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New York Spa Alliance Attracts Stellar Lineup

From April 8th, 2009


Mary Manning



New York Spa Alliance Attracts Stellar Lineup for

5th Annual Symposium - "Developing Into The Next Decade" --

May 7-9, 2009


SKANEATELES, NY - April 8, 2009 -International  spa experts will present at New York

Spa Alliance's 5th Annual Symposium  at the Hilton Rye Town (NY) May 7-9, 2009. Earlybird

Registration has been extended to April 15 at


Presented with The Leading Spas of the World and The Cornell Hotel Society of New York City,  it is intended for spa owners, developers, operators and suppliers of goods and services. Benefactors include  American Leisure, Aromafloria, Spa Equip, Precor, Spa Development International, Universal Companies, and WATG.


Thursday May 7



Friday May 8

Welcome to "Developing into the Decade"

                        Alon Ben-Gurion, General Manager, Hilton Rye Town

Gary Dower, Chairman, New York Spa Alliance; Co-Founder, Mirbeau

Deniz Omurgonulson, President, Cornell Hotel Society of New York City/Director, Leading Spas of the World


"The Global Hotel Development Outlook"

Simon Turner, President, Global Development, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide


"Developing and Branding of Starwood Spas"

Mia Kyricos, Director of Spa Development, Operations & Marketing, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide

Jeremy McCarthy, Director, Spa Operations, Development and Marketing, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide                


"The Evolving Spa Consumer"

Carolee Friedlander, Founder and CEO, Access Circles

Wolf Hengst, Chairman, Wahanda

 Nancy Novogrod, Senior Vice President, Editorial Director, American Express Publishing; Editor In-Chief, Travel + Leisure

Barbara Talbott, Founder, Glen Larkin Advisors, LLC


"The Success of Cornelia's Development & Its Future"

                        Rick Aidekman, Co-Founder, Cornelia Day Resort

                        Ellen Sackoff, Co-Founder, Cornelia Day Resort


"Hospitality for the Decade: Where Do We Go From Here?"

                        Anne R. Lloyd-Jones, CRE, Senior Vice President, HVS


"Development Criteria for Leading Spas of The World"

Nicole Lingos, Director of Marketing, Leading Spas of The World


"Sustainable Spa Design and Development"



"The Four Seasons Spa Brand, What It Means to Four Seasons'


Elizabeth Pizzinato, Vice President, Brand Communications

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts                             


"Developing a Spa Alliance in New York State"

                        Gary Dower, Chairman, NYSPA, Co-Founder, Mirbeau   

Mary Gendron, NYSPA Board Member; President, Middleton & Gendron

Karen Watson, NYSPA Board Member; Spa Director, The Sagamore     

Charlotte Wytias, Secretary, NYSPA          


Wine Reception/Networking;  Dinner: Sponsored by Precor


Saturday May 9

"Entrepreneurial New York Developers"

                        Yael Alkalay, Owner, Red Flower

Gary Dower, Chairman NYSPA; Co-Founder, Mirbeau

                        Annbeth Eschbach, Founder & CEO, Exhale

Rachel Hogancamp, Founder, Owner, Rasa Spa


"Development for the Management Company- How Goes It?"

Greg Miller, CEO and President, PM Hospitality Company


" Creative Generation of Income for Spas into the New Decade"

Jim Cox, Founder, The Jim Cox Company

Jeanie Kleuter, Architect, Director of Spa and Wellness Design, WATG

Leslie Leonard, General Manager, La Tourelle and August Moon

Chris Pulito, General Manager, Mirbeau

Tanuj Puri,  Senior Financial Analyst, Red Door Spas


"SpaSTAR - Spa Performance Metrics"

Jan Frietag, Vice President STR


Networking Lunch


"Profitable Multiunit Spa and Fitness Development"                                                                                               Steve Kass, CEO, American Leisure

Teresa McKee, Chief Operating Officer, Red Door Spas


"Hotel Spa Profitability, Will It Continue?"

John A. Fox, Senior Vice President, PKF


"Starwood Capital's New Brands?"

Neil Jacobs, President, Global Hotel Operations, Starwood Capital Group          


Registration is online at Hotel reservations are available at NYSPA 's rate of $115/night. To guarantee this rate, call 1-800-HILTONS and reserve under the room block SPA. Hilton Rye Town is located at  699 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, NY 10573; Ph:(914) 939-6300; Fax:(914) 939-5328;


NYSPA was formed to create awareness of and to provide support to New York State's spa business community. For more information, contact: Mary Manning, c/o Mirbeau Management Company, 851 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY 13152; 1-315-217-4130;



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