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NEVER STOP LEARNING™
NEVER STOP LEARNING™
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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
  • Professional proficiency of a wide variety of manufacturer's wrap films.
  • 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.
  • Neutral bias towards manufacturers in terms of instruction and information.
  • 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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