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Spa News: Board Member Missy Godfrey Appointed CEO of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.

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Spafinder Wellness, Inc. announced that longtime board member Missy Godfrey has been named the company’s chief executive officer (CEO). Godfrey, who has over two decades of experience as a senior executive in commerce, media, technology and finance, will lead strategic planning and global operations for the business.

Pete Ellis, who has been CEO of Spafinder since 2002, will continue as chairman of the board of directors. He is also chairman emeritus of the Global Spa & Wellness Summit, which he co-founded in 2007.

“As Spafinder expands its wellness offerings, Missy is the best choice to lead the company’s continued international expansion and future growth of the brand,” said Ellis. “She has a rich history with Spafinder and an exceptionally strong background in retail, media and technology, as well as unique expertise in new product launches.”

Most recently, Godfrey was CEO of SocialFlow, a software company for social media marketing, where she spearheaded the expansion of product offerings for brand marketers and drove accelerated revenue growth. She has a successful history of innovation, launches and transitions in the media industry and held senior executive positions at Hearst, Primedia, Worth and American Express Publishing. She leveraged this experience as a managing director at North Sea Partners, a boutique merchant bank, and was instrumental in building its Executive Alliance.

Spa News: Cuccio Makes a Splash

Summer may be winding down, but on August 16 Cuccio Colour made a splash at the Friends with Benefits Poolside Soiree at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. More than 250 entertainment, tech and fashion professionals partied the day away to great music, Wolfgang Puck cuisine, tropical drinks and free poolside manis and pedis provided by Zenii Spa, a partner of Cuccio Colour. Each guest received free samples of Cuccio Naturale Body Butters and their choice of summer nail shades from from the brand.

"It was an amazing afternoon for everyone. We met people from Sweden, Italy, Brazil as well as Hollywood locals just soaking it all up," said Arica Carpenter, brand manager for Cucico Colour. “It was a great opportunity to connect to the global style community.”

For more information, please log on to www.cuccio.com.

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Spa News: Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals Appoints New Director of Education

Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals, a professional skincare company, has appointed Shannon Esau as the Director of Education to guide the advanced education initiative at the new Rhonda Allison Education Center.

In her new role, Esau will oversee the educational and instructional programs at the Center, developing the course curriculum, structure and schedule. She will also coordinate a continuum of courses that will be live streamed, which will enable global interactive learning and 24-hour access to archived training courses. Shannon brings more than 14 years of experience in the aesthetic industry, having served as national educator within Rhonda Allison. Esau also completed advanced chemistry studies in cosmetic formulation.

“Continued education has always been one of our top priorities, and now with our new Education Center and Shannon at the helm, we are in a unique position to raise the bar on advanced aesthetic training and enhance our abilities to better serve our clients and partner with them more directly,” said Rhonda Allison, founder of Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals. “Shannon’s knowledge of the aesthetics industry, years of experience in leading educational programming, and expertise in the chemistry of formulations will prove invaluable.”

“I’m passionate about making a difference in the lives of others, and helping people grow their businesses – education paves the way for both of these,” said Shannon Esau, Director of Sales and Education.

Prior to becoming a Rhonda Allison national educator, Esau owned and operated three skin care salons in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, selling Rhonda Allison products. Before finding her passion in the aesthetics industry, she worked in corporate America as a Microsoft Certified Engineer (MSCE) and Certified Novel Engineer (CNE).

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.