Gayle Brady


Another stand out trip was rafting down the Colorado River for two weeks. This should be on everyone’s bucket list. It truly is life changing.
"Soon, I learned of a group of people wanting to form an association of spas. I jumped in!"

Principal, Brady Spa Consulting

Former ISPA Chairman

Gayle Brady is a past ISPA Chairman and currently serves as Principal at Brady Spa Consulting in St. Simons Island, GA. This 25-year spa veteran loves to travel, hike and watch her favorite golfers Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar.

Gayle’s travels have taken her all over the world and when asked about her stand-out trips, she couldn’t name just one. “This is so hard because they are all so different. Africa was probably one of my most memorable.  We were on safari and I can’t think of anything more majestic than the animals you see.  Another stand out trip was rafting down the Colorado River for two weeks. This should be on everyone’s bucket list. It truly is life changing. Culturally, Istanbul stands out as well. The markets are a sensory overload and worth the visit.”

Unsurprisingly after learning about her various trips abroad, Gayle wanted to purse linguistics in her youth with a dream job of being a translator for the United Nations. She found the spa instead. “My journey to the spa industry was not direct. It was after law school that I found myself in Colorado and brainstorming with some friends about layovers in airports and how could we make them healthier.

We came up with a company called Air Vita, fitness and business centers in airports. We were unable to raise the needed capital and had to close the business after four years. All was not lost as we learned a tremendous amount during the four-year period that we operated that cannot be learned from business books. 

For me, my love of the health and wellness business was solidified. I then was offered my first job in the resort spa world from Camelback Inn, a Marriott resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. This was in the late 80s so there were not a lot of resort spas. I reached out and created strong bonds with the few other spa directors operating large resort spas. Soon, I learned of a group of people wanting to form an association of spas. I jumped in! It was music to my ears to hear other industry professionals dealing with the same challenges and sharing best practices. I soon joined the board of ISPA and never looked back.”


Another stand out trip was rafting down the Colorado River for two weeks. This should be on everyone’s bucket list. It truly is life changing.