People & Places
Las Ventanas al Paraiso (Los Cabos, Mexico) announced the appointment of Luis Fernandes to managing director of the resort. Prior to this position, Fernandes served as managing director at The Dharmawangsa in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has also served in executive positions with acclaimed properties in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and South America.
Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (Marco Island, FL) has named Bryan Huckabee spa director for the new Balinese Health Spa slated to open in December. Huckabee has more than a decade's worth of experience working for first-class resort spas, most recently with the Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton Resorts. He has also opened spas in Asia, Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands.
Puig North America Beauty (New York City) appointed Melanie Schmidt senior vice president, spa development. In this newly created role, Schmidt is responsible for all aspects of development for the prestige brand Payot Paris. She will spearhead strategic growth to develop the business in the U.S. and establish brand awareness within the industry. With more than 20 years of experience, Schmidt is a recognized leader in the spa industry and esthetics community. Her background as a product and concept development specialist for the spa business has led her to collaborate with leading spa properties.
David N. Andrews joins The Industry Source (TIS), a division of the Nailco Group (Farmington Hills, MI), as national sales manager for its spa division. Andrews's career in the spa industry spans 15 years, and he has developed a high level of expertise in design, specialized equipment selection, service menus, treatment protocols, and professional product recommendations. In his new role, he will be working one-on-one to help clients build their businesses.
MD Beauty (San Francisco) has named Julia Knoke director of international sales and education for MD Formulations and i.d. Bare Escentuals spa and salon distribution. Most recently, Knoke served as the director of international marketing/business development for California Tan.
Helen E. Brown has been appointed spa director of the Wyndham Peaks Resort & Golden Door Spa (Telluride, CO). In her new position, Brown will oversee all daily operations of the Golden Door Spa as well as manage a staff of 120 and direct the marketing and development of new spa programs. Brown comes to the Golden Door Spa with seven years of luxury hotel, spa, and resort experience, most recently serving as spa operations manager at The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa (Carefree, AZ).
Biotone (San Diego) announced the appointment of Steven Weiss as the company's new national sales director. Weiss will be responsible for distributor, educational partner, and inbound sales. Weiss has extensive experience in sales and business development. He joined Biotone from Ziro Design in San Diego, where he held sales manager and special markets manager positions during his seven years with the company.
Sally Beauty Company (Denton, TX) has appointed Cathy Pringle to the position of vice president of marketing and public relations. Her responsibilities will include overseeing all advertising, direct mail, marketing communications, customer relationship marketing, professional education shows, public relations, and the Sally Beauty website. Prior to joining the company, Pringle served as COO of Spirit International, which produces merchandising displays for major retailers. She is succeeding Judy Cole, who announced her retirement after 20 years of service. During her tenure, Cole's responsibilities expanded as the company grew from 50 stores in 1983 to 2,900 stores today. Cole is credited with creating innovative marketing programs and elevating the stature of the company within the beauty industry.
Matrix (New York City) recently announced the appointment of Sara Jones to the position of senior vice president of sales for Matrix, USA. Jones brings with her more than 22 years of extensive salon industry experience, and she has established herself as a consummate business leader. Most recently, Jones was the senior vice president of distributor sales with Wella USA.