Industry experts from around the globe will use their wealth of experience to narrow down the field, picking the most beautiful, technically challenging or otherwise most impressive wraps to move on in each round of the Challenge.
Educate yourself on these elite installers, technical specialists and wrap industry professionals who will select regional winners, continent winners and the “King of the Wrap World.”
Yianni Charalambous has fast become the guy the rich and famous trust with their lavish rides,
boasting an A-list clientele that includes some of the biggest names in the worlds of sport and
entertainment. From incredible vinyl wraps, to complete interior overhauls.
Yianni finds himself at the forefront of the social media world with more than a million YouTube subscribers and Instagram followers keeping up to date with his daily activities.
Yianni has a major passion for Lamborghini’s!!
Justin Pate is an Avery Dennison certified installer/instructor in the US with over 20 years experience working both in the U.S. and in Europe. Notably, Pate heads the Avery Dennison North American hands-on car wrap workshop and certification program. The basis of the program is Pate’s personally developed technique focusing on raising installation quality while lowering install times.
Justin is also co-owner of The Wrap Institute which is an online education platform for wrapping with over 1,000 videos at 130 hours of footage.
Molly Waters is a senior technical specialist for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America.
Waters has been with Avery Dennison since 1997, when car wrapping was still in its infancy, and since then has had the opportunity to see the evolution of digital and wrap film technology.
She has over 19 years of experience in the professional automotive/wrap industry and has been around cars her entire life. As an Avery Dennison senior technical specialist Waters travels all over the country visiting shops and talking with customers about the car wrap industry.
She also frequently contributes to the Avery Dennison blog, posting about the right tool for the job, and which film works best for specific applications.
Myles Kovacs is the president and co-founder of DUB Magazine, a North American magazine that focuses on the urban custom car culture and celebrities and their vehicles.
Kovacs has been in the auto industry for 25 years. He started out delivering custom cars and writing in his early years, before founding DUB Magazine in 2000. Since then, Kovacs and DUB have launched the DUB Magazine Custom Auto Show & Concerts, a line of DUB Edition car accessories, a video game and designed wheels for toy and full-size cars.
His dream car is a BJ Baldwin, Pro Truck Racer – Dodge Ram called “”Trophy Diesel””.
Peter Wright has been in the digital print industry since 1996, witnessing the evolution of digital print technology and the use of speciality films designed for vehicle wrapping. He has been at Avery Dennison for nine years, working with some of the industry’s leading installers in Australia, New Zealand and around the world, including renowned wrap instructor, Justin Pate. Together, they recently completed the third tour of workshops across Australia and New Zealand.
With strong expertise in leading vehicle wrapping workshops, Peter has trained more than 2,000 people from Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN countries. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the entrants of this year’s Wrap Like A King push the boundaries of creativity with the use of abstract designs and trending colours to transform the look of the vehicles. I’ll be looking closely at the workmanship and detail that has been put into the projects while maintaining a high level of quality” Wright said.
Eddy Speelman is the owner of Speelman Graphic Applications and a European Avery Dennison trainers. With his company he is focusing on high quality applications of
colour change, paint protection and window tinting films.
Eddy is part of the Wrapping Industrie for more then 20 years and since 15 years trains other professionals as part of the European Avery Dennison Trainer Network. “I am looking forward to see the execution on the projects. For me, the combination of technical possibilities and creativity is very exciting . The evolution of designs and ideas is great to see.”
Frank Maquart is the Technical Marketing Manager Digital Print Media for Avery Dennison in Europe. He actively participates in the product development of new digital print media and manages the relation with Printer OEMs.
In his 12 years at AD he has held several positions in Marketing, among others Product Manager for the wrapping part of the Digital Print Media portfolio. “Digital print media is used often for vehicle wrapping, giving the designers and applicators the freedom to express their full creativity in their designs. I am really looking forward to see how printed designs are used in the competition and to what level of detail the applicators can bring their artwork to life.”
Sarel joined the signage industry in 1995 as an equipment supplier. His experience ranges from equipment and software, into the manufacturing of signage and graphics and ultimately the supplying of material.
He joined Avery Dennison in 2011 and expanded his knowledge and experience into the dynamic world of vehicle wrapping. Part of his portfolio is the training of applicators, sales staff and business owners, at the local Avery Dennison Knowledge Centre. Sarel is also responsible for the introducton and advice for materials to be used within the industry and for specific applications. Sarel loves a challenge!
“I am looking forward to being part of this amazing competition. Corners, coners, and corners will be the focus for me, ultimately adding the biggest wow factor for the complete wrap. Good luck to all.”
Jun Kinoshita is the sales manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Japan. Kinoshita joined the company in 2009, and he introduced the Certified Wrap Installers training program to Japan the same year.
He also collaborated with Justin Pate on a workshop for installers, starting in 2014.
More than 1,000 people have attended these courses, and 34 installers have achieved certification as a result of the training. “I’m very excited and honored to be part of the most exciting wrapping competition in the world. All of the countries have different techniques, approaches, trends and culture.”