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. I feel like I hit the jackpot.
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.

President, International SPA Association

Lynne McNees is known as President of ISPA to many, but her family members affectionately call her “Pokey” (it’s a long story). You will often find her competing in a mud run or obstacle course race. If this lover of her cute husband and two dachshunds could wear a warning sign it would say: “Beware of HUGS!” Lynne was born in Okinawa, Japan and raised in Dallas, Texas and Washington, D.C. At the time she had no idea her travels around the world would set her up perfectly for her role today.

“After college I began by volunteering for the George H.W. Bush campaign on my father’s advice, because he had served in the Nixon and Ford administrations and my oldest sister, Lisa, served in the Reagan administration. Eventually I joined the staff of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and served at the White House for four years, which was a great experience and gave me a taste of leading disparate teams of very bright, diverse and driven individuals. That was very good training for working with the ISPA Board!

I resigned when the Bush administration ended and President Clinton was inaugurated, and I took a temporary position with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Then a family friend (and National Collegiate Athletic Association sports marketing legend) Jim Host suggested I spend a little time in Lexington, Kentucky working in association management. He interviewed me and I moved to Lexington with the intention of staying for just one year, and that was 21 years ago...”


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. I feel like I hit the jackpot.