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FROM YOUR CHAIRMAN 2018 ISPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FIRST THINGS FIRST, A LITTLE ABOUT ME: Family is very important to ELECTED OFFICERS me and I try to spend as much free time as CHAIRMAN Garrett Mersberger Kohler Co. possible with my beautiful wife Heather, who I’ve been married to for 18 years this VICE CHAIRMAN Todd Hewitt Shangri-La International June, and our three wonderful children— Haley (14), Carson (11) and Taylor (8). ACTING SECRETARY/TREASURER Todd Shaw Technogym I started my career in marketing at Kohler Co. in 2001 before moving into operations DIRECTORS Sharilyn Abbajay ISPA Foundation Vice Chairman managing Kohler’s 100,000-square- foot fitness facility. After a Noel Asmar Noel Asmar Group, Inc. two-year stint, I picked up my Damien Craft Four Seasons Westlake Village family and moved to Texas to become the general manager Scott Duncan Spa Gregorie’s of a private golf country club. Everything I learned along this Brennan Evans Trilogy Spa Holdings journey was ultimately preparing Blake Feeney Living Earth Crafts me for my next endeavor: managing Kelleye Heydan The Edgewater Resort & Spa Kohler’s Forbes Five Star-rated spa in Kohler, Wisconsin. Currently, I am the Director of Wellness Patrick Huey Montage Hotels & Resorts and Kohler Waters Spas. Kristine Huffman Hutchinson Consulting And now, I could not be more honored to have the Laura Parsons ESPA International (US) Ltd. (Spa Division) opportunity to serve as your chairman. Not to mention looking back on the incredible work of past Frank Pitsikalis ISPA Foundation Chairman chairs that are both friends and mentors of mine, I can see I am certainly in humbling company! Eric Stephenson Elements Massage In preparing for this role, I took the time to interview the last four ISPA chairmen—Jean Kolb, Ella Kent, Michael Tompkins and Todd Shaw. Each of them brought a different perspective to the role. Jean was a fighter and brought the association through a tough recession. Ella was all about growth and was able to bring ISPA back in the black. From there, Michael focused on outreach, using his skills as a people person to expand the association around the world. And Todd was our cheerleader. He has a unique way of bringing people together and getting them Michael Tompkins Immediate Past Chair Robert Vance Sensei Retreats Lana'i Lynne McNees International SPA Association MEDICAL ADVISOR Brent A. Bauer, MD Mayo Clinic excited, and he focused on the love and community of our organization. As your new chairman, I don’t intend to start from scratch. I want to use the strength, growth and momentum established by these four incredible leaders and the amazing ISPA staff to help guide the spa industry through a booming, yet challenging time. I want to listen to what you have to say, and make sure every member of ISPA has a voice. As chair, I’m here to serve you, our members, so please feel free to reach out, get involved and use your voice, because as your chair, I’m here to listen. CHAIRMEN’S COUNCIL Past ISPA Chairmen who are current members: Gayle Brady • Brady Spa Consulting Ella Kent • The Spa at Sea Island Jeff Kohl • Spa & Club Ideations Jean Kolb • Well By Choice John Korpi • Korpi & Korpi Kate Mearns • LIVunLtd Jim Root • Mii amo —GARRETT MERSBERGER, CHAIRMAN 2 PULSE ■ March/April 2018 Jane Segerberg • Segerberg Spa Consulting, LLC Deborah Waldvogel • ResortSuite