Mentor, Ohio, October 26, 2016 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today that eight vehicle graphics installers from around the world were named the Regional Wrap Kings in the “Wrap Like a King” Challenge featuring Avery Dennison® Supreme Wrapping™ Films, Conform Chrome, and digital Supercast vinyl wrap film.
The following vehicle graphics installers were named Regional Wrap Kings:
North America East - Sean Tomlin, Designer Wraps
North America Midwest - Ken Tonn, Brand Installers
North America Central - Kevin Kempf, PG NOLA™
North America South - Steve Carney, Carbon Wraps
North America West - Andy Soleimani, Sticker City
Canada - Connor William Barr, Coastal Car Wraps
Europe - Bong Nai Chi, WrapStyle
Australia & New Zealand - Nick Caminiti, Exotic Graphix
A panel of international industry judges chose the West, Central, Midwest, East, South, Canadian, European and Australia/New Zealand Wrap Kings out of 224 total entries. The 2016 Challenge judges included Justin Pate, The Wrap Institute; Molly Waters, senior technical specialist, Avery Dennison; Myles Kovacs, co-founder of DUB Magazine; Peter Wright, technical marketing manager, Avery Dennison; Vilmar Klok, founder, World Wide Wrap; Nuno Gomes, owner of Second Skin Design; and Hans Bruins, technical marketing manager, Avery Dennison. The regional winners will go on to compete for the ultimate “King of the Wrap World” title at the 2016 SEMA Show, November 1-4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Once again, installers from around the world used Avery Dennison vinyl in ways we never expected,” said Jeff Losch, North America marketing director at Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions. “The Wrap Like a King Challenge continues to be a quality showcase of talent and creativity to what installers can do with car wrap vinyl.”
Each Regional Wrap King won an initial prize package valued at almost $3,200. The prize pack includes a three-night stay in Las Vegas to attend the SEMA show, $500 cash, an Avery Dennison Wrap Class of their choice, a Regional Wrap King trophy, Wrap Like a King swag and a personalized 67” Race Ramp product.
On November 2, at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the 2016 King of the Wrap World grand prize winner will be announced. Richard Rawlings, owner of Gas Monkey Garage and star of his own television show, Fast N' Loud, will announce the winner at the Avery Dennison booth #12551.
The King of the Wrap World will receive an additional $500 cash prize, a King of the Wrap World trophy, and almost $1,000 worth of marketing support from Avery Dennison including Facebook® ads, exposure on the Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions website, and a print ad in a trade show publication. The entire King of the Wrap World extended prize package is valued at almost $5,000.
“I’ve been a judge for the Wrap Like a King Challenge since it was created in 2013. The entries this year were creative and some of the best technical work I’ve ever seen,” said Justin Pate, professional wrap installer. “The entire Challenge really represents the growth of the wrap community over the past four years. Every year the installers develop and show off stronger skills and push the envelope of what you can do with Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film and cast vinyl films.”
The eight professional judges evaluated the 224 total submissions based on the following criteria: visual transformation (difference between the before and after pictures submitted), quality and skill level of installation, overall public look and appeal and uniqueness of the design.
"I couldn't be more excited about being named a 2016 regional winner. With more countries, participation and the entries in this year’s Challenge, I can tell that installers are really stepping up their game with incredible creativity and higher levels of skill, which is awesome to see!” said Kevin Kempf, owner of PG NOLA™ and last year’s King of the Wrap World. “I'm looking forward to seeing who the judges crown as the king this year. Fingers crossed that I’ll be the first person to take back-to-back titles!”
The 2016 Wrap Like a King Challenge Sponsors include Race Ramps, Grimco, Mutoh, N.Glantz & Son and Blue Stitch Apparel.
Wrap installers can learn more about Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping™ Film or digital Supercast films via www.wraplikeaking.com or graphics.averydennison.com/wlak. Wrap Like a King official rules, judges and prize information are also posted at www.wraplikeaking.com.