USA Team and World Leaders
Nailpro Competitions' competition director and distinguished judging panel holds many years of combined competition experience and qualified expertise. Each judge is a previous competition champion in their own right and each is a salon professional carrying a full or part time clientele. At each competition you will see each one interchanging with the exception of our head judge.
WORLDWIDE COMPETITION DIRECTOR - JEWELL CUNNINGHAM
Find out more about NAILPRO competition director and international nail champion, Jewell Cunningham.
What was your first job ever?
I was an (underage) telemarketer collecting items for Exceptional Children’s Foundation. I was 14 and my mother got me the job by telling them I was 16.
What was your first job in the industry?
Nail technician extraordinaire! I worked at Jill’s Fingernail Factory.
What was your most recent impulse buy?
I can’t remember but for sure it was something electronic.
What was your proudest accomplishment?
Using my sculptured nail ability to win a total of 27 first place awards, two seconds and one third. Among my wins are International World Champion and USA National Champion.
What’s your favorite movie?
Funny Girl, On Golden Pond and Julie & Julia.
Describe your perfect day.
Up early, great coffee, sun, water, sun, water, shower, dressing to show off a day in the sun and off to dinner or an event with great, fun friends—and, of course, cocktails.
What is your favorite type of food?
Anything saucy and/or messy accompanied by a great cocktail.
Describe the best set of nails you’ve ever seen.
For years, it was a sculptured set of Tom Holcomb nails. But today the architecture of nails are changing so much that the shapes the techs are able to create are blowing my mind.
My guilty pleasure is…
planning, cooking and hosting dinner parties.
What are you most afraid of?
Not ever being inspired again, and boredom.
I can’t discuss nails without…
some reference to Nailpro competitions and realizing just how driven I am to produce great competitions.
EASTERN EUROPE PARTNER & COMPETITION DIRECTOR - VIKTORIIA KLOPOTOVA
We are proud to have Viktoriia Klopotova as our Nailpro Eastern European Partner. Viktoriia comes to us from Kiev, Ukraine. She has been involved in the international industry since 1998. She began competing and winning and currently holds 5 International champion titles as has appeared on the top 10 lists of many countries. Viktoriia is an author in both print as well as instructional videos on competition. She has judged internationally as well as in the US and holds a patent for a nail shape called the “Pipe”.
Since 2014 Viktoriia and her team have been creating and running competitions all through the Nailpro Eastern Europe. All Nailpro Eastern European competitions are held to the same standards Nailpro Competitions USA demands. All judges are past champions, and all rules for all Nailpro Competition are the same. Viktoriia will be branching out into many countries.
Our Nailpro Competition judging team is absolutely the best team out there! Together we have almost 150 years of competition experience. That is pretty hard to beat.
APRIL MENENDEZ - COMPETITION ASSISTANT - PRICELESS
Priceless does not begin to describe April. She has been with Creative Age Publications for over 10 years and wears many hats. But the competition hat is near and dear to her heart. From taking registration and answering competition questions to making sure all competitors and their models get into the competition arena at the crack of dawn April is Priceless!
CARLA COLLIER - HEAD JUDGE - PRICELESS
With 27 years of experience, Carla Collier is recognized as a leading industry expert in competition and education around the world. She is an international competition judge; a head judge for NAILPRO Competitions; cover artist; and her work and writing is regularly featured in the nail industry's top trade publications. Carla is a former salon owner, retired competition champion and an international educator. Prime industry manufacturers, publishing houses, competition directors and entrepreneurs have sought her expert advice in product development, competition and educational materials, such as training videos, textbooks and educator training programs. In addition, she has taught and mentored nail professionals across the globe. Carla skillfully balances her salon work with competition judging, travel and teaching to stay on the cutting edge of the nail industry.
ANNAMARIA PATY - JUDGE
AnnaMaria Paty with 24 years of nail industry experience is a world-renowned educator and competition champion. As a nail professional and former spa owner AnnaMaria remains in the mainstream of the nail industry. She enjoys sharing all the secrets of the trade. Her vision and heartfelt desire is to share her knowledge and expertise with others in the nail care profession to foster a better experience and forever keep the passion burning! She is currently working at An Albert Luiz Salon and Spa in Sugar Land, Texas and is the newest as well as a fantastic addition to the NAILPRO Competitions qualified judging team.
RACHELLE WILLIAMS - JUDGE
Rachelle is a past competitior and champion from the Florida area. She has been in the nail industry in many capacaties from nail tech, salon owner and educator. We are thrilled to have Rachelle as one of our premiere team members.
AMY BECKER - JUDGE - NAILPRO COMPETITION AMBASADOR
Amy is a record holding nail competitor spanning 13 years. She is a 2 time Nailpro Cup Champion, Nail Technician of the Year recipient, Nailpro Magazine cover artist and 4 time US Gel Nail Champion. She has been a salon owner for 20 years, educator for 23 years and manufacturer of Masterworks by Amy Becker for 6 years. After decades of competing, Amy wants to give back and share what she has learned with competitors at all levels.
SAM BIDDLE - INTERNATIONAL JUDGE
Sam Biddle is a renowned nail technician and educator, living in Dorset, England; she has found global success within her speciality design and colour. Internationally published, Sam regularly contributes to trade and national press worldwide. She has also achieved 8 front covers in the UK, Europe and USA.
Sam s finalist for nail professional of the year. Also having been nominated for the scratch star’s services to the nail industry awards. She is now on the judging panel for Nail professional of the year awards. Having featured on the BBC, ITV and in the national press, Sam hopes to bring colour and help technicians find inspiration to express their creativity, which helps develop their careers by utilising new skills. Co founder of Jealous Cow Ltd and the Be Creative brand, recently be awarded industry innovator award from Scratch stars, Sam was also nominated for a services to the industry award in 2013. We are proud to have her on our qualified judging team.
PAULINE FEINAUER - INTERNATIONAL JUDGE
Pauline has a list of accomplishments a mile long. She hales from Germany. She is an author, world renown judge and competitor. Her artistic skills are amazing. Pauline is very passionate about this industry and her craft. She loves to share her knowledge and expertise to those willing to learn. Her classes are full with students wanting to learn her artistic skills. She judges as detailed as her works of art. We are proud to have her on our qualified judging team.
RHONDA KIBUK - FLOOR SAGE
Rhonda Kibuk is the owner of The Purple Pinkie Nail Salon in Ford City, PA. Licensed since 2001, she is also a Young Nails Mentor. Her passion is education. She regularly volunteers at local vocational technical schools, as well as mentoring new technicians hands on or online. As a Nailpro Competitions Floor Sage, she likes to help bridge the gap between competitors and judges. Her goal is to ensure that EVERY competitor has an even playing field and has the best competition experience possible. Rhonda's eagle eyes keep the Nailpro competition arena on their toes.
MINDY ROSIEJKA - TABULATOR AND SAGE ADVISOR
Mindy makes sure everything is input correctly and all columns add up. Occassionally she has to calm Jewell down. When we need a level head she provides that for us also. Mindy writes all the winners checks.