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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.
"Soon, I learned of a group of people wanting to form an association of spas. I jumped in!"
“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..."
“As a businessperson, I have a commitment to my community to build the next generation of leaders."
“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!"
“If it were not for some life events that transpired... I never would have humbly experienced the blessings of being in this field."
It embodies our founding vision: to capture the healing power of nature to inspire people to health and wellbeing.
“In the lovely words of Gertrude Stein, ‘America is my country, and Paris is my hometown.’"
“One of the best things about traveling alone was that I could truly do whatever I wanted!"
She is known as cupid for her track record of successfully matching seven married couples. "I just love love."
“I have yet to have anything picked up by a big publisher or big artist, but this has become the goal."
“The ability to have consistent quiet time is a practice and if it's not cultivated, life shows up and takes it away."
“Often when on the road, I add a day or two of vacation so I get to experience the destination as a ‘real guest.’"
“Children are our future and we need to invest into them."
“I love that I get to plant the seed of inspiration."
“I have always been an inquisitive and artistic soul."
We truly stand out from the competition because of three things: our ingredients, results, and customer experience.
“I grew up with a single mom who worked three jobs to take care of my brother and me."
Jeff Kohl and Michele Kohl
As Michele puts it, she and Jeff have "joined together in life, love, and business."
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.
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.
When I lost my mother I found that inside of spas I could take time for myself both physically and mentally.
I have watched the spa industry being formed, and grow from just "pampering" to offering natural and effective alternatives.
During college, I got a part-time job at a day spa. It was there that I found instant love.
I believe all people need balance, healing, and health as the foundation of their everyday lives.
During the retreat, the horses became our healers. They can remove energy blocks, make you laugh and cry and aware we are all connected.
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.
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.
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.
I love being able to make a difference in people's lives through fitness, so I continued to learn and teach more.
I want my fellow estheticians to be confident in investing in themselves - they are worth it.
You can't be bored if you are doing something that sets your soul on fire.
I have found my calling and I'm staying in the spa.
I was working on my MBA and decided I might want to open a day spa in Palm Beach, Florida.
If I can offer anything in this life it would be to invite people to slow down and give back to themselves.
Dr. Brent Bauer
I have found ISPA to be a leader in helping reclaim the voice of spa as an integral part of wellness.
I loved studying international law but I wanted to make a difference and help people reach their personal and professional goals.
I was overwhelmed with pure exhilaration when I reached the top of the South Rim!
I've always wanted to sing, so I gave myself singing lessons from a vocal coach starting one year before my 50th Christmas birthday!
Wisconsin has always been home...like all Wisconsinites, we love family, the outdoors, and of course the Green Bay Packers.
I have flaws and imperfections and I'm fine with that. It's my inner strength and heart that I follow.
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.
Mary Bemis & Stephen Kiesling
Their spark started from a shared love of magazines, publishing and the spa industry.
I love working in an industry that is all about taking care of people.
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.
My experience in healthy living has also encouraged me to give back to others.
I travel nearly 15-20 days out of the month globally...everywhere I have been has something interesting about it.
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
I have been an entrepreneur all my life and it has always involved having my family in the business.
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.
A successful hire to me boils down to genuine passion - passion for the craft and passion for the company and its vision.
Getting as far out of my comfort zone as possible, working with homeless kids not much younger than me was life-changing.
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.
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.
Spa is increasingly part of new resort and hotel names, which proves its importance.
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.
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.
So far it has been an incredible experience – Hong Kong is still an intoxicating mixture of passion and chaos.
I had decided to take the startup plunge and much as I loved it, Beirut wasn’t an ideal place for entrepreneurs.
I was interested in both the reconstructive and the aesthetic side. I got into medical school in Germany.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I spent three years creating and selling customized scents and salts, learning about design and packaging, saving every penny I made from my business.
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.
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.