Pulse October 2015 - Page 8

“There are definitely many reasons to bring out the champagne glass, but the best one by far is the opportunity to look back in the past, succeed in the present and leave a legacy for the future.” THERE’S POWER IN 25. A quarter of a century signifies the start of independence for many of us. It is a magical age when we gain the wisdom to steer the sails to horizons we have yet to explore. It is also an age when we are hit with a realization that, with more than two decades gone, the time to make a meaningful impact is now. In a way, this is where ISPA is in its journey. At 25, ISPA has grown and continues to mature as an organization. It has seen many historical firsts, navigated numerous challenges and introduced game-changing ideas that helped elevate the standards of the global spa industry. These historical milestones (read “ISPA Evolution: 25 Defining Moments” on page 50) are celebrated in the pages of this 25year anniversary edition of Pulse. This issue also looks back at the decade when ISPA was born (read “90s Throwback: Blast From the Past” on page 63), not to dwell on glory days, but to appreciate the journey made. Oh, how hilarious and fun to see ISPA members in 90s fashion and spiked hairstyles! But we can’t really walk down memory lane without bringing to mind the many people who’ve been part of ISPA’s story, including past General Session keynote speakers (read “Where Are They Now? Catching Up with Past Keynote Speakers” on page 44). Plus, because celebrations are best shared, ISPA shares the limelight with ISPA members celebrating 25 years or more in the business (read “Marking a Milestone” on page 56). There are definitely many reasons to bring out the champagne glass, but the best one by far is the opportunity to look back in the past, succeed in the present and leave a legacy for the future. Raise your silver glasses—here’s to the next 25 years and more! MARION PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER! @ISpaDoYou LIKE US ON FACEBOOK! International SPA Association —MAE MAÑACAP-JOHNSON, EDITOR @ISPAPULSEEDITOR Inside the Pulse Vault... W alk down memory lane through the eyes of the “godmother of spa” and Rancho La Puerta founder Deborah Szekely in “ISPA: Then and Now,” published in Pulse’s 20th anniversary issue (November 2010). To read the past issue, visit the Pulse archives page of experienceispa.com. 6 PULSE ■ October 2015