Get to Know Our Team
"Start your career as a nail tech professional with the most caring team in the industry."
Brian McKew "The Big Boss"
CEO & Owner
“I liked it so much, I bought it twice,” Brian will say often, in describing the family business of 19 years. He's the guy who oversees the big picture. He's the master strategist, and the visionary behind the Academy. Brian leans on his Master's degree in Business, and his 40 years of experience, to mentor enthusiastic students in the pursuit of their own businesses. “It's fun to help a young person, or someone seeking a second career. To be a part of that process is exciting and rewarding.” If you have a goal, and about “two hours,” Brian will cut through the roadblocks and help you map out a plan for success.
Brian is on site almost daily and enjoys being a resource. Conversations about business with Brian will go deep as he'll work with you on all possibilities. “My hope is that we can give students a place to learn, grow and explore their strengths. There's multiple layers, personalities and potential all wrapped up here at the Academy, and I get to see it all.” Come visit us, and see what doors we can help open for you.
Amanda Flores "The Fuel of the Fire"
Get ready to learn with Amanda at the head of the class. Her teaching style is interactive, engaging and passionate. Amanda learned the art of nail design in Texas, and has been teaching for 25 years. She joined the Academy in 2019 as the Lead Instructor, and was drawn here by the family atmosphere. Here, Amanda shares her expertise in acrylic dip and sculpting, hard gel, and 3-D nail art to the next generation of technicians. And, she can free-hand with the best of them. Amanda is a true artist! She's been painting since she was young, and was largely self-taught. “I realized I could combine my artwork and painting to the nail industry. The nail became my canvas.”
With Amanda, students will not only learn the fundamentals and safety requirements needed to succeed in a nail career, they will also learn to be creative with nail art, study new techniques, and practice the latest trends. “Nail art and nail design is my life, it's everything to me.” Amanda's love of education, and watching a student find success is what fulfills her the most. “I want to fuel their fire. Everyone should have a vision and dreams, and support to fulfill those.” Amanda will be your instructor, counselor and advocate, and genuinely believes in her students. Amanda fuels us with her dedication, commitment and work ethic, and she'll fuel you, as you take the next step in your career.
Anabel Perez "The Polish Princess"
VP of Sales
If you're searching for any color polish, or nail product, Anabel is your gal. You can't miss her! This 5 ft. dynamo has a big personality. And, she shows it off with her spunky hair color, which she'll change up in a flash. Her 19 years of sales and retail experience makes her the perfect fit, at the Academy and neighboring Manicure Mart, with customers and students alike.
Never sitting still, and bouncing between the school and supply company, Anabel hustles with placing orders, product fulfillment, organization, inventory, and everything needed to keep the shops running. But she's never too busy for students. “I love to hear their story, why they started doing nails, what their plans are, and then watching them blossom.” She'll help you save money on purchases, set up your nail kits, and will advise you on exactly what you need to start your business, without breaking the bank. So, the next time you're here, take a stroll down the isles of Manicure Mart and go see our “Princess of Polish.”
The primary goal of the school is to offer the highest level of quality education in the nail industry to our students. This is accomplished through our licensed instructors who will provide training techniques involving the latest nail products, skills and procedures available while incorporating hands on clinical training in the school's salon.
In addition to this training, our students are educated in the concept of total customer satisfaction, acquiring the necessary skills preparing our students for a career in Nail Technology while equipping them with the knowledge to pass the Arizona State Board exams.
Academy of Nail Technology teaches from the first edition theory and workbooks of Pivot Point International, a Resource of Your Nail Care Career. All instructors are experienced nail technicians licensed with the State of Arizona. They are required to create lesson plans that enhance all theory lessons they teach.
Academy of Nail Technology has an excellent reputation in the community and among Arizona salons. Due to this fact, Academy of Nail Technology provides a great deal of services, which allows our students to experience all facets of nail technology. Our graduates are confident when they complete the course, which encourages them to work in a professional and proficient salon.
Academy is a private school and not accredited by a national accrediting association.
The Academy of Nail Technology state licensing is registered and up todate on all policies set forth by Arizona State Board of Cosmetology. The Academy also networks with a variety of salons and industry businesses throughout the valley inviting them as guest speakers to the training center, many offering career opportunities for the Academy's upcoming graduates.
Training facility consists of 3,000 square feet. It consists of a theory room, clinic floor, pedicure area, break room with refrigerator and a microwave. We also provide two restrooms, one rest room meets ADA requirements. In addition, we have two offices and a storage area.
Student lockers are provided located in our dispensary area.
Clinic floor accommodates 18 professional workstations.
Student workstation consists of a manicure table, student and client chair similar to the salon environment.
Classroom used for theory and demonstrations consists of six banquet style tables and 18 chairs. Extra chairs are available to accommodate both sides of the table.
Demonstration table is located in the front of the classroom with camera and screen for easy viewing of demonstrations or PowerPoint presentations.
Pedicure area is equipped with enough seating for 14 client pedicure services. Twelve pedicure carts and pedicure baths are available for student use.
The training center is a non-smoking establishment located in central Phoenix with plenty of parking close by for students.