Victory at Last: Becker Tops the Top 25 Competitors Ranking

Talk about bragging rights. Amy Becker has earned a spot on NAILS’ Top 25 Competitors list more times than anyone else in its history. And finally, for our 2010-2011 competition year, she’s snagged the top spot.

#8 John Hauk (Cincinnati)

Another long-time competitor, Hauk is a 19-year veteran in the nail industry with more than 275 awards to his credit. He distinguishes himself by combining his natural teaching ability with invaluable experiences as a master nail technician trainer, competitor, salon owner, and mentor.

You may not know:

> As a ritual, he likes to do back handsprings down the hallways of the hotel every night before a competition. When nobody’s looking, of course.

> He likes to take long motorcycle rides with friends after traveling to so many nail events around the world. It helps him to de-stress.










#11 Melina Bogasow-Biebl (Munich, Germany)

A nail tech for seven years, Bogasow-Biebl owns a three-person salon in Munich. She is a two-time German Champion in nail art and sculptured nails and she won first place in Korea in the 2009 team relay. “Nails are my passion. I love the perfection and the art of it. It is my life,” she says.

You may not know:

> She entered her first competition just three months after receiving her certification in nails and came in third.

> She has two boys aged 7 and 10. Before becoming a nail tech she worked as a kindergarten teacher.











#13 Emese Koppányi (Budapest, Hungary)

Koppányi has been a nail tech and competing for 13 years. She holds many titles from Hungary, Europe, and the U.S. as well. She always wanted to be a professional nail tech because nails gives her the ­opportunity to be the best.

You may not know:

> She considers her greatest achievements to be the Monte Carlo competition in 2010 where she came in first, and the ISSE Midwest Show in Chicago where she also took first place this year in Salon Success.

> Nails are her hobby as well as her profession.











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