The 2011 Northwest Networking Retreat was an incredible success with a record 60 nail techs coming together October 14-17 on Vashon Island near Seattle.
The 2011 Northwest Networking Retreat was an incredible success with a record 60 nail techs coming together October 14-17 on Vashon Island near Seattle. Nail techs from Canada and nine states reaching as far away as Maine joined in at Camp Burton to spend a weekend together to learn, network, and build friendships with other techs who share their passion. The event started Friday with an intense hands-on class that had techs thrilled about how their nails had improved in just a few short hours. Saturday and Sunday were filled with trade show demos, shopping, classes, and hands-on workshops, as well as evening seminars and a campfire overlooking the water.
Monday finished up with longer hands-on workshops including Vicki Peters’ e-file certification class. Throughout the weekend the techs participated in raffles that included amazing prizes like the Valentino Beauty Pure, Belava Pedicure Tub, and Kupa U-power 2-G. In addition, each attendee went home with a swag bag worth more than $400 in free product from industry sponsors.
“While a typical networking event takes place for one or two days and includes a trade show and workshops, the 2011 Retreat took it to a whole new level, adding seminars, free competitions with cash prizes, games, meals, lodging, classes, and hands-on workshops for four days and three nights — all included in the ticket price,” says Jessical Hoel, event director. Next year the organizers will be heading down to Portland, Ore., for a traditional two-day networking event, and will resume the four-day Retreat October 2013 at Camp Burton. Information on all NW Networking Events can be found at www.nwnailtechs.com.
Vicki Peters judged the blind polish competition.