Roland Heroes judges announced ahead of big winner reveal

Roland Heroes judges announced ahead of big winner reveal

Roland DG is delighted to announce Christian Duyckaert and Beth Kempton will be official judges of Roland Hero 2018, the inaugural awards programme recognising the incredible members of the Roland community across the EMEA region.

Since its launch in April, the search for Roland Heroes has already uncovered amazing stories from Roland equipment users, from tales of love and family, accounts of overcoming adversity including illness and fire, inspiring stories of entrepreneurship, innovation and talent – and much more.

Entries will be accepted until December 31st 2018, after which a very special panel of judges will pore over every story and select one individual who best sums up what it means to be a Roland user.

The judges have been announced as Christian Duyckaerts, President of FESPA; Beth Kempton, best-selling author and award-winning entrepreneur; and Gillian Montanaro, Head of Marketing at Roland DG EMEA.

Christian Duyckaerts, President of FESPA, joins the Roland Hero Awards 2018 judging panel

Christian Duyckaerts has been active in the printing industry for more than 20 years and was inaugurated as the President of FESPA – the global federation of 37 national associations for the screen printing, digital printing and textile printing community – in May 2017. He is also the Managing Director of Retail Communicators, a print production service specialising in office interior decoration and rebranding in Belgium.

He comments: "In my two decades in the print industry I have experienced the shift from analogue to digital in wide format printing and as a result am a strong believer in the unlimited possibilities that digital wide format can offer.

"At FESPA, our mission is to educate the community and the Roland Hero awards are a great way to share incredible stories of print businesses with the global community. It's a fantastic initiative and I'm delighted to join the judging panel."

Beth Kempton is a motivational speaker and energetic entrepreneur who founded Do What You Love and co-founded Make Art That Sells and Make It In Design – three businesses she continues to run concurrently. She is also an author and specialist in Japan and Japanese, releasing her latest book "Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life" this year. Beth is also a judging veteran, as a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Beyond Sport Awards and as a co-founder of the Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search.

Beth Kempton announced as official judge for Roland Hero Awards 2018. Photo Credit: Nicole Lebris

"What an honour to receive an invitation to judge the Roland Hero awards!" she comments. "I know how amazing these kinds of competitions can be for all involved. I love helping to bring dreams to life and am excited to discover the first Roland Hero."

Gillian Montanaro, Head of Marketing at Roland DG EMEA, will be the third judge at the special event in Belgium on January 10th, hosted by the President of Roland DG EMEA, Gregory Bilsen.

She comments: "I'm delighted to welcome Beth and Christian to the judging panel for Roland Hero – what an exciting start to 2019! They will each bring something different to the table and – while it will undoubtedly be a tough decision given all the the fantastic entries – I'm sure we'll find the most deserving recipient of the Roland Hero crown. Whoever wins will have demonstrated what it really means to be a member of the vibrant and innovative Roland community."

For Roland customers interested in taking part, this is their last chance to enter to win the Roland Hero 2018 title and a holiday of a lifetime, with three unforgettable trips to choose from. Entrants should visit and submit their details before the closing date of December 31st 2018. Terms and conditions can be accessed via the website.


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