​This is OUR world......where nail techs are the STARS! 

"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

About Us:

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.

​The 1st sold-out Event was held in 2008 at the Brookside Resort, meeting the goal of 50 attendees & 6 nail companies, with nail icon Vicki Peters as 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, in 2016 the Smokies show surpassed 500+ attendees, 200+ Educators/company owners & 50+ nail companies.

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



NAILS magazine (Feb. 2018)

“35 Nail Techs Who Changed the Industry” COMING SOON!


 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

 Business Insider  (Dec. 2015)

"21 photos that show why a small town in Tennessee was just named America's next hot travel destination!"


 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