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FROM YOUR CHAIRMAN 2019 ISPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTED OFFICERS CHAIRMAN IF YOU WERE AT THE FIRST GENERAL SESSION Garrett Mersberger Kohler Co. VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE 2018 ISPA CONFERENCE & EXPO, you may remember me saying that this was only my fourth ISPA Conference. While each one has been bigger and better than the last, I’ve also experienced them from vastly different perspectives: first as an attendee, then as an ISPA Board Scott Duncan Spa Gregorie’s SECRETARY/TREASURER Robert Vance Sensei Retreats Lana’i DIRECTORS Sharilyn Abbajay Mattison Avenue Salon Spa Suites ISPA Foundation Vice Chairman Member and Chairman. I suppose you could call it “A Tale of Four Conferences.” I came to my first-ever ISPA Conference, in 2015, as an Noel Asmar Noel Asmar Group, Inc. Jill Carlen Hilton Worldwide attendee. I was like a kid in a candy store! There Brennan Evans Trilogy Spa Holdings was so much to see, learn and experience. Blake Feeney Living Earth Crafts From amazing keynote speakers—I’m still Kelleye Heydon The Edgewater Resort & Spa inspired by Amy Purdy’s story—to making my very first networking connections in the Patrick Huey Montage Hotels & Resorts spa community. Everything was new, and I Kristine Huffman Hutchinson Consulting soaked in as much as I could! Laura Parsons The Resort at Pelican Hill In 2016 I became an ISPA Board Member, and so the next two Conferences saw my role change a bit. No longer just a Frank Pitsikalis ResortSuite ISPA Foundation Chairman Todd Shaw Technogym Immediate Past Chair participant, I had to become more of a host. I was also more experienced and walked the Expo floor with more expertise. Much like other multi-year Conference attendees, I came to Conference with specific questions and was looking for Yvonne Smith La Rive Spa at Northern Quest Resort & Casino Michelle Adams Somerville Woodstock Inn & Resort Eric Stephenson Elements Massage particular products to bring back home. This year I took on my current role with ISPA as Chairman of the Board. For the first time Jessica Timberlake Éminence Organic Skin Care ever, I was involved in what happens behind-the-scenes at Conference, and it felt like I was at ISPA PRESIDENT my first one all over again, experiencing things I had never seen or experienced before. I was Lynne McNees International SPA Association blown away to see all the moving parts working together in perfect harmony—a harmony made possible by the hard work of the ISPA staff. Thank you! Of course, this is also the month of Thanksgiving, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t additionally MEDICAL ADVISOR Brent A. Bauer, MD Mayo Clinic CHAIRMEN’S COUNCIL thank Damien Craft, Todd Hewitt and Michael Tompkins, who are leaving the Board, for all their Past ISPA Chairmen who are current members: incredible contributions to ISPA. Without them, the amazing Conferences I experienced as an Ella Kent • The Spa at Sea Island attendee, as a Board Member and as Chairman wouldn’t have been the same. Jeff Kohl • Spa & Club Ideations Gayle Brady • Brady Spa Consulting Jean Kolb • Hutchinson Consulting John Korpi • Korpi & Korpi Kate Mearns • LIVunLtd Jim Root • Mii amo —GARRETT MERSBERGER, CHAIRMAN Todd Shaw • Technogym Jane Segerberg • Segerberg Spa Consulting, LLC Michael Tompkins • Hutchinson Consulting 2 PULSE ■ November 2018 Deborah Waldvogel • ResortSuite