People & Places
Who's whoMarketing Solutions Promotions
Melissa Derecola and Christopher Kahn.
Public relations firm Marketing Solutions (Fairfax, VA) has announced two promotions: Melissa Derecola was promoted to creative director and Christopher Kahn was promoted to marketing director. Derecola's and Kahn's new positions were developed to enhance positive support for Marketing Solutions teamwork, client support programs, and new growth through their responsibilities as management team leaders. Both were promoted from positions as marketing coordinators and account liaisons. Derecola has been with Marketing Solutions since 2001, Kahn since 2002.
Yon-Ka Paris Announces New Media Relations Director
Ido Kadman was recently named media relations director of Yon-Ka Paris. In charge of all marketing aspects of the company, Kadman handles Yon-Ka Paris's public relations, advertising, trade show-related activities, and celebrity endorsements. Kadman has nearly a decade of experience in marketing, advertising, and public relations. *
John Hewson Appointed to Board of CTFA
John Hewson, president of Outsourcing Services Group (OSG), Consumer Products Division, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA).
Good deedsBiotone Donates $50,000 to Touch Research Institute
Massage therapy product and supply company Biotone recently contributed $50,000 for research on chronic back pain at The Touch Research Institute (TRI) at the University of Miami School of Medicine. The study aims to determine the effects of massage therapy on chronic lower back pain. TRI's year-long study will focus on the effects of massage therapy in increasing range of motion in the back. Additionally, productivity and absenteeism on the job as well as sleep patterns will be studied.
This is Biotone's second contribution to TRI, made through the company's annual corporate sponsorship program to support organizations that advance the knowledge, research, and use of massage therapy. Last year, Biotone awarded $50,000 to TRI to support research on the effects of massage therapy in enhancing immune function in breast cancer patients.
The Dermalogica Foundation Donates $150,000
Lucia Diaz (center) with Dermalogica founders Jane and Raymond Wurwand.
The Dermalogica Foundation recently donated $150,000 to the Mar Vista Family Center to help in the building of a planned youth facility. Lucia Diaz, executive director of the center, spoke to more than 100 Dermalogica employees at the company's headquarters. Diaz and many others in the Los Angeles area received help from the Mar Vista Family Center when they immigrated.
Dermalogica employees also donated gifts to the center's Mother's Day program and many have volunteered to work at the center, located near Dermalogica headquarters. Says Dermalogica co-founder Jane Wurwand, "We are proud of our employees, for their compassion and willingness to reach out."
Awards and AccoladesAcadémie Scientifique Wins Trophy
Bronzecran was honored at the Congress of Esthetics.
Académie Scientifique de Beauté recently won the Pierantoni Innovation Prize for three of its products at the Congress of Esthetics in Paris. The prize lauded Académie Scientifique's Bronzecran, Bronzexpress, and Botorelax products.
Bronzecran, a suncare line, was also hailed by the president of the French Federation of Cosmetology for its advanced method, which allows users to obtain a tan with greater protection from sun damage. Bronzexpress, a micro-diffused self-tanner, was recognized for its ease of application, optimum results, and staying power on the skin. Botorelax, an alternative to Botox injections, was acclaimed for its results in the reduction of wrinkles. Botorelax will be available in the U.S. in September.
Murad's Moisture Silk Eye Gel Honored
Murad Moisture Silk Eye Gel
InStyle magazine named Murad's Moisture Silk Eye Gel the best skincare product to de-puff dark circles and hydrate the under-eye area.
"It is an honor and pleasure to have InStyle award the Moisture Silk Eye Gel as a best beauty product," says Howard Murad, MD, dermatologist, CEO, and founder of Murad. "Many products contain excess ingredients that are just unnecessary. I wanted to create a product that simply uses three key ingredients to better hydrate the area, resulting in a younger overall appearance." The Moisture Silk Eye Gel is composed of algae extract, allantoin, and caffeine.
Day Spa Receives Dermalogica's Top Honor
Beryl Gosling, owner of Peaches and Cream Day Spa.
Dermalogica named Peaches and Cream Day Spa (Glendora, CA) its "Skin Care Center of the Year." The 13-room skin center garnered the award for its best overall expression of Dermalogica's unique philosophy and exemplary sales figures.
Owner Beryl Gosling built her business over two decades, growing from one treatment room to a team of 30 employees. A former instructor at The International Dermal Institute, Gosling believes that a passion for education and a dedication to clients are essential for a therapist's success. Gosling says, "People who are simply interested in money alone don't succeed here. Rather, someone with a good, sound education and a thirst for more-someone who can't get enough-that is the sort of person who really clicks here and who can be a success anywhere in our industry."
As the recipient of the award, Gosling will receive an all-expenses-paid travel package to Dermalogica's biannual Congress to be held in 2005, and the Dermalogica Foundation will donate $5,000 to her charity of choice. Gosling has selected the City of Hope Children's Cancer Ward. For more information, visit www.dermalogica.com.
A Virtual MakeOver
Wilma Schumann has announced the redesign of its website, www.wilmaschumann.com. The site's new easy-to-navigate layout is the culmination of a 14-month rebranding initiative. Special features have been introduced for four target audiences: consumers, skincare professionals, physicians, and distributors. Bonus features include product training for the company's signature line, thorough explanations of product protocols, a newsletter for professionals, a technical manual for product application, a database of menu ideas (a pool of product treatments that can be created using Wilma Schumann products), and a login area that includes business forms, public relations hits, and promotional materials. The site is also fitted with a Spanish-language version, which includes all of the tools mentioned above.
Solstice holds extreme makeover contest
From left: Christine Ohlson, hair stylist; Sheri Santosuosso, manicurist and esthetician; Jenn Sawyer, contest winner; Sheryl Baba, owner.
Solstice day spa (Hyannis, MA) hosted its first annual extreme makeover. The contest was open to any woman in the Cape Cod area who wanted a new look. A panel of local celebrity judges reviewed dozens of essays from women experiencing issues like weight loss, divorce, and aging.
The lucky winner, Jenn Sawyer of Marston Mills, MA, was chosen after Sawyer's husband submitted a romantic poem about her. Sawyer won a personal yoga session, a massage, a facial, a manicure, a pedicure, a makeup lesson, a haircut and color, and dinner for two at a local restaurant.
LifeFest KapAlUa Event Features Andrew Weil, M.D.
Andrew Weil, M.D.
LifeFest Kapalua has announced that Andrew Weil, M.D., will be the keynote speaker at this year's health and wellness event September 23 through 26 in Maui, HI. Weil is a clinical professional of internal medicine and an expert on medicinal herbs, mind-body interactions, and integrative medicine. LifeFest Kapalua is designed for the health-conscious interested in programs to educate the mind, rejuvenate the spirit, and encourage physical fitness. The four-day event features lectures, panels, and workshops led by wellness experts as well as other special events. For more information, visit www.lifefestkapalua.com.
ASTECC Takes Massage Therapists to the Next Level
The American Spa Therapy Education and Certification Council (ASTECC) recently introduced its latest course: "Introduction to Spa." The course has been formulated to help massage therapists reach a new level of skill and confidence, to teach them the intricacies of the spa environment, and to prepare them ultimately for the professional workplace. The 22-hour course spans two-and-a-half days, focusing on thermalism, the Vichy shower, and hydrotherapy, as well as integration into a spa team and the history of spa and basic philosophies. The course also includes training in exfoliation, hydro tub, and seaweed wraps. Students will be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of employment in resort spas versus day spas, plus learn special tips for a successful hire. The course will be offered July 18 to 20 and August 15 to 17 at Spa Shiki at The Lodge at Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO. Tuition is $425 per student. For more information, call (888) 241-2095 or visit www.astecce.com.
Eric Wahl to Speak at 2004 ISPA Conference and Expo
The International SPA Association (ISPA) announced that Eric Wahl, a recognized artist and corporate consultant, will be a keynote speaker during the fourteenth annual ISPA Conference and Expo, November 8 through 11 at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Wahl will give his motivational performance, "The Art of Vision."
"Spas are becoming more mainstream, making for a large potential client base for all spas," says ISPA executive director Lynne Walker McNees. "Wahl offers innovative approaches to business that could make the difference between a one-time visitor and a frequent customer." Wahl cites creativity as an essential component for both individual and corporate success. "The future belongs to those who have the courage to creatively differentiate themselves from their competition," says Wahl. "Creativity leads to opportunity, which results in profitability." For more information on the 2004 ISPA Conference and Expo and to register for the conference, visit www.ispaconference.com.
VH1's Divas Receive Essencia Products
Essencia provided a goody bag filled with products for this year's VH1 "Divas" event. Patti LaBelle, Jessica Simpson, Cyndi Lauper, Gladys Knight, Debbie Harry, and Joss Stone were just a few of the recipients to receive Essencia's "Diva's Essentials" gift basket, which included Rose Facial Toner; Youth Glow Eye Therapy; Lavender, Oats & Nuts Facial Scrub; Rhassoul Facial Masque; Rosewater Body Milk; and White Chocolate with Almonds Soap.
National Cosmetology Association Holds Elections
The National Cosmetology Association’s new officers and Board of Directors; Back row from left: Steve Ukes, Mark Goodman, Robert James, and Becky Brockmann. Front row from left: Graciela Santiler Nowik, Josephine Zeppieri, Marlene Bridge, Steven Lai, and Sandra Holland.
The National Cosmetology Association (NCA) recently held its 84th annual convention in Chicago. Delegates to the convention elected new officers and directors to lead the association. The 2004-2005 NCA Officers are: Josephine Zeppieri, president; Marlene Bridge, vice president; Mark Goodman, secretary/treasurer; and Robert James, immediate past president. Elected to serve as directors of NCA are: Becky Brockmann, Sandra Holland, Steven Lai, Graciela Santiler Nowik, and Steve Ukes.
Broadway Meets Spa
Broadway performers teach guests classes including dance, yoga, and Pilates at the Golden Door’s new Movement to Musicals program.
Wyndham El Conquistador Resort's Golden Door Spa in Las Croabas, Puerto Rico, has launched a program to bring Broadway stars to the spa. Golden Door's Backstage Broadway and Movement to Musicals program begun in April with Dennis Johnston, who plays "Simba" in Broadway's The Lion King, and Alberto Del Saz of the New York City Ballet.
The spa plans to continue the program through 2004, bringing performers from other Broadway musicals like Hairspray and Chicago. Visiting cast members will teach guests musical numbers from their shows, lead dance sessions, and instruct yoga and Pilates classes.
"We are always looking for new ways to inspire guests of Wyndham El Conquistador Resort's Golden Door Spa," says spa director Joanne Diaz. "The Backstage Broadway and Movement to Musicals program will provide challenging workouts with star-studded instruction."
Long Island Nail and Skin Care Institute
The Long Island Nail and Skin Care Institute is housed in a 5,000-square-foot facility that offers both training and treatment.
Star Nail International CEO Tony Cuccio recently announced the Long Island Nail and Skin Care Institute as Star Nail's first official U.S. educational site. "The curriculum includes teaching the art of client consultation, safety, structures and function of skin, spa services, retailing, advanced skills, and techniques," says Cuccio. "[We teach] everything a nail technician needs to become successful as an employee or spa owner."
Star Nail president Dana Caruso, a nail technician herself, collaborated with Cuccio on the initiative. Incorporating the business aspects of nail services with training techniques, Caruso created the Institute's 250-hour Nail Specialty course. Staff members who receive on-going, intensive training from the Star Nail and Cuccio Naturalé Education Team teach the program. Says Caruso, "There is an overwhelming need within the spa industry for skilled nail technicians. The Institute receives calls daily from spa owners looking for qualified professionals." The Institute also offers training in cosmetics, skincare, and waxing. For more information, call (800) 762-6245.