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ISPA FOUNDATION HANDING OVER THE REINS I mmediate Past ISPA Foundation Chairman Jeff Kohl welcomes Frank Pitsikalis into his new role as ISPA Foundation chairman. In a friendly chat, Kohl connects with Pitsikalis to talk about his vision for the ISPA Foundation and its initiatives. JEFF KOHL: When I first stepped into the ISPA Foundation chairman role off the heels of past ISPA Foundation Chairman and SpaBiz President Edwin Neill, I was most eager to build upon key initiatives like education and research, which help to strengthen ISPA’s voice in the industry. As I hand over the reins to you, what do you look forward to achieve as the new ISPA Foundation chairman? FRANK PITSIKALIS: The ISPA Foundation must continue to provide the industry with the vital research and education it needs to grow and help identify exciting new opportunities. I look forward to working with spa leaders, resource partners, sponsors and complementary organizations to help fund new initiatives that will provide our industry with the resources to continue to grow. In the past years, we’ve successfully extended mentorship opportunities to ISPA Foundation Mary Tabacchi Scholarship recipients. What ISPA Foundation-led initiatives do you envision that could further help develop future spa leaders? P: I believe the Mary Tabacchi Scholarship has been such an important initiative for ISPA to help engage young, potential leaders in our industry. The selection process alone is a special opportunity for our future leaders to engage with so many amazing and established leaders who dedicate their time to the process to select and mentor the new graduates. I believe we can continue to find new opportunities to inspire strong, young leaders to realize that the spa industry is a wonderful industry to be a part of. If we want to continue to grow as an industry, our best and brightest must stay engaged and inspired. FOUNDATION 2016 ISPA FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS CHAIRMAN Frank Pitsikalis ResortSuite VICE CHAIRMAN Sharilyn Abbajay Red Door Spas DIRECTORS Todd Shaw ISPA Vice Chairman Michael Tompkins ISPA Chairman Lynne McNees ISPA President K: It’s amazing to think ISPA turned 25 this year. If you can go on a time-machine, how do you envision another 25 years of ISPA’s history? P: I foresee such exciting times ahead for ISPA in the next 25 years. As year after year, I see strong leaders from around the world join the ISPA Board and our committees, I can’t help but think about what their unique brand of leadership will do to continue to strengthen our association and our industry. I see ISPA doing many more events and initiatives globally so that many more spa professionals around the world will find more opportunities to leverage our resources and ensure a vital global spa community is that much closer together with the help of ISPA. MEDICAL ADVISOR Brent Bauer, M.D. Mayo Clinic HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Ruth Stricker The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness Deborah Szekely WELLNESS WARRIOR K: The ISPA Foundation wishes to thank the following supporters for their generous contributions: LUMINARY Ruth Stricker BENEFACTOR Dr. Howard Murad PATRON TO READ MORE, click here. Plus, be sure to visit biddingforgood.com to join the ISPA Foundations' monthly online auctions. This month's auctions features products by Elemis. 64 PULSE n December 2015 Massage Envy Franchising, LLC Red Door Spas