Q & A with Valory Reed, Spa Director at the St. Regis Monarch Beach

Valory Reed, Spa Director at Spa Gaucin, St. Regis Monarch Beach, gives us a peek at a full and busy life.

How many years have you been involved in the spa/hospitality industry?

I've been in the hotel and spa industry since 2002, but I've been in the travel industry since 1992.

What was the path that led you into the spa industry?

It is a bit of a winding path; after managing a two-year sales and marketing plan for Park City and Salt Lake City in advance of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, I became Resort Marketing Director for a hotel at the base of The Canyons Resort.  Part of my job was to market the large, beautiful spa at the resort.  I'd always been a spa-goer, but I started to become intrigued with the operation of the spa.  Well, my luck was at hand as I became the Spa Director there in 2003

What is your favorite place in the whole world?

Around the dinner table with my two daughters and husband.

If you could have any profession in the world, other than what you do now, what would you be?

A winemaker or winery owner.

What is your motto or concept that you live by?

I'm focused on living a life of intent, with few regrets and oozing with love.

What is your most treasured possession?

My grandmother's necklace she won for being the Fourth Grade Spelling Bee Champion.  And I, too, was the Fourth Grade Spelling Bee Champion!

What’s your go-to spa treatment?

Deep, very long, massage.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Being a mom.  It's the toughest job out there, and there's no training or job interview.  And, I still blush about being an Olympic Torch Bearer for the 2002 Olympics.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I want to learn more, about everything.  I wish I had been more courageous and focused in my youth.

Care to share any details on family life; i.e. spouse, partner, children, pets?

We are a family of fun and adventure; two daughters and a husband, as mentioned above.  We love sports (rugby, golf, football, baseball, soccer), outdoors (gardening, camping, hiking, running), traveling (good thing I work for a major hotelier), music (dance parties are a family tradition), cuisine (I'm the chef for "Restaurant Reed") and mainly just being together (it's where we all feel happiest).

Tell us two things about yourself we don’t know.

I'm an avid Boston Red Sox fan, and I wanted to be a Forest Ranger when I "grew up."