The Team

Meet the Team

In true Canadian style - our team is assembled from around the world to create to create a unique and talented group.


Mami Griffin - Co-Founding Judge

Originally from Japan, Mami is an internationally licensed nail technician, certified trainer in multiple nail mediums, and real-life nail ninja who now makes her home in Whistler, BC. Mami (pronounced like mommy) has a keen eye for product application details and quality having consulted and helped develop numerous nail products and brands you probably use today. She has traveled literally around the world as Contestant, Judge, Model, Educator, Salon Manager, Nail School Headmistress, Product Ambassador, and more. Few people in the industry have Mami's unique insight and infectious positive energy for everything nails.

Chris Mans - Co-Founding Judge

Born and raised in Pretoria South Africa, Chris immigrated  to the United States in 2000 and lives in Los Angeles, CA. Chris was a key in developing the education department for Bio Sculpture USA and wrote the manual on Gel Art. Soon he established his own practice, Jeweled Nails, and since then has competed (and won) international nail competitions, appeared on Television, featured in magazines, and offered nail art seminars in worldwide.


Pat Griffin - Director & Co-Founder

A Vancouver native, Pat began his career in IT and PR. Working behind the scenes in IT on experiential marketing projects for clients such as VW, Adobe and Famous Players / Cineplex theaters, he moved to managing the marketing efforts for Canada's largest independent Apple dealer. Pat has led teams, campaigns, and large scale awareness projects like introducing the launch of now common technologies such as the iPod or WiFi to the Vancouver public. He has owned or managed numerous hospitality projects in both Canada and Japan.  Recently he helped introduce both the Japanese technique and nail art concept of Sha-Nail or NailGrafx to North America and currently works in communications with nail products.