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Washington Spa Alliance Marks 5th Annual Symposium with Nation’s First-Ever Gathering of Regional Spa Groups at National Press Club on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 29, 2015 – Washington Spa Alliance is set to celebrate its 5th Anniversary with an Annual Symposium that serves as the first national gathering of leadership from the nation’s regional spa associations. The interactive symposium, whose audience will include local, regional and national leaders, will take place at the National Press Club on Tuesday, March 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Kitty Bean Yancey Veteran Journalist

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Matt Wiggens Opportunities for Remedy Partners

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Chef Bill Wavrin Executive Chef, Glen Ivy Hot Springs

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Ted Ning CEO, Innovators International

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Mia Kyricos Chief Brand Officer, Spafinder Wellness, Inc.

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Penny Kriel Spa Director, Salamander Resort & Spa

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Jeffrey J. Kohl President, International Spa Association (ISPA)...

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Jeannie Jarnot, Founder Spa Heroes®

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Mary Gendron, President, Middleton & Gendron Brand Communications...

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Annbeth Eschbach Founder and Chief Executive Officer of...

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Ryan Crabbe Senior Director, Global Spa Brands and Ops/Dev Americas Hilton...

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Jean Case Co-owner, Early Mountain Vineyards

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Alfredo Carvajal Chief Operating Officer, WTS International,...

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Bernard Burt Senior Editor, Spa Management Journal, Author, “Fodor’s Healthy Escapes 100...

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Mary Bemis WSPA Symposium Chair
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Sharilyn Abbajay, Senior Vice President of Operations, Red Door Division, Chair,...

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Todd Walter Chief Executive Officer, Red Door Spa Holdings

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Tim Morton Executive Sous Chef Herons Restaurant The Umstead Hotel and Spa, Cary,...

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Deborah Szekely Founder, Golden Door; Co-founder, Rancho La Puerta; Founder, Wellness...

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Jeremy McCarthy Author, The Psychology of Spas and Wellbeing Group Director of Spa,...

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Anne McCall Wilson Principal of McCall &...

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Pamela Peeke MD, MPH, FACP WebMD Chief Lifestyle Expert; Pew Foundation Scholar in...

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A true spa advocate, Mary Bemis is a major voice in the spa industry. Her mission is to educate the consumer about healthy lifestyle choices and to make modern spas less about industry and more about healing.

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Washington Spa Alliance’s seven-spoke Wellness Wheel encompass the timeless truths of spa: Food, Water, Quiet, Community, Sleep, Fitness, and Nature.