The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present Jim Root with the 2014 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award at the 24th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas) from October 13 to 15. “Jim is the ultimate cheerleader for the spa industry,” says ISPA president Lynne McNees. “Every step of the way he has leant his supportive and motivating attitude to ISPA. I can’t imagine what the spa industry would have been without his dedication and commitment.” Root is the chief executive officer and president of Glen Ivy Hot Springs, a 154-year-old spa and hospitality management company with two locations in California. “Jim’s positive attitude is contagious,” says Michael Tompkins, ISPA chairman. “He has always been an example of positivity to me as I navigated leadership roles within the association. It is an honor to be able to present such a well deserving award to someone as dedicated as Jim Root.” Root is a past chairman of ISPA with a 37-year career in spa and hospitality management. “First and foremost, I’ve always been a member that got engaged and who has stayed connected throughout my career,” says Root. “The community of ISPA is a very real connection in my life, so this recognition is especially gratifying.” The ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award is given every year to an active ISPA member who has contributed significantly to the growth of the association.
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