4th Annual NW Nail Tech Retreat a Success

Last month, over 110 Nail Techs descended on Camp Burton just outside of Seattle, Washington to attend the 4th NW Nail Tech Retreat.  With attendees coming from 12 states across the nation, including over 25 percent of attendees joining from Canada and one from Barbados, it is one of the largest international educational events for nail techs. 

Designed by nail techs, for nail techs, the NW Nail Tech Retreat focuses on fun, friendships and fantastic nails.  Over the course of 4 days, nail techs attended five 75 minute classes, one 5 hour hands on workshops and two 3 hour workshops. This year's theme was "Pay It Forward" and included everyone donating product to area nail schools as well as a lifetime achievement award given to Vicki Peters for "Paying It Forward" in our industry. 

Fundraising over the course of the weekend allowed the NW Nail Techs to donate over $1700 to Polished Girlz (www.polishedgirlz.org). Created by 12 year old Alanna J.Wall, Polished Girlz bring sparkle to the lives of girls with special needs or frequent hospitalizations by bringing the trendiest nail art parties to them, while teaching them the importance of hand washing to reduce infection rates and repeated hospital admissions.

 In one of the larger non-trade show competitions in the US, over 40 competitors applied salon style nails and were judged by Vicki Peters, Amy Becker, Lorena Marquez and Tami Schmidt of INM North.  Amazing art was brought out by both attendees and educators for the mixed media competition.  Top 3 in both novice and veteran categories received medals and prize money. And for the first time, we bestowed a crown on the Educator who competed and had the best overall score; Yire Castillo.

With over 50 nail companies donating product for techs to try, the swag bags totaled $530 in product for each attendee in addition to amazing raffle prizes that were given out over the course of the weekend.  Unlike other events, techs used the products during the event to practice, for competition and late at nights in their cabins practicing with other techs.  

The 2015 NW Nail Retreat will take place October 16-19, 2015 at Camp Burton, Vashon Island, just outside of Seattle, Washington. Educators are urged at contact the NW Nail Techs if they would like to participate, space is very limited.  For more information visit www.nwnailtechs.com.