The Signature Story


Thomas Bwarie


homas Bwarie didn't know what to do. Almost overnight, his thriving retail business had disintegrated.   

It was 2008, the pit of the worst global recession since World  War II. For the first time in Bwarie's 30 years as a business owner, the  phone stopped ringing, and sales calls came up empty. A fortune in  inventory sat stagnant on the shelves, but he couldn't simply close his  doors. He had two years remaining on an expensive lease.   

"I was so frustrated and depressed," Bwarie remembers. "It was more
than scary." 

And yet in the midst of crisis, Thomas Bwarie  discovered the opportunity for reinvention. His current company,  Signature Hand Engraving, perfectly blends his business acumen, innate  generosity, and lifelong passion for art. To book Signature Hand  Engraving for your next event, contact Tom Bwarie at

Awards and Affiliations


 Thomas Bwarie is the proud winner of the Carlsbad  Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award for 2014-2015 Innovative  Service or Product.  

Bwarie is quick to insist that he shares this award with his  wife and partner, Norma. "Though the years, Norma has worked right  alongside me. In fact, we raised our three kids in our former store.  Some might call us old-fashioned, but it works for us!"