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NAILPRO Competitions Announces Tom Holcomb "Inspiration" Award
Jewell Cunningham, competition director of the NAILPRO Nail Competitions and the NAILPRO Cup Series, announced the establishment of an annual industry award in honor of legendary nail technician Tom Holcomb. Tom Holcomb was a nail industry icon, innovator and competitor who passed away last year at the age of 44. The Tom Holcomb Inspiration Award will recognize a nail professional whose accomplishments live up to the standards of excellence set by the late Mr. Holcomb. The first honoree will be announced at ISSE Long Beach, January 26-28, 2013.
“Tom Holcomb created the benchmark for the perfect sculptured nail. When NAILPRO judges are sizing up a set of sculptured nails, the nails we have in mind are Tom’s,” notes Ms. Cunningham. “Tom knew he was good, even great, but he always felt he could be better. So many of us were inspired by him and learned from him. We at NAILPRO are grateful to his family, who have given us exclusive permission to commemorates his legacy with this award.”
“Tom Holcomb was passionate about the nail industry,” continues Jewell Cunningham. “If someone asked him how he created a particular effect, he would stop and explain, even if he were competing. And Tom had such a great sense of humor. I miss him, and so does the industry.”
Mr. Holcomb was a 10-time World Champion, five-time Japan Master and two-time International Champion in both Munich and Dusseldorf. Over the course of his career, he was associated with various manufacturers, including Premium Nail Products (which was originally named Tom Holcomb Nail Products), Galaxy Nail Products, EZ Flow and Entity Beauty.