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Spa News: Jaime Huffman Leading Universal Companies’ Spa Development Efforts

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Universal Companies recently announced that Jaime Huffman, MPH, joined its team on July 30, 2014, as Senior Vice President of Spa Development. In her new position with Universal Companies, Jaime leads the Product Development, Education, and Equipment teams. Brenda Elliott, Universal Companies CEO said, “We are very glad to welcome Jaime to the team. She has an impressive resume, with more than 25 years of leadership experience in spa, hospitality, education, and health care. Her experience and understanding of the complexities involved in delivering an exceptional spa experience makes her a perfect fit for this Spa Development position.”

A widely respected spa and hospitality industry leader, Jaime was most recently with The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, where she was Executive Spa Director, Member of Senior Operations. There, she helped The Grove Park Inn Spa become one of the most highly ranked spas in North America.

Prior to her 14-year tenure at The Spa at The Grove Park Inn, Jaime provided operational and educational services in two hospital-based wellness centers, a medical/psychological group practice, and in her own consulting business. She holds a master’s degree, a license in therapeutic massage and bodywork, and she is a certified corporate speaker.

“I am excited to be part of Universal Companies,” said Jaime. “We provide a full range of solutions that allow customers to create their perfect spa — whether they are looking for equipment, doing a major renovation, or building a new spa — and I’m looking forward to sharing that with the industry. We also help spa customers find solutions for training and education, and of course, product development has always been at the heart of Universal Companies’ mission statement, delivering innovative solutions to maximize our customers’ success. I am very pleased to be a part of this mission.”

Jaime has worked with a host of prestigious clients, including Mandarin Oriental in New York, Hawks Cay in Florida, and Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Vermont. She is a sought-after advisor, teacher, writer, and speaker in the hospitality industry and has been a catalyst for positive change in the spa industry. Jaime has served as President of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), on the Executive Committee of the International Spa Association (ISPA), as Chair of the North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy, as an instructor for the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute and as advisor for several colleges. She currently serves on the advisory board and as a professor for UC Irvine's Spa and Hospitality Management program. Jaime has contributed to numerous industry textbooks that are used in spa management courses internationally.

Spa News: Urgent Q&A Session with CA State Board at Face & Body Northern California

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Executive Officer, Kristy Underwood, and other representatives of the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, will participate in an urgent Q&A session during the Advanced Education Conference Program at Face & Body Northern California on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 5:30–6:30 PM.

The purpose of this emergency session is to provide California estheticians with an opportunity to understand the nature of proposed changes to the regulation of their licenses and communicate directly with their board. The changes include the proposed master esthetics license, LED operation requirements, the ability to perform services on inflamed skin, and more.

Registration for the Advanced Education Conference Program is required to attend the emergency session. Visit www.FaceandBody.com/california/register to register, or complete your registration on-site at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA.

Professionals may submit questions for early consideration to faceandbody@allured.com.

Spa News: Christine Heathman Appointed to Utah State Board

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Christine Heathman has been appointed by to the Utah State Board of Cosmetology/Barbering, Esthetics, Electrology and Nail Technology Licensing. Christine Heathman played an instrumental role in establishing the first Master Esthetic License in the country in 2001 and is thrilled to be nominated to the board where she can continue to affect the requirements for state licensing. The appointment comes from Utah Governor, Gary Herbert.

The three-year appointment charges Ms. Heathman with carrying out a number of important responsibilities relating to licensing and in protecting the interests of the people of Utah. The opportunity to review current licensing issues and work on legislation related to state licensing is something that Ms. Heathman takes seriously. Working alongside staff members from the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Christine Heathman will have a number of duties and responsibilities to perform over the coming months.

Utah was the first state to enact a Master Esthetic License in 2001. Since then Virginia, Washington and California have each passed legislation requiring licensing for aestheticians and master aestheticians. The current requirements for a license in Utah are 600 hours for an esthetic license (LE) and 1200 hours for the master esthetic license (LME). In 2000, Christine Heathman worked tirelessly with other business leaders in the community to lobby the Utah State Legislator to require licensing for everyone using chemicals in the treatment room. She keeps the original signed House Bill, HB105 as a treasured memento of her work.

Christine Heathman is a skin expert and esthetics pioneer who has helped to shape American skin care throughout her 30-year career. She helped pass the first state Master Esthetician license, has appeared as a guest expert on popular national television, and has been described as a "legend" in the profession. Christine is the owner of GlyMed Plus Professional Only Skin Care and remains an innovator in research and development of unconventional and progressive skin care protocols, used in skin care and medical clinics all over the world.

Announcing the Seventh Annual Green Spa Network Congress

Inn at Loretto, Santa Fe, NM

The Green Spa Network (GSN) recently announced the preliminary agenda and speakers for its Annual Congress, the only spa event in the industry devoted to sustainability education and inspiration. With a theme of "Living in Spirit: Leadership Without Limits," this year’s event will be held at the award-winning Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 21-24, 2014.

With keynotes by author and alternative medicine pioneer, Larry Dossey MD, and VP of Global Sustainability for Nike, Sarah Severn, the three-day event is designed to be solution driven, creative and interactive. Attendees will take up where last year’s session left off – creating the building blocks for reaching the goals set for the spa of the future or “Eco Spa 2020,” where spas become community education centers for wellness and green living.

The overarching goal of the event is to inspire attendees to explore sustainable and profitable ways to approach and lead their businesses. Peppered throughout the program will be a variety of breakout sessions on: Leadership, Marketing and practical use of the Green Spa Network Sustainability Assessment Tool.

Agenda Highlights:

Keynote Dr. Larry Dossey - a distinguished physician, deeply rooted in the scientific world, and an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare.

Keynote Sarah Severn - 21 years at Nike, most recently as VP of Global Sustainability. Presently a Reiki master with extensive training in shamanic healing, she will share insights from working on both ends of the sustainability spectrum.

Sponsor Showcase - Interact with resource partners in a casual, fun setting.

Outdoor Movie Screening of James and Robert Redford's documentary - Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West

Group Exercise with Donald VanHowten - An author, Ayurvedic practitioner, Feldenkrais teacher and certified massage therapist.

Green Carpet & Sustainability Awards Dinner - Seven categories will be honored, including:

  • Healthy Spa Cuisine Award
  • Innovative Green Product of Year
  • Corporate Brand Dedicated to Sustainability
  • Green Building Award
  • Green Product Company or Service Provider of the Year
  • Sustainable Spa of the Year
  • Green Spa Network Visionary Award

“In a recent United Nations Study, 73 percent of consumers feel businesses are failing to take care of the planet and society,” says GSN Executive Director, Paul Schmidt. "This year’s Congress is a chance for spa industry professionals to learn how to lead the way in tangibly impacting their customer’s lives by providing them with truly sustainable options. And how fitting that we come together in breathtaking Santa Fe, which has inspired visionaries for centuries.”

Started 7 years ago by eco-savvy spa professionals and now recognized as the leading educational forum for promoting health and wellness sustainability, GSN is sponsored by a range of entities from Fortune 500 companies to sustainable textile companies to green personal care products. Congress attendees will include day, resort and destination spas, product companies, as well as greening and wellness experts.

Congress registration is $750. Full speaker bios, draft agenda and registration at greenspanetwork.org.

Style Bar Day Spa Becomes Official Salon and Spa for the Palm Beach Makos Cheerleaders

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Style Bar Day Spa (www.stylebarspa.com), Palm Beaches’ luxury salon and day spa, recently announced its exciting new partnership as the Official Salon and Day Spa for the Palm Beach Makos Cheerleaders (www.facebook.com/MakoCheerleaders).

From color to curls, nail and massages, Style Bar will provide signature game day looks for all the Makos Cheerleaders. More than just a pretty face, each cheerleader embodies the spirit and message of intelligent beauty. The Makos Cheerleader organization is dedicated to being an inspiration and role model for young children as they support hundreds of charity and community groups throughout Palm Beach County.

“Partnering up with such a wonderful group of young, intelligent and dedicated women who represent Palm Beach County is very exciting to me and the salon. We want to have community involvement and are looking forward to making the Makos Cheerleaders look and feel their very best,” says Perrie Gurfein, owner of Style Bar Day Spa.

Palm Beach Makos Cheerleaders will shoot their 2015 Swimsuit Calendar and Squad photo this September with hair services being sponsored by Style Bar. “Cheerleaders and beauty go hand in hand and after 5 years of searching I've found a home for the cheerleaders to take care of them to look the very best,” says DeShon Allen, Director of the Makos Cheerleaders.

Spa News: Bellezza Spa's Paola Berrios Joins "Look Good Feel Better" Campaign

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Paola Berrios, owner of Bellezza Spa of Centreville, VA, is joining the “Look Good Feel Better” campaign held at Life with Cancer, a hands-on workshop conducted by professional cosmetologists to help women manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Berrios will teach Look Good, Feel Better workshops on Aug. 12 and Oct. 14 in 2014; and Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20, June 15, Aug. 17, Oct. 19 and Dec. 14 in 2015 at Life with Cancer offices at 8411 Pennell Street in Fairfax, VA.

“Bellezza Spa is honored to be a part of the Look Good, Feel Better Campaign at Life with Cancer,” said Berrios. “Through the workshop, we hope our beauty tips and techniques can provide some rejuvenation to cancer patients."

For more information, please visit www.bellezzaspava.com or call 703.266.0063.