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Spa News: CPNA Spa Sessions

The spa market continues to experience sluggish growth, but with more than 19,000 spas in the U.S., there is potential for various companies to build the presence of this important segment. In an effort to address such opportunities, Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) is proud to present the Spa Sector – How to Build Synergies & Grow Spa Distribution session as part of this year’s educational panel lineup. Spa and skin care experts will discuss ways they have successfully helped one another and other small companies grow to achieve more relevant status. The panelists will represent a large spa chain, the leading distributor to spas, and one of the leading spa and salon product brands.

The Spa Sector – How to Build Synergies & Grow Spa Distribution session will be held on Monday, July 15th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m, and moderated by Ada Polla, president and CEO of Alchimie Forever. Polla will be joined by Ryan Crabbe, Senior Director of Spa Operations and Development of Hilton Worldwide; Teddy Lester, Vice President of Sales of Universal Companies; and Tracey Sameyah, General Manager of Dermalogica.

Ryan Crabbe | Senior Director of Spa Operations and Development | Hilton Worldwide – Ryan has been an active leader in the luxury hospitality and spa industry since he attended college at the University of Virginia, in 1997. Prior to joining Hilton in September 2009, he founded the consulting firm Interim Spa Solutions to offer transitional management services to luxury hotels. He has also opened and directed numerous spas for both Wynn Resorts and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. He currently launches and oversees the performance of spas for Waldorf-Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, Hilton Grand Vacations and Embassy Suites brands in the Americas.

Teddy Lester | Vice President of Sales | Universal Companies – After earning degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography from Emory and Henry College in Virginia, Lester worked for six years as a pharmaceutical sales specialist and trainer. In 2006, he joined Universal Companies as an outside sales representative for the School Partnership Program. As the current VP of Sales, Lester focuses on building long lasting relationships with clients and is dedicated to helping his sales team provide excellent sales and customer service. He is also committed to working with Universal Companies’ education team to develop a best in class educational outreach program for customers.

Tracey Sameyah | General Manager | Dermalogica – After earning her cosmetology license in the U.K. and U.S., Sameyah moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s to specialize in professional skin care and its service and retail segments. Over the next twenty years, she held senior management positions with the prestigious YonKa and Murad skin care brands.In 2012, Sameyah joined the Dermalogica team with the goal of continuing to expand its brand.

Ada Polla | President, CEO | Alchimie Forever - In 2004, Ada Polla launched her family’s skincare line in the U.S. Today, the brand boasts global visibility and distribution while yielding double-digit annual growth. Polla is also involved in several ventures such as the Washington Spa Alliance and Fashion Group International, where she serves on the board as founding member and treasurer, respectively. In addition, she serves on the Editorial Board of GCI Magazine and on the Board of HBA. Polla holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and art history from Harvard University, and an MBA from Georgetown University.

The session is open to PBA and non-PBA members. PBA members can register for $30 prior to June 14, 2013 ($40 after this date), while non-members can register for $40, and, respectively, $50.

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Stylists Join Fight Against Melanoma via "Skinny on Skin" Training

Stylists can become valuable partners in the fight against melanoma with new "Skinny On Skin" training sessions.

The Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) has developed an innovative program for salon professionals called The Skinny on Skin, which is set to launch this spring. This free educational program calls on medical training methods to teach beauty professionals how to spot suspicious moles on a client's scalp and neck while performing common salon and spa services. After all, as some of the only professionals to closely examine scalps on a regular basis, stylists should be equipped with the skills to spot potential melanoma long before anyone else. The medical professionals leading Skinny on Skin training sessions will also advise stylists on the best ways to speak with their clients after a suspicious mole has been identified.

Launch events (see below) will include The Skinny On Skin training, opportunities for professionals to use MFNE’s UV facial scanner to better detect lurking skin damage, and more. All attendees will receive a healthy skin goody bag with sponsor product samples. The training events will be lead by Dr. Robin L. Travers of SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill, MA. Refreshments will be served at all events.

1. Monday, May 6th - 11:00-2:00 pm at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing – 29 Lowell Street, Lewiston, ME
2. Tuesday, May 21 – 7:00-9:00 pm at Montage, Boston – 75 Arlington Street, Boston, MA
3. Monday, July 22nd – 6:30-8:30 p.m. (location TBD), Manchester, NH

To reserve your spot at any of these free launch events, email or call 800-557-6352. For more information about The Skinny On Skin visit

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The International Dermal Institute Introduces New Oncology Educational Series with Sharon Bell

The International Dermal Institute Introduces New Oncology Educational Series wi

Advanced skincare instructor Sharon Bell is slated to present "Introduction to Oncology Skin Care" at The International Dermal Institute's latest guest speaker event series.

Dermalogica's The International Dermal Institute , a leading educational resource for licensed skin therapists, breaks new ground with a series of Guest Speaker Evenings that will address care for clients who have been diagnosed with cancer of any form.

The traveling “Introduction to Oncology Skin Care” seminar will be presented by IDI Advanced Instructor Sharon Bell. Before joining IDI and launching her own private skincare practice three years ago, Bell worked as a social worker and teacher for 19 years. Her family's experience with cancer led her to become certified in Oncology Esthetics through Touch for Cancer, and she currently treats cancer patients and teaches at The International Dermal Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The purpose of “Introduction to Oncology Skin Care” is to help spa therapists develop specialized skills for the particular needs of clients living with cancer. The presentation canvasses cancer's psychological and emotional impacts for both therapist and client, as well as the many technical contraindications and considerations that arise concerning surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and steroids.

For instance, chemotherapy typically thins and sensitizes the skin, which commonly results in darkened melanin. Radiation patients are at increased risk for developing shingles; this occurs when a dormant chicken pox virus is activated as the immune system becomes compromised.

Medical opinions vary as to which skincare product ingredients are safest in the aftermath of cancer. Further complicating the matter is the social exclusion many cancer patients experience, not to mention obvious signs of its treatment, such as hair loss.

However, “The genius of professional skin care is that the power of human touch is transcendent,” says Annet King, director of global education for IDI. “People with cancer often feel isolated, and their contact with the larger world may diminish. The mission of this new educational series is to enlighten and train professional skin therapists to treat the whole person, not simply the skin. In the context of a life-threatening disease, this level of engagement and connection with a skilled and compassionate skincare professional may be a profoundly healing pathway.”

The next “Introduction to Oncology Skin Care” Guest Speaker Evening event will take place on April 8 in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit

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Spa News: Scholarship for Aspiring Spa Leader

Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship, valued at $5,000.

With the help of the International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation and a wealth of donations, students interested in pursuing a spa management or spa leadership-related career will be able to achieve their dreams. Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship, now valued at 5,000 USD, having doubled since its inception in 2006.

ISPA President Lynne McNees said, “It is our hope that students touched by these scholarships will not only provide comfort and care to people who need it, but serve as inspirations for others to join the spa profession.”

The scholarship was created in 2006 and named in honor of Mary Tabacchi, Ph.D., RD, Associate Professor, Hospitality Facilities and Operations at Cornell University. Dr. Tabacchi is a beloved spa industry veteran and pioneer in spa education.

The ISPA Foundation's Mary Tabacchi Scholarship will be awarded to a junior, senior or grad student enrolled full-time in a bachelor's or master's program of a related discipline, i.e. business, health science, hospitality or spa management and is pursuing a spa management/spa leadership-related career. The recipient will receive 5,000 USD to offset their education expenses, a complimentary registration, travel stipend and hotel accommodations to attend the 2013 ISPA Conference & Expo, a one-year ISPA Student Membership valued at 130 USD and will be assigned a one-year mentor to help navigate their career aspirations.

Learn more about eligibility requirements and access the scholarship application HERE. The deadline to apply is April 30.

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Cosmoprof Hosts Zappos Corporate Culture Tour

Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) presents the Zappos Corporate Culture Tour on Tuesday, July 16th.

Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) is giving beauty professionals the opportunity to spend some time in the shoes of Zappos employees via the Zappos Corporate Culture Tour on July 16. The online retailer is known internationally for its fun and nurturing corporate culture, which is adopted by many large companies who realize the importance of incorporating this dynamic setting into their own business model. Many industry executives, including beauty CEOs, take the tour of Zappos' Las Vegas headquarters to see what makes this winning formula so successful--and now CPNA has joined the fun.

The event will consist of a 60-minute tour of the Zappos headquarters, where guests will be introduced to various departments. After the tour, Noelle Raezer, senior director of merchandising at (online retailer specializing in the hair category), will host a 15-minute Q & A session about Zappos' corporate culture.

Here are the details of CPNA's Zappos Tour:

Zappos Corporate Culture Tour

Date: Tuesday, July 16th

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Cost: PBA members - $125 / Non-members $150

(Bus transportation will be provided, located at the Mandalay Bay Tour & Travel Lobby at lower level)

Cosmoprof North America is organized by North American BeautyEvents LLC a joint-venture company between BolognaFiere Group and the Professional Beauty Association

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Mario Lopez to Host the 2013 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA)

Mario Lopez to Host the 2013 North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA)

Entertainer Mario Lopez will host the North American Hairstyling Awards, and also receive the 2013 PBA Beautiful Humanitarian Award.

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA), producer of the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), just announced that Mario Lopez—renowned actor, author, entertainment journalist, producer and father—will host of the 2013 NAHA Awards Ceremony.

In addition, Lopez will receive the 2013 PBA Beautiful Humanitarian Award during the Ceremony. The award will honor his work with a variety of charitable initiatives. Lopez actively raises awareness and funds for many causes that support the positive and healthy development of children and young adults. For instance, his work as an Alumni Ambassador of Fitness with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), and also with the organization's BE GREAT campaign, has continually helped shed light on the major issues affecting today's young people, including the importance of graduating from high school and that of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In addition to his work with BGCA, Lopez is a passionate supporter of other organizations, including Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Community Youth Athletic Center of Chula Vista, Jameson's Army, and Padres Contra el Cancer.

"It is my honor to be able to host the 2013 North American Hairstyling Awards, and I am very humbled to receive the Professional Beauty Association's Beautiful Humanitarian Award," states Lopex. "Beauty professionals help others to look and feel their best, and I applaud their work and talents."

A man of many trades, Lopez is passionate about staying active and engaged with his fans and followers. He is the host of the nationally syndicated daily show EXTRA. Concurrently, Lopez continues his hosting duties on Fox's hit music series The X Factor. He is also the host of the soon-to-be nationwide Clear Channel radio show On with Mario Lopez. Lopez has also taken his love for sports, specifically boxing, to the next level as a recurring commentator on HBO Boxing, and recently produced a documentary based on the sport.

Lopez is also a New York Times bestselling author, thanks to the success of his healthy eating guides, Extra Lean and Extra Lean Family. Additionally, Lopez penned Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness, a bestseller offering readers a look into his impressive workout regime, and Mud Tacos, a children's book he co-authored with his sister Marissa. As a follow-up to Mud Tacos, Lopez released Mario & Baby Gia, a children's book he wrote for his daughter, Gia.

Lopez, who is a part of most every red carpet, mega-event in the entertainment industry and has co-hosted such high-profile affairs as the Miss America pageant, will no doubt lend his experience, charm and wit to this year's pinnacle PBA event.

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