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Nail Tech Event of the Smokies
This is OUR world.......where nail techs are the stars!
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 since it's within driving distance for 50% of the population East of the Mississippi, plus it receives over 9 million visitors a year & is 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 in 2012 into the Gatlinburg Convention Center as a licensed LLC, nails-only trade show. Learning as we went, each year we cash-flowed the expenses by rolling over profits saved from all prior Events.
“The Event” grows larger (surpassing 500 attendees & 50 nail companies in 2016) 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 volunteering their time to help run this grassroots show on a shoestring budget operating with NO DEBT.
The Event is proof that anything's possible when the nail industry pulls together for the benefit of us all & we welcome you to join us.
We are 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"