ELEMIS

ELEMIS

“ELEMIS has always educated on the benefit of oils for whatever your skin type."

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Jun 01, 2017 Sponsored Features
jane iredale

jane iredale

"As soon as it went to market, it was a hit and continues to be our number one product." - Jane Iredale

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May 01, 2017 Sponsored Features
Heather Kreider

Heather Kreider

"Just like any proud parent loves their child, we love each other, our family and our company."

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May 18, 2017 Resource Partners
Che-Bianca Evason

Che-Bianca Evason

She has visited 133 countries on all seven continents and has yet to turn 30.

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May 15, 2017 Spa Professionals
Sherrie Tennessee

Sherrie Tennessee

"Two of my favorite things in the world are my son's laughter and the sound of waves slapping up on the beach."

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May 10, 2017 Resource Partners
Technogym SKILLROW

Technogym SKILLROW

SKILLROW is the first connected indoor rowing equipment designed to improve anaerobic power, aerobic capacity and neuromuscular abilities in one solution.

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Apr 01, 2017 Sponsored Features
Mark Murdock

Mark Murdock

"Most college coaches never have an All-American in their career, but I was fortunate enough to have nine."

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Apr 19, 2017 Resource Partners
Alejandro Ortiz

Alejandro Ortiz

Alejandro is a globetrotter, having traveled to six different continents, Antarctica being the odd one out.

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Apr 05, 2017 Spa Professionals
Book4Time

Book4Time

Book4Time is a cloud-based, all-in-one system for running your whole business.

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Mar 01, 2017 Sponsored Features
Jorinda Nardone

Jorinda Nardone

"Sometimes life gives you a chance to shake up your snow globe and see what comes of it."

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Apr 04, 2017 Spa Professionals
John Korpi

John Korpi

John was a pioneering figure for the International SPA Association’s development, and has helped lead the Association to where it stands today, especially when it comes to education.

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Mar 13, 2017 Spa Professionals
Gayle Brady

Gayle Brady

"Soon, I learned of a group of people wanting to form an association of spas. I jumped in!"

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Mar 13, 2017 Spa Professionals
Kayla Childress

Kayla Childress

“Five years later, I set my sights on the next horizon, New York City. I sold what little I had and moved to The Big Apple..."

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Mar 09, 2017 Resource Partners
Celeste Hilling

Celeste Hilling

“As a businessperson, I have a commitment to my community to build the next generation of leaders."

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Mar 07, 2017 Resource Partners
Elizabeth Solares

Elizabeth Solares

“So, I thought, what and where can I go to ease the build-up of daily tensions and take a break from reality? The spa!"

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Mar 06, 2017 Resource Partners

Dawn Tardif

Dawn Tardif

“If it were not for some life events that transpired... I never would have humbly experienced the blessings of being in this field."

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Mar 01, 2017 Spa Professionals
Jurlique

Jurlique

It embodies our founding vision: to capture the healing power of nature to inspire people to health and wellbeing.

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Feb 01, 2017 Sponsored Features
Laura Gerchik

Laura Gerchik

“In the lovely words of Gertrude Stein, ‘America is my country, and Paris is my hometown.’"

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Feb 23, 2017 Spa Professionals
Kat Anders

Kat Anders

“One of the best things about traveling alone was that I could truly do whatever I wanted!"

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Feb 23, 2017 Resource Partners
Deirdre Strunk

Deirdre Strunk

She is known as cupid for her track record of successfully matching seven married couples. "I just love love."

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Feb 22, 2017 Spa Professionals
Scott Duncan

Scott Duncan

“I have yet to have anything picked up by a big publisher or big artist, but this has become the goal."

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Feb 22, 2017 Spa Professionals
Sally Brower

Sally Brower

“The ability to have consistent quiet time is a practice and if it's not cultivated, life shows up and takes it away."

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Feb 21, 2017 Spa Professionals
Daniel Poulin

Daniel Poulin

“Often when on the road, I add a day or two of vacation so I get to experience the destination as a ‘real guest.’"

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Feb 21, 2017 Spa Professionals
Rhonda Mordecai

Rhonda Mordecai

“Children are our future and we need to invest into them."

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Feb 17, 2017 Spa Professionals
Jayna DiMartino

Jayna DiMartino

“I love that I get to plant the seed of inspiration."

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Feb 14, 2017 Resource Partners
Melissa Rackliff

Melissa Rackliff

“I have always been an inquisitive and artistic soul."

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Feb 14, 2017 Spa Professionals
HydroPeptide

HydroPeptide

We truly stand out from the competition because of three things: our ingredients, results, and customer experience.

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Jan 03, 2017 Sponsored Features
Chelsea Bartolotta

Chelsea Bartolotta

“I grew up with a single mom who worked three jobs to take care of my brother and me."

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Jan 16, 2017 Resource Partners
Jeff Kohl and Michele Kohl

Jeff Kohl and Michele Kohl

As Michele puts it, she and Jeff have "joined together in life, love, and business."

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Jan 16, 2017 Resource Partners
The Peaks Resort and Spa

The Peaks Resort and Spa

The Spa at the Peaks is the largest spa in Colorado and sits at the base of the Telluride ski resort.

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Dec 06, 2016 Spa Professionals
James Paul Chenevey

James Paul Chenevey

How I got into the spa industry wasn't a direct path. I worked in the hospitality industry, where I oversaw Callaway Golf's International Division.

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Jan 13, 2017 Resource Partners
Taylor Toreno

Taylor Toreno

When I lost my mother I found that inside of spas I could take time for myself both physically and mentally.

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Jan 12, 2017 Spa Professionals
Mikki Anderson

Mikki Anderson

I have watched the spa industry being formed, and grow from just "pampering" to offering natural and effective alternatives.

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Dec 06, 2016 Spa Professionals
Irisha Steele

Irisha Steele

During college, I got a part-time job at a day spa. It was there that I found instant love.

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Dec 06, 2016 Spa Professionals
Chandanni Miglino

Chandanni Miglino

I believe all people need balance, healing, and health as the foundation of their everyday lives.

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Dec 06, 2016 Resource Partners
Renate Hermes

Renate Hermes

During the retreat, the horses became our healers. They can remove energy blocks, make you laugh and cry and aware we are all connected.

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Dec 06, 2016 Spa Professionals
Lynn Espino

Lynn Espino

When I was younger, I wanted to be like Dolly Parton when I grew up. She always had this glowing skin, big hair, makeup, and high heels.

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Dec 06, 2016 Spa Professionals
Éminence Organic Skin Care

Éminence Organic Skin Care

Hibiscus is a key ingredient in each of these products that increases skin elasticity. Organic acids within hibiscus increase cell turnover to result in more even-looking skin tone.

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Dec 01, 2016 Sponsored Features
Mia Kyricos

Mia Kyricos

I grew up in a resort town with hospitality in my blood and while I loved hospitality, I wanted real world business experience and to travel.

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Nov 23, 2016 Resource Partners
Nancy Thielman

Nancy Thielman

I love being able to make a difference in people's lives through fitness, so I continued to learn and teach more. 

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Nov 22, 2016 Spa Professionals
Marti Combs

Marti Combs

I want my fellow estheticians to be confident in investing in themselves - they are worth it.

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Nov 21, 2016 Spa Professionals
Michael Conte

Michael Conte

You can't be bored if you are doing something that sets your soul on fire.

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Nov 21, 2016 Spa Professionals
Lorraine Park

Lorraine Park

I have found my calling and I'm staying in the spa. 

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Nov 17, 2016 Spa Professionals
Ann Brown

Ann Brown

I was working on my MBA and decided I might want to open a day spa in Palm Beach, Florida. 

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Nov 15, 2016 Resource Partners
Shannon Chappelle

Shannon Chappelle

If I can offer anything in this life it would be to invite people to slow down and give back to themselves.

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Nov 14, 2016 Spa Professionals
Dr. Brent Bauer

Dr. Brent Bauer

I have found ISPA to be a leader in helping reclaim the voice of spa as an integral part of wellness. 

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Nov 11, 2016 Spa Professionals
Dany Brind'Amour

Dany Brind'Amour

I loved studying international law but I wanted to make a difference and help people reach their personal and professional goals. 

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Nov 10, 2016 Resource Partners
Deborah Waldvogel

Deborah Waldvogel

I was overwhelmed with pure exhilaration when I reached the top of the South Rim!

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Nov 07, 2016 Spa Professionals
Lawrence Biscontini

Lawrence Biscontini

I've always wanted to sing, so I gave myself singing lessons from a vocal coach starting one year before my 50th Christmas birthday!

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Nov 07, 2016 Resource Partners
Garrett Mersberger

Garrett Mersberger

Wisconsin has always been home...like all Wisconsinites, we love family, the outdoors, and of course the Green Bay Packers.

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Nov 07, 2016 Spa Professionals
Julie Pankey

Julie Pankey

I have flaws and imperfections and I'm fine with that.  It's my inner strength and heart that I follow.  

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Nov 04, 2016 Resource Partners
Sandra Sadowski

Sandra Sadowski

After losing my best friend at a young age, I decided to live each day to the fullest, to balance my life, and be kinder.

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Nov 02, 2016 Resource Partners
Mary Bemis & Stephen Kiesling

Mary Bemis & Stephen Kiesling

Their spark started from a shared love of magazines, publishing and the spa industry.

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Nov 02, 2016 Resource Partners
Jeremy McCarthy

Jeremy McCarthy

I love working in an industry that is all about taking care of people.

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Nov 02, 2016 Spa Professionals
Christine Hays

Christine Hays

I have never dreamt that I would go from a ballerina to globe-trotting...a big difference from a career as a physical therapist for injured dancers.

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Nov 02, 2016 Resource Partners
Thor Holm

Thor Holm

My experience in healthy living has also encouraged me to give back to others.

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Nov 01, 2016 Spa Professionals
Andrew Gibson

Andrew Gibson

I travel nearly 15-20 days out of the month globally...everywhere I have been has something interesting about it.

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Nov 01, 2016 Spa Professionals
Lynille Steffenhagen

Lynille Steffenhagen

The wild animals smelled the horses not us, so we could get very close. When I was young I just assumed that everyone grew up with wild animals

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Oct 31, 2016 Resource Partners
Debra Hedden

Debra Hedden

I have been an entrepreneur all my life and it has always involved having my family in the business.

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Oct 28, 2016 Resource Partners
Anna Moine

Anna Moine

I have so many memories of growing up in Paris, but also throughout my lifetime since I am fortunate enough to return there almost every year.

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Oct 27, 2016 Resource Partners
Shannon Taylor

Shannon Taylor

A successful hire to me boils down to genuine passion - passion for the craft and passion for the company and its vision.

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Oct 25, 2016 Spa Professionals
Eric Stephenson

Eric Stephenson

Getting as far out of my comfort zone as possible, working with homeless kids not much younger than me was life-changing.

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Oct 25, 2016 Resource Partners
Jaana Roth

Jaana Roth

I was asked to help out in the spa because the Spa Director went on leave. That was 15 years ago. I love the spa business.

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Oct 24, 2016 Spa Professionals
Kristine Huffman

Kristine Huffman

Coming into an industry in its infancy and under the guidance of a great leader was like being one of the first to work with Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.

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Oct 21, 2016 Resource Partners
Blake Feeney

Blake Feeney

Spa is increasingly part of new resort and hotel names, which proves its importance.

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Oct 19, 2016 Resource Partners
Farmhouse Fresh

Farmhouse Fresh

All of our products include ingredients harvested in the USA, and in the case of Peat Perfection we have combined ages-old plant matter with freshly-grown extracts.

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Sep 06, 2016 Sponsored Features
 Sheila Cluff

Sheila Cluff

I play Mrs. Claus on ice every year, and we’ve raised thousands of dollars for Christmas gifts for foster kids. I’m fully booked next season.

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Sep 26, 2016 Spa Professionals
Todd Hewitt

Todd Hewitt

So far it has been an incredible experience – Hong Kong is still an intoxicating mixture of passion and chaos.

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Sep 26, 2016 Spa Professionals
Noel Asmar

Noel Asmar

I had decided to take the startup plunge and much as I loved it, Beirut wasn’t an ideal place for entrepreneurs.

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Sep 22, 2016 Resource Partners
Franziska Haala

Franziska Haala

I was interested in both the reconstructive and the aesthetic side. I got into medical school in Germany.

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Sep 22, 2016 Spa Professionals
Ginger McLean

Ginger McLean

I have been very fortunate in my career and have worked for big companies, and I now work with a small independent company. All have been a blessing.

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Sep 20, 2016 Spa Professionals
Lynne McNees

Lynne McNees

I get to be a part of the spa industry, but I also get to do that as a part of my profession, which is running associations.

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Sep 07, 2016 Spa Professionals
Aspira the Spa

Aspira the Spa

Everything we do and create is done with those principles in mind. We use natural materials throughout the spa, sprinkled with artifacts from the East and West.

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May 19, 2016 Sponsored Features
Frank Pitsikalis

Frank Pitsikalis

I love this industry and I’m proud of what we have achieved, not just in terms of growing our company but in terms of making an impact on the spa world as a whole.

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Sep 06, 2016 Resource Partners
Cindi Flanagan

Cindi Flanagan

I remodeled it, created a journey and experience for clients, updated technologically, and built a solid team with a dynamic spa director who shared my vision.

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Sep 01, 2016 Spa Professionals
Jean Kolb

Jean Kolb

Every decision we make in life is a learning opportunity. Everyone who has made a success of their life has dared to fail. Dream big.

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Aug 31, 2016 Resource Partners
Chris Birchby

Chris Birchby

I was living in Venice beach and wanted an organic sunscreen for the surfing market, but the organic formulas that I had created priced myself out of the surf market.

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Aug 23, 2016 Resource Partners
Bryan Williams

Bryan Williams

I travel the world and help businesses with their service culture and service standards. It’s not just the hotel and spa world that takes service seriously these days.

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Aug 19, 2016 Resource Partners
Todd Shaw

Todd Shaw

I gained invaluable experience in dealing with multi-cultural customers, which would have been impossible without leaving home. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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May 19, 2016 Spa Professionals
Todd Walter

Todd Walter

People come into our world from all kinds of backgrounds, but it’s probably fair to guess that most People of ISPA stories won’t start off in banking.

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Jul 29, 2016 Spa Professionals
Shannon McLinden

Shannon McLinden

The key to our success was that my husband is in finance and so he had encouraged me to run FarmHouse Fresh with very clear financial boundaries.

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Jul 29, 2016 Resource Partners
Boldijarre Koronczay

Boldijarre Koronczay

There wasn’t an organic produce section in a supermarket, never mind in the drugstore or in the spa, wherever people were buying skincare products.

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May 19, 2016 Resource Partners
Shane Bird

Shane Bird

Just from seeing all the new spas that were popping up I knew it was a business to get into. I helped place lots of newly-qualified massage therapist's with resorts.

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May 19, 2016 Spa Professionals
Ella Stimpson

Ella Stimpson

I learned a lot about leading people in the Army, a lot about mentoring people as a teacher, then a lot about motivating people as a personal trainer.

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May 19, 2016 Spa Professionals
Michael Tompkins

Michael Tompkins

A friend of my father’s was an accountant and he had a rather nice life, which appealed to me. But what I swiftly discovered was that I didn’t particularly enjoy accountancy.

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May 19, 2016 Resource Partners
Kate Mearns

Kate Mearns

Real change means breaking down borders and barriers that are, more often than not, self-imposed. That’s just as true in the business world as it is on our personal lives.

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May 19, 2016 Resource Partners
Paul Heslop

Paul Heslop

I spent three years creating and selling customized scents and salts, learning about design and packaging, saving every penny I made from my business.

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May 19, 2016 Resource Partners
Gina Preziosa

Gina Preziosa

The cosmetic industry was already mature and it felt like the next step should be in spa as it was an emerging industry at the time. Spa was new and different.

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May 19, 2016 Resource Partners
Carly Donahue

Carly Donahue

I always knew that I wanted to work here. I was spending time at the spa as a guest and it was there that my journey of self-awareness really began.

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May 19, 2016 Spa Professionals
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