JUDGES | 2019

Bimal Kumar Lakhotia


Director, Plastic R&D COE
CCNA Packaging R&D
The Coca-Cola Company


Bimal is a Packaging technocrat with 20+ years of experience in handling diverse Packaging portfolio encompassing flexible and rigid Packaging formats in functions like R&D and Supply Chain in Asia and USA.

He is presently responsible for handling Plastics R&D for Coca-Cola North America as ‘Director Plastics – R&D COE’. He has been associated with Coca-Cola system for approximately 8 years and have prior experience of working with companies like Britannia, Frito Lays and Ranbaxy.

He has been a regular speaker in various global Packaging forums and his experience has fetched him numerous global recognitions like Asia star and WoldStar awards.

Brian A. Rice


Head of Brand Design
Senior Director, Design & Packaging Innovation
Georgia-Pacific Consumer Business


With more than 25+ years of corporate experience with Procter & Gamble, The Coca-Cola Company and Bristol-Myers Squibb, Brian has led design, packaging development, product design, and creative communications on a regional and global level for several of the world’s most valuable and iconic brands. Brian is passionate about the role design plays in connecting with consumers on an emotional level, while driving business results.

Brian is active in the Atlanta design community where he serves as a Board Member of AIGA Atlanta and on the Board of Directors of Museum of Design Atlanta (MoDA). Additionally, Brian enjoys mentoring emerging designers and youth who have interest in design related careers.

José Reyes


Founder and Creative Dirctor
Metaleap Creative


José Reyes has been the creative director of Metaleap Creative since he founded the firm in 2002. After receiving his B.F.A. in 1995 from Savannah College of Art and Design, he worked as a designer at several major advertising and design firms in the South. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Turkey, Utah, New Mexico and Florida, his love and curiosity of all things keeps him traveling and searching for inspiration in the world around him.

Most recently, José can be heard on the Creative Rising podcast talking about work, rest and sabbaticals. He has also spoken at the Q conference, the 2018 SCAD Commencement in Atlanta, Auburn University, the City and Regional Magazine Awards Conference, HOW Design conference, the University of Florida and other venues about Metaleap’s philosophy and approach to design. He has also served as a judge at the Society of Publication Design Awards, Communication Arts, the Gamma Awards and Folio magazine. Most recently, Metaleap's work on independent soccer magazine Howler has been nominated by the Society of Publication Designers for “Magazine of the Year” in their 54th Annual Design Competition.