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Michael G. Tompkins Joins Hutchinson Consulting

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Sonoma, California-based Hutchinson Consulting has announced that Michael G. Tompkins has joined its recruiting team. For more than 20 years, Tompkins has led teams in the luxury hospitality, wellness and spa industries, and also serves as chairman of the International Spa Association (ISPA). As a former CEO of Miraval Resorts, Hilton Head Health and PALM Health, vice president of hotels & spa at Turning Stone Casino and an executive with Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Tompkins boasts a diverse background and an ability to create global brand leading teams in the three converging market segments.

Tompkins served with Lori Hutchinson, cofounder of Hutchinson Consulting, on the ISPA board of directors and collaborated with her on staffing assignments for Miraval Resorts. “That personal connection with Lori makes this new development a natural and happy one for us, and especially because Michael is one of the few people whose reach and connections in the worlds of spa, hospitality and wellness rival hers,” explains cofounder Bill Hutchinson. “Michael will be an extraordinary executive recruiter. He has deep experience and understanding of operations, sales and marketing, food and beverage and—most importantly—finding excellent managers for challenging positions.”

Justice and Soul Foundation Exceeds Fashion SOULstice Fundraising Goal

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The third annual event raised just over $100,000 to help survivors of sex trafficking.

On March 19, the Justice and Soul Foundation hosted their third-annual fundraising event, “Fashion SOULstice,” to raise money to continue and expand operations at its cosmetology school in Cambodia and domestically. The event, held at the Lynnwood Convention Center, drew a packed house of 650 attendees and raised just over $100,000.

The highlight of the evening was a fashion show with models styled by 15 local salons and schools. Participating salons and schools showcased fashion and beauty, capturing the theme of hope and restoration. The partnering salons and school included:

  • James Alan Salon & Spa
  • Lisa Power Salon
  • The Cove Salon
  • Swanq Style Studio
  • Summit Salon Academy Tacoma
  • Vasuda Salon
  • TVS (a collection of stylists from 7 Salon)
  • Coupe Rokei Salon
  • Charbon Salon
  • Tousled
  • Robert Leonard Salon and Day Spa
  • Elle Marie Hair Studio
  • Daniel Ross Salon & Skin Care
  • The Collage Salon
  • Obadiah Salon

The evening also featured a silent auction. Money raised will be used to continue to teach cosmetology skills to young survivors of sex trafficking in the Foundation’s new vocational training program at the Kate Korpi Salon in Cambodia, which opened in July 2014. The Justice and Soul Foundation will also use proceeds to expand its work domestically, with an initial focus on fighting sex trafficking in the Puget Sound area.

“We are thrilled to have built on the success of the last two events, having exceeded our fundraising goal again. We are incredibly grateful for the support of our partners, models, amazing stylists and those who donated. We will continue to build on existing efforts in Cambodia, and are expanding our focus to the Puget Sound area, which is where we started, developing vocational support for our own local survivors,” said Justice and Soul Foundation Co-Founder Matthew Fairfax.

What started as an idea discussed over a cup of coffee five years ago blossomed into a full day of salon “practice” appointments for the soft opening of the Kate Korpi Salon in July 2014. Since then, the Kate Korpi Salon has become Cambodia’s premier hair salon, where students learn cosmetology and professional workplace skills from expert trainers and volunteers from around the globe.

The teaching salon was established to provide its students with the fundamentals of cosmetology (hair, skin, nails, and makeup). Students attending the school include survivors of sex trafficking and those at risk for sexual exploitation. The students do not pay tuition, but are instead awarded scholarships. The program also includes a compensation plan for the students so that they can begin experiencing sustainable financial independence while learning this valuable trade.

The Justice and Soul Foundation works closely with local non-profits to ensure students have access to qualified therapists to address the trauma they have experienced. The Foundation also provides problem-solving and life skills necessary for independent living and reintegration.

The Justice and Soul Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on eliminating the sexual exploitation of young women, men, and children globally as well as the restoration of the survivors. Through the founders’ shared connections to the salon and fashion industry, and after several years of research, planning and interviews, they are enlisting the support of the beauty industry to create a sustainable solution for the restoration of young survivors.

Wellness Providers Offer Free Events During International Health & Wellness Week

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From May 2-8, take advantage of free events, classes, seminars and more.

Health and wellness providers will offer free events, classes, seminars, demonstrations, promotions and materials during the first annual International Health & Wellness Week, to be held May 2-8, 2016, in an effort to educate the public on ways to live healthier and happier. This no-obligation opportunity is free to anyone interested in incorporating healthier living into daily routines.

The purpose of International Health & Wellness Week (IHAWW) is to have a positive impact on health and wellness overall, as well as to unite people through the common goal of preventing disease, promoting a better quality of life and living longer. It gives people the opportunity to be exposed to, learn about and experience a multitude of ways to improve mind, body and spirit and consider how to incorporate ways to live healthier. Changes in lifestyle can be made more easily if people understand and experience firsthand what options are available to them.

All are encouraged to sign up now to participate in the events offered by the health and wellness providers during IHAWW. Visit for information on the types of services available, and sign up directly with any facilities on the list.

For health and wellness providers, IHAWW is an opportunity to make a difference in people's lives and to promote living healthier and living longer by demonstrating their services and distributing informational materials. All types of health and wellness providers are encouraged to register to participate at

IHAWW was founded by Steve Guttman, owner of Mind Body Dynamics in Parsippany, NJ. Steve believes that a united effort by the wellness, fitness and medical community can show the many options available and how easy it can be to incorporate healthier living into daily routines. The concept of IHAWW grew out of a town-wide program he organized to expose families to the value and the means to live healthier lives. He is now sharing this philosophy across the globe.

"International Health and Wellness Week is a concerted effort across the health and wellness community to have a positive impact on people's lives everywhere," states Steve Guttman, Founder and chair of the event. "By promoting available options, it makes it easy for people to make positive changes in their lives."

IHAWW will take place from Monday, May 2 through Sunday, May 8, 2016. For more information please visit or

Spafinder Wellness 365 Announces Global Panel of Judges for 2016 Wellness Travel Awards

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The international panel of judges will nominate top spas, resorts, retreats and hotels around the globe for the annual awards.

Spafinder Wellness 365 recently announced its expanded international panel of 39 judges who will nominate candidates for the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards, the only awards program dedicated to honoring spas, resorts, retreats and hotels that offer stellar experiences and programs to a growing number of consumers seeking healthy vacations and travel.

To ensure the most deserving wellness travel properties are recognized, a comprehensive three-part approach will be used to select winners. First and second steps involve nominations and scoring by the panelists to determine finalists, followed by voting by consumers who will help select the winners. Panelist nominations begin this month and consumer voting starts in July. Panelists will nominate the top properties on six continents, in scores of countries and regions, and for 20 categories. Winners of the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards will be announced in November at the World Travel Market in London.

"Our goal is to provide travelers with the most objective assessment of the destinations that deserve the highest accolades for providing incredible wellness experiences, from the hidden gems to long-time favorites,” said Spafinder Wellness, Inc. COO, John Bevan. “We are grateful to these highly respected editors and experts for devoting their talent and time to identify the top wellness travel locations in the world.”

The 2016 Wellness Travel Awards Panel of Judges*:

  • Kris Abbey, publishing editor, Spa & Wellness International magazine(Australia)
  • Ann Abel, travel writer and editor, Forbes, Departures, Conde Nast Traveler (North America)
  • Gustavo Albanesi, president, Brazilian Spa and Clinics Association (Latin America)
  • Bonnie Baker, founding member, Wellness Tourism Council in San Miguel de Allende (Latin America)
  • Katie Barnes, managing editor, Spa Business magazine (Europe)
  • Mary Bemis, founder and editorial director, Insider's Guide to Spas (North America)
  • Rona Berg, editor-in-chief, Organic Spa Media (North America)
  • Elena Bogacheva, president and founder, Spa & Wellness International Council; CEO, Spa Priori LLC (Europe)
  • Anitra Brown, spas expert, (North America)
  • Julie Keller Callaghan, editor-in-chief and publisher, American Spa magazine (North America)
  • Sarah Camilleri, founding editor and publisher, European Spa magazine (Europe)
  • Johnny Chang, columnist and CEO, Spa Solutions Management & Training (Asia)
  • Isabelle Charrier, founder and managing editor, Emotion Spa magazine (Europe)
  • Sandhya Chipalkatti, editor and publisher, Spa Mantra magazine (Asia)
  • Jeri Clausing, editor, Travel Weekly (North America)
  • Susan d'Arcy, luxury travel and spa editor, London Sunday Times (Europe)
  • Dr. Nadine de Freitas, owner and managing editor, Spa Magazine Les Nouvelles Esthétiques – South Africa (Africa)
  • Elaine D'Farley, editor-in-chief, Spafinder Wellness 365 (North America)
  • Anne Dimon, founder and CEO, Travel to Wellness (North America)
  • Dzigbordi K. Dosoo, chair lady, Spa Association of Africa (Africa)
  • Suzanne Duckett, editor, Tatler Spa Guide; founder, The Antidote (Europe)
  • Nora Elias, editor, Professional Spa & Wellness (Europe)
  • Catherine Feliciano-Chon, founder and managing director, Catch On (Asia)
  • Jo Foley, editor, writer, author, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Spears Wealth (Europe)
  • Gustavo F. Gaffrey, founder and CEO, Spas of Argentina; former president, Argentina Spa Association (Latin America)
  • Jenni Gilbert, editor, SPA+CLINIC (Australia)
  • Franka Hänig, editor-in-chief, SPA inside (Europe)
  • Sara Jones, managing director and editor, Spa Professional México (Latin America)
  • Catharine Nicol, freelance writer, editor, photographer, blogger,, South China Morning Post, AsiaSpa (Asia)
  • Elaine Okeke-Martin, founder and editor, Spa and Wellness Africa magazine; founder and president, Wellness Association of Africa (Africa)
  • Si Si Penaloza, luxury content manager, JETSET magazine (North America)
  • Sheetal Rastogi, editorial director, World Travel Magazine (Asia)
  • Chris Ryall, freelance writer and columnist (North America)
  • Stephanie Shiu, editor-in-chief, Asia Spa Magazine (Asia)
  • Sonee Singh, founder, Petal Life LLC (Latin America)
  • Gaurav Sinha, founder and CEO, Insignia Worldwide (Middle East)
  • Alla Sokolova, chairman, Global Wellness Institute Initiative “Baltic to the Black Sea” (Europe)
  • Liz Terry, editorial director, Spa Business, Spa Opportunities, CLAD magazine (Europe)
  • Fiona Vlemmiks, editor, Professional Beauty GCC (Middle East)

For more information about the 2016 Wellness Travel Awards, please visit

*Continents noted in parentheses indicate where the headquarters of the publication or organization is located.

Aveda Celebrates 10 Years of Clean Water

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The brand is celebrating Earth Month this April with an array of fundraising events and activities.

Since 2007, Aveda has been dedicated to protecting clean water. With April being Earth Month, the brand is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by continuing to champion such a crucial cause with an array of fundraising events and activities this month.

Among the exciting fundraising initiatives taking place are Catwalks for Water, Appointments for Clean Water, and the Global Cut-a-Thon, which earned a Guinness World Record for the Most Money Raised for Charity Through Haircuts in 24 Hours in 2013. This year, Aveda plans to make an even bigger impact with its Catwalks for Clean Water 2016 events, which will raise money for 50 clean water partners around the world - over twice as many as in 2007.

For the past 10 years, Aveda has also donated 100% of the full $12 suggested retail price of its signature, limited edition Light the Way candles (pictured) to Global Greengrants Funds, a non-profit organization that channels high-impact grants to grassroots groups seeking to solve pressing environmental problems.

Clean Water by the Numbers

In working with the Global Greengrants Fund, Aveda has so far:

  • Provided 1,545 grants in 84 countries
  • Positively impacting more than 817,000 lives with water-related earth-preserving projects
  • Worked with 522 communities to fight toxic pollution
  • Helped devote 101,000 acres to sustainable agriculture
  • Engaged nearly 36,000 women in working toward clean water
  • Galvanized 1,900 communities to address climate change, which contributes to water shortages and scarify across the globe

To find out more about Aveda's list of events this Earth Month, please visit

Ardell Lashes Featured in First GlamApp Academy Tutorial

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Ardell partnered with makeup and hair artist Joey Maalouf to be the first GlamApp Academy lash sponsor.

Ardell Lashes recently collaborated with celebrity makeup artist and hair stylist Joey Maalouf to be the first GlamApp Academy lash sponsor. GlamApp, an on-demand beauty app created by Maalouf and actress Cara Santana in 2015, connects clients with top stylists in more than 23 cities nationwide. At the touch of a button, users have access to hair, makeup, and nail services performed in their home, office, or hotel.

Since the app's launch, Maalouf and Santana have been working to expand and educate their team of top stylists, most recently with the first GlamApp Academy live-stream in which Maalouf demonstrated his signature makeup techniques for a network of more than 1,000 GlamApp stylists. Maalouf, a long time fan of the Ardell Lashes, discussed how to use Ardell Individual lashes to create a subtle, "no-makeup makeup" look, as well as the versatility of the brand's Wispie lashes for creating beautiful, ultra-glamorous styles. All stylists attending the live tutorial received gift bags containing Maalouf’s favorite Ardell Lash styles and DUO adhesive.

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Vote for a Chance to Win 100 Essie Shades

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Cast your vote in the Essie's Nail Art Awards and be entered to win one hundred polishes from the beloved brand.

Essie has announced its 6 finalists in this year's Essie's Nail Art Awards: Rikki Dohmann, Hannah Lee, Erika Sandoval, Harli Hall, Arelis Parache, and Gabrielle Morris. To determine the 2016 winner and newest nail art ambassador, the nail brand is asking for your vote. The best part? When you vote, you'll be entered for a chance to win 100 shades of Essie polish!

Check out the 2016 finalists, cast your vote, and learn more about the contest details here.

ISPA To Present Visionary Award in Memory of Geraldine Howard

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The annual award will honor the visionary co-founder of Aromatherapy Associates.

The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present the 2016 ISPA Visionary Award in memory of Geraldine Howard at the 26th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nev. from Sept. 13 – 15, 2016. The ISPA Visionary Award is presented each year to someone in the spa industry who has made significant contributions to both the definition and positive movement of health and wellness over the lifetime of their career. The award will be accepted on stage by Howard’s husband, Captain Peter Redman.

Co-founder of Aromatherapy Associates, Howard first got her start in aromatherapy in 1973, when she joined Micheline Arcier’s renowned aromatherapy clinic in Knightsbridge, London, where she met Sue Beechey. Together, Beechey and Howard founded Aromatherapy Associates in 1985 and turned their home-grown brand into an international success in the spa community. Howard passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer.

“Geraldine was the epitome of a trailblazer for the world of aromatherapy,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “She was a part of our spa family and we are so honored to be able to celebrate her life and the impact she made on the community.”

"It was always Geraldine’s mission to tell the world how incredible essential oils are, and she saw Aromatherapy Associates as more than a business; it was her way of life. Most recently, in response to her own health challenges, she blended an oil called Inner Strength, helping to raise tens of thousands of pounds for innovative new cancer research. Such is testament to Geraldine that even in the midst of her personal struggle, she found a way to help other people," said Aromatherapy Associates in a recent statement.

Throughout the years, the spa industry has been deeply impacted by the loss of fellow colleagues and friends, including several spa industry leaders who lost their battle in 2016. In honor of all those affected by these losses, a donation on behalf of the ISPA community will be made to the Stand Up to Cancer organization to support collaborative cancer research programs.

More information about attending the 2016 ISPA Conference & Expo can be found at

First Annual Kids' Yoga Day to Take Place Friday, April 8

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Created by bestselling author Teresa Anne Power, Kids' Yoga Day will span 37 U.S. states and 12 countries.

This Friday, April 8th, thousands of schoolchildren around the world will take part in the first annual Kids' Yoga Day by putting down their books and spending 5 minutes doing fun, simple yoga poses. This celebration of fitness, created by bestselling author Teresa Anne Power, will encourage children to let their imaginations run free as they mold themselves into trees, flamingos, windmills, kites and other kid-friendly yoga positions. About 12,000 kids are expected to participate, both in school and at home, including those from at least 37 U.S. states as well as 12 countries around the globe. More than 100 official ambassadors will lead the kids through the poses, all to raise awareness about yoga for children.

An expert on children's yoga and author of The ABCs of Yoga for Kids — a book that sold more than 250,000 copies in four languages - Power says few people understand how powerful yoga can be. More than a great way to become fit, she says parents who practice yoga with their children get a bonus: stronger relationships with them. "When you both do something healthy and fun, you will get closer," she observes, noting that the type of yoga she favors is playful and does not involve any chanting.

Celebrate the first annual Kids' Yoga Day this Friday, April 8th, 2016 at 11 AM, and join the thousands of children and leaders taking part in embracing wellness and fitness! For more information, please visit

Spa News: Universal Companies Acquires SpaEquip, Inc.

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The acquisition will bring customers a better experience with expanded offerings, expertise, support, and distribution.

Spa distributor Universal Companies recently announced its acquisition of SpaEquip, a spa development provider known throughout the spa and hospitality industries for its impressive depth of experience and expertise with spa equipment. SpaEquip, founded by Philippe Therene, will add a staff of seasoned experts to the Abingdon, Virginia spa distributor.
“Bringing inventive, affordable spa development and equipment solutions to match customer needs and applying the perfect amount of customization is what SpaEquip does best,” says Universal CEO Brenda Elliott. “And in this new era of spas playing an important role in the health and wellness movement, having partners like SpaEquip will be of huge benefit as we continue to develop solutions that help our customers anticipate their patrons’ needs and provide wellness focused experiences. Combining the talents of both companies will produce solutions that have a positive impact for the spa industry.”

“SpaEquip is a natural fit for Universal Companies, and we are thrilled to join their team of industry-leading experts,” says Polly Johnson, SpaEquip VP Corporate Accounts. “This acquisition will bring together two companies with a long history of providing sound solutions and extensive support to spas. SpaEquip’s extensive experience in equipment and spa development combined with Universal’s widespread product and equipment knowledge will provide customers with a comprehensive resource for all their spa and wellness needs.”

What does this mean for customers of Universal Companies and SpaEquip?

For Universal Companies customers, this means the added expertise of a proven and respected spa development and equipment team as well as an expanded offering of equipment and products.

For SpaEquip customers, this means they will have access to the full line of Universal products, supplies, apparel, and specialist/expert services, including retail products and programs through À la Mode, a division of Universal Companies that provides service in all areas of retail management from product selection to retail coaching and consulting; training and education at Universal Companies’ Wellness and Beauty Learning Center located in Torrance, California; a call center staffed with industry specialists and licensed professionals; plus skin care, product, and supplies specialists.

SpaEquip customers will also experience improved, more efficient fulfillment with the added advantage of the Universal Companies distribution capabilities and resources.

What does this mean for Universal Companies and SpaEquip vendors?

For industry vendors, this means a streamlined purchasing and fulfillment process plus comprehensive sales and marketing support with an omni-channel reach to over 40,000 customers.

Vendors will also benefit from the SpaEquip team of sales and development specialists and Universal Companies’ sales and marketing programs, such as the annual Spa Resource Book, an e-commerce website and digital marketing, participation in key industry events and trade shows, an extended direct sales force (domestic and international), and training and education support through the Wellness and Beauty Learning Center, eLearning, and regional trainers.

SpaEquip will continue to be based in Calistoga, California, operating as a division of Universal Companies. It will head a consolidated equipment division and customers will continue to work with their preferred contacts knowing that they now have expanded resources and support as well.