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Best Pageant Coaches (2020 Edition)

23, January 2020

Every year Pageant Planet compiles a list of the best pageant coaches from the previous year based on our Best in Pageantry Awards. Not only will this list help you find your next pageant coach, but it can even assist when finding the pageant coach best suited for your pageant system. If your favorite pageant coach isn't on this list, you can shop our entire list of consultants by clicking Find a Pageant Coach

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Top 10 Pageant Coaches of 2019

10. Monlux Consulting

Monlux Consulting came in at the number 10 spot on the list of the Best Pageant Coaches of 2019! Through confidence building and teaching how to deliver succinct, thought provoking and intentional answers, Jeremy Monlux has an incredible track record of success!

"Know your purpose and keep focused on what it is you are after" is a motto Jeremy shares with all clients. Jeremy never tells a client what to say. He instead works with his clients in a way that they learn how to develop and express their own thoughts, opinions and passions. Because of this, Jeremy's clients are prepared and most of all, ready to tackle any question thrown their way.

Fun facts: He is proud to have coached the last five Miss Oregon Teen USA titleholders. His daughter, Madeline was the 2015 National All-American Miss Junior Teen through National American Miss where she also holds three state titles. In 2013, he wrote three speeches for IJM Internationals, all three won. In 2015, he wrote seven speeches for NAM Nationals - five placed in the Top 5.

Photo: Monlux Consulting

9.   Next Paige Productions

Jillian Spano, owner and CEO, of Next Paige Productions, placed in the number nine position this year!

Accomplishing an incredible amount of personal dreams in her life thus far, Jillian has clearly lived by her own belief "you cannot become what you dream by remaining where you are." As a successful pageant coach, Jillian now enjoys a career that allows her to invest in the lives of women, and empower them pursue their own incredible dreams.

She is a professional model in NYC and New Jersey, and holds two bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Communication as well as her Master's in Counseling Psychology. She has been featured in both print campaigns and commercials as well as walked in New York Fashion Week, and served as the Associate Producer and Model Casting Director for NYFW 2.0  

With a deep love for the world of pageantry, Jillian has experience as an Executive State Director and Producer, a state and international titleholder, and a judge for state, national and international pageants. Jillian has also served as Vice President for the official hair and makeup team for the Miss Universe Organization state level pageants and other national level pageant systems.  

Photo: Carlos Velez

8. Abelgas Pageant Coaching

Selected for the number eight spot is Abelgas Pageant Coaching! Super sisters, Michaela and Keisha of Abelgas of Abelgas Pageant Coaching, have over twelve years experience as international, national and state titleholders for the country's most prestigious pageants!  

Michaela has been very fortunate to be successful in the field of pageantry and currently holds the illustrious distinction of being the only pageant competitor to have won five national titles from some of the biggest and most prestigious pageant systems in the United States, including National American Miss, International Junior Miss, Miss American Coed, Royal International Miss and USA National Miss.

Keisha has been extremely active in pageantry for years and in addition to numerous pageants that she has competed in, she won the 2012 National American Miss Florida Jr. Teen, USA National Teen 2016 and the National All-American Miss 2017 titles. This past year, she held the title of Miss Filipina International Tourism 2019 with the Miss Filipina International Pageant

Needless to say, these two young women have an incredible amount of experience to draw from, so it only made sense for them to embark on careers as pageant coaches and assist other girls in achieving their own pageant goals.

Photo: Katherine Ryan Abelgas

7. Total Pageant Preparation

Total Pageant Preparation ranks number seven on the list this year! Terri Bolen is the founder of Total Pageant Preparation, a full service business geared to helping clients realize their fullest potential.  

Terri is available to assist clients in most areas of pageantry. Her services include Platform Development, Judges Bio/Paperwork, Personal and On Stage Interview, Modeling and Stage Presence, Wardrobe and Styling.  

With over 40 years of experience, Terri has coached clients on the local, state and national levels. Total Pageant Preparation is an official sponsor of Alabama USA, Alabama United States, Alabama Jr. High/High School/Collegiate America pageants and national sponsor of Miss Jr. High/High School/Collegiate America pageant.

Photo: Total Pageant Preparation  

6. Lisa Dean

Coming in at the number six position is certified Life Coach, Author, Speaker and Pageant Coach Lisa Dean! Lisa possesses a degree in Radio and Television and was a model with acclaimed Ford Models Agency, as well as a freelance journalist. Her resume includes print, voice over, regional theater, television commercials and industrial films. She has also worked on the local and national level of radio and television as a news reporter and host.

She held the titles of Mrs. Illinois U.S. Globe 2005, 2nd runner up at Mrs. US Globe, Mrs. Illinois United States 2006, Mrs. Illinois America 2008 and she was also top 10 at Mrs. America. Because of her own success in the pageant world Lisa was soon asked to prepare state winners for national pageants in the area of interview and on stage presentation. Lisa has helped countless women go on to win local, state, national and international titles.

Lisa has the rare ability to help her clients experience transformation by encouraging them to reach deep and tap the dynamic individual qualities they each possess, but never would have been able to develop on their own.

Photo: Lisa Dean

5. Amanda Moreno Consulting

Amanda Moreno, the founder of Moreno Consulting placed in the number five spot! Amanda Moreno focuses on cultivating clients' interpersonal and public speaking skills, crafting personal brands, assisting clients in marketing themselves and their platform, and developing clients' modeling and on-stage presentation skills. Through all-inclusive consultations, workshops and development plans, clients use Amanda Moreno Consulting as a road-map and catalyst to success.

Amanda uses her background in corporate America, media, modeling and motivational speaking to prepare clients for success. With over eighteen years of experience as a pageant competitor, judge, emcee, staff member and state, national and international queen, she offers professional pageant services for competitors who are ready to take their skills to the next level.

Moreno Consulting has a proven coaching method that transforms contestants into their personal best while gaining life skills that propel them into their future!

Photo: Amanda Moreno Consulting

4. Perfect Image Consulting

Perfect Image Consulting ranks at number four this year! Alabama native, Wes Gandy has judged on the local, state and national level since the age of 17. This is where his passion for helping young ladies gain self-confidence and realize their full potential, ultimately began. Wes then pursued a degree in Political Science with a minor in Public Relations from Troy University where he was an active member of Delta Chi Fraternity.

As a result of his nearly 20 years of pageant experience and his education, he has developed a system that has enabled his clients to capture state, national and international titles. Wes believes that the work he does is less about obtaining a crown and sash and more about the confidence and life lessons learned through the process of competing.

He expects his clients to be able to say the following three things at the end of their pageant:

1. That you were absolutely 100% yourself

2. That you did your very best

3. That you learned something through competing

Wes insists that if you can say all three of those with conviction, then you are absolutely a winner!    

Photo: Wes Gandy

3. Prep With Bill

Selected for the number three spot is Bill Alverson, of Prep With Bill! Bill Alverson has become a household name, not only in the pageant industry but also due to his hit show, "Coach Charming," which aired on TLC. Viewers will also recognize the popular Netflix series, "Insatiable," which is based on Bill's life.    

Bill is an individual who is very direct in his approach to working on and preparing for pageant interview and competition. He knows that every person is unique and thus, he has learned that an individual approach is what is most effective. Bill is also a very unusual pageant coach, in that he ties his over 30 years experience as a litigator into the pageant interview process. He teaches his clients to approach interview preparation in the same way that he prepares for court proceedings. This approach is unique to him, therefore even if his clients work with other coaches; it's not a problem because the styles are completely different.

Bill Alverson is the national sponsor for Miss USA Earth and has been featured on Nightline, E!, Hollywood Today, Access Hollywood, Home and Family, The Talk and numerous other prestigious news sources.

Photo: Bill Alverson

2. Pageants 2 Go

Selected for the number two spot and no stranger to our list is Pageants 2 Go! Pageants 2 Go was founded in August 2005 by Maria-Teresa, a pageant veteran involved in the industry as a contestant, queen, staff member and judge for over two decades. During her impressive years as a competitor, Maria-Teresa has captured several local, state and national titles for Miss American Coed (MAC), National American Miss (NAM), International Junior Miss (IJM), Mrs. America and the Miss America Organization.  

While they prepare girls for all areas of competition, Pageants 2 Go places an emphasis on preparing contestants for the interview and personal introduction competitions. Their specialty is preparing contestants for National American Miss. They have written winning personal introductions for more National American Miss queens than anyone else in the industry. Over the years, they have written an astounding twenty-five of the National Queens' national-winning personal introductions, including five in the past two years alone.

In addition to working with their NAM Family, the Pageants 2 Go staff have also coached and consulted clients competing at the local, state, national, and international levels for American Coed (MAC), Princess of America, USA National Miss (UNM), Royal International Miss, International Junior Miss (IJM), America's U.S. Miss, Miss Jr. High, High School and Collegiate America, Miss America's Outstanding Teen, the Miss America Organization (MAO), Mrs. America and more!

Photo: Pageants 2 Go

1. Pageant Coaching & Designs

Topping the list in the top spot is Kari Volen of Pageant Coaching & Designs!

Kari has worked with local, state, national and international clients around the country and has built a long list of dedicated fans in addition to a proven track record of success in the pageant industry. She also assists her clients with marketing/branding, optional competition preparation, speech/intro writing, wardrobe selection, hair & makeup referrals, fitness & nutrition, image consulting and talent selection!

She has a notable network of professionals then can help contestants to feel confident with every aspect of their preparation and pageant journey. Kari is focused on bringing out the best in her clients and preparing them to not only succeed in pageants but also in life.

Pageant Coaching & Designs is also proud to be the official pageant coach for the following systems: Miss/Teen/Preteen California International, California International Junior Miss, Royal International Miss California, Miss California/Miss California's Outstanding Teen and Miss Arizona Junior High/High School/Collegiate America.

Photo: Pageant Coaching & Designs

Top 10 Pageant Coaches of 2018

10. Perfect Image Consulting

Perfect Image Consulting was selected for the 10th spot for the Top Pageant Coaches of 2018. They have worked with many contestants this year in systems such as International Junior Miss, United States Agriculture, United States Woodlands, National American Miss and the Miss High School America systems to name a few.

“My girls absolutely love Wes,” one reviewer said. “My youngest was so nervous going into her first session that she was in tears but by the end of her hour with Wes she was like a different person! He was so great with her that not only did she win her pageant she also won interview!”

Perfect Image Conslulting's Wes with a client. ​​​​​​Photo: Facebook

9. Faith Schway

Faith Schway was chosen as the ninth spot for the Top Pageant Coaches of 2018. She has worked with many contestants this year in systems such as Miss Deaf USA, two America's Perfect Junior Teens, America's Perfect Miss and Miss Teen America!

“I met Fatih when I was about 17 years old,” one reviewer said. “She coached me into winning Miss Teen Minnesota USA the first time I competed. She will not only help you win but she will also change your life for the better. After knowing Faith for the past 5 years, I can honestly say that she is one of the kindest and hardest working people I’ve ever met. I truly don’t think I would be the woman I am today without her support and influence.”

Photo: Facebook

8. PageantPrep

PageantPrep was awarded the eighth spot for the Top Pageant Coaches of 2018. They have worked with many contestants this year in systems such as Mrs. New Jersey America, Mrs. Rhode Island America and Miss Canada Globe!

“Pageant Prep provides everything a contestant should look for in a coach- one that provides knowledge, encouragement, and makes you feel prepared for any interview room,”one client said. “Erika & Amy are a great duo. The two prepared me to feel so comfortable walking into my very first competition as if I had done this all before. The skills I have learned from Pageant Prep has not only made me successful in competing but a strong candidate in any interview room. My interview skills alone has allowed me to get into an extremely competitive graduate program to accepting my very first professional job!”

Photo: PageantPrep Facebook

7. Lisa Dean

Lisa Dean was listed as the seventh spot for the Top Pageant Coaches of 2018. She has worked with many contestants this year in systems such as Mrs America, Miss Illinois America and Miss Texas Teen USA.

“Lisa helps every client figure out who they are as a person which in turns helps you know who you are as a contestant,” one reviewer said. “Her skills, knowledge, and pure joy to inspire women of all ages truly made my experience wonderful! She’s more than a pageant coach, she’s a philanthropist, a life coach, and an amazing support system.”

Photo: Facebook

6. Bill Alverson

Bill Alverson was listed as the sixth spot for the Top Pageant Coaches of 2018. He has worked with many contestants this year in systems such as Miss Jr, High America, Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Alabama USA. Alverson was the inspiration for the 2018 hit Netflix series Insatiable.

Bill Alverson with a winning client. Photo: Facebook

5. Total Pageant Prep

Total Pageant Prep was listed as the fifth spot for the Top Pageant Coaches of 2018. They have worked with many contestants this year in systems such as Miss Alabama USA, Miss United States and Miss High School and Collegiate America and more!

“Terri has a passion for pageants and loves her clients,” one review said. “She is very professional and my overall experience was amazing! She helped me with walking, interview & clothes and I improved so much after going to see her!”

Photo: Total Pageant Prep Facebook

4. A Queen's Conversation

A Queen's Conversation was listed as the fourth spot for the Top Pageant Coaches of 2018. They have worked with many contestants this year in systems such as Miss Texas Teen USA, Miss Minnesota United States and Miss Ohio USA just to name a few!

“Jimmy is amazing,” one client said. “His sessions challenge you to look at who you are in order to better yourself which I find very rewarding. Not to mention jimmy is very energetic and fun to be around. There’s never a boring moment with him. So glad someone recommended him to me!”

Photo: A Queen's Conversation Facebook

3. The Tiara Pageant Training Studio

The Tiara Pageant Training Studio was listed as the third spot for the Top Pageant Coaches of 2018. They have worked with many contestants this year in systems such as Mrs. Earth, Miss World and many others!

“Ritika Ramtri is the best coach for anyone who wish to have a successful career in pageantry and modelling,” one happy client said. “The tiara training studio has been a life changing experience for me, it has helped me to know myself better and has transformed me completely!”

Photo: Tiara Pageant Coaching

2. Pageants 2 Go

Pageants 2 Go was listed as the second spot for the Top Pageant Coaches of 2018. They have worked with many contestants this year in systems such as Miss Junior High, Princess of America and National American Miss! This year alone, Pageants 2 Go coached the reigning National All-American Miss Teen winner, wrote national-winning speeches for International Junior Miss, Princess of America, and National American Miss, and wrote the winning personal introductions for the NAM National Pre-Teen, Teen, and Miss Queens

”Ms. Maria Teresa wrote my first spokesmodel speech and worked with me on my inflection and enunciation,” one reviewer said. “As a result, I won my first spokesmodel competition at POA Nationals! I enjoyed working with MT. She was fun and I felt like she truly wanted me to do my very best.”

Photo: Pageants2Go Facebook

1. Pageant Coaching and Designs

Pageant Coaching and Designs was selected for the first place spot for the Top Pageant Coaches of 2018. They have worked with many contestants this year in systems such as Miss Massachusetts Teen USA, National All-American Miss Junior Teen and Royal International Miss!

“I began working with Kari when I was preparing to compete for Miss Montana 2017,” one reviewer said. “After winning the title, as well as overall interview that year, I continued to work with her while prepping for Miss America 2018. Kari is always so kind and encouraging! No matter what time it is, she is always just a text or a phone call away. She truly cares about her clients! The skills I have learned from Kari have not only helped me succeed in pageants, but they are skills that will help me to succeed throughout life.”

Photo: Pageant Coaching and Designs Facebook

 

Top 10 Pageant Coaches of 2017

10. Katie-Britt Greenway with Pageant Performance

Katie-Britt Greenway is the founder and owner of Pageant Performance. She has prepared competitors for pageant systems like Miss America, Miss USA, Miss United States, National American Miss, USA National Miss, Miss Jr. High/High School/Collegiate America, International Junior Miss, Miss American Coed and more.

Greenway has served as a pageant judge, consultant, emcee, entertainer and contestant, which allows her to give her students a competitive edge! Greenway works with contestants ages 3 and up in all systems. She offers private lessons, Skype and FaceTime sessions, and weekend workshops. Between modeling services and helping to reform platforms, Greenway can prepare any girl for her upcoming pageant.

Katie-Britt Greenway with Pageant Performance. Photo: www.pageantperformance.com

9. Kari Volen with Pageant Coaching and Designs

Kari Volen started her pageant coaching business, Pageant Coaching and Designs, in 2010. She can assist you with wardrobe selection, hair and makeup, fitness and nutrition, image consulting, and talent selection. While most of her appointments are in person, Volen also assists her students over the phone as well. She is the official pageant coach for America's Miss California and California International Junior Miss.

"She is so insightful into the whole pageant process and competition for multiple systems," one nomination read. "Whether it be interview or stage presentation, she is insightful and offers helpful, individualized expertise."

Photo: http://www.pageantcoachinganddesigns.org/

8. Maria-Teresa DuVall with Pageants2Go

Maria-Teresa DuVall founded Pageants2Go in August 2005 and has a specialty in National American Miss pageant coaching. DuVall has a knack for writing personal introductions and has written 20 national-winning and over 100 state title-winning personal introductions for National American Miss. She has won several local, state and national titles for National Miss American Coed, National American Miss, Mrs. America and the Miss America Organization.

"MT has enriched my daughter's life in so many ways," one nomination read. "In addition to being an amazing pageant coach, she is a teacher, a mentor, a cheerleader and a friend. My daughter has achieved so much personal growth." 

Photo: Pageants to Go Facebook

7. Wes Gandy with Perfect Image Consulting

Wes Gandy and Perfect Image Consulting are based in Jamison, Alabama. Perfect Image Consulting has coached winners in the International Junior Miss, United States Agriculture, United States Woodlands, Nation American Miss and the Miss High School America systems.

"Wes has been great!" one nominator wrote. "My daughter was older when we decided to get into pageants bigger than an occasional local school pageant when she was a young child. We both had little knowledge of pageantry and we were pretty nervous. Wes was very patient and is a great coach."

Wes Gandy. Photo: Wes Gandy Facebook

6. Robin and Emerie Gifford with Springboard

Springboard for Success is a mother-daughter duo that coaches Midwestern girls for pageantry, modeling and more. From eight-week workshops to four-day intensive classes to private lessons, Springboard for Success has any kind of coaching you're looking for to launch your pageant, modeling or acting career.

"Springboard truly makes you feel like you are part of a family," one nomination read. "I haven't been with them long but I was welcomed with open arms. They are the best at what they do. I used to be the most awkward person on the planet and they've helped me turn into a confident strong woman."

Springboard coaches. Photo: springboardforsuccess.com

5. Cheri Kennedy

Cheri Kennedy is certainly no stranger to the pageant and beauty community. She held several pageant titles during her competition days before moving on to become the president of her own cosmetics company, C Cosmetics. She has been a pageant contestant, judge and director, which has allowed her to coach over 1,500 girls to their dream crowns. Kennedy has knowledge of almost every pageant system and works to create a custom coaching plan with each of her clients. 

Cheri Kennedy. Photo: cherikennedy.com

4. Terri Bolen with Total Pageant Prep

Terri Bolen with Total Pageant Prep has been involved with pageantry ever since her first competition at just 10 years old. Bolen has been involved in all facets of pageantry as a competitor, judge, director, pageant mom and coach. She offers coaching in just about every area of competition from onstage question to wardrobe selection to fitness.

"It is my belief that a 'beauty queen' lies within each of us," Bolen wrote on Facebook. "The crown is just a sparkly accessory, however, what you take from the experience will enhance your life forever."

Terri Bolen (right). Photo: Total Pageant Preparation Facebook

3. Bill Alverson

Bill Alverson is one of the biggest names in the south when it comes to pageantry. He has been named “Coach Charming” and “The Pageant King of Alabama,” after his CW show debuted. An attorney by trade, Alverson manages to make all of his clients feel and look like queens. While he is based in Alabama, he coaches pageant girls across the country in everything from onstage question to evening wear walking!

Bill Alverson. Photo: jdspr.com

2. Brittany Eskew with Eskew Consulting

Brittney Eskew has over 26 years in the pageant community and loves coaching young women to achieve their personal best while maintaining their individuality. Eskew Consulting works with Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, International Junior Miss, Miss United States, Miss Teen America and ANSB among others to provide contestant preparation.

Brittney Eskew. Photo: Eskew Consulting Facebook

1. PR Pageant Coaches

PR Pageant Coaches prides itself on being one of the only coaching businesses to adopt a "team approach" to pageant coaching. Instead of signing up with a specific coach, PR Girls have the opportunity to speak with multiple experts in fields like walking/stage presence, fitness/nutrition, interview, talent and so much more! PR Pageant Coaches worked with the past two Miss USAs and continues to host PR University events across the country.

Jules Meyer, CEO of PR Pageant Coaches

 

Top 10 Pageant Talent Coaches of 2017

10. Wendi Russo

Television Host, Mrs. United States 2010 first runner-up and Mrs. United Nations 2016, Wendi Russo is no stranger to the spotlight! Wendi takes a lot of pride in mentoring young women across the nation to perform their best at their pageant and being confident while doing so. Wendi is not only a successful pageant contestant but also a successful coach!

Photo: Wendi Russo-Media and Pageant Coach Facebook

9. Amber Brown

Amber Brown founded her company Crown Captors Pageant Support and Consulting, which is dedicated to helping young girls and teens that are active in the pageant community. Amber provides her clients with personal, well-rounded coaching that will help them succeed in every area of competition, especially the talent portion. "Amber's advice and tips are golden!" one nomination read. "She has narrowed down exactly what contestants need to do to score well. She's patient, kind, and super professional!"

Crown Captors. Photo: Crown Captors Pageant Support and Consulting Facebook

8. Audrey Beharie

Audrey is a singer, songwriter and producer who founded her own company, Vocal Zones, which is dedicated to vocal and performing arts one-on-one coaching. With over 30 years of vocal performance and music business experience, people from all over the nation come to Audrey for her coaching in hopes to excel their talent and performing abilities. If you are a singer and looking to increase your talent score, look no further!

Photo: BreProductionsInternational.com

7. Amanda Beagle

Next on our list is a former Miss Ohio 2004 herself who knows a thing or two about stage presentations. Amanda Beagle sings soprano and has an extensive resume in musical theater. Her work has taken her to perform in New York City and across the country. She has over 15 years of teaching experience. She works as a personal development coach and can help out with styling to runway to developing your platform. Her vocal experience and musical theater background allow her to help her clients master their performances.

Photo: AmandaBeagle.com

6. Austin Carroll

Self-proclaimed as “The Midsouth’s Premier Talent Coach,” Austin Carroll is based out of Tennessee and is a well-known vocal artist. Carroll's work varies from helping women grace the Miss America stage for their talent competitions to helping children develop and control their singing abilities and work on their stage presence and confidence.

Photo: Austin Carroll Vocal Arts Facebook

5. Thomas Barnette

No stranger to the pageant circuit, Thomas Barnette works to help his clients shine on stage. For the last 20 years, Barnette has worked out of the southeastern states with a focus on talent, interview, paperwork and communication skills on and off the stage. He has worked with women in both the Miss America and Miss USA systems. His success stories include Betty Cantrell, who won Miss America 2016, and Olivia McMillian, who won talent and Miss America Outstanding Teen, as well as several Miss America preliminary talent winners over the years. Last year, Thomas made it to our Top 5 Pageant Talent Coaches of 2016.

Photo: ThomasBarnette.com

4. Lanny Spires

Known for his work in the theater world, Lanny Spires is a favorite amongst those competing in the Miss America Organization. Lanny has performed on Broadway several times, and his most popular showing was HAIR. If you are in need of someone to help you create a performance of a lifetime full of creativity, authenticity and talent, Spires is the one! "We are nominating Lanny Spires because we just adore him," one nominator wrote. "Lanny has helped my daughter with her talent presentation tremendously. He encourages her "out-of-the-box" thinking."

Lanny Spires with pageant girls. Photo: Lanny Spires Facebook

3. Liz Baldwin

Soprano Elizabeth Baldwin has been called “ferociously talented” by the San Francisco Examiner. Performing on different stages all over the country, performance is her expertise! Baldwin’s talented vocals have won her several awards, including the Grand Prize at the Sullivan Foundation Competition and the Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition. She even took home first prize in over five different national vocal competitions. If your talent is vocals, Liz is your go-to! "Liz is the best vocal coach EVER!" one nominator wrote. "So lucky to have met her – she helped bring my talent from nothing to superstar status."

Photo: www.elizabethbaldwinsoprano.com

2. Shea Sullivan

Shea Sullivan has been dominating the Miss America system! Listed on Pageant Planet’s Top 10 Pageant Choreographers of 2014 and Top 5 Pageant Talent Coaches of 2016, Sullivan worked with Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan, on her winning talent routine. Sullivan has almost 20 years of experience choreographing talents in jazz, pointe, ballet and clogging. She was a former Miss Oklahoma City University before moving to New York to pursue her passion for dance.

Photo: SheaSullivan.com

1. Bill Wolfe

Taking the number one spot is Bill Wolfe, known for his work in the Miss America system, specializing in vocals, instrumentals and dance. From 1992 to 1996, he served as the producer for the Miss Missouri pageant while also producing competition tracks that were used by contestants on a local, state and national level. For almost 30 years, Wolfe has worked on music for a total of 10 Miss Americas and has anywhere from one to nine contestants that place in the semi-finals at the national pageant every year. Congratulations!

Photo: TalentWolfe.com

 

Top 10 Pageant Coaches of 2016

10. Chris Saltalamacchio

Chris has been in the entertainment industry for 15 years and his love for theater grew into a love for pageantry at a young age. He has competed in state and national male pageants and held state and national titles. He owns Pageantry By Chris and is now one of the biggest pageant coaches who coaches around the nation.

Chris Saltalamacchio

9. Suzy Bootz

Suzy is a pageant and personal development coach and author. She helps prepare the mind to win and to help her clients face their biggest fears. Suzy wants to help her clients compete and grow for the greater good for themselves and the environment and communities around them.

Suzy Bootz Creating Queens Workbook. Photo: suzybootz.com

8. Valerie Hayes

Valerie has had over 20 years of being an executive and seeing many good and bad interviews and communication skills. After a family friend asked her to help prepare a contestant for her on-stage question portion of a pageant, Valerie entered the world of pageantry. She is one of the top interview coaches in the nation and focuses on other portions of competition as well. She offers lots of help and information, even helpful emails to email subscribers, that will help you with your pageant goals! 

Valerie Hayes. Photo: valeriehayes.com

7. Wendi Russo

Wendi Russo is a great pageant coach to help pageant contestants and titleholders market themselves and their platforms. She does image and pageant consulting and helps in all phases of competition with a great line of success for herself and clients. Wendi is the current Mrs. United Nations and a TV host, which helps her to teach her clients how to communicate effectively both on and off the stage.

Wendi Russo. Photo: wendirusso.com

6. Cheri Kennedy

Cheri Kennedy promises to work together with you with a program designed specifically for you. She wants all of her clients to have a fun, personal and positive experience. Cheri wants her clients to perform flawlessly in interview and to present themselves beautifully on stage while representing their platform well. Cheri is an award-winning pageant coach who has a passion for helping others in the pageant world.

Cheri Kennedy. Photo: cherrikennedy.com

5. Brittney Eskew

Brittney owns Eskew Consulting, LLC. and has been coaching girls around the nation while growing her business and adding other coaches to her team. She is known for her loving personality while pushing others to be and do their best.

Brittney Eskew and Virginia United States queens. Photo: Brittney Eskew Facebook

4. Jorge Esteban

Jorge is the president of Pageant Smart Interview Consulting and his professional experience has encompassed over 30 years. He started out in the telecommunications industry and then turned to pageant coaching, which became his profession after it being his hobby and passion. In the USA system alone, Jorge has had over 60 winners in the past seven years of working in the pageant industry.

Jorge Esteban. Photo: pageant-smart.com

3. Mary Swenson

Mary Swenson loves sharing her love and positivity for pageantry with others and has many success stories in the books for her clients and herself. She was Miss Minnesota International 2011 and since then has been able to reach others with her love for pageantry and developing self-esteem for young women everywhere.

Mary Swenson. Photo: marylynnswenson.com

2. Terri Bolen

Terri is the owner of Total Pageant Preparation and has been coaching winners since 1995. She is the official sponsor of the Miss Alabama USA, Miss Alabama Teen USA, Miss Alabama United States, and Miss Alabama High School/Collegiate pageants. She believes that a beauty queen lies within everyone and wants to help bring that out in each client, contestant and titleholder. 

Terri Bolen. Photo: Terri Bolen

1. Bill Alverson

They call him "Coach Charming" and "The Pageant King of Alabama." Bill Alverson has his own show on TLC all about him being a top pageant coach in the nation. He is an attorney and a pageant coach and is very successful in each field. He holds lots of success stories and is based in Alabama. He coaches contestants and titleholders all around the country and coaches in all segments of the competition.

Bill Alverson

There are so many amazing pageant coaches in America that it was difficult to select just 10. If you don't see your coach up here, be sure to nominate him or her next year as a top coach of 2017!

 

Top 5 Pageant Talent Coaches of 2016

5. Chris Saltalamacchio

Beginning this year's list, Pageantry By Chris (PBS) began in 2012. Chris has been working with women in the Miss America Organization and was even a featured trainer on MTV's "Made." He is an all-around expert from interview to talent to wardrobe selection. He's no beginner to the stage himself, as he has over 15 years of experience in the pageant industry. 

Chris was a local director and volunteer with the Miss America system before becoming a coach. Photo: pageantrybychris.com

4. Amanda Beagle

Next on our list is a former Miss Ohio 2004 herself who knows a thing or to about stage presentations. She sings soprano and has an extensive resume in musical theater. Her work has taken her to perform in New York City and across the country. She has over 15 years of teaching experience. She works as a personal development coach and can help out with styling to runway to developing your platform. 

Miss Ohio 2014 and a musical theater performer in New York City, Amanda focuses on confidence building through education and enrichment. Photo: amandabeagle.com

3. Austin Carroll

Self-proclaimed as "The Midsouth's Premier Talent Coach," Austin Carroll is based out of Tennessee and is a vocal artist. Carroll has helped women develop their talents in the Miss America systems and even works with younger girls to nurture their singing abilities and stage presence.

Austin Carroll (R) works with women of all ages to present their best selves. He has a musical background and knows talent. Photo: Austin Carroll Vocal Artists Facebook

2. Thomas Barnette

No stranger to the pageant circuit, Thomas Barnette works to help his clients shine on stage. For the last 20 years, Barnette works out of the southeastern states, with a focus on talent, interview, paperwork and communication skills on and off the stage. He has worked with women in both the Miss America and Miss USA systems including the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Outstanding Teen. One of his most recent success stories; Betty Cantrell went on to win Miss America 2016 and Olivia McMillian who won talent and Miss America Outstanding Teen. He picked her talent, music and arranged her choreography. 

Thomas Barnette worked with Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016 and Olivia McMillian, Miss America Outstanding Teen 2015. Both women also won the talent award in their respective competitions  Photo: [email protected]

1. Shea Sullivan

This year's top talent coach is Shea Sullivan, who has been dominating the Miss America system! Listed as Pageant Planet's Top 10 Pageant Choreographers of 2014, Sullivan worked with Mallory Hagan on her tap routine. Sullivan has over 18 years of experience choreographing talents in jazz, pointe, ballet and clogging. She was a former Miss Oklahoma City University before moving to New York to pursue her passions.

Choreographer and former contestant herself, Shea helps women showcase their true abilities through dancing. Photo: sheasullivan.com

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