"The Event Team" changes yearly & is comprised of FRIENDS & FAMILY volunteering their time 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!
XOXO Jill Wright
The Nail Tech Event of the Smokies began as an idea in 2007 by me (Jill Wright, a Kentucky nail tech) 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 population East of the Mississippi & sees 11 million visitors a year to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is still FREE to experience.
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, in 2016 the Smokies show surpassed 500+ attendees, 200+ Educators/company owners & 50+ nail companies.
NAILS magazine (Feb. 2018)
“35 Nail Techs Who Changed the Industry” COMING SOON!
NAILS magazine (August 8th, 2017 )
NAILS magazine (August 15, 2016)
NAILS magazine (July 11th, 2016)
NAILS magazine (July 12th. 2016)
Business Insider (Dec. 2015)
NAILS magazine (Nov. 4th, 2015)
NAILS magazine (Jan. 5th, 2014)
Nailpro magazine (Nov. 5, 2013)
NAILS magazine (Sept. 21, 2012)