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do you Know jeff Kohl? Between his work with both the ISPA Board of directors and the ISPA Foundation Board, countless ISPA committees and task forces, plus 25 years’ worth of ISPA Conference & Expo connections, many of you think you know Kohl pretty well. We asked him several quick questions to dig a little deeper into the man behind the spa. What motivates you? Being able to contribute to someone’s success every day. That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing now with BBSI Las Vegas. Who is your biggest role model? I have a personal board of directors. my wife michele is the Chairman along with my grandmother who died several years ago at age 102; Bill garrity, retired owner of Warranty managers Inc; dick Nunis, former chair of disney Attractions Worldwide and John Anderson owner of J.H. Anderson Holdings. I always seek wisdom from this board through verbal and spiritual communication, which has guided me through life. you have a random day off, what do you do? I spend it with my wife michele. We prefer to be active, so it could involve time being together or with close friends, as they should never be forgotten. you do not know how long you will have them with you! What is your favorite spa treatment? A facial. Michele and jeff Kohl with their late beloved pups. P: As a consultant, you get the opportunity to work with both current and future leaders in the spa industry. What is one common trait you see in these leaders? K: I would like to see more disruptors in our spa world. To grow an industry, you must have those who are willing to disrupt and take risks. I challenge all of you and the spa industry as a whole to think of the next big disruption or innovation. P: Tell us about your most memorable IsPA Conference & expo experience. K: The most memorable ISPA Conference & Expo for me was the one in 2001 in Palm Springs. It was held shortly after 9/11 and was a combination of happiness and sadness, which pulled everyone together and created a very special memory. The other ISPA Conference & Expo I found to be memorable was held in Banff. At this Conference, it was decided to bring on Host What is the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? I have been blessed to have visited more than 70 countries through my personal and career travels, so it’s very hard to pick one. I could say New zealand but that is a story by itself! How do you practice wellness? I am a fulfilled person who enjoys working out, being with great family and friends and many exciting career opportunities, which allow me to see the positive side to every day. There are too many people who don’t enjoy what they are doing. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, make a course correction and do something else that stimulates and empowers you. if you could time travel, when and where would you go? I would go back and have a conversation with Albert Einstein before he was successful. favorite book: Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy favorite movie: The Sting app you can’t live without? None of them! Who was the most influential isPa conference & Expo speaker you’ve ever seen? dr. Andrew Weil Communications as a management company. That single and most important decision moved the association and the industry quickly forward onto a positive trajectory. P: This year’s IsPA Conference & expo theme is CONNeCT. How do you hope your contributions to IsPA will CONNeCT with future leaders in the industry? K: I would like my contributions to the ISPA Foundation in creating educational materials and to the overall association in building financial stability to connect with future leaders. Those that I’ve had the opportunity to mentor are all future leaders in the industry and I see great potential in them. My advice is give more, think outside of your walls, always return phone calls and never forget to be humble and kind. n July 2018 ■ PULSE 33