Hit the Pause Button

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The last year and a half have been amazing – on the personal side of my life. My daughter received her Master’s degree and started on her Doctorate. My son graduated from Medical School, got married and is doing five years of Surgical Residency.

Powering Down to Power Up

On the business side, I’ve been going strong for 37 years. I haven’t spent as much time planning as I should have. For too long, the business has been running me and not the other way around. I’ve been reactive instead of proactive. My plan is to hit the pause button and slow things down a little. Not to take a vacation (although that sounds pretty good), but rather to reflect and plan my next business steps.

It’s Never Too Late

I’ve gone through many personal changes lately; eating healthier, starting to work out and having an empty nest (again). Business is also changing and changing faster than ever before. There’s a need to learn a new way of doing things. I’m excited about the opportunities to learn, to share and to grow. One thing I’ve learned, especially the last 18 months, it’s never too late to change.

Help me, help YOU

I’m devoting most of the rest of 2015 to creating new content for this website. The plan is to take a fresh look at ways to bring you useful information;

  • blogs
  • e-books
  • online courses
  • podcasts
  • webinars
  • videos

The goal is to make it easy, fun and affordable to learn how to apply all types of vinyl graphics better and faster. If you have any specific questions, problems or issues, even tools, you’d like addressed – add them in the comments below or send me an email.

Prove Your Skills

How to Become PDAA Master Certified

prove-your-skillsPDAA Master Certification will bring respect from your peers and referrals from the PDAA website. Click the image to download a free e-Book that summarizes How to Become PDAA Master Certified. On the second page there’s a link to a webinar of the same name I did for PDAA. You don’t have to be a PDAA member to view it. The presentation is about 18 minutes long.

Click here to join the PDAA / sign up for the test or call them at 888.385.3588.

3 DAY NORTHEAST EDITION WRAP CLASS

Another amazing feature of the "You Choose" format - you can SAVE BIG, Save Some or don't save at all

Next stop on the 2015 Wrap Like A Pro Tour is Airgraphix in Toms River, NJ. Joe has been gracious enough to open up his facility for this wrap class. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be trained in the Northeastern US by industry legend, Rob Ivers. With this years’ “You Choose” format, you pick whether you want to come for one, two or all three days.

Get your wrap game on!

SAVE UP TO $300 per person
Register by 5pm, Friday, August 14, 2015 for the Super Early Bird 20% Discount, type in TOMSRIVER20 at checkout and you save $100 per day per person! The only limitation is you must sign up before the deadline.

SAVE UP TO $150 per person
Register by 5pm, Friday, August 21, 2015 for the Super Early Bird 20% Discount, type in TOMSRIVER10 at checkout and you save $50 per day per person! The only limitation is you must sign up before the deadline.

PAY FULL PRICE
The regular cost is $500 per day per person. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like to plan ahead or has loads of extra money, this option is for you.

Wrap Like A Pro
Three exciting days of car wrap training led by Rob Ivers in which you’ll learn the tips, tricks, tools and techniques the pros use to be successful. Each day will be more advanced, building on the previous day(s). So whether you’re brand new to the wrapping game, been installing vinyl for several years (but not so much wraps) or you’ve wrapped dozens of vehicles – this class has something for you. The beauty of it is you get to choose, you can come to any or all of the three days. Beginners are encouraged to take at least the first two days.
Detailed Description  Special Offer  Register (without special offer)

I will also be having a PDAA Master Certification test on Friday, Sep. 18th in the same location. You can sign up for that on the PDAA website. The remaining stops on the 2015 Wrap Like A Pro Tour (and corresponding PDAA Tests) are on my Wrap Classes: Schedule and Locations page.

3 EXCITING DAYS OF WRAP TRAINING!

You don't want to miss the Northeast Edition Wrap Like A Pro Classes taught by Rob Ivers in New Jersey, Sept. 15-17, 2015

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Learn how to utilize wrap lifts and IR heaters to make your wrap game sizzle …

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I did this side to show the techniques …

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and my students did this side!

Think you can handle it? Open the door to new opportunities, sign up for a class today!

Think you can handle it? Open the door to new opportunities, sign up for a class today!

 

Wrap Contest at WrapsCon

Main Sponsors; "Paint is Dead", KPMF Vinyl and Mimaki

I have served as the head judge at wrap contests all over the world. It has been a great honor and I have met so many awesome people. Being an installer myself, I have truly enjoyed meeting the contestants, watching them work and learning from them. Someday maybe I’ll write a book or a blog about the amazing things I’ve seen. But for today be happy with a paragraph – from me – and from a recent competitor, Chad Parrish. He sent a nice email to myself, one of the other judges, Paul Roba (the tall gentleman in the back row) and Dirk Moebes (to my right and Paul’s left in the back row), the event organizer. He included this photo. Scroll down to read his email. In all the contests I have judged I have never had a contestant write me afterwards, this is a first. And the fact he was happy makes it even better. Thanks Chad!

The winners at the car wrap contest in Indianapolis, June 2015; 1st place John Duever (center in red MOB shirt), 2nd place Steven Hargittai (left of John also in red MOB shirt) and 3rd place Chad Parrish (right of John in black shirt and cap).

The winners at the car wrap contest in Indianapolis, June 2015; 1st place John Duever, 2nd place Steven Hargittai and 3rd place Chad Parrish.

Hello again guys, I hope all is well and everyone made it home safe from Indy! I just wanted to say thanks again for helping bring WrapsCon and everything that went along with it, you guys did an awesome job. Now that it is over I almost miss that its over, it was such a great experience and I can’t count how many new relationships and new friends I had the chance to meet and talk wraps with.

Its so funny because I never had the intention of entering that wrap contest, I just didn’t want to be walking around all day because Jeff and Lance had entered it right away. So to end up in the finals was nothing but a surprise, then to come home with a trophy was nothing but a cherry on top. It was such a great experience I would not trade it for anything in the world. Again thanks for all your hard efforts and everything you guys put forth in giving installers like myself a place to gather, compete, learn and be able to grow from each others experiences, its much appreciated!!

Sincerely,

Chad Parrish – Owner
www.graphitiwraps.com