Feb. 26, 2013

Register for the National Esthetic Teacher Training Conference
NETT Conference — April 6
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL

Sessions will be led by esthetic leaders, including Paul Suttles, the director of field education for Pivot Point, who gives educators the tools to deliver information that inspires students and professionals to be their best, do their best and look their best. Suttles has been a beauty industry professional for more than ten years with certification in different teaching methodologies.

Meet the rest of the faculty here.

For complete information on the first conference of 2013, check out the official website here.

Register for Miami Beach Hotels (Eden Roc Renaissance, Marriott, Richmond, Red South, Crest or South Beach Hotel).


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