To make that important final decision, the judging panel will be made up of a well-respected set judges from the car wrap and print community! Contestants will be judged on two key areas...Quality and Speed!!
ROB IVERS - Head Judge
Returning as Head judge after a successful competition at FESPA 2010 in Munich will be Rob Ivers.
Rob Ivers lives in a suburb of Kansas City (Raymore, Mo. USA) where he began his vinyl career in 1978. He's internationally known for his graphic installation and vehicle wrap training. His training has included open houses, clinics and seminars, trade shows, magazines and videos. Rob crafted the PDAA Certification program in 1999 and served as PDAA's Certification Director ever since. He created Pro-Wrap Mags, the first vehicle wrap magnets brought to market.
He tells us his latest project is a book, The Graphic Installer's Handbook, to be released in the first quarter of 2011. The book will be a revised and updated compilation of articles Rob authored for a monthly column, Real World Vinyl, that appeared in Signs of the Times magazine for the last two years.
" The FESPA Wrap Cup Master Series Americas was an exciting wrap contest to judge. began the competition. All sixteen competitors very good which made them fun to watch, but challenging for myself and the other judge, Michael Meyer, to select the winners of each match. The judging is for quality, not speed: in most rounds the installers were so closely matched, only a few points separated them. The finals were no different, with all four finalists putting on a spectacular show with near perfect quality. All four completed the entire side of a Mustang in just 90 minutes which was quite impressive and unprecedented in contests I've judged.
James Miller, of Miller Decals, Atlanta, GA took first place. James told me he started installing vinyl in 1979, when he was just 15 years old. It certainly showed in his quality and technique. He's one of the finest installers I've ever seen and I look forward to seeing him compete in London at the FESPA Worldwide Wrap Cup Masters Finals."
Michael is a Wrap expert and owner of F+Z Folien, Germany. Located near to Hamburg, the company began 18 years ago and is involved in the development of car wrap vinyl, specializing in self adhesive vinyl for a wide variety of advertisment.
Almost 20 years of experience in the Sign Industry as a signmaker, later as sales executive for Spandex and European sales management for Royal Sovereign. Having touched all aspects of Signmaking, hands-on until management at manufacturers side, time has come to share to experience back to the signmaker as Sign-Coach and Consultant.
'Back in touch with the end-customer. The smell of vinyl, impossible assignments, getting things done and creating amazing looking results that make people talk. That's the unique atmosphere of signmaking that you find nowhere else.'
'A few interesting projects are coming this year, focusing on knowledge, inspiration and innovation. Keep close attention to this one...