 20-year journey in the business world has brought him and his family back to south Texas.






    The Texas A & M marketing major’s experience is in the business and corporate world, having worked for such companies as Kraft and AT&T. Working for AT&T brought the Texas native from Chicago to San Antonio, and after moving 10 times in 10 years, the Harn family decided to plant roots in the Alamo City.
    This brought him to Comet Signs, founded in 1958 by Art Sitterle and now run by his son Pete. After Harn first owned a small manufacturing firm, the opportunity to join Comet came up.
    For Harn, the major learning curve into the sign-making world was primarily in the type of manufacturing processes, but the business side, such as HR, accounting and insurance, is pretty consistent.
    Comet Signs is a full-orbed company, helping clients with complete start-to-finish sign making, including zoning and code research, getting the permits, to making, installing and maintenance on the signs for such companies as HEB, Whataburger, Taco Cabana, Human Credit Union and many others.
    Harn is “excited about the future,” as he gets pleasure from not only helping companies grow, but from working with great people and being able to see a finished product. Making custom signs is a particular joy as it’s “very exciting when people want to be creative.”
    That makes it fun to come to work every day. Having a project get done on time and well is great for the company for which it’s designed, as well as Harn, who enjoys having a tangible product to see at the end of the day.
    And that’s always a good sign.
Comet Signs is a commercial and storefront sign company throughout Texas. –dsz

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