2017 Spa & Wellness Conference

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2017 Arizona Spa & Wellness Conference

To view pictures of this event, check out our 2017 Spa & Wellness Conference album on Facebook.

“The inaugural AZ Spa & Wellness Association event was fantastic! The information presented was great, the people who attended was the exact right mix, the energy both inside the room and at the networking times was very warm/powerful, CG Funk was a great emcee and obviously last, but not least, Mia’s leadership and passion shined through. When is the next one? I’m coming for sure!”
“I was very impressed with the Arizona Spa & Wellness Conference. I have spoken at nearly 250 different venues around the world…what impressed me at this conference was how the event flowed throughout the day with speakers and events right on time. This is rare for conferences. Also, I enjoyed the little cards that were on the table identifying each speaker and the program that provided details. I enjoyed the lecture area as well as the lunch area on the grass. This was very professional, run on time and you could feel the love. Congratulations to all who made this possible. Love and light, Steven Ross”
Steven Ross Ph.D., World Research Foundation

2017 Arizona Spa & Wellness Conference

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Royal Palms Resort and Spa


Our 2017 Spa and Wellness Conference included industry leaders and global speakers from around the world. The focus of this conference was on networking, information sharing and ways to continue to maximize Arizona’s regional industry growth. Conference topics included a variety of areas from emerging value propositions to recent industry data, salt room therapy, new equipment and ROI, digital marketing and branding, manufacturing and new technologies. We also featured segments on wellness and alternative health, and day-to-day operations with a panel of veteran Arizona Spa Directors.

The speaking segments of the conference were modeled after the TED Talk intervals.  This worked well and the day flowed quickly. It was an immersive and informative day filled with great information and networking. We were happy to celebrate this inaugural conference at the beautiful Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Built in 1929, the Royal Palms is one of the very few properties in Phoenix listed with the Historic Hotels of America. This venue provided a beautiful setting for this unique event.

Event Highlights

We were thrilled to have a wonderful turnout for our first Arizona Spa & Wellness Conference. Attendees included Arizona’s flagship hotels, resorts, and club market property Spa Directors and independently owned venues. The engagement from our vendors and suppliers was extraordinary! They shared fantastic product, process, and manufacturing information, that is commonly unknown to the operation-side of the industry. This was a valuable addition to the day.

Our featured speakers were highly engaging and they shared practical information with excellent takeaways for the group. CG Funk was a phenomenal Master of Ceremonies and we were lucky to have her! She kept the tight agenda running smoothly throughout the day. Mary Bemis from Insider’s Guide to Spas and Paul Schmidt, Executive Director of the Green Spa Network also joined us to lend their support.

A special thank you to all of our sponsors, fantastic speakers and attendees! Special thanks to CG Funk, Marissa Bernal, Kirk Gregor, Robert Vance, Angee Smithee, and Teri Kramer, for your inspired action and continuous support!  This event was an impressive expression of the spirit of Arizona’s spa and wellness community! It was a powerful day of speakers, industry leaders, great information, and unique relationship building. We are grateful for all of the support we had to make this event a success and we look forward to more!

To view pictures of this event, check out our 2017 Spa & Wellness Conference album on Facebook.

“The inaugural AZ Spa & Wellness Association event was fantastic! The information presented was great, the people who attended was the exact right mix, the energy both inside the room and at the networking times was very warm/powerful, CG Funk was a great emcee and obviously last, but not least, Mia’s leadership and passion shined through. When is the next one? I’m coming for sure!”
“I was very impressed with the Arizona Spa & Wellness Conference. I have spoken at nearly 250 different venues around the world…what impressed me at this conference was how the event flowed throughout the day with speakers and events right on time. This is rare for conferences. Also, I enjoyed the little cards that were on the table identifying each speaker and the program that provided details. I enjoyed the lecture area as well as the lunch area on the grass. This was very professional, run on time and you could feel the love. Congratulations to all who made this possible. Love and light, Steven Ross”
Steven Ross Ph.D., World Research Foundation

2017 Arizona Spa & Wellness Conference

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Royal Palms Resort and Spa


Our 2017 Spa and Wellness Conference included industry leaders and global speakers from around the world. The focus of this conference was on networking, information sharing and ways to continue to maximize Arizona’s regional industry growth. Conference topics included a variety of areas from emerging value propositions to recent industry data, salt room therapy, new equipment and ROI, digital marketing and branding, manufacturing and new technologies. We also featured segments on alternative health, day-to-day operations, a panel of veteran Arizona Spa Directors and insights on wellness programming.

The speaking segments of the conference were modeled after the TED Talk speaker intervals.  This worked especially well and the day flowed quickly. It was an immersive and informative day filled with great information and networking. We were happy to celebrate this inaugural conference at the beautiful Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Built in 1929, the Royal Palms is one of the very few properties in Phoenix listed with the Historic Hotels of America. This venue provided a beautiful setting for this unique event.

Event Highlights

We were thrilled to have a wonderful turnout for our first Arizona Spa & Wellness Conference. Attendees included Arizona’s flagship hotels, resorts, and club market property Spa Directors and independently owned venues. The engagement from our vendors and suppliers was extraordinary! They shared fantastic product, process, and manufacturing information, that is commonly unknown to the operation-side of the industry. This was a valuable addition to the day.

Our featured speakers were highly engaging and they shared practical information with excellent takeaways for the group. CG Funk was a phenomenal Master of Ceremonies and we were lucky to have her! She kept the tight agenda running smoothly throughout the day. Mary Bemis from Insider’s Guide to Spas and Paul Schmidt, Executive Director of the Green Spa Network also joined us to lend their support.

A special thank you to all of our sponsors, fantastic speakers and attendees! Special thanks to CG Funk, Marissa Bernal, Kirk Gregor, Robert Vance, Angee Smithee, and Teri Kramer, for your inspired action and continuous support!  This event was an impressive expression of the spirit of Arizona’s spa and wellness community! It was a powerful day of speakers, industry leaders, great information, and unique relationship building. We are grateful for all of the support we had to make this event a success and we look forward to more!

CG Funk

2017 Master of Ceremonies

CG Funk of Funk Spa Consulting was the Master of Ceremonies for this inaugural conference.  She also presented a session on The Powerful Healing Work of Spas and Industry Growth. This presentation offered a brief history of complementary medicine in the United States and an in-depth look into the amazing world of therapeutic touch modalities and the human body.

CG Funk is a 25 year veteran in the massage and spa industries. Her roles have included executive leadership, school administration, corporate trainer, massage curricula and program developer, writer, instructor, and massage business owner. As an inspirational speaker and storyteller, CG is a sought-after guest lecturer and presenter at many industry trade shows and conferences.

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CG Funk

2017 Master of Ceremonies

CG Funk of Funk Spa Consulting was the Master of Ceremonies for this inaugural conference.  She also presented a session on The Powerful Healing Work of Spas and Industry Growth. This presentation offered a brief history of complementary medicine in the United States and an in-depth look into the amazing world of therapeutic touch modalities and the human body.

CG Funk is a 25 year veteran in the massage and spa industries. Her roles have included executive leadership, school administration, corporate trainer, massage curricula and program developer, writer, instructor, and massage business owner. As an inspirational speaker and storyteller, CG is a sought-after guest lecturer and presenter at many industry trade shows and conferences.

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Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers

Steven Ross, Ph.D.

World Research Foundation, Founder

The Heart, Mind and Nature of Healing

Steven A. Ross, Ph.D. founder of the World Research Foundation presents an inspiring session on The Heart, Mind, and Nature of Healing.

This presentation is an overview of three different approaches to the use of subtle and physical energies in healing. Steve’s presentation will begin with three healers from the past who utilized the mind, heart, and elements in Nature to accomplish incredible healings. The healers were J.R. Newton, P.P. Quimby, and Paracelsus. The presentation will continue with a discussion of the energies utilized in Qigong, distant healing and the physical gifts that nature provides.

Steve has appeared on hundreds of radio stations and made more than two hundred lectures on both scientific and spiritual topics. Steve has consulted for hospital associations, the insurance industry, governmental agencies, and various philosophical groups.

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Les Kollegian

Jacob Tyler Brand + Digital Agency, CEO

Make Your Marketing Count in the Smallest Moments

Les Kollegian, CEO of Jacob Tyler Brand + Digital Agency will be presenting a session on how “Make Your Marketing Count in the Smallest Moments.”

 This session showcases the growth of mobile marketing and how to capture audiences based on a consumer’s immediacy of need. Les’ goal is to create an internal experience that fosters award-winning campaigns, and an external experience that leaves his clients wanting more.

 Les is a certified Google speaker and delivers presentations regularly at design conferences and Universities on the topics of Mobile Marketing, Web Design, Omnichannel Marketing, Creative Strategy, Branding, and Usability. His current clients range from start-up companies to Fortune 500 firms, that include Four Seasons Hotels, Ritz-Carlton, Hilton, Marriott, Hensel Phelps, San Diego Airport, YMCA, and TED.
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Steven Ross, Ph.D.

World Research Foundation, Founder

The Heart, Mind and Nature of Healing

Steven A. Ross, Ph.D. founder of the World Research Foundation presents an inspiring session on The Heart, Mind, and Nature of Healing.

This presentation is an overview of three different approaches to the use of subtle and physical energies in healing. Steve’s presentation will begin with three healers from the past who utilized the mind, heart, and elements in Nature to accomplish incredible healings. The healers were J.R. Newton, P.P. Quimby, and Paracelsus. The presentation will continue with a discussion of the energies utilized in Qigong, distant healing and the physical gifts that nature provides.

Steve has appeared on hundreds of radio stations and made more than two hundred lectures on both scientific and spiritual topics. Steve has consulted for hospital associations, the insurance industry, governmental agencies, and various philosophical groups.

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Les Kollegian

Jacob Tyler Brand + Digital Agency, CEO

Make Your Marketing Count in the Smallest Moments

Les Kollegian, CEO of Jacob Tyler Brand + Digital Agency will be presenting a session on how “Make Your Marketing Count in the Smallest Moments.”

 This session showcases the growth of mobile marketing and how to capture audiences based on a consumer’s immediacy of need. Les’ goal is to create an internal experience that fosters award-winning campaigns, and an external experience that leaves his clients wanting more.

 Les is a certified Google speaker and delivers presentations regularly at design conferences and Universities on the topics of Mobile Marketing, Web Design, Omnichannel Marketing, Creative Strategy, Branding, and Usability. His current clients range from start-up companies to Fortune 500 firms, that include Four Seasons Hotels, Ritz-Carlton, Hilton, Marriott, Hensel Phelps, San Diego Airport, YMCA, and TED.
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Expert Industry Speakers

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Expert Industry Speakers

Please visit our News & Blog to learn more about these exciting speakers!

Michael Q. Pugliese

The Science and Value of Circadian Rhythms

CEO Circadia by Dr. Pugliese

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Steve Spiro

How Salt Therapy Can Improve Your Business

CEO Global Halotherapy Solutions

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Jessica Wadley

Global Manufacturing & Sustainability

VP U.S. Spa & Massage Oakworks

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Sammy Gharieni

Advanced Technologies and Relaxation

CEO Gharieni Group

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Kirk Gregor

The Complex World of Arizona State Licensing

Village Health Clubs & Spas

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Julie Bach

Nourishing Joy Through Wellness and Leadership

Founder Wellness for Cancer

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Stacey Do

The Evolution of Plants and Their Active Principles

Corporate Educator Yon-Ka Paris

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Celeste Hilling

Retail Support and Powerful Integrations Using Technology

CEO Skin Authority

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Larry Egbert

Supply and Demand for Modern Textiles and Sobel Westex

National Director Spa & Fitness, Urbana

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Robert Michael deStefano

How Spas Can Shift the Global Sleep Paradigm

Co-Founder Longeva

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