Katie Armitage Named 2007 Day Spa Person of the Year

Katie ArmitageThe Day Spa Association named Associated Skin Care
Professionals (ASCP) president Katie Armitage the 2007 Day
Spa Person of the Year Feb. 6 for her role in the 2007
launch of ASCP and her 13 years as executive director for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP).

Armitage was one of six candidates for the honor, in which more than 30,000 votes were tallied. The award was presented at the Day Spa Expo and Business Forum in Las Vegas.

'It's fitting that Katie should be recognized for a year that had two milestones - ABMP's 20 th anniversary of serving massage therapists and bodyworkers, and the successful launch of ASCP service to skin care professionals,' said Les Sweeney, ABMP president. 'ABMP has grown to the nation's largest massage membership association with 62,000 members and Katie's commitment to customer service has played a big role in that success.'

Armitage joined ABMP in 1993 when membership hovered around 10,000 and has served as executive director for 13 of her 15 years with the company. In January 2007, she spearheaded the launch of ABMP's sister association, ASCP, the first association providing liability coverage to skin care therapists that's solely devoted to estheticians and their business needs. Former skin care members of ABMP, numbering 5,000, became the first ASCP members in 2007; their ranks have grown to nearly 7,000 in the first year of operation.

Armitage's experience previous to ABMP includes 12 years of working with a variety of associations, supplying logistical management; meeting planning and special event planning services with a destination management company. Her decision to dedicate her energies to one association was prompted by her enthusiasm for the massage, bodywork and skin care professions.

ABMP serves the massage, bodywork and somatic therapy professions and is devoted to promoting ethical practices, fostering acceptance of the professions and protecting the rights of legitimate practitioners. Sister organization ASCP is the only association of its kind and serves the business needs of skin care professionals nationally.