Sign & Digital Graphics

May '19

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How one shop owner launched a second career in wraps B Y A M A N D A M C G R O R Y - D I X O N 50 • May 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S A fter working as a government contractor for nearly 25 years, Pete Lumpkins, owner of St. Augustine Vehicle Wraps, a vehicle wraps and design business in St. Augustine, Florida, was ready for a change. Pete Lumpkins spent the earlier part of his life racing Motorcross professionally and had always been mechani- cally inclined. He began exploring career options within that realm when he and his wife and business partner, Ashley Lumpkins, stumbled upon vehicle wraps. While Pete Lumpkins didn't nec- essarily have experience with vehicle wraps, Ashley Lumpkins felt in her gut that pursuing vehicle wraps could be the perfect opportunity. "Once I started researching vehicle wraps, I just knew that Pete would be really good at this," Ashley Lumpkins says. "He's very meticulous. He can take things apart and put them back together, and he's also an artist by nature. He's done tattoos and oil paints, and it felt like a great match for Pete." Launching the Business After researching and watching hours of vehicle wrap installations, the Lumpkins decided in 2016 this was the right business opportunity for them, Ashley Lumpkins says. Pete Lumpkins soon enrolled in Avery Amanda McGrory-Dixon is a freelance con- tent, PR and social media strategist who has covered the signage industry for more than a decade. She can be contacted at amandakm- Co-owners Pete and Ashley Lumpkins launched St. Augustine Vehicle Wraps in 2016 and are spending their careers in different fields but have quickly grown the business. (Photo courtesy St. Augustine Vehicle Wraps) A NEW START WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS

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