NAILS magazine (February 2018)

“35 Nail Techs Who Changed the Industry”


 NAILS magazine (August 8th, 2017 )  

“Nail Techs Gather in Gatlinburg for Smokies Event”

 NAILS magazine (August 15, 2016)  

"Event Raises $500 for Charity Aiding Survivors of Prostitution & Human Trafficking"

 NAILS magazine (July 11th, 2016)  

Nail art at the Smokies

 NAILS magazine (July 12th. 2016​)

Photo Gallery of 2016 show


 NAILS magazine (Nov. 4th, 2015)

"Show Goers Have a Smokin' Good Time"


 NAILS magazine (Jan. 5th, 2014)

"Smokies Event Was a Smashing Success"


 Nailpro magazine (Nov. 5, 2013) 

"6th Annual Nail Tech Event of the Smokies Video" 

 NAILS magazine (Sept. 21, 2012)

"Nail Tech Event of the Smokies Continues to Grow"

Gatlinburg Convention Center

Nail Career Education and Nails

​The 1st Event was held in 2008 at the Brookside Resort, meeting the goal of 50 attending nail techs & 6 Educators demoing on tables for nail companies, plus nail icon Vicki Peters was the guest speaker. ​

​After outgrowing 2 venues within 4 years’ time, "The Event" made the leap in 2012 into the
Gatlinburg Convention Center as a licensed LLC, nails-only trade show. Learning as we went, each year we cash-flowed expenses by rolling over profits saved from the prior year. 

 Thanks to the
great word of mouth referrals from nail techs, educators & company owners alike, on our 10th Anniversary we surpassed 500+ attending nail techs, 200+ Educators/company owners & 50+ nail companies selling & demoing products.

Jill Wright Facebook photo album 1st Event
Jill Wright Facebook photo album 2015 Event Team
Jill Wright nail tech

"THE EVENT TEAM" changes yearly & is comprised of FRIENDS & FAMILY using their own vacation time volunteering to help run this grassroots show on a shoestring budget while operating with NO DEBT nor credit cards. 

We are proof that anything's possible when the nail industry pulls together for the benefit of us all & we welcome you to join us as we create nail tech pride ...... one tech at a time!​ 


Jill Wright

The Nail Tech Event of the Smokies began as my idea ​in 2007. I'm a Kentucky nail tech who wanted to bring affordable & accessible nail education to our overlooked area of the South.

The resort town of 
Gatlinburg, TN was chosen because it's within a days drive for over 50% of the people living East of the Mississippi. This unique area hosts 11 million visitors a year to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which unlike other National Parks is still FREE to experience.

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