The International SPA Association (ISPA) has announced the election of Todd Shaw, director of spa, fitness and wellness at La Quinta Club and Resort, as chairman and Todd Hewitt, corporate director of spa, health clubs and recreation with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, as vice chairman for the ISPA Board of Directors, effective immediately.
Previous ISPA Chairman Michael Tompkins took on a new role as recruiter for Hutchinson Consulting, creating a change in his ISPA membership category from a spa to a resource partner. With this change, per the association’s bylaws, he was no longer able to serve as chairman. Shaw, previously serving in the vice chairman role, stepped in to fill the role as acting chairman before the Board voted to make the role official.
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to give back to a community that has given so much to me,” said Shaw. “ISPA is a community full of friends and mentors; people who inspire me with their creativity, willingness to share and relentless pursuit of excellence. These individuals are the foundation of my professional growth and I am privileged to serve them and have their trust and support.”
“I am honored to serve as Vice Chairman,” said Hewitt. “I am thankful for the confidence the Board of Directors placed in me. With my recent move to Hong Kong with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, I am even more excited to spread the word throughout Asia and help us to increase our presence internationally.”
Laura Parsons, director of operations for the Americas with ESPA International (US) Ltd. (Spa Division), will continue to serve as secretary/treasurer through 2016. Tompkins will now serve in the role of immediate past chairman. The 2017 Slate of Candidates for the ISPA Board of Directors will be announced to the membership at the upcoming 2016 ISPA Conference & Expo at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nev. from Sept. 13 – 15, 2016.