“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!"
“One of the best things about traveling alone was that I could truly do whatever I wanted!"
“I love that I get to plant the seed of inspiration."
“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."
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.
I believe all people need balance, healing, and health as the foundation of their everyday lives.
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 was working on my MBA and decided I might want to open a day spa in Palm Beach, Florida.
I loved studying international law but I wanted to make a difference and help people reach their personal and professional goals.
I've always wanted to sing, so I gave myself singing lessons from a vocal coach starting one year before my 50th Christmas birthday!
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 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.
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.
Getting as far out of my comfort zone as possible, working with homeless kids not much younger than me was life-changing.
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.
I had decided to take the startup plunge and much as I loved it, Beirut wasn’t an ideal place for entrepreneurs.
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.
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.
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.
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.