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Hotel Information

On International Drive, this convention hotel is 5 minutes from Universal Orlando, 10 minutes from Walt Disney World®, and 5 minutes from Sea World. Pointe Orlando, across the street, is a spectacular 17-acre shopping and entertainment complex encompassing Regal Pointe 21 Multiplex with IMAX® 3D Theaters, WonderWorks, dozens of fine shops, restaurants, and clubs. The beautiful Rosen Plaza Hotel features elegant rooms with free high-speed Internet, flat-screen TVs, safes, and coffeemakers. Suites have wet bars, minifridges, and microwaves. Dining options range from a steakhouse to a 24-hour deli, plus a cafe, coffee shop, lounge and sports bar. Other amenities include a heated outdoor pool and a hot tub. Childcare services are available (fee).

Rosen Plaza Hotel

9700 International Dr.
Orando, FL 32819

Registration for the Convention does not include hotel reservations. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special convention rate. They are available on a “first-come, first served” basis before March 2, 2020. Don’t delay; make your reservation today before it’s too late!

Individual room reservations, cancellations and revisions can be made by calling:

Be sure to mention “Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals
to ensure the special room rate of $159 single/double. Additional person is $20. Total taxes 14.5%
Parking for overnight guests is $10.

Hotel check-in time should not be anticipated until after 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 11:00 a.m.

Travel Information

Orlando International Airport serves many airlines, most with direct flights. Taxi fare to the hotel from the airport is approximately $45 one way. Be sure you tell your driver Rosen Plaza Hotel as there are several Rosen properties and you want to be sure you are arriving at the correct location. Mears Transportation Shuttle service is also available with discounts for children) and may be reserved by calling 407-423-5566. Their website is If you are arriving at the same time as others you can also obtain reasonable rates for small groups through Mears.

Roommate Requests

If you would like the SPCP to help you find a roommate for the Convention, please contact the SPCP with your check in and check out dates. It is hard to find roommates as the convention nears. Remember March 2nd is the deadline for the SPCP room rates – it is better to cancel a reservation if you find a roommate than to be without a room altogether! Be sure both names are on the reservation.

Attendee Requirements

During all SPCP Presentations in consideration of and respect for speakers and other attendees:

  • Mobile phones or other electronic devices must be on silent with vibration turned off. Key strokes must also be on silent.
  • Videotaping or audio recording with any device is prohibited.
  • Photography with or without flash of presentations is not allowed with any camera, mobile phone, or other electronic devices, including screen shots of PowerPoints.
  • Use of mobile phones will be permitted during presentations only if the screens are kept flat or below the edge of the table with silent keystrokes for the purpose of: note taking, and/or texting, tweeting, or other social media posting. Keep in mind that fingernail tapping is extremely distracting.
  • Laptop or tablet use will be permitted for not taking purposes only if the attendee is seated in the small designated area in the back of the room in order to prevent glare and distraction for other attendees.

In consideration of our paid exhibitors, there is to be no sales or promotion of products or services outside the exhibitor room. No procedures of any kind may be conducted anywhere within the hotel before or during the convention dates.

A name badge is required for admittance to all functions. Loss of your badge will result in a $10.00 replacement charge. Please help us eliminate the embarrassment of having to remove non-paying friends or relatives accompanying you to the lectures. Badges will be checked.

An evaluation form is provided at each class. For attendees to obtain credit hours, the evaluation form needs to be turned in immediately after each class. If you arrive fifteen minutes late for a lecture or leave before a lecture is completed, you cannot receive continuing education credits for that particular lecture. Certificates will be mailed after the convention.

SPCP Booth

The SPCP runs a booth at every convention for products available exclusively to our members. Members may purchase items such as client brochures, lapel pins, vinyl logos, and other SPCP member-identifying products. Various publications are available such as the talk of the industry – the SPCP textbook by Marjorie Grimm: Permanent Cosmetics – The Foundation of the Fundamental Application, 2nd Edition, which is now available in Spanish. Be sure to pick up the most recent SPCP book, Principles of Infection Control for the Tattoo Industry by Shanan Zickefoose, BSN, RN, CPCP

Cancellation Policy

A refund less an $80 processing fee will be made upon written request prior to March 14, 2020. We appreciate your understanding that there cannot be any other exceptions as printing is paid for and food is ordered, etc. Mailed-in registrations must be sent prior to the March 14, 2020 postmark deadline. Refund requests must be written. Email

We will do everything possible to help you enjoy your convention.
If you have specific questions or concerns, contact the Administration Office
at 847-635-1330, Fax 847-635-1326 or email at

The SPCP reserves the right to change the schedule, topics, and speakers, if necessary

Pre-Convention Schedule


Thursday, March 26 – Friday, March 27, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Friday half day 9-12)
Train the Trainer
This highly acclaimed program is presented by SPCP Former Director and Trainer Member, Shanan Zickefoose, CPCP. While a required class for those with a goal to become SPCP trainer members, this program is also required regularly for certified trainer members as a review. Attendees have the opportunity to network with one another and to speak on particular subjects to enrich the program with new ideas. This exchange of ideas casts the seeds of new educational concepts and program development. Attendees of this class must be CPCP certified or scheduled to take their certification exam during the convention. Please refer to the SPCP website for other trainer member requirements or contact the office for an application packet. Attending this class does not qualify the attendee as an SPCP trainer member; additional requirements must be met. Please refer to the SPCP website for other trainer member requirements or contact the office for a Trainer Application Packet. Attending this class alone does not make one an SPCP trainer member.
Zickefoose BSN, RN, CPCP
Shanan began her career in permanent cosmetics in 2006 and owns a medical spa practice in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she practices all areas of permanent cosmetics. She has been an active member of the SPCP since 2007, including serving on the Board of Directors. Always driven by a challenge, she pursued and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Tulsa. Through her nursing specialties and personal family medical issues, it became clear that wound care was a passion that complimented her career and personal goals. Shanan recently authored a popular SPCP book, Principles of Infection Control for the Tattoo Industry, a must-read for anyone in our industry.

Friday, March 27, 2020

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Bloodborne Pathogens Standard Class
This is by far the most comprehensive, industry specific bloodborne pathogens program available for permanent cosmetic professionals. The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard will be covered, with an emphasis on needlestick guidelines, Hepatitis B and C, information on MRSA, exposure control plan requirements, recordkeeping, and the latest interpretation covering these topics as they relate to the body modification industry. A bloodborne pathogens class is a requirement for the CPCP exam and renewal, and may be purchased separately for non-convention attendees.
Laurna Marika
Laurna is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for 10-hour and 30-hour General Industry programs. She has over eight years’ experience as an instructor teaching Bloodborne Pathogens and the Principles of Infection Control for the body modification industry. Laurna has taught classes ranging from onsite small studios to larger convention seminars. As a tradi¬tional tattoo artist and co-owner of Mr. Shorty’s Tattoo Emporium, LLC in Lexington, South Carolina, Laurna brings real life experience to her classes, in how to introduce Bloodborne Pathogens Standard compliance into a working studio environment.
2:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m. Pre-Convention Specialty Class
Areola Tattooing: Beyond the Basics
As artists we learn the basics of drawing, shading, highlights, depth, and shape. But how do we take what is a standard 3D areola/nipple tattoo and make it really pop, hyper-realism detail with texture unique for each client’s needs and desires? No two areolas are exactly the same, each being as unique as we are people of diversity. Each artist develops their own style whether it is lips, brows, liner, or areola work. Kris and Mandy will demonstrate how we can use our individual style and take areola tattooing Beyond the Basics.
Kris Fernicola
Kris brings true artistry to the industry having studied portrait, anatomy, and realism drawing at the Art Student League in NY City as well as studied under the tutelage of many fabulous artists. It was her mom’s and sister’s battles with cancer that inspired her to begin the journey as a paramedical tattoo artist. Using her gift for realism art, she now works with women and men who have had mastectomies and reconstruction as being part of the Sauler Institute team. Kris haw been awarded in competition for her areola tattooing.
Mandy Sauler, CPCP
Owner of the Sauler Institute of Tattooing, Mandy has taken her 23 years of tattooing knowledge and brought it to the medical field. Her work has been published in medical journals, and has brought attention from USA Today, and a list of other media outlets. Now in 9 locations and a growing office, Mandy continues to grow her business to spread the benefits of medical and cosmetic tattooing. Her passion for this industry has extended to the next generation by creating a training school taught at one of the top hospitals in the nation.
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Exhibitor Room Set-Up (Exhibitors Only)
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Early Registration and Check-In

Convention Schedule

Saturday, March 28, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. First Time Attendee Orientation
Grab your breakfast and meet us in the Exhibitor Room where you will meet the SPCP Board of Directors and learn how to make the best of your convention experiences!
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Registration and Check-In
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening Announcements
Keynote Speaker – Mary Jane Haake, CPCP
Mary Jane Haake, CPCP
Mary Jane trained under the master, Bert Grimm, who bridged the breadth of the 20th Century and taught her traditional tattooing, as well as permanent makeup and repigmentation skills he learned on restoring soldiers’ faces damaged by mustard gas. A former Board Member of the SPCP, Mary Jane has been tattooing since 1981 at Dermigraphics, LLC. In addition to offering custom tattoos, she also devotes her services through the medical community to those in need. Mary Jane is a recipient of our Industry Leader Award.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Exhibitor Room Open – Day 1 of 2
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. SPCP Silent Auction
The silent auction starts today and runs through 3:00 Sunday
10:15 a.m. –10:45 am Town Hall Meeting
Meet with President Melisa Ferriola, CPCP to learn of the wonderful changes the SPCP is going through along with ensuring all members take advantage of all that SPCP has to offer. Q & A and member input is welcome.
10:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Exhibitor Presentations
Half-hour vendor presentations will run throughout the day. Learn about the latest products and services and how they can enhance your business.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. SPCP Product Sales Booth Open
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 pm – 3:30 p.m. CPCP Exam
Pre-registration is required for the Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional Exam by Friday, March 13.
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Networking Reception –
100 Years Later – 1920s in 2020!
One cannot deny that the networking receptions are one of the most popular events the SPCP conventions offer. Dress attire is optional, but who can resist dressing to those glamorous days of the 1920s? We are planning poolside reception, weather permitting, with special guest dance instructors.
Cash bar

Sunday, March 29, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. SPCP Booth Open
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. SPCP Silent Auction
8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. General Seating
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Announcements and FUN!
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Traditional Camouflage Tattoo Procedures Versus Dry Needling for Scar Diminishment in 2020
Lanette will be discussing the relevancy of traditional camouflage techniques versus dry tattooing or microneedling of various scars. She will explain the advantages of a no-pigment solution as a first line of defense for correction. Also discussed are the benefits and perils of both the camouflage and microneedling procedures, and the extreme care, caution, and inherent skill necessary to consider when attempting these very advanced procedures.
Lanette Marie Scherr
Lanette is a Magna Cum Laude Fine Artist and owner of Artist Solutions Permanent and Corrective Cosmetics in Miami Florida. She has specialized in scar camouflage procedures and disfigurement cases for 22 years and is considered a world-renowned expert on scar camouflage procedures. Lanette knew she was blessed with artistic ability at a very young age and is blessed and grateful to have been able to turn that gift into a fulfilling career.
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Power of Heart-Led Communication in Business
True success in permanent cosmetics requires a balance of well-developed technical, communication, and business skills. All too often, the latter two are often overlooked. The services we provide as PMU artists is intensely personal. In this informative and engaging presentation, Amanda will challenge your thinking, while weaving in her own (sometimes painful) experiences and making you laugh! Most importantly, she will pack your Business & Communications Tool Kits full of essential knowledge and impactful take-aways that you can implement easily, taking your business to the next level and beyond!
Amanda Rose
Amanda is a serial entrepreneur with over 20+ years in marketing and building disruptive businesses. She is the passionate driving force behind PMU supply company HYVE Beauty which has grown to offer over 600 quality products in just 3 years. Amanda champions building relationships and sharing her stories in hopes of inspiring others to make bold moves despite the stories they tell themselves. Customer experience, support, and connection are foundational to how she builds business. She focuses on long term relationships, not short-term transactions.
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Exhibitor Room Open, Final Day
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Buffet Included with Convention Attendee Ticket
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Scalp Tattooing – It’s More than Just Dots
Potential, Potential, Potential! Scalp tattooing, also known as scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is one of today’s newest, and possibly most rewarding service available to be performed by those in the permanent cosmetics industry. This presentation will define the parameters of the field, dispel the myths, and provide insight to the enormous opportunity of adding quality scalp work to your current menu.
Pam Neighbors, CPCP
Pam is the founder of Trillium Ink Scalp Academy, rooted in the Seattle/Portland area. She has 28+ years’ experience in the field. She is a licensed esthetician and licensed, certified permanent cosmetics artist in 3 U.S. states and is accomplished in tattoo art, scar camouflage, esthetics, and microneedling. In her years of practice, she has helped countless clients, performing post-surgery reconstructive tattoo procedures alongside some of Seattle’s top surgeons. Hair loss professionals refer their alopecia clients to her with confidence. She is committed to providing break though techniques in her field and sharing those for the advancement of the industry.
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Single Session Airbrushed & Blushed Lips
Inspired from current trends and application issues brought to her from past students and curious fellow technicians, Liz Cook brings an updated and highly specialized lip seminar. She delves into a deeper examination of Machine Theory with application of the Mag Needle Setup, Hand Movements and Stretch, and Ink Flow and Saturation. Including Eye Training methodology on how to assess one’s own work in order to recognize complete implementation, Liz’s seminar also focuses on quickly achieving efficient results that allow for consistent healing within single sessions.
Liz Cook
Liz Cook, co-owner of Rebel Muse Tattoo, Ever After Pigments, and Quick Caps, is an award-winning master tattoo artist and permanent makeup technician with over 16 years’ experience specializing in advanced color theory and technical application. Having taught seminars both nationally and internationally, she strives to better the industries through education, respect, and continual research, while focusing on both arts as a healthy form of human expression and shared experiences.
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Designated Exhibitor Shopping Time
Don’t miss this final opportunity – there will be exclusive drawings for prizes from the SPCP and exhibitors and you must be present to win!

Monday, March 31, 2020

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. General Seating & Announcements
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Perfecting the Powder Brow
Being a versatile artist, Teryn uses and teaches several components and techniques to achieve a beautiful powder brow result depending on the skin type being worked on and the outcome wanted. Many years ago, she developed a very specific pattern she uses as she moves across the brow. Teryn will showcase the movements she uses including circular, shoveling, pointillism and whip shading. She will also explain why diluting pigments became such an important part of her secret sauce. Learn to work with intent and efficiency to improve your powder brow game.
Teryn Darling, CPCP
Teryn has been a cosmetic tattoo artist for over nineteen years and is an SPCP trainer member. She owns the Girlz Ink Studio® along with her partner Kat in Las Vegas where she has proudly trained and houses several top artists. She became the master distributor for Li Pigments® in 2011 and is a founding partner in Shades and Strokes®, the first and longest running brow class to teach all techniques. She is a founding partner in both Skinful Beauty® and America the Beautiful® and is about to launch the Girlz Ink Online Academy®.
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ophthalmology Principles Applied to Permanent Cosmetic Eyeliner
There are many Ophthalmologist doctors in the world, but just a few who also perform permanent eyeliner. Yolanda Peña can relate, and will emphasize important factors that she has found in her path in this exciting world. She will share her experience and personal opinion on Ophthalmology applied to the artist who also performs permanent eyeliners including ocular anatomy, physiology, indications and contraindications, most common techniques, and how to proceed in case of an emergency during a procedure.
Yolanda Peña, CPCP
Yolanda was born and educated in Havana, Cuba. She studied Medicine at the University of Havana, graduating in 1982, and was sent as a general Doctor to Nicaragua for two years. Once she returned to Cuba, she got her degree in Ophthalmology and went back as such to work in Nicaragua from 1988 to 1992, when she came to visit United State and decided to stay. To retain her surgical skills, she became a permanent cosmetic professional, and has dedicated the last 15 years to the industry and is a proud lifetime member of the SPCP since 2005.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Round-Table Discussions: Mastermind for Growth
Being a permanent cosmetic artist and entrepreneur is challenging, but even more difficult when you are making decisions on your own without knowledgeable support. This Mastermind Session is a chance to ask a question for peer brainstorming and get feedback from fellow professionals on a current struggle or puzzling challenge you are facing. The Mastermind is a unique opportunity for valuable support in a group setting to provide critical insights for leveling up faster so that you can have the success you want in your beauty business.
April Meese, CPCP
April Meese has been a permanent cosmetic professional since 2005. Her co-existing skincare expertise led to a special appearance on the Dr. Oz Show in 2010. April was soon elected to the SPCP Board of Directors and later received the SPCP Ambassador Award in 2017 for her continued assistance. She is currently the owner of Enhancing Beauty in NYC. Putting her business degree and marketing minor to good use, April founded April Meese Inc., where she offers popular online marketing courses and support for industry artists.
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Learn How to Take Great Smartphone Photos
The best-selling tool for your business is terrific photos showcasing your skill as a permanent makeup professional. Optimized photos reveal what your business can offer to potential clients. You want to show your own work in ad campaigns and social media; and the proof is in the pictures you can take at your own studio. Let future clients see your permanent makeup business in its glory by utilizing perfect photos of your work.
Cynthia Cross, CPCP
As a true Texan, Cynthia Cross is a woman with many passions. She has been a freelance photographer for more than 30 years with a strong focus in portrait and sports photography. A creative force behind the camera, Cynthia can often be found in the photo-pit capturing the Dallas Cowboys as they participate in benefit golf tournaments. In addition to photography, Cynthia loves art, exploring, vintage finds, and most of all, how permanent cosmetics and photography go hand-in-hand. She has worked successfully in the permanent cosmetic industry for more than six years.
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Raffle Hosted by the Board of Directors


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