The Nail Tech Event of the Smokies began as an idea in 2007 by Kentucky nail tech Jill Wright to bring affordable & accessible nail education to the overlooked area of the South.
The resort town of Gatlinburg, TN was chosen because it's within driving distance for 50% of the population East of the Mississippi, plus it's THE vacation capital of the South.
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 into the Gatlinburg Convention Center in 2012 as a licensed LLC, nails-only trade show, learning as we went & cash-flowing this massive endeavor by rolling over profits saved from all prior Events.
Each year “The Event” grows larger (surpassing 500 attendees & 50 nail companies) thanks to the great word of mouth referrals from nail techs, educators & company owners alike. "The Event Team" changes yearly & is comprised of friends & family who give up their vacation time to help run it.
The Event is a grass-roots promotion created on a shoe-string budget & is proof that anything's possible with everyone in the nail industry pulling together for the benefit of us all.
We're dedicated to creating nail tech pride ...... one tech at a time!
Business Insider (Dec. 2015) - "21 photos that show why a small town in Tennessee was just named America's next hot travel destination"!
Tripadvisor (Dec. 2015) - "Top Ten Destinations on the Rise" & Gatlinburg, TN is #1!
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"
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