FROM YOUR CHAIRMAN ISPA BOARD
IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT ( I SCARCELY CAN ), we are two-thirds through 2022 , and it won ’ t be long before we feel like we ’ ve been fired from a cannon into the holiday season . As we head toward the end of the year at ISPA , planning and preparation for the 2023 ISPA Conference is already well underway . It ’ s a huge undertaking to ready everything for one magical week in May of next year , but every ounce of effort is worth it .
Speaking of Conference , I ’ ve mentioned how excited we were to see so many new faces this year . Nearly half of our exhibitors were new to the ISPA Conference , and the number of first-timers attending as buyers was similarly impressive . This growth and expanding reach are great harbingers for our industry and for ISPA . We ’ re eager to harness this good energy and sustain our momentum by encouraging new and longtime members alike to take advantage of the many industry-elevating opportunities available through ISPA . ( Are you listening , future ISPA Board Chair ?)
One simple but important way to engage with ISPA is through this magazine . Pulse is a great resource that is made even better when members enrich its pages by sharing their expertise and experience as an author or a source . Be on the lookout for the Pulse add-on questions at the end of ISPA ’ s monthly Snapshot Surveys to learn how you can contribute to an upcoming issue ( and if you haven ’ t downloaded the Pulse app for your mobile device , take a moment to check it out ).
Volunteers — from our board of directors to committee members to newly minted ISPA Ambassadors — are an absolutely integral part of ISPA ’ s work in service of the spa industry , and we ’ re always interested in hearing from those who want to serve . Volunteering is a great way to build strong personal relationships with people throughout the industry while delivering the tangible results and resources that strengthen our industry .
Finally , we can ’ t encourage you strongly enough to engage with educational opportunities like ISPA ’ s Town Hall series , whether as a viewer or panel participant . These events provide highly relevant , real-time input from leaders across the industry , and they benefit enormously from your participation , so if you have an idea for a Town Hall — or are interested in any of the opportunities outlined here — don ’ t hesitate to reach to us at ispa @ ispastaff . com or learn more at experienceispa . com .
To all my new friends and future ISPA leaders : Welcome ! It ’ s lovely to have you join the ISPA family .
ELECTED OFFICERS CHAIR
Patrick Huey We Care Spa
Kelleye Martin The Edgewater Spa
SECRETARY / TREASURER
Immediate Past Chair Todd Shaw Fountain Life
Michelle Adams Somerville Woodstock Inn & Resort
Brennan Evans Trilogy Spa Holdings
CG Funk Massage Heights Corporate LLC
Lynelle Lynch Bellus Academy
Dawn MacLellan St . Andrews Country Club
Barry McCaffrey BABOR
Jay Muller Eight Sleep
Foundation Chair Frank Pitsikalis Agilysys
Eric Savage Freedom Spa , LLC
Charlotte Prescott Fisher Island Club Spa Internazionale
Kenneth Ryan Marriott International
Jessica Shea Hilton
Jessica Timberlake Jessica Timberlake Consulting
Lynne McNees President International SPA Association
2 PULSE n AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2022
— PATRICK HUEY , CHAIR
ADVISOR TO THE BOARD Garrett Mersberger
MEDICAL ADVISOR Brent A . Bauer , MD Mayo Clinic