Traci Dungan (Profiles co-owner) 2018 said- “One of THE most organized & easy shows to do! We doubled our sales from last year! Also, the area brings in a great crowd...the techs that come to this show are an absolute pleasure, they want to learn! Great organizer, great crowd, we won’t ever miss this show!”
"Our sales were $2,000 higher than last year even with fewer nail techs attending thanks to the lockdowns!" - 2020 Exhibitor (name withheld by request)
"We had higher sales in 1 day at the Smokies than we did for both days at the Vegas show!" - 2018 Exhibiting company (name withheld by request)
"For 1 day in the Smokies our sales were equal to 1 day at Premiere Orlando, but with much less expense! Next year we want to get a bigger booth" - 2018 Exhibiting company (name withheld by request)
Jim McConnell (Light Elegance chemist/owner) 2018 said:
“The Nail Tech Event of the Smokies is more than a networking event. Jill Wright has organized a small trade show that is a complete experience. It is the best of a trade show in that you have vendor booths with a noise level that allows conversations between vendors & techs. The Gala dinner the night before the Event is a wonderful, social event that is appreciated by all that attend. The venue itself is situated perfectly for techs to bring their family for a day of fun in Gatlinburg!”
Ervin Smith (2017 from SC) said:
"Thank you for all that you do to make this show happen, Jill! The Smokies Event is one of the highlights of my year. I love sharing this Event with my students & seeing how much they enjoy it as well!"
Vivian B. Valenty (2018; Dazzle Dry & VB Cosmetics owner) said:
"It was the best nails only show to-date! Looking forward to 2019!! Of the nail tech only events in the US that we have been exhibitors, this event is by far the best for the highest number of attendees ready to fill their bags with their Dazzle Dry purchases.”
Renee Westmoreland (Vision Gel) 2018 said:
“The show this year was really good for us so I know the future growth will probably be explosive because we're having explosive growth within our company just from having been at the show. Having a Monday Workshop Class for me was a huge plus.”
Danielle Baker (2017 from OH) said:
"My friends & I met Susan at The Gala. We invited her to sit with us & ended up meeting her for breakfast the next morning. We spent the rest of the trip attached at the hip!"
Jessica Eaken-Hydock (2017 from OH) said:
"This was my 3rd year at the Nail Tech Event of the Smokies! The fact that there is a 1 day show dedicated to nails only, where I can get education, see what's new & have access to ask vendors about their products is amazing....then layer on the fact that the Event is held in the most charming city ever, Gatlinburg....it just doesn't get much better!"
Frances Fabish (2017) said:
"The #NailTechEvent is always one of my favorite times of the year! Being able to catch up with so many wonderful, like minded, loving nail techs is always a highlight of my summer! I've met some of my favorite people here & always look forward to who I'll meet the next year!"
Christine Lane (2017 from OK) said:
"I've only been doing nails for 2 years & this was my 2nd year attending the event. Last year I didn't know what to expect, so I kind of hovered over everybody shoulders & learned from the sidelines. This year I was able to sit in each persons chair & learn directly about their product & the new techniques in the industry. I love what I learned & also the social networking. Everyone was so friendly & the Smokies is a beautiful place to visit. Thanks Jill Wright for making this event possible for nail techs."
Tiffney Snowden (2017 from NC) said:
"The Nail Tech Event of the Smokies means a lot to me! First off it's in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains; second we have these wonderful companies who take the time out of their busy schedules to show us what's new in our industry & helps nail technicians troubleshoot nails if we are having any problems!"
Jody Best (2017 from OH) said:
"I have not been doing nails for 7 years & I'm just getting back into it. I am SO excited to see what's new in the nail industry, plus who doesn't love the Smokies!"
Adriane Nails (2017) said:
"The Smokies show is a well organized NAILS only event that is drama free. I always come away with a renewed love for the industry."
Lanessa Hubbard (2017 from IN) said:
"This was my 1st time coming to this nail show. What came to mind when I heard of the Nail Tech Event of the Smokies was "OMG! How fun a vacation mixed with Education!" I have always wanted to visit Gatlinburg, get a cabin & participate in all the fun activities. So I thought this was the most amazing thing ever. It is always awesome when you can turn a must attend event into a vacation at no extra cost. Spending time with family, learning & gaining more knowledge about a career your passionate about. What more can you ask for?"
Amy Murphy (2017 from LA) said:
"I love that it's a smaller, nails only show. It's just the right size for me. Plus, it's a great place for families to come with you, since there's plenty for them to do."
Beth Jackson (2017 from AR) said:
"Excitement....learning....meeting new people & making new friends .....Encouragement...see the best of the best!!"
Brittany Johnston (2017 from TN) said:
"First time at the event & it was amazing, a lot of awesome vendors set up & great deals on products!"
Ashley Donnelly (2017 from NC) said:
"I love how welcoming the show feels. All different experience levels come together to make sure we are all doing the very best we can for this growing industry. I love learning new techniques & seeing the new products that are launching. It's great to have people who encourage & help instead of seeing each other as competition."
Nikki Voltmer (2017 from IN) said:
"As a 20 plus year nail tech, this show helps me to be inspired by new as well as veteran nail techs from all over the world on every level & of course hanging out with new & old friends."
Camielle Cowan (2017 from SC) said:
"Love this show! Love that it's nails only & all the wonderful education classes you offer!"
Megan Sugg (2017 from TN) said:
"I've been doing nails for about 2 1/2 yrs now. This is my 2nd time coming. I loved how welcoming everyone was & how many new techniques of designs I learned. It's the closest one to me & affordable! Can't wait to meet more new people & learn new techniques next year, too!"
Jillian Whitley (2017 from TN) said:
"This was my 2nd year going. Seeing such amazing artists & big names in our industry, plus actually getting to talk to them, go out, etc. is amazing. Being in a business where we usually take the time to pamper & take care of others, it's easy to forget to take care of ourselves & to me this is my chance to unwind, relax, meet good people & just be."
Jennifer Halfon (2016 from FL) said:
"If you want to spend any money on any nail show or event, this is the one! Most bang for your buck! I've been the last 3 yrs. & plan on it religiously. Hands down most worthwhile nail event of the year!
Letrice Lopez (2016 from California) said -
"Was my 1st time to the show. Came all the way from Los Angeles. And it is worth the trip! Already learned so much & met some amazing people & still have my classes to attend. Good to have met people who have the same ideas & goals for the nail industry".
Angela Aslinger (2016 from TN) said:
"This was my 1st year & I loved it. I will definitely be back again next year. Hopefully next year I may even win something! Thanks to all the sponsors & companies from coming out & giving their time & expertise to us all."
Nicole Brown (2016) said:
"Awesome best show for nail techs! Highly recommend going!"
Bruce Atwood (Atwood Industries owner) said:
August 10th, 2015
Each and every year that I've attended, the show seems to be getting better with age (reminds me of myself). It's the only show that we attend for both work & pleasure. And speaking of pleasure, there's no better person than Jill Wright running a trade show!
Jennifer Mize from GA said:
August 2nd, 2015
I had a BLAST at this event! This was my highlight of the year! I will definitely attend every year from here out! I really enjoyed meeting all the amazing Nail Techs & learning soooo much! 26 years of the nail industry under my belt & I learned more in this weekend than I have in ten years!!! Definitely well worth every penny I spent. Thanks so much for everyone that helped with this event, I can't wait to see what next year is like!
Jennifer Densmore from SC said:
July 21st, 2015
I had a blast! It was my first year there & I will be returning next year. So much fun being around fellow nail techs & learning new products from the different companies!!! Loved it!
Pamela Black said:
July 23rd, 2015
This was my 1st year here-I'm an Educator with Famous Name's. We sold out of product. 500 nail techs. Busiest Nail Tech Event I've attended. Nail Companies-Send your Educators!
Dr Robert Spalding (MediNail Learning Center owner) said:
July 22nd, 2015
As always, the show is expertly run by Jill Wright & the attendees are constantly looking for information to improve their salon’s business of providing the best services & products for their clients. Great venue, very personal & the classrooms are great. Gatlinburg is a great backdrop for a fun weekend. Be sure to come next year!
Denise Finger from NC said:
July 21st, 2015
My friend & I had a great time. Loved all the vendors & classes. Please give us more than 2 min.s to come off the floor to pick up door prizes. The floor was packed out & my friend almost didn't get there in time to win. I would love to keep being informed on any education anyone has available.
Mary Blaylock (RIP) said:
July 20th, 2015
I was at the first event as an educator, & this one as an attendee. I had such a great time. I ran into old friends, met some Facebook friends, & made new friends. Being in a wheelchair & needing help, my chauffeur had a good time. Looking forward to next year & renewing more friendships. It's all about education.
Vickie Meador from MS said:
July 19th, 2015
The Nail tech Event of the Smokies has come & gone for this year. I have to say it was the best beauty event I have ever been to! This was my first year going & I can not believehow well put together it was. I was able to carry on a conversation with the companies on the floor & hear what they were saying! There was no loud music to contend with. There were so many education classes to chose from, I had trouble deciding which ones to take. They offered paid classes & also free classes. This Event would benefit newly licensed techs as well as seasoned techs. I am so proud to have a "Nails Only" event! I have already booked my stay for next years Event!
Deanna Rail from WV said:
July 17th, 2015
This is my second year attending this Event. For all the nail techs out there that can't decide if they should go or not, I promise you will not be disappointed with this show. Not only will you be able to meet all the educators & vendors, you will also get the chance to meet Jill Wright!!! Jill is the one that started this Nails Only Event. The classes are awesome. The educators try to have small class sizes so that you are able to have a one on one feeling in the class. The Meet & Greet party has gotten big enough we will need a larger venue next year & it is nice that your non nail friends can attend with you. So again if you have been thinking about going, just get your ticket in January & go to this Event.
Frances Pentland from TN said:
July 16th, 2015
There are not enough words to describe how much this weekend meant on so many levels! Thank you soooooo much Jill Wright & her team for making this the best Nail Tech Event of the Smokies yet! To all the wonderful techs that I got to see again & meet this year, thank you too!I had the best weekend, got soooooo many new nail goodies, laughed until I hurt, & have learned so much! On top of all that, I also made some incredible nail friends that made this trip the best to date! Looooove to you all & I'm already looking forward to next year!
Kathy Weltman (Soft Landings Towels owner) said:
July 16th, 2015
This was our 3rd attendance to this event & by 12 p.m. we completely sold out. It was a dream come true because it meant that the nail tech's believed in our products & service. I will keep coming to this event to bring softness to your world. Thank you Jill Wright for producing a trade show that is superb.
Betty Hernandez from SC said:
June 4th, 2015
I encourage all nail technicians to attend this Nails-Only show. It have nothing to do with any other show. I feel valued & important as a nail tech attending this show, because this is my profession. I'm a Beauty school owner, Master Nail Technician & I really push this event to my nail technology program students because it's an event that will change their life forever!!!
Wendy Carlson from IN said:
May 10th, 2015
2014 was my first year that I attended this event. I've never been to an all nail event, we definitely need more like this one! It was also my first time competing in a 3D acrylic competition, I took 2nd place! Trophy was beautiful & a cash prize to boot! This event is a MUST if you're a nail tech! Great companies & educators that are there just for you! I've already signed up for this year & can't wait to see what is in store for 2015. I was also the winner of the 2014 Grand Prize, $1400 worth of nail goodies! Jill Wright, you should be proud, this is a wonderful event!
Nekita Abreu from GA said:
February 7th, 2015
2014 was the first year I attended &it was fantastic. I was still attending nail school & it really opened my eyes to a lot I'd different companies & techniques out there we never went over in school. I love this event because I met some really amazing people & have great connections. Plus, it's close enough to travel & bring my kids to hang out while in in the convention & classes. Thank you Jill for making this event possible.