SENTÉ, an innovative specialty aesthetics company, broadens reach with strategic collaborations to further expand their professional-grade skin care product portfolio. Both collaborations will offer consumers the opportunity to experience SENTÉ’s patented Sulfated Glycosaminoglycan (SuGAG) analog technology. 
“As a first for SENTÉ, these relationships will contribute to our overall strategy to further education on the brand’s advanced sulfated glycosaminoglycan analog technology. By partnering with leading skin care companies like Galderma and HydraFacial, we are able to bring our unparalleled product formulations to a wider range of skin care users across the country,” states Laurent Combredet, president and chief executive officer of SENTÉ.

The Adolphus, in Dallas, Texas, proudly welcomes a new spa director, Amy Bell, to oversee operations for its destination spa. Bell brings more than a decade of industry experience, working with luxury brands, such as The Ritz-Carlton, and high-end skin care lines, such as Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.
“I am thrilled to partner with the team at this iconic property to propel our wellness offerings to the next level for luxury clientele,” said Bell. “With a focus on high-quality skin care, expert-level massages, and five-star service, I look forward to establishing a tranquil oasis for repeat guests in the neighborhood and new visitors alike in downtown Dallas.”
The 5,000-square-foot spa, open as of October 2016, boasts plant-based products and organic fragrances, as well as a curated retail selection designed to promote beauty inside and out.
In her role, Bell will introduce fresh signature treatments, new bridal packages, and new seasonal services to keep spa guests excited to visit again and again. New signature treatments include “The 1912,” a special body treatment that will coincide with the 1912 signature cocktail, and the gua sha facial, which is a method of facial massage to relive tension in muscles and boost circulation.
“Wellness is a key pillar for our business and leisure guests, and Amy’s leadership and expertise in her field will launch an exciting new chapter for our destination spa,” said Brett Orlando, senior vice president of operations at Makeready, the company who has led the repositioning for The Adolphus and Spa Adolphus. “We’re happy to have her on the team to contribute to the stellar experience our guests recognize The Adolphus for.”

For 25 years, Hutchinson Consulting has been the hospitality industry’s most trusted executive search and recruiting firm, matching the best candidates with the finest four- and five-star resorts. December 1, 2018, following a year of unprecedented growth, the company announced the launch of a new division, Spa Pro Connect, created to further support client needs by sourcing top massage therapists for placement in the finest destination resort and hotel spas in the country.
“The importance of highly trained, experienced massage therapists has never been higher,” said Michael G. Tompkins, a partner at Hutchinson Consulting. “World class spas and their clients expect a level of professionalism unique to the resort environment where talented, licensed therapists are valued for their specialized skillset. The time has come for a professional search firm and hospitality clients to regard massage therapists as a brand differentiator in spa.”
Spa Pro Connect will be led by wellness industry veteran Diane Trieste. With a diverse background that includes all aspects of spa operations, Trieste excels in working with business owners and management to capitalize on the integration of education, culture, professionalism, and people in order to deliver an experience that exceeds expectations for both clients and therapists. A licensed massage therapist herself, Trieste has held leadership roles at Shankara Spa, Canyon Ranch, and Bellus Academy. Trieste was part of the executive team that started Cortiva Education and is a noted speaker and author.
“Joining the team at Hutchinson Consulting means I can expand my service to the spa industry in an innovative new way,” said Trieste. “Spa Pro Connect addresses the shortage of highly-talented practitioners and creates a way for top spas to have confidence that they can meet guest demand.”
Through a proprietary interview, education and vetting process, Spa Pro Connect will assure hospitality clients that massage therapists presented for employment have the skills required for four- and five-star spas. Licensed therapists will discover professional environments where their skills are honored, and their employment needs are met by the finest hospitality establishments in the industry.
“Hutchinson Consulting has a long-standing executive placement relationship with the world’s best spas,” adds Tompkins. “Expanding services to include licensed massage therapists is a natural progression.”

In October 2018, Nancy Rodriguez-Falero was named spa director of the award-winning SiSpa at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa in Florida. She brings a wealth of industry knowledge and expertise to her role at the world-class seaside sanctuary.
Rodriguez-Falero, a Florida native, has enjoyed a successful career in spa and wellness, having previously worked at renowned hotels and resorts, including Tideline Resort and Spa in Palm Beach, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, and the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. She is also a licensed aesthetician and advanced skin care specialist with extensive certifications ranging from reflexology to body wrapping and contouring.
Rodriguez-Falero previously served as spa manager for the Tideline Resort & Spa in Palm Beach. There, she developed training protocol and programming for all spa services, developed spa marketing strategy, including service packages and procedures, and implemented a product retail program.

A new study indicates that the earth’s healing energy may relieve common pain issues and energy drain that often lead to premature burnout among massage therapists.
The study was conducted with 16 massage therapists at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California and revealed a sharp difference in how the therapists felt and functioned when they were grounded for four weeks compared to not being grounded the first and last week of the study. When grounded, they reported significantly less pain, more energy, and improved physical function and mood. 
Grounding, also known as earthing, refers to the discovery that connecting with the earth’s natural and subtle electric charge stabilizes the physiology at the deepest level, draining the body of inflammation, chronic pain, and stress. A person can ground themselves by spending time barefoot outdoors on natural conductive surfaces, like grass, soil, gravel, stone, or sand. It is as simple as that. Grounding indoors, in contact with grounding mats, body bands, or patches, while sitting or sleeping, is also productive. Such devices are either plugged into the grounding system of a house or building or connected to a ground rod planted into the soil outside.
During the study, the Chopra Center therapists utilized grounded mats at work (placed on the floor and under the massage table sheet) and grounded body bands or mats at home when sleeping.
Overall feedback suggests key benefits for massage therapists that may contribute not only to improved quality of life but also to keeping them in their professions longer. Because of the physical demands of their work, chronic pain problems and energy deficits are common among massage therapists. They are prone to tendonitis, painful fingers, hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, and a host of other occupational injuries. These problems produce inflammation-related pain and energy drain and, without relief, prompt many massage therapists to prematurely abandon their profession.

Spa Mirbeau, a day resort conveniently located at Crossgates Mall by The Mirbeau Companies, celebrated a year of bringing balance to its clients in the Capital Region of Albany, New York. On November 15, 2018, Spa Mirbeau hosted an anniversary celebration where it officially launched Mirbeau Exclusives body care and gift collections while giving thanks to those who have supported the spa since its opening. “We’re very pleased to launch Mirbeau Exclusives as we celebrate our one year anniversary with the Capital Region. What better way to show our appreciation to those who have supported us this past year,” said Michael Dal Pos, CEO of Mirbeau hospitality services. “Our guests now have the opportunity to take a little piece of the Mirbeau experience home with them, as the Mirbeau Exclusives line uses only the highest quality ingredients and are the actual products used in our award-winning Mirbeau signature spa treatments.”

December 2018 marked the 35th anniversary of Make My Day Beautiful! Founded by professional media makeup artist, Linda Litzinger Beck, Make My Day Beautiful! began as the first documented on-location makeup design company in northern California. The company resided in a bustling makeup studio in Silicon Valley for many years. The online Bringing Beauty to Benefit boutique and classroom was established in 2010. Since then, the business has become a key sponsor in support of several national annual celebrity charity events. Due to exposure in these circles, Make My Day Beautiful!’s It’s Good to Be Green professional media makeup and cosmeceutical skin care products have become regular invitees of the Hollywood entertainment industry’s most prestigious, celebrity red carpet awards event gifting suites. These products with universal usability and appeal are featured in the company’s Red Carpet Products Collection. Beck is proud to have had her products requested for use on the sets of major network television programs for use in the clubhouse of Major League Baseball athletes and to represent the United States Professional Beauty Federation in Washington, DC.

On November 11, 2018, The DermaNerd social media creator, Eli Jones, received the Donn Kerr Esthetics International Humanitarian Award at the Southern Spa and Salon Conference in Hickory, North Carolina. The honor is given annually to professionals who are nominated for their service and contributions to the spa and salon community. This year’s award was presented by executive director, Jamie Treadaway, before the recipient’s course on recognizing signs of domestic violence in the treatment room. Jones received the distinction for his longtime commitment to client skin health, aesthetics education, and industry growth.

On November 14, 2018, professional skin care company Control Corrective Skincare Systems welcomed Dawn Campbell as vice president of sales for North America. In her new role, Campbell is in charge of achieving corporate sales goals, talent development, sharing the brand’s message, and enriching both Control Corrective and its sister brand Global Beauty Private Label.
“Our company has been transforming the lives of aestheticians and their clients by offering comprehensive, collection-based skin care for over 21 years and Campbell’s contributions will help take our company to the next level,” said Ellen Clark, CEO and founder. “With her extensive background in building professional skin care business and sales teams, we expect to see rapid expansion among the North American market.”
For over 13 years, Campbell has been working in the aesthetic industry and she now takes on this role at Control Corrective as the company transforms its business by offering a full-service, outside sales team and a luxury customer service experience.
Campbell has held steadfast to her belief that “diverse, inclusive teams who put the customer first will deliver impressive results by leading with integrity. This can be effectively achieved through a company culture that is rich in leadership and a passion to serve the customer.” Campbell’s brings many years of sales leadership and success in professional skin care, serving physicians, aestheticians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners.
As vice president of sales for North America, Campbell will strengthen Control Corrective’s presence in the marketplace and open new markets by both creating a collaborative partnership with the marketing and education teams and increasing nationwide brand awareness.

With a rapid growth strategy in place, BABOR Americas has created several new appointments. Precision skin care brand, BABOR, is pleased to announce its expansion into Latin America to accommodate the brands growing demand in this market. As the entity embarks on this launch into Latin America, making it now 70 countries the global brand has entered- BABOR has created several new appointments to manage its rapid growth strategy. Tim Waller, president and CFO at BABOR North America, has been appointed as CEO of BABOR Americas. Waller joined the global BABOR team in May 2016 and has led BARBOR North America’s marketing, retail, and online business growth. Waller has been instrumental in nurturing partner relationships within spa distribution, while tapping into new distribution channels.

“As we leverage our current brand momentum, retail distribution within North America and new markets such as Latin America, will be an instrumental piece of our growth strategy” said Waller. “To further support this growth, BABOR Americas will offer strategic sales and logistics support to any skin care brands owned and produced by the BABOR group.”

The growing BABOR leadership team includes the appointment of Lisa Heinemann to director of sales BABOR Americas. Heinemann brings over 20 years of experience within the cosmeceutical beauty space as former national director of sales and marketing at Sothys and, most recently, as director of sales at Elemis. Additionally, BABOR appointed Brian Betchel, a seasoned sales and business development executive with a track record of leadership, to senior business development director. As BABOR continues to show growth in the United States, Canada, and now, Latin America, this high-profile leadership team will work together to further accelerate BARBOR’s growth, purpose-driven mission, and consumer affinity with BABOR Americas.

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