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PBA Announces Beacon 2015 Student Winners & Honorable Mentions

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Top Cosmetology Students Win Chance to Participate in PBA Beauty Week

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is pleased to announce the winning students and honorable mentions chosen to attend Beacon 2015. These students were selected from more than a thousand applicants based on the creativity, presentation and content of their resume, professional portfolio, and creative marketing pieces. All Beacon applications were judged by PBA members, including top manufacturers, distributors and licensed professionals from across the country. Meet these exceptional students at PBA Beauty Week in Las Vegas July 11-14, 2015.

Held annually as part of PBA Beauty Week, Beacon accepts around 100 winners and invites 200 additional honorable mentions to be a part of this career-building event. Attendees are comprised of the nation's top cosmetology students and PBA strives to help provide them with a foundation to build a successful future in the industry. Designed to educate students on the various components needed to manage an accomplished career, Beacon introduces students to the business side of the industry and provides valuable insight on marketing, business operations, networking and leadership training.

Beacon winners receive free tuition, and honorable mentions pay a small fee to attend PBA Beauty Week in Las Vegas, which includes a full line up of education tailored specifically to them. The Beacon program is long renowned for hosting the industry's most accomplished speakers and this year's program features leading educators including Geno Stampora, Vivienne Mackinder, Stephanie Kocielski. In addition to attending their specialty classes, students tour the Cosmoprof North America trade show floor to meet beauty business leaders and attend PBA's annual Business Forum, featuring the Beauty Pitch, where they learn the role global distributors and manufacturers play in the industry. As part of this year's Beauty Week, PBA is encouraging Beacon winners and honorable mentions to post the "I am a 2015 Beacon Winner!" and "I am a 2015 Beacon Honorable Mention!" graphics on their social media pages, along with #BEACON2015, as a way for their followers to support them on their journey to Beauty Week.

For a full list of the winners and the schools they currently attend, please visit If you would like to sponsor the 2015 Beacon program, please visit

DAYSPA Wins Western Publishing Association’s Maggie Award for Global Speak Column

DAYSPA Wins Western Publishers Association’s Maggie Award for Global Speak Colum

DAYSPA received the Western Publishing Association’s (WPA) Maggie award for Best Regularly Featured Department, Section or Column in a Trade Publication for our Global Speak column at the WPA’s annual awards ceremony on May 1, 2015.

Recognizing that an increasingly globalized economy calls for a big-picture view of small business, DAYSPA launched Global Speak in January 2014. The column, written by top spa industry consultant, travel journalist and DAYSPA contributing editor Lisa Starr, touches on points such as geography, demographics, spa traditions, consumer habits and spa business practices. Regions featured in Global Spa in 2014 include Africa, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Morocco, the Nordic countries, Thailand and Western Europe.

“Global Speak provides a glimpse into the meaning, practice and business of spas around the world, and reinforces the concept of a global spa and wellness community,” says DAYSPA executive editor Linda Kossoff. “We’re truly honored to have been recognized by the WPA for our efforts to bring this aspect of the industry to our readers.”

Spa News: Dr. Deepak Chopra to be Keynote Speaker at 2015 Global Wellness Summit

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Best-selling author and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine to address delegates at ninth annual conference in Mexico City

The Global Wellness Summit (GWS), an annual event that attracts international leaders and visionaries, recently announced Dr. Deepak Chopra as a keynote speaker for its ninth annual conference. Chopra, author of over 80 books, including 22 New York Times bestsellers, is a leading, global figure in wellbeing and alternative medicine. He was hailed as “the pioneer of alternative medicine” by President William Clinton, while TIME magazine has described him as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”

Chopra joins a long list of internationally recognized and inspiring keynote speakers, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, to grace the GWS stage. He will address delegates on this year’s theme, “Building a Well World,” during the conference taking place at The St. Regis Mexico City from November 13-15.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this gathering of like-minded, forward-thinking wellness influencers who are committed to helping to create a peaceful, just, sustainable, happier and healthy world,” said Chopra whose soon-to-be released book, Super Genes (Harmony, November 2015), co-authored by Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, will be released just prior to the conference in early November.

In addition to his status as a best-selling author, Chopra is also the founder of The Chopra Foundation and Co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and has received countless honors for his work and humanitarian efforts. Chopra’s medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and serves as an Adjunct Professor at both the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Columbia Business School, Columbia University.

“There are few people whose impact on the way we think about health and wellbeing has been as profound and wide reaching as Dr. Chopra’s, and we’re thrilled he accepted our invitation to speak at this year’s Summit,” said Susie Ellis, Chairman and CEO of the Global Wellness Summit. “He has transformed the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social wellness, and it is this holistic, sophisticated understanding of wellbeing that we, as an organization, are always striving to communicate.”

The Summit is widely recognized as the premier gathering of business, government and academic leaders across the wellness, travel and spa industries - and for its high-profile, keynote speakers and innovative agenda, industry research, Global Wellness Tourism Congress and business networking opportunities. The Summit is an exclusive gathering for senior executives, for information about attending click here.

To learn more about the 2015 GWS, visit

Spa News: Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa Appoints Chad Waetzig as New Chief Marketing Officer

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Chad Waetzig brings more than 25 years of experience in the beauty, entertainment, and hospitality industries to the Red Door Spa executive team.

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa recently announced the appointment of Chad Waetzig as its Chief Marketing Officer. Mr. Waetzig brings more than 25 years of experience in the beauty, entertainment, and hospitality industries to the Red Door Spa executive team. In this role, Mr. Waetzig will be focused on leading Red Door growth initiatives through brand repositioning, new business opportunities, and brand partnerships to address a changing competitive landscape.

Most recently, Mr. Waetzig served in an executive advisory role for Blink Fitness, a subsidiary of Equinox, where he led the development of a new brand communications platform, including integrated advertising campaigns to drive new lead generation. Prior to Blink Fitness, Chad served in leadership marketing and branding roles for The Walt Disney Company, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and Marriott International where he led brand repositioning, growth, and guest enrichment initiatives around the world. Chad began his marketing career with Procter & Gamble in its Beauty Care Division, developing brand strategies and new product launches for Cover Girl and Max Factor cosmetics.

“We are excited to have Chad join Red Door Spa, as his achievements reflect his ability to build, revitalize, and transform brands through strategy and integrated marketing campaigns in highly competitive markets,” said Todd Walter, CEO of Red Door Spa Holdings. “We’re eager for him to spearhead and refocus the growth of the Red Door Spa brand, and maintain its leadership within the spa industry.”

TouchAmerica Announces Advisory Board for Next Generation Spa & Salon Development

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TouchAmerica collaborates with industry leaders to create innovative wellness spaces.

TouchAmerica, one of the leading US-based manufacturers of spa and salon equipment, is pleased to announce the formation of their new Advisory Board. The mission of the Advisory Board is to envision creative wellness solutions for spa and salons, as well as lodging and retail spaces.

TouchAmerica Advisory Board:

Leon Alexander
Chief Executive Officer/President
Eurisko Design

Blake Feeney

Cheryl Hartsough

Thor Holm


Account Representative

Director of Spa, Recreation & Fitness

Feeney & Co

The Industry Source/Nailco

Hammock Beach Resort/ Salamander Resorts

Alison Howland

Principal /Partner

Spa Success / Well World Group

Robert Henry

Eva Jensch

Gordon Tareta

Diane Trieste

Deborah Waldvogel



Chief Operating Officer

Spa Director

Director of Spa Development & Operations

Robert D. Henry Architects

Spa Concepts International

Marilyn Monroe Spas

Blue Heaven Spa /Art of Living Retreat Center

Sedona Resorts

The board represents the top echelon of spa developers, designers, architects, operators and suppliers-including two former ISPA Chairs, Thor Holm and Deborah Waldvogel, current ISPA Board members Blake Feeney, and former ISPA Board Members Cherly Hartsough and Diane Trieste.

"Forming the Advisory Board of spa industry heavy hitters is crucial to our commitment to service spas and salons in 2015 and beyond," said Stewart Griffith, CEO of TouchAmerica. "For more than 30 years, TouchAmerica has partnered with developers, operators and consultants to create innovate massage tables and spa equipment that solve real issues. Our offerings have grown with the needs of the industry to include custom furniture, reception desks/podiums, creative salon furniture, cabinetry, retail shelving and displays, and more. Our Advisory committee is excited to co-create innovate wellness solutions to satisfy the demands of the new generation of spa and hotel guests."

Hotel guests are looking for spa and wellness experiences outside the four walls of the spa, according to Trends(r) in the Hotel Spa Industry by PKF Consulting USA, In the future, hotels will take advantage of this desire and drive revenue elsewhere in the hotel by creating unique experiences centered around wellness.

"One of my goals as a TouchAmerica Advisory Board member is to envision new ways of delivering the spa experience," said Eva Jensch, principal of Spa Concepts International, consultant for Four Seasons, Hilton, Hyatt, Radisson, Starwood, Ritz Carlton and Spa at The Palace Downtown Dubai-winner of the Best Hotel Spa in the Middle East at the 2013 World Luxury Spa Awards.

"I'm impressed with the company's commitment to environmentally responsible solutions," continues Jensch. "TouchAmerica is a longtime partner of Aveda and has been tasked with sourcing eco-friendly materials and implementing sustainable practices at their North Carolina manufacturing facility. And, of course, it feels good supporting 'Made in the USA.'"

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Green Spa Network Announces New Membership Structure in Honor of Earth Day

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Free Associate Membership brings sustainability resources to all, while Contributing Membership lets green spa leaders shine.

In honor of Earth Day, the Green Spa Network (GSN) recently unveiled a new membership structure designed to make joining the network easier and expand the non-profit organization’s impact. The new Associate Member and Contributing Member levels will provide an improved foundation for the ongoing development of focused spa sustainability resources for the spa industry.

Beginning on Earth Day, anyone interested in learning more about or taking action for sustainability will be able to join the movement as a GSN Associate Member for FREE at “There are so many people opening to sustainable opportunities beyond basic eco-greening, the GSN board of directors wanted to be able to provide our tools to anyone who can benefit from them without the barrier of dues,” says Green Spa Network Executive Director Paul Schmidt. “Our new memberships now make it even easier for spas and supplier partners all over the world to collaborate for a sustainable future.”

The Associate Membership is to support people who know there is a bright future ahead if we all work together through networking, education and being in action. Associate Members will stay in the know regarding sustainability and spas through GSN’s news and informational messages and have full access to GSN's Sustainability Assessment Tool and Greening Toolkit, as well as a wide range of fulfilling volunteer opportunities.

Spa leaders who share GSN’s passion for being in action and wish to support the spa sustainability movement can join as a Contributing Member. Contributing Members can have their spa listed on GSN’s Green Spa Locator Map and enjoy other exclusive benefits such as supplier discounts and offers, media and marketing opportunities, member decal and wall certificates, preferred rates for GSN events, and more. GSN Contributing Members believe that spas can lead the way in promoting sustainable business and lifestyles and strive to "walk the talk" through ongoing improvement at their own properties. One year of Contributing Membership is just $360 USD.

“It’s exciting to expand our reach because our work is so important in shaping the future of our industry and conducting business that is both socially and environmentally responsible,” says Tara Grodjesk, GSN Founder, Board Member and Chair of the Congress and Personal Care Committees.

For more information, please visit

Running Y Ranch Introduces Inclusive Health Program Focused on Overall Wellness

Running Y Ranch, located in Southern Oregon, is expanding its spa services to include a new Inclusive Health program from health expert Dr. Howard Murad.

Running Y Ranch, southern Oregon’s premiere full-service resort, announced the addition of the Inclusive Health program, a breakthrough approach to health and wellness designed by Howard Murad, MD, FAAD and founder of Murad, Inc., that offers an integrated multidisciplinary approach to help create a stronger, healthier body. Running Y’s Sandhill Spa will be among an exclusive list of health spas in the United States to provide the certified program.

Dr. Murad’s pioneering research and clinical studies into The Science of Cellular Water™ have established him as an international authority on health and the aging process. The Science of Cellular Water, recognized as the world’s most comprehensive approach to understanding health and aging, looks at the ability of cell membranes to hold water as the fundamental marker of youthful good health. Using insights gained from his discoveries, Dr. Murad developed Inclusive Health.

The Inclusive Health approach marks a significant shift about what it means to lead a healthy lifestyle, beyond something that can achieved by spot-treating health problems, trying the latest fitness trend, getting the best spa treatments or treating skin with the newest active ingredients. At the heart of Inclusive Health is a three-faceted approach that helps people Look Better through high–performance clinical skincare, Live Better through nutrition, supplements and exercise, and Feel Better by managing stress.

Looking Better through targeted topical skin care is critical to health, as well as appearance, because the skin is connected to every system in the body. Living Better enhances the body’s capacity to heal itself through careful choices of food and dietary supplements that give it the building blocks it needs to function at its peak. Feeling Better encourages people to put themselves first and take care of their needs through high-touch services such as a facial or professional massage as a strategy for managing the impact of stress. The integration of all three facets of care provides a comprehensive system designed to help people look and feel their absolute best.

A leading visionary in the fields of skincare and dermatology, Dr. Murad holds 19 patents for advances in the science of skin health. He has received numerous recognitions, including being named the “Best Forward-Thinking Doctor” by Vogue Magazine, a “Beauty Genius” by Elle Magazine and an “Industry Visionary” by the International SPA Association. Dr. Murad recently conducted a tour to promote his latest book, “Conquering Cultural Stress: The Ultimate Anti-Aging Secret - 3 Steps to Looking, Living and Feeling Better” with events in Chicago, New York, Miami and Los Angeles.

For information about the work and career of Dr. Murad and to learn more about Inclusive Health, visit

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Babies Love Massage Too!

Check out this treatment for the "baby blues"!

Clients can never be too young! Watch this adorable video (and keep an eye out for our June issue's story about marketing to young clients)!

Sabias que los bebes tambien se estresan ? Todos necesitamos un masajito de vez en cuando.

Posted by 107.5 AMOR on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dr. Fredric Brandt, Celebrity Skin Doctor, Has Died

The beloved skincare expert had been dealing with depression.

Dr. Fredric Brandt, skin doctor to the stars, was found dead in his home in Miami on Sunday, April 5th 2015. Police ruled the death a suicide. His friends and family believe his death was the result of his depression.

Dr. Brandt's clients included Madonna, Kelly Ripa and model Stephanie Seymour. He was known for his skincare product lines including DNA, XYY and Dr. Brandt Skin Care. He also was the author of 10 Minutes 10 Years: Your Definitive Guide to a Beautiful and Youthful Appearance and Age-Less: The Definitive Guide to Botox, Lasers, Peels and Other Solutions for Flawless Skin.

Watch the video to learn more about Dr. Brandt:

[Video: Miami Herald]

iS University Launches New Online Education Portal

Since the company's inception, Innovative Skincare has been dedicated to providing partners and their staff members with a high level of industry education.

Innovative Skincare's iS University is launching an exclusive online educational course. This cutting-edge online community will enable participants to log in on their own schedule and be guided through a diverse and comprehensive variety of courses, consisting of topics ranging from industry trends and business building to the latest technologies and scientific education.

Upcoming iS Advance Training Seminars:

Minnesota Advance Seminar

Minikahda Country Club
3205 Excelsior Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Date: June 16, 2015
Time: 11AM – 6PM

North Carolina Advance Seminar
Ritz Carlton
201 East Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Date: June 26, 2015
Time: 10AM – 5PM

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Virginia Advance Seminar
Ritz Carlton
1700 Tysons Blvd
McLean, VA 22102
Date: June 29, 2015
Time: 10AM – 5PM