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Universal Companies Publishes Spa Inspiration Book

Universal Companies , supplier of professional spa products and equipment, has introduced The Spa Inspiration Book , a resource guide for professionals. Available on www.universalcompanies.com , the book features an assortment of treatment protocols, which include a menu description, an equipment and supplies checklist, and recommended retail products. “Our hope is that this book serves as a muse rather than just a resource for products,” says Brenda Elliott, CEO of Universal Companies. “In our search for products and solutions for our customers, we are continually inspired by a vast array of ideas and protocols that we are now excited to...

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts Unveil Spa by JW

As part of Marriott International ’s luxury portfolio, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts has launched Spa by JW. The new spa concept offers guests treatments and products designed to address the company’s four core pillars: Calm , which offers a moment of serenity and downtime to restore balance; Indulge , which features a range of therapeutic treatments to revitalize; Invigorate , which enlivens the body and clarifies the mind; and Renew , which purifies the mind and body so guests feel more centered and focused. Developed in collaboration with JW Marriott brand partner and skincare company Aromatherapy Associates , the...

Spa Industry Report Reveals Strong Growth

The International Spa Association (ISPA) has released new statistics from the 2014 U.S. Spa Industry Study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The annual survey includes data crucial to the spa industry, including revenue, spa visits, number of spa locations, and total employment. "What we are seeing with this year's study is the reflection of continued growth," says Colin McIlheney, global research director of PwC. "With the key indicators, including total revenue and spa visits increasing, this study highlights the positive trend across the board in the industry. The respondents to the survey also expressed confidence that growth will continue in the...

WTS International Collaborates with Coola Suncare and Living Earth Crafts

WTS International (WTS), a consulting and management firm for spas, fitness, and leisure facilities, has teamed up with skincare brand Coola Suncare and spa equipment manufacturer Living Earth Crafts to create the Coola Cart, a mobile retail and point-of-sale trolley. “We saw an opportunity for our spas to grow sales while giving great customer service and approached Coola and Living Earth Crafts with the concept for the cart,” says Alfredo Carvajal, chief operating officer of WTS. Designed to drive business to the spa and increase retail sales, the cart takes spa products poolside to hotel guests. “The purpose of this...

Total Woman Gym + Spa Welcomes New CEO

Total Woman Gym + Spa , California’s largest gym and day spa designed for women, appointed Corinne Perritano as the new chief executive officer. “As a woman, I am very excited to join Total Woman Gym + Spa, and to take the reins of such a successful female-focused business and help it grow to its full potential,” says Perritano. In her new position, she will be responsible for creating, communicating, and implementing the organization’s vision, mission, and overall direction. She will lead the development and implementation of the company’s strategy, brand development, and expansion. She comes to Total Woman Gym...

Monica Helmstetter Named Event Director of Spatec North America

Spatec North America , the appointment-based spa and wellness event from McLean Events, named Monica Helmstetter as event director. Prior to her position at Spatec, she served as an advertising account manager for American Spa , where she built strong partnerships with leading companies. Helmstetter brings 14 years of experience in the spa industry and is responsible for overseeing the Spatec North America spring and fall events. “I’m thrilled to be a part of Spatec and to continue my rewarding role inside the Questex family,” says Helmstetter. “Spatec holds the premier events in our industry and I have always viewed...

ThermaSol Promotes Martin Siwy to Vice President of Sales and Marketing

ThermaSol has promoted Martin Siwy to vice president of sales and marketing. “Martin Siwy demonstrates a keen understanding of customer needs and continually exceeds ThermaSol’s expectations,” says CEO Mitch Altman. “In his new position, he will be working with regional sales managers Kim Frechette and Ryan Paul, while maintaining a western territory. Siwy has demonstrated a willingness to become intimately involved in all aspects of elevating the ThermaSol brand, and we are thrilled to have him overseeing national sales and marketing.” He has been working with ThermaSol since 2009. “I have been dedicated to the ThermaSol brand for many years...

The Omni Grove Park Inn Appoints Ellen McGinnis as Spa Director

The Omni Grove Park Inn (Asheville, NC) has appointed Ellen McGinnis as spa director. With more than 20 years of experience in hospitality, spa and wellness, McGinnis will be responsible for all operations of The Omni Grove Park Inn's spa and wellness programming. She first held the position of spa director at the Blue Ridge Mountain resort in 2011, where she oversaw the initial launch of The Spa. McGinnis comes to The Omni Grove Park Inn from Springs Eternal Spa located at its sister property Omni Bedford Springs Resort (Bedford Springs, PA), where she oversaw the daily operations of the...

Sibu Beauty Adds Robert A. King as CEO

Sibu Beauty , a seabuckthorn-based skincare and supplements brand, has appointed Robert A. King as chief executive officer. Previously president of A.M. Todd Botanical Therapeutics , an international botanical extract supplier, King brings years of international experience, particularly in Asia where he was involved with the construction of the largest stevia extraction facility in the world—covering 160,000 square-feet located in Anji, China, and has audited more than 200 sites.“We are thrilled to have Robert join our Sibu team,” says Peter McMullin, president of Sibu Beauty. “His background rounds out our leadership, and we look forward to utilizing his knowledge base...

Shamrock Capital Advisors Acquires Questex

Questex , a leading global business information and events company, announced that Shamrock Capital Advisors , a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, has acquired the company in partnership with senior management. “Shamrock Capital is the perfect partner for Questex at this point in our evolution,” says Kerry C. Gumas, president and CEO of Questex. “They have a deep understanding of the media, communications, and entertainment sectors and the customers we serve. They support our ongoing business initiatives and they share our goal of extending Questex’s service offerings and market footprint." The company will continue to develop its existing product portfolio...

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