WrapperMapper adds the new ORAFOL Vehicle Wrap Certification system & wrappers!

The ORAFOL Vehicle Wrap Certification Course is a comprehensive two-day course. We know the installer’s time is extremely valuable, so ORAFOL has developed a more effective and efficient opportunity to be respectful of not only their time, but the investment being made in continuing their education and professional accolades.  

We realize that many installers aren’t simply “installers”, but someone who also wears the proverbial hats of – customer service, human resources, sales and marketing, project manager, production manager, designer, etc.

When an installer arrives to our course, they’ll begin by taking a deep dive into gleaning more product knowledge, and gaining a better grasp on the product specification and how they can guide their customer or team through this process and achieve the best possible outcome. They’ll follow this session up with business insights designed to help them communicate better, and be more attuned to selling and marketing strategies. This always ends up being a very collaborative time, where everyone shares experiences and the discussions get pretty deep. On the flipside to this, installers that come in and think they’re only “installers”, now feel more confident and are better armed to be that bridge between the client and the wrap shop’s sales team. How often are installers out on a job site, and get approached by the client? Typically, there’s an opportunity for that installer to upsell or cross-promote a service his or her company may offer. Wrap shops should empower their installers to develop their business aptitude to feel more confident out in the field.

Once we wrap up the classroom portion (pun intended), we head into the hands on portion of the course. We keep these classes pretty small, so each installer gets more one-on-one time with our head trainer to help fine-tune their already expert skills. There’s always an opportunity to learn something new, or a new technique, so it’s important to come to this course with an open mind. This also ends up being a very collaborative time amongst all the installers. Everyone that goes through the course wants one-another to succeed, and it’s truly impressive watching these installers connect and share tips and tricks with one-another.

Day two is totally dedicated to the hands on certification exam. We run the installer through a variety of application scenarios, where they’re judged on efficiency, finishing, and final outcome. The installer will be working through solid color change material applications along with commercial printed and laminated graphics. Once they pass this piece, they’ll soon receive their at-home training modules and written exam to finalize their ORAFOL Vehicle Wrap Certification Course experience.

Benefits of becoming an ORAFOL Certified Vehicle Wrap Installer:

  • Receive business referrals from ORAFOL via website and program listings
  • Receive business referrals from ORAFOL Certified Installer Network
  • Become highly proficient and knowledgeable in the application of ORAFOL Wrap Products
  • Possible Brand Ambassador at future ORAFOL events
  • Possible feature on ORAFOL Installer showcase webpages
  • Improve customer confidence with ORAFOL certification
  • Interact and network with the industry’s top vehicle wrap installers

Sign-Up Here to Register for Classes and Certification Testing. http://info.orafol.com/vehicle-wrap-certification-registration

Certified ORAFOL Trainer Bios:

Marcos Pereira – Wrap Specialties

Woodbridge, NJ

Wrap Specialties on Instagram

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!

Dan Bulat – Element Graphics & Designs Inc.

Mokena, IL

Element Graphics & Designs on Instagram

Dan Bulat started in the Graphic business 27 years ago as a one-man business.  After graduating from college with a BA in Graphic Design and Business, he decided to turn his two passions into a business, combining Graphic Design and Vehicles.  From the very beginning, the majority of work coming in was for signs and banners.  However, that did not stop Dan from continuing to pursue the vehicle market.  He tirelessly taught himself to install lettering and graphics on vehicles.  Working toward his main goal of opening his own shop, Dan moved his business out of his house, purchased a brand-new building and continued building what has now become Element Graphics and Design, Inc., a very successful Graphic shop, specializing in Fleet vehicles.  Dan and his staff of installers hold several industry certifications.

In 2015 Dan started a wrap tool company called Magstrapz.  He is the creator of the Magstrapz, Magbandz and MagGripz wrapping tools.  Dan saw a need for these products in his own shop and felt that the industry would benefit from them as well.  Today Magstrapz brand are being sold to wrappers worldwide.

Dan’s passion for the industry brought him to become involved with ORAFOL and all aspects related to growing and educating the wrapping industry.

Krystal Miszewski – Candy Wraps

Maitland, FL

Candy Wraps on Instagram

Krystal Miszewski is a professional vinyl graphics installer who has partnered with ORAFOL to bring her techniques directly to those passionate about installing. After spending nearly a decade as a freelance installer in over 150 shops across the world, Krystal recognizes the vital connection between shops and installers requiring clear communication, understanding and an overall passion for what we do in this industry.

She recently represented the United States with several other well-known vehicle wrap installers in the Nations Wrap Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany where they finished in 2nd place out of 16 teams!

Krystal has been featured in print and broadcast outlets, as well as several industry certifications. As owner of Candy Wraps, she takes commercial installs to the next level using industry leading techniques for time efficiency and longevity of product.

Wade Davis – Image Graphics

Pompano Beach, FL

Image Graphics on Instagram

Owner/Founder of Image Graphics a company started in the early 90’s primarily offering installations throughout the Graphics industry. Member of the formally (PDAA) and Vice President prior to its conversion to the now SGIA installers Group. VIP Master certified through the SGIA. One of the first Companies to be 3M certified and Member of the USAG since 1997. Orafol Certified and instructor for the Professional Wrap Acadamy since 2003. Experienced in over 100,000 installations over a 30 year career First ever bus wrap 1992. First ever vehicle wrap 1992. First ever train wrap 1995. First ever plane wrap 1997. First ever Boat wrap 2003.

WRAP OLYMPICS 2019 WINNERS

Late, so late, to WRAPSCON 2019

I was late… really, really late this time.  My flight from Columbus started off just fine but a unwelcome surprise in Phoenix derailed the trip pretty quick.  “We regret to inform you that your flight to Long Beach has been canceled” is NEVER the text you want to recieve while sitting in the airport… CRAP.  Turns out that the airline had proactively re-booked me on another flight… YAY!  …But the flight was going to drop me off at a different airport. An airport an hour away from the convention center… CRAP again!

Still, after catching the new flight and grabbing an Uber driver willing to get me up the coast to Long Beach, I can make this work.  Forget checking in to the AirBNB and who cares that I was carting all my luggage and camera gear.  I told the driver to just drop me in front of the convention hall and let me jump out.  I finally arrived at WRAPSCON 2019! 

From the second I stepped on the floor I felt I was home.  I honestly know that I am one of the most fortunate people in the world to able to earn a living in the wrap industry.  As I am fond of saying, this is the only industry where people pay us to color and play with cars.  We have amazing designers.  We have super cool projects.  We have brilliant tools and gadgets to work with.  We have the best people in the world.  We have #wrapfamily.  

For those of who missed WRAPSCON this year you missed some great stuff.  Ruggs Kochevear and his amazing NBM team spent an entire year putting together a concentrated wrap experience for us.  Where else are you going to see industry greats doing demonstrations in practically every booth?  Where else are going to get Justin Pate and The Wrap Institute team giving talks and allowing anyone to try all the different films? The 3M booth was hustling alongside the KPMF, Orafol and Teckwrap teams. Hexis was running their super popular Wrap battle panels. Famous faces wrapping right in front of you from all over the world. Every single one of them willing to chat, show off a tool or discuss a technique… so cool.

Finally, let’s certainly not forget this year’s Wrap Olympics! A two-person team rolling head-to-head against another one. This unique competition format has the wrappers moving from cars to rough texture walls. Wrapping odd and difficult objects (a bowling ball AND pin this year). Live designing projects and working together to implement the film installation. We had some great teams from all over North America as well as Europe and Asia. The final winners by judges decision was the team “Aloha Hillbillies” made up of Shane Oliberos (Xero Wraps) and Charlie Trujillo (Lettering Express) who took home a massive amount of prizes.

As in year’s past the Wrap Olympic’s judging team was made up of Starla Miller (Miller Decals), Jen Carney (Carbon Wraps), Luis Tirado (WBC Graphics / BladeCage) and Keith Savage (Savage Wraps) and Adam Sumner (Wrapix Imaging) with the whole event MC’ed by everybody’s favorite bayou boy Kevin Kempf (PG Nola). A virtual ton of wrap industry knowledge and expertise in this group for sure.

So, late arrival aside, this year’s WRAPSCON was an event to remember and one you should NOT miss next year!