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PBA Announces New Leadership Appointments

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) has announced new appointments to its Board of Directors for the 2013/2014 terms, which began Sept. 1. PBA's Board and Councils are comprised of beauty professionals who volunteer their time to advance PBA and the industry at large. Scott Buchanan (pictured left), owner of the Scott J Salons & Spas , will lead the PBA Board of Directors as chairman while Reuben Carranza, CEO of Wella , The Salon Professional Division of Procter & Gamble, will serve as vice chair. Buchanan's appointment marks the second time a salon owner has been elected as chairman of...

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Appoints New Spa Director

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota recently welcomed Veljko Savic as director of its award-winning spa . With more than a decade of experience in spas across the world, Savic brings a background in physiotherapy to his new position in which he is responsible for all operations of the spa and beauty salon, as well as the retail shops at the spa and hotel. “Veljko’s experience and passion for the spa industry as well as his creative approach to his work make him an excellent choice for spa director,” says Phil Labreque, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Club general manager. “He brings with him many...

Mia Kyricos Joins SpaFinder Wellness as Chief Brand Officer

SpaFinder Wellness announced the appointment of Mia Kyricos, who has been named chief brand officer. In the newly created position, Kyricos will lead the company’s worldwide branding initiatives and oversee marketing, advertising, public relations, industry and consumer relations, social media and digital strategy, research, and internal communications. As a member of the SpaFinder Wellness’ senior executive team, she is responsible for developing a global strategy to leverage the company’s position to continue its brand evolution. "With her strong background and education in hospitality, wellness, and brand marketing, Mia brings an incredible wealth of knowledge to SpaFinder Wellness,” says Pete Ellis,...

Dermalogica Welcomes New Head of U.S. Marketing

Dermalogica appointed Laura Staves as senior director of U.S. marketing, who will base her operations at the brand’s worldwide company headquarters (Carson, CA). Staves will work directly with Dermalogica’s U.S. sales and education teams to maintain strategic and tactical consistency across the organization, emphasizing a holistic, integrated approach to skin health through professional service and take home care. “Dermalogica has always been an original because the interaction between the professional skin therapist and the client have always been central to the brand promise,” says Staves. “My main focus is to build on this continuum, which is now more than 25...

Spa Industry Veterans Join Spas of America

The spa travel website Spas of America today announced the appointment of Kristin Gladfelter Johnson and Mary Blackmon to the growing Spas of America team. Launched in 2005, Spas of America is the fastest-growing Spa & Wellness travel website, showcasing over 750 spas to travel consumers around the world. 'Kristin and Mary are two of the leading marketing and branding strategists in our industry,' says Spas of America president Craig Oliver. 'Both bring valuable knowledge, relationships, experience and passion—for delivering the best Spa & Wellness experiences to our targeted audience.' Mary Blackmon, founder and CEO of Spa-Addicts.com, joins Spas of...

Mia Kyricos leaves Starwood, joins Core Performance as VP of Corporate Wellness

Mia Kyricos has left Starwood and joined the executive team of a proactive wellness company called Core Performance. As their Vice President of Corporate Wellness, she will be responsible for the implementation and success of wellness centers and related programming at Fortune 500 companies like Google, Intel, and more. Core Performance was started by the master-minds behind Athletes Performance, known for training the world’s best athletes and military personnel by offering cutting-edge regimens including fitness, nutrition, stress management, physical therapy, massage therapy and so much more. Core Performance is backed by Polaris Ventures – a venture firm that manages over...

Spa Industry Veteran Joins Ritz Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation

Longtime spa industry professional Sherrie Huebner has been named the new spa director of the Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, an award-winning, 27,600-square-foot wellness facility offering a decidedly seasonally inspired treatment menu. In her new role, Huebner will supervise all spa operations – overseeing 45 employees, a fitness facility, an indoor spa pool, a spa salon and boutique and a spa menu with more than 90 treatments, including unique water-themed therapies. 'Sherrie has extensive experience in developing and opening new spa facilities and creating innovative spa menus,' said Ralph Vick, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton Lodge. 'With her...

Ageless Esthetics names Ronel Corbin as President

Ageless Esthetics, a premier distributor of advanced aesthetic technology and world-class skincare, is pleased to announce that Ronel Corbin will be their new President acting under CEO Rob Insinger. A graduate of the Stellenbosch Academy of Health and Skin Therapy in South Africa, Mrs. Corbin began her work in the skin and body care industry as a therapist and lecturer. She now brings with her over 21 years of collective professional experience with a vast array of knowledge in the fields of spa development, training, management, recruitment and operations. Most recently Mrs. Corbin returned to the UK based ESPA International...

GramercyOne Adds Starr Appeal to Webinars and Training

GramercyOne, developer of the SpaBooker web-based software, has today announced a partnership with top industry consultant, Lisa Starr. Lisa will become Community Ambassador and will generate and publish industry dialogue and advice, provide coverage of trade events and conferences, and run a free monthly educational webinar, under the GOtalk name, which will be open to clients and non-clients alike. Lisa Starr has over 30 years’ experience as consultant, writer and educator in the spa & beauty industry. Lisa also works with Wynne Business, a leading spa consulting and education company, facilitating their highly-acclaimed Spa Directors training. Her expertise includes business...

Kimberly DeOrsey named Spa Director at The Atlantic Resort & Spa

FORT LAUDERDALE , Fla. , November 22, 2010 – The Atlantic Resort & Spa has appointed Kimberly DeOrsey as spa director for the 10,000-sq.-ft. Spa Atlantic. In this role, she is responsible for developing new programming and treatments as well as leading a team of 25 spa professionals. “We are very pleased to have Kim join our senior management team and look forward to her contributions at Spa Atlantic,” states General Manager Aref Sayegh. An 18-year hospitality and spa industry veteran, DeOrsey most recently opened the spa at The Tesoro Club, part of Ginn Resorts and Clubs in Port St...

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