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Trainers

Endorsed Trainers

As the wrap industry expands, there are more and more trainers teaching hands-on workshops. This can make it difficult for people to differentiate between a highly-qualified instructor and one who has insufficient teaching and install experience. Unqualified instructors lead to significant losses and frustration - both in the short term, by wasting money, and in the long term, by instilling poor techniques and misinformation.

While the Wrap Institute does not provide hands-on workshops, we do support the programs of all credible manufacturers worldwide. Within this network, we proudly highlight a handful of instructors that fit criteria that exemplifies our slogan, Never Stop Learning ™.

Learning from or working with a TWI Endorsed Trainer means you will receive top-level instruction using the best method possible, without influence from any outside brand, product or service. TWI adheres to a strict neutral stance, with no hidden agenda to push sales of any type. TWI Endorsed Trainers are always working to improve their craft using new techniques and tools, and are constantly modifying and enhancing their trainings to remain cutting-edge.

All TWI Endorsed Trainers have been hand-selected and meet the following criteria:

  • Five or more years of installation experience working in a wrap shop or as a freelance installer using full-print and color change on a wide variety of applications including walls, windows, floors and vehicles.
  • Certified trainer with one or more manufacturers
  • Holds one or more certifications with at least two wrap film manufacturers.
  • Outstanding reputation within the wrap industry that includes unequivocal respect from peers/manufacturers.
  • Have completed one or more sign show demonstrations in a manufacturer's booth.
  • Have taught 10 or more hands-on workshops per calendar year for a wrap film manufacturer for over three years.
Benoit Jacquelin

I started in 1992 as a hand painter and continued as a team leader in signmaker. In 1998, I made my first cover, and since that moment, I always tried to understand and improve my work as well as my techniques. In 2003, I was employed by a company to be an independent adhesive installer. I was able to do wraps on a lot of different mediums.

I've been employed by Adforme since 2007, and in the same year, I started teaching application techniques in France and Switzerland. I’m passionate about my job, and I love bringing together people like myself. So, I created a group called the French Wrapping team as a helpful resource, but also a team for competitions or trips to trade shows. At the same time in 2013, I created an event called The Wrap Day with the same spirit behind it. It brings together wrappers for the purpose of meeting, sharing techniques and common projects. In addition, I organize French competitions. Every year I return to training to learn about new techniques, new materials or tools that I can use while training others.

  • 3M Endorsed Vehicle Graphics Trainer, Switzerland and France
  • 3M DI-NOC Architectural Finishes Training, Germany
  • 3M Endorsed Knifeless Tape Installer, Germany
  • 3M Architectural Windows Training
  • 3M PPF Training, France
  • Authorized SOTT Installer
  • Arlon Training, France
  • Mactac Flexchrome and PPF Training, France
  • XPEL Certified Paint Protection Films Installer, France
Marcos Pereira

Marcos brings a new excitement to the ORAFOL professional training classes in 2019. Working daily within his own company, on commercial, and custom projects, Marcos applies a very real world approach to training, not only sharing what you need to know about installations, but what customers are looking for in your shop, and the services you offer.

Marcos brings over a decade of wrap, and vinyl application experience, and nearly every manufacturer certification that exists. Additionally a founding member and current board member, of Paint is Dead, an active member of Masters of Branding, and now a partner in ORAFOL’s professional training classes, Marcos is excited to bring his experience to wrap training classes across the Americas. Knowledge, experience, and a practical approach to learning, all wrapped up in a class built for the most qualified installers in the industry!

  • 3M Advanced Graphics Installer
  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
  • Arlon Wrap It Right Installer
  • Avery Dennison Certified Wrap Installer
  • Ceramic Pro Certified Installer
  • M.O.B. Member
  • Paint is Dead Member
  • Orafol Certified Vehicle Wrap Installer
  • Wrapify Certified Installer
Dan Bulat

I started in the graphic business 28 years ago as a one-man business. After graduating from college with a BA in Graphic Design and Business, I decided to turn my two passions into a business by combining graphic design and vehicles. From the very beginning, the majority of work coming in was for signs and banners. However, that didn't stop me from continuing to pursue the vehicle market. I tirelessly taught myself to install lettering and graphics on vehicles.

Working toward my main goal of opening my own shop, I moved the business out of my house, purchased a brand-new building and continued building what has now become Element Graphics and Design, Inc., a successful graphics shop specializing in fleet vehicles located in the suburbs of Chicago. I have a full-time staff of graphic designers and installers. In 2015 I started a wrap tool company called Magstrapz. I am the creator of Magstrapz, Magbandz and MagGripz wrapping tools. I saw a need for these products in my own shop and felt that the industry would benefit from them as well. Today, Magstrapz are being sold to wrappers worldwide. My passion for the industry brought me to become involved with all aspects related to growing and educating the wrapping industry.

  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
  • Orafol Certified Instructor
  • Orafol Certified Vehicle Wrap Installer
  • United Application Standards Group Member
Matt Richart

I was born and raised in Louisville, KY, and have been happily married for 13 years to my wife Cindy Richart. We have three boys: Brody 11, Chase 9, and Daxton 3. Our family stays busy with me traveling all of the time, year-round basketball for the kids, and some golf sprinkled in from time to time. My family is everything to me, and without them, none of my achievements in my business life would be possible.

  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
  • M.O.B. Member
  • NBM, Roland DGA and Big Picture Magazine Contributor
  • Roland DGA Born to Wrap Instructor
  • Roland DGA Business and Marketing Class Instructor
  • SGIA (PDAA) Committee Board Member
Phil Aquin

I am trainer for 3M U.S. and Canada. My career in the sign industry spans almost his entire lifetime, as he began helping his father weeding, masking, install vinyl graphic/wraps, automotive window film, and paint protection films at the tender age of 13. The 30 years in the industry, I’ve worked with Country Signs, Adhere Graphics in Winnipeg, and has spent nine years helping to develop 3M Knifeless Tapes techniques.

Being a 3M Authorized Trainer and developing other training programs with 3M the past 4 years has been a dream come true. Helping others understand the fundamentals of graphics and wrap installation is a passion that continues to grow within me.  During my time with 3M, I’ve traveled the world, demonstrating Knifeless Tapes and vehicle wraps at graphic shows, 3M facilities, and owners’ shops.

  • 3M Authorized Graphics Trainer
  • 3M Endorsed Architectural Films Trainer
  • 3M Endorsed Knifeless Tape Trainer
  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
  • 1st Place at FESPA 2014
  • Sign Media Magazine
  • Wraps Magazine
Noriaki Ito

Noriaki Ito is an installation specialist that has wrapped over 20,000 vehicles throughout his career. Based on his many experiences, he teaches wrapping workshops all over the country as an instructor, and is always willing to learn the most efficient way to wrap.

  • 3M 4STAR Endorsed Vehicle Graphics Installer
  • Avery Dennison Certified Wrap Installer
  • Avery Dennison Certified Wrap Trainer
  • Hexis Gold Installer
Tadashi Kariya

I started my business, which was then called Kariya Sign Service, in 1989 with my father. In 1995, we became Kariya Sign Service Limited Company, and in 2004, when my father retired from his work, I became the owner and changed the name to Design Lab. Inc. In 2010, we opened a new side to the sign business and began to run a vehicle wrapping facility as well as an online shop for wrapping tools. I was admitted as the first MOB member from Japan in 2015 and have been an active member ever since. Today, our company is well established and flourishing.

  • 3M Advanced Graphics Installer

  • 3M Endorsed Knifeless Tape Installer

  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installer

  • Avery Dennison Certified Wrap Installer

  • Hexis Gold Certified Installer

  • LLUMAR PPF Master Installer

  • 1st Place in 2018 WRAPSCON Wrap Olympics USA

Ritchie Daize

Ritchie got his start 27 years ago working at a sign shop weeding cut vinyl and building signs. He soon became the lead applicator there, and eventually opened his own graphics installation company called RD Installations. Ritchie became a leading expert in wrap application and fleet graphics. Ritchie began holding application and product training events for Arlon globally in 2002 and in 2008, he sold RD Installations and began his career with Arlon.

Ritchie has traveled the world learning the best sign and graphics application techniques. Using this knowledge he helps to build the training, certification and WrapItRight.com platforms at Arlon. He is currently a Certified Arlon Trainer, a PDAA Trainer, and now an endorsed TWI Trainer. Ritchie lives in Canada with his two children.

  • Arlon Certified Trainer
  • PDAA Master Certified
Dimas Brasil

Dimas was born in Brazil in 1983 began wrapping cars in 2003. Since then, he is always seeking out ways to perfect his technique and to share his knowledge of wrapping wherever he goes. Dimas has participated in shows and competitions in America and Europe.

  • Alltak Certified
  • Avery Dennison Certified Wrap Trainer
  • MOB Member since 2015
  • Orafol Certified Vehicle Wrap Installer
Chad Parrish

Chad Parrish, President of Graphiti, began his career in 1998 working in a local digital print shop where he found himself running a vinyl plotter and installing vehicle graphics. It wasn’t long after, he got his hands tangled in vinyl, learning different materials, what each of those materials could do, and which ones were best for what applications. During that time he earned his bachelors in business, with a focus on marketing.

It was during this time his passion grew strong while the vehicle wrap industry began to evolve. Since then he has continued his passion, focusing on subcontracted installs for numerous companies, along with adding vehicle wrap training for different manufacturers and distributors, including working side-by-side with Justin Pate (The Wrap Institute) and John Duever (Vinyl Images) for Avery Dennison’s Wrap Training Programs.

  • 3M Authorized Trainer
  • 3M Endorsed Architectural Films Installer
  • 3M Endorsed Knifeless Tape Installer
  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
  • Arlon Wrap It Right Installer
  • Arlon Certified Applicator
  • Avery Dennison Certified Wrap Installer
  • Avery Dennison Certified Wrap Trainer
  • XPEL Certified Paint Protection Films Installer
Kevin Yu

I started my automotive film journey in 2010 with window film, shortly after i got into PPF and vinyl. I have been installing since then and started my own business (Auto Film Solutions) in Colorado in 2016. Learning on my own was not the easiest but it gave me the ability to create my own techniques and problem solve common issues in our industry by thinking outside of the box.

Learning the install technique in my opinion is only half of what makes you a great installer, knowing the product that you are installing inside and out is what completes your technique and makes you a step above. I pride myself in knowing as much as there is to know about products, substrates, and technique to further my skillset in our evergrowing industry. I became a Hexis certified installer for Vinyl in 2016 and PPF shortly after in 2017. In 2018 I was brought on board with Hexis as a Platinum Certified Trainer for Vinyl and PPF for North America. In 2019 I became a member of the Paint Is Dead group for North America as well. I love training students and growing our industry’s knowledge-base to make installer’s lives easier and ever more efficient!

  • Ceramic Pro Certified Installer
  • Hexis Authorized Tester
  • Hexis Certified Trainer
  • Hexis Platinum Certified PPF Installer
  • Hexis Platinum Certified Vinyl Installer
  • Paint Is Dead Member
John Duever

John Duever has been in the Vehicle Wrap and Graphics industry for over 18 years. John is very active in Worldwide vehicle wrap competitions, the latest winning the World Championship of Car Wrapping. Since 2002 John has been a partner at Vinyl Images and Design in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 2017 John has been a Certified Instructor for Avery Dennison and travels all over North America training and certifying installers. John is passionate about being an entrepreneur while touching as many lives as he can through coaching, mentoring and teaching.

  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
  • 3M Endorsed Architectural Films Installer
  • Avery Dennison Certified Wrap Installer
  • Fellers Certified
  • PDAA Master Certified
Adam Sumner

I started off in print industry working for my Dad in an offset printing business.  My dad is the one that really got me going watching him, and learning from him, over the years has been the best thing for me and my business. He pushed me and taught me everything he knew about running a print shop and when we opened up Wrapix Imaging he has been there every step of the way. 

  I still get the honor of working with him each day as he spends countless hours at the shop helping the whole team get projects out the door.  In 2013 after teaching at a trade school in San Diego, training students in vehicle wrap installation. I made the trip to 3M in Saint Paul after being asked to become a 3M Authorized trainer. In 2014 I opened up Wrapix Academy a 3M Authorized training facility and have been teaching the 3M Advanced Installer Training and 3M Preferred Installer Testing in Burbank, Ca.  I love teaching people how to apply graphics. This industry has opened up so many doors for me and my family, and being able to share my love of graphic installation and the printing industry with people all over the world, has been the best part about being a trainer.

  • 3M Authorized Trainer
  • 3M Authorized Tester
  • 3M Certified PPF Installer
  • 3M Endorsed Architectural Films Installer
  • 3M Knifeless Tape Endorsed Installer
  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
  • M.O.B. Member
Rafal Zmuda

In 1999, I tinted my first car. Since then, I’ve been living a dream I didn’t even know I had. By working different jobs in Canada over the years, window tinting became my first dream that eventually turned into a passion. In 2005, I moved back to Poland and started a window tinting and car wrap business out of a small garage that barely fit a car inside.

Over the next 10 years, I kept working to become better and better at the thing I loved so much. Finally, I came across wrap and tinting training, and even with so much experience under my belt, I couldn’t believe how much more I had to learn. In 2015, I took my next huge step when I came across the 3M Endorsed Installer Certification program. I realized I would love to share my experience with others and I went to 3M U.S. in St. Paul to become an Authorized Trainer and Tester. I was officially audited and in 2016, The Wrap Center training and testing facility was established. Having the opportunity to teach and share my experience while traveling around the world to work with industry professional is such an honor. I am also part of M.O.B., another honor that is like family to me. On this path, I’ve met so many people with great personalities and passions for our industry. It is such a privilege to be part of the TWI Endorsed Trainers team, where we can share our experiences, help the good get better, and Never Stop Learning.

  • 3M 4STAR Endorsed Vehicle Graphics Installer
  • 3M Advanced Graphics Installer
  • 3M Authorized Trainer
  • 3M Authorized Tester
  • 3M Certified PPF Installer
  • 3M Certified PPF Trainer
  • 3M DI-NOC Architectural Finishes Training
  • 3M Endorsed Architectural Films Installer
  • 3M Endorsed Knifeless Tape Installer
  • 3M Endorsed Knifeless Tape Trainer
  • 3M Endorsed Vehicle Graphics Installer
  • 3M Endorsed Vehicle Graphics Trainer
  • 3M Graphics Authorized Training & Testing Facility
  • 3M Graphics Authorized Trainer & Tester
  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
  • 3M Preferred Graphics Trainer
  • M.O.B. Member
  • XPEL Certified Paint Protection Films Installer
Marcio Oliveira

Marcio has 20+ years of graphics installation training experience, which has taken him to countries all over the world both teaching and learning. It’s evident Marcio enjoys his position at 3M, having worked there for the past 35 years. Throughout the years, he’s held different responsibilities, but they’ve all been within the graphics industry.

His current position is with 3M's Commercial Solutions Division as the Global Expertise Delivery Manager for installation training and testing programs. Marcio was born in a small town in Brazil and came home from the hospital between his mom and dad riding on a motorcycle. He’s been hooked on motorcycles ever since, and Marcio calls himself a recovering Corvette-holic, having owned many. Marcio enjoys restoration and customization of motorcycles, cars, and airplanes. He considers himself extremely blessed to be a 3M trainer and says the most enjoyable part is seeing students increase in knowledge and skill, while pushing their boundaries to become even more confident and more successful than they ever imagined possible. His motto is “When we help our students be successful, then we are successful."

  • 3M Advanced Installer Training
  • 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company Tester
  • 3M Endorsed Architectural Films Installer
  • 3M Endorsed Architectural Films Trainer
  • 3M Graphics Authorized Trainer
  • 3M Graphics Authorized Tester
  • 3M Knifeless Tape Installer
  • 3M Knifeless Tape Trainer
  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
  • IBOW Lead Trainer
Justin Pate

I began wrapping in 1996 in New York City. I started out working for a small, installation-only company, but only stayed with them for a year before leaving to install on my own. Until 2007, I was a freelance installer who focused primarily on car wraps. During those 11 years, I wrapped roughly 1,900 cars — the majority of them by myself.  This helped me streamline the wrapping process, and I was able to bring my install time well below the industry average. The last year I was in New York City, I wrapped 350 cars along with other install work such as walls, buildings and windows.  

In 2007, I moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as my wife is Dutch and she wanted to raise our daughter there. From there, I continued to work as a freelance installer and worked for several high-volume companies. Wrapping in Europe was different from wrapping in the U.S., and the learning curve was steep, but allowed for me to get some great experience with different wrapping techniques. In 2008, I launched my 3-DVD combo set on learning how to wrap, and it sold at distributors worldwide. In 2009, I began teaching workshops in Europe for 3M and in the U.S. for Mutoh. In 2011, Avery Dennison took over the Mutoh car wrap workshop program and I was made head trainer for Avery Dennison North America. In 2013, I created the Avery Dennison car wrap certification program. 

I began traveling around the globe extensively for training in 2012 — Alltak Tuning in Brazil, Sign and Digital in Ireland, Avery Dennison in both Australia and Japan. Over the years, I have also added South Africa, Mexico and Hong Kong to the list of countries I’ve trained in.  

In 2014, alongside my partner Scott Bechtel, I launched The Wrap Institute, an online streaming video education platform on learning how to wrap.  At this time, I’m no longer a freelance installer, and I’ve moved to making videos and giving hands-on workshops full- time.   

During this time, I’ve also had the honor to judge several wrap contests, some notable ones being the FESPA wrap masters and the Irish championships.  

My goal, whether I’m installing, training or making videos, is to always strive to achieve the Never Stop Learning!™ mentality.  This only happens by working hard, being open to new tips and tricks whether they come from a person just picking up a squeegee for the first time or someone across the world, and always being a professional, 100% of the time.

  • 3M Endorsed Architectural Films Installer
  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
  • 3M Preferred Trainer
  • Avery Dennison Certified Wrap Installer
Kiss Lajos

I'm Kiss Lajos or, for a lot of people, just Kiss or Luigi. I started as a signmaker for a small company in Sopron in 2000 after finishing school. Working there three years I learned a lot, fell in love with the profession and it became my passion. Then I became self-employed, and I was always starving for new information to make my skills better and better.

To push my quality higher, I was visiting trainings, traveled to exhibitions, competed in many competitions, watched a lot of videos and of course, practiced a lot. After so much practice and work, when I won my first title in Barcelona 2012, I was offered the opportunity to hold a couple of trainings in our capital by a distributor company. That was the first taste I had of how it was to be a trainer. After winning the World Wrap Masters Final in 2015, I started to work with Avery Dennison as a trainer for the Eastern European region. My goal is now to help as many wrappers as I can to teach them how to wrap smart, safe and with an outstanding quality. And to help people communicate to the public that wraps are not a cheap solution - wraps maintain or add extra value to vehicles and many other substrates. Hope to see you in one of my classes. Keep wrapping and Never Stop Learning ;)

Certifications

  • 3M Endorsed Architectural Films Installer
  • 3M Endorsed Knifeless Tape Installer
  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
  • Avery SI2
  • Avery ST

Titles

  • 2012 Barcelona - Wrap Masters, 1st Place
  • 2013 London - Wold Wrap Masters Final, 3rd Place
  • 2013 London - Wold Wrap Masters Final Team Competition (with Mingo Richter), 1st Place
  • 2014 Munchen - World Wrap Masters Final, 1st Place
  • 2015 Cologne - World Wrap Masters Final, 1st Place
  • 2017 Los Angeles - Wrap Olympics Team Competition (with Istvan Hargittai), 1st Place
  • 2019 Dusseldorf - Nations Cup Team USA (Hungry Americans), 2nd Place
Alex Valencia

In 2006, I got started in the industry without any previous experience or wrapping/PPF knowledge. I was hired at XPEL after learning about the company from a friend who designs patterns at XPEL. I was hired to train, which was a big risk considering I had no experience, but they trained me to train others, and now I train at XPEL Inc. headquarters, as well as wherever they need me to be globally. In addition, I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to the IWFC’s PPF competition since it started and have loved it.

My home base is HQ in San Antonio, TX, where I grew up and have started a family with my wife of 5 years Nicole Valencia, and our children. We are active in scouts with our two youngest and really enjoy the outdoors. We do believe in God and respect others’ opinions. I’m very grateful to be considered to be part of this group of industry leaders and respected professionals. My goals are to learn as much as I can from everyone and share as much as I can as well.

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Koji Yamaguchi

Along with being an instructor at wrapping workshops to young installers, Koji has his own wrapping company. He loves to learn new methods and come up with new techniques for wrapping. Drifting is one of his other passions and participates in the D1 GRAND PRIX every year.

  • Avery Dennison Certified Wrap Installer
  • Avery Dennison Certified Wrap Trainer
Rainer Lorz

Rainer began his journey as a professional wrapper 18 years ago. In 2003, he began his own wrapping business, and two years later, began tinting as well. In 2016, Rainer became an Avery Dennison Specialist Trainer for wrapping, and two years later, became an Avery Dennison Specialist Trainer for both tinting and PPF. At this time in his life, he also began making videos for The Wrap Institute and became a Masters of Branding member. Furthermore, he has been merited 3M DiNoc and GEWA certifications.

In addition to being a certified trainer, he is an Avery Dennison Specialist Installer and an Avery Dennison Specialist Converter. Rainer is driven by the desire is to link what people achieve and what they believe they deserve, and his passion is to inspire and empower others by helping them discover their potential.

  • 3M Endorsed Architectural Films Installer
  • Avery Dennison Certified Specialist Converter
  • Avery Dennison Certified Specialist Installer
  • Avery Dennison Certified Specialist Trainer (Wrapping, Tinting, PPF)
  • GEWA Certified
Dallas Fowler

I started in the sign industry in 1994 at Dave Clute Sign Co learning the art of hand painting signs and wall murals for several years. I then spent a year or so at Best Stamp Sign and Seal Co. learning about bronze architectural signage and plaques. Soon after I worked at Safari Land Graphics preparing Police, Fire and EMS Reflective kits and Toyota branded decals for the auto division.

From 1998-2002 I moved to Ft. Lauderdale where I attended Art Institute and got my degree in Computer Animation, during this time I worked at Creative Signs airbrushing and hand painting sandblasted signs for about a year. I finished my time in Florida working at Girard Signs til I graduated and eventually moving back to KY in 2002. I learned all my skills as a soon-to-be shop owner with Richard and Donna Girard doing everything from designing on Flexi-Sign and running a plotter, to overall shop production. I learned a lot about vinyl signs, fleet lettering, wall graphics, sandblast signs and aluminum sign building. Not long after moving back to KY, I worked at Graffiti Graphics where I met Matt Richart and we ran that shop doing signs, vehicle lettering and graphics. I think around this time I discovered the art of digital printing that the Roland printer could produce and realized there was a market for just vehicle advertising. So I partnered with Matt Richart and Joe Roberts to create Digital EFX Wraps in 2004. We created Digital EFX Wraps with the company goal and focus to do vehicle graphics and wraps. A year or so after being in business we were discovered by Roland thru magazine articles and a contest entry. Shortly after that Roland flew us out to wrap a Scion at Roland headquarters in Irvine, CA. That spawned into doing live wrap demos at shows and soon after creating a wrap program for Roland Born To Wrap.

  • Avery Dennison Certified Wrap Installer
  • Avery Dennison Certified Wrap Trainer
  • 3M Preferred Graphics Installer
  • PDAA Master Certified
  • Roland Certified Wrap Trainer
  • XPEL Certified Paint Protection Films Installer