Pulse November 2018 - Page 36

2018 ISPA CONFERENCE & EXPO WEDNESDAY’S GENERAL SESSION SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 DAYMOND JOHN HE WHO DARES, WINS Saying Goodbye and Celebrating Entrepreneurship “WHAT A WEEK!” With that, ISPA Chairman Garrett Mersberger took the stage on Wednesday for the final General Session of the 2018 ISPA Conference & Expo. Along with ISPA Foundation Chairman Frank Pitsikalis, Mersberger shared the results of the ISPA Foundation Silent and Live Auctions—for more on that, flip to Frank’s monthly column on page 68 of this Pulse. 34 PULSE ■ November 2018 Mersberger shared his highlights from the week and celebrated the newfound connections that he made. He also thanked everyone involved in making ISPA what it is: the Volunteer Committee, the Speaker Selection Task Force and the Exhibitor Task Force, all comprised of ISPA members. He also formally introduced 2019’s four new board members: Michelle Adams, Jill Carlen, Yvonne Smith and Jessica Timberlake. The final day was also a celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship across the industry. The presentation of the 2018 ISPA Innovate Awards saw 15 companies recognized for their innovations in the industry, as well as the announcement of the 2018 Overall Innovation of the Year winner: Four Seasons Resort Lanai. The closing half of the General Session was dominated by two legendary innovators. First, the spa industry’s own Deborah Szekely delivered a speech urging us all to partake in local charitable causes and give back to the community. She then introduced this year’s winner of the ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award, keynote speaker Daymond John. KEYNOTE: DAYMOND JOHN Daymond John took the stage and dazzled ISPA attendees with a multimedia presentation about his latest book, Rise and Grind, and his personal journey as