JUST ABOUT THE TIME THAT THIS ISSUE OF
PULSE is making its way into the hands ( or onto the screens ) of our members , the 2022 ISPA Conference will kick off in Las Vegas , where there is simply so much to celebrate . Not only is the ISPA community coming together in person for the first time in more than two years , but we ’ ll also finally be able to resume some of our most exciting and beloved Conference traditions throughout the event .
One such tradition is the presentation of the ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award , the ISPA Visionary Award and the Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award , which will be given to Ella Kent , Kerstin Florian and Power Session speaker Leon Logothetis , respectively . In addition , we will present the ISPA Distinguished Service Award to Colin McIlheney , global research leader with PricewaterhouseCoopers . Colin has played a critical role in ISPA ’ s industry and consumer research efforts , which have provided vital insights to ISPA members for more than 20 years now . The ISPA Foundation is incredibly grateful for Colin ’ s countless contributions , and we ’ re thrilled to find him back in a familiar role at this year ’ s event , sharing results from ISPA ’ s most recent U . S . Spa Industry Study and a new wave of consumer research data . Cheers , Colin !
Mr . McIlheney won ’ t be the only person leaving Conference with a treasured new possession ( or experience ) in tow , of course . In fact , you could find yourself the proud owner of , say , a brand-new iPhone , a fabulous gift basket or a magical getaway to spas and resorts such as Rancho La Puerta in Mexico , The Hythe Resort in Vail and The Woodstock Inn in Vermont . If you ’ re with us in Vegas , be sure to attend the ISPA Foundation Live Auction , which begins at 5:30 pm , Tuesday , May 3 on the main stage . But even if you weren ’ t able to make the trip to Conference this year , you can still bid on dozens of incredible items via the Handbid app , where the ISPA Foundation Silent Auction will be ongoing from April 25 to noon ( PST ) on Wednesday , May 4 .
No matter where this letter finds you , we ’ d love for you to participate in these auctions , the proceeds of which will go directly to funding the kinds of industry-leading research that ISPA members find so valuable . Best of luck to all you bidders at Conference and around the world !
ISPA FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OFFICERS CHAIR Frank Pitsikalis Agilysys ResortSuite
DIRECTORS Patrick Huey ISPA Chair
Kelleye Martin ISPA Vice Chair
Lynne McNees ISPA President
ADVISOR TO THE BOARD Garrett Mersberger
ISPA MEDICAL ADVISOR Brent Bauer , M . D . Mayo Clinic
HONORARY FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBER Deborah Szekely Rancho La Puerta
Donations of all sizes make a difference . Visit experienceispa . com / about / ispa-foundation to show your support .
— FRANK PITSIKALIS , ISPA FOUNDATION CHAIR
76 PULSE • MAY / JUNE 2022