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MEMBER NEWS B Y TA R A S A L A H E L D I N A N D B R I A N A L E E THE SPA SHIFT Announcements marking spa industry players on the move. ● Phytomer Group Brands, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, has welcomed Karen Hogan as Regional Account Manager. ● San Diego’s SpaTerre at Kona Kai Resort has appointed Tricia Sterling as its new Spa Director. ● Thomas Mangas has been appointed CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., based in Stamford, Connecticut. ● Mia Kyricos reassumes her role as President and Founder of strategic advisors Kyricos & Associates, headquartered in York, Maine. ● Body Bliss, based in Sedona, Arizona, has appointed Thalia Walkup as Business Development Manager. ● Gianpaolo Bellomunno will serve as Corporate Director of Sales & Marketing at Grand Velas in Mexico. ● Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa has appointed Ben Stewart, who will be based at Red Door’s flagship location on 5th Avenue in New York City, as National Creative Director. Timothy Wanrey has also been named National Style Education Director of the hair salon business at The Red Door Union Square, Red Door Spa’s newest location in New York City. ● Joseph C. Magnacca has been named CEO of Massage Envy Franchising LLC while former CEO Dave Crisalli will serve as a member of the company’s board of directors. Karen Hogan Tricia Sterling Thomas Mangas Mia Kyricos Thalia Walkup Gianpaolo Bellomunno Ben Stewart Timothy Wanrey Joseph C. Magnacca GIVING BACK 1. Touch America Inc., of Mebane, North Carolina, announced plans to expand their 1 CommunityTouch program which supports sustainability initiatives, community events, and nonprofit organizations. VP of Market Development Aubrey Griffith-Zill will lead a group of high school students on a trip to Trinidad this spring to participate in communitybuilding projects. 2. Universal Companies Inc., of Abingdon, Virginia, has awarded a total of US$8,000 to 2 3 beauty schools to strengthen their education programs. The company presented US$5,000 to the Beauty For Life Foundation to benefit students of the Marinello School of Beauty and US$3,000 to the scholarship program at Delta Career Education Corporation, whose schools offer career-focused degree and diploma programs in fields with high-employer demand. 3. HydroPeptide, located in Issaquah, Washington, has announced a new initiative to partner with charity:water in 2016 to build 12 wells, which will be primarily funded through the net profits of EYE AUTHORITY. 4. In time for Women’s month, Elemis partners with Women for Women International, an 4 organization that helps female survivors of war-torn countries reclaim their lives. As part of the organization’s “She Inspires Me Campaign,” Elemis launches its Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra Rich Special Edition to help fund a class of women in Afghanistan in a year-long program that will offer them financial emancipation. 24 PULSE ■ March/April 2016