2021 ISPA Innovate Awards

At ISPA, creative spirit and innovative minds do not go unnoticed. Established to highlight the remarkable amount of creativity and adaptability displayed by ISPA member organizations who pivoted while managing the pandemic, the 2021 ISPA Innovate Award categories focused on new Business Practices, Technology and Philanthropy. The call for applications was open to all ISPA members in January 2021 and winners were announced on April 5, 2021.

After applications were reviewed for eligibility, submissions were distributed to the ISPA membership for voting. The organizations receiving the most votes in each category were awarded a 2021 ISPA Innovate Award. The winners will be recognized during the ISPA Conference from May 2-4, 2022. The application for the 2022 awards will open to ISPA members later this year, with an official announcement made on ISPA's social media outlets and via email.

2021 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

Business Practices
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts | “Lead with Care” Global Operating Guidelines
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group | Inner Strength: Outer Strength Online Course
STRATA Integrated Wellness and Spa at Garden of the Gods Resort and Club | Wellness Concierge Medical Memberships
Noel Asmar Group Inc. | Face Masks with Filter Pocket and Uniform-Matching Shields
Beauty Changes Lives | COVID-19 Relief Grant
Eminence Organic Skin Care | New Product Donation Initiative
Goddess Health & Wellness Day Spa | Raising Scholarship Funds for Underprivileged Women
Pure Fiji | Supporting Rural Communities in Times of Need
Carillon Miami Wellness Resort | Touchless Wellness Therapies
Earthlite/Living Earth Crafts | Bolster Implemented in 200 Critical Care Units
ResortSuite | Touchless Mobile App Empowers Guests to Manage Experiences
WTS International | Virtual Platform Supporting Mental Health and Wellness

2019 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

2019 Innovation of the Year
Noel Asmar Group Inc.
Leadership & Philanthropy
Conscious Coconut
Hilton Worldwide
Experiences & Treatments
The Edgewater Spa
The Spa at Cliff House
Technology & Equipment
Hyperice Inc.
Living Earth Crafts
Circadia by Dr. Pugliese
Eminence Organic Skin Care
Noel Asmar Group Inc.


ISPA Innovation of the Year
Noel Asmar Group Inc.

Canyon Ranch in Lenox
Four Seasons Resort Lanai
Salt of the Earth

American Spa Magazine
Eminence Organic Skin care

Dazzle Dry
Noel Asmar Group

Book4Time, Inc.
Living Earth Crafts

Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort in Tucson
Miraval Resort & Spa
Zents Body Care

2017 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

ISPA Innovation of the Year

The Spa at Meadowood Napa Valley
Remede Spa at the St. Regis Aspen Resort

Innovative Spa Management
Milagro Spa - Manasquan

Philanthropic Initiatives
Sanitas Skincare
Shankara, Inc.

Eminence Organic Skin Care
Noel Asmar Group Inc.

Living Earth Crafts

Kerstin Florian International
Lake Austin Spa Resort

2016 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Spafinder Wellness 365
Spa Gregorie's

Philanthropic Initiatives
Eminence Organic Skin Care
FarmHouse Fresh
Global Wellness Day

Salt of the Earth

Four Seasons Resort O'ahu at Ko Olina
The Spa at Meadowood Napa Valley

2015 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

Business Practices
Sanitas Skincare
BodiScience Wellness Center & Spa

WTS International
Spa Gregorie’s
Encore Spa at Wynn Las Vegas

Comphy Co.
Living Earth Crafts

2014 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

Business Practices
COOLA Suncare
East Village Spa
Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa
SpaEquip Inc.
The Spa at the Breakers
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Montage Resort & Spa
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
Spa Gregorie's
The Spa at Pinehurst
Belmond the Inn at Perry Cabin
Body Bliss
Mio Skincare
Osea Skincare

2013 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
Fayez SpaFour Seasons Maui
Glen Ivy Hot Springs
Hiatus Spa + Retreat
Hutchinson Consulting
JW Marriott San Antonio - Lantana Spa
The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness
The Mirage Spa
Miraval Resort & Spa
Phytomer Corporation
School of Resort and Hospitality Management at Florida Gulf Coast University
Spa 4 the Pink
The Spa at Charleston Place
The Spa at the Peabody

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ISPA Awards

Each year, there are three awards given to individuals at the ISPA Conference & Expo General Sessions, these awards include: ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award, ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award and the ISPA Visionary Award.

ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award

The ISPA Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award is named in honor of the late spa pioneer, Alex Szekely. It is designed to recognize an individual who acts as a respected contributor to overall well-being, encouraging the renewal of mind, body and spirit - all of which are characteristics embodied by ISPA members worldwide.The 2019 ISPA Alex Szekely Award was presented to Mick Ebeling at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo.

Past Humanitarian Award Recipients:

  • 2000 – Dr. Andrew Weil
  • 2001 – All ISPA members in honor of 9/11
  • 2002 – Alex Szekely (posthumously)
  • *Renamed in honor of Alex Szekely, presented to Deborah Szekely on Alex’s behalf
  • 2003 – Dr. Kenneth Cooper
  • 2004 – Ruth Stricker
  • 2005 – Deborah Szekely
  • 2006 – Dr. Michael Jacobson
  • 2007 – Dr. Maya Angelou
  • 2008 – Sir Sidney Poitier
  • 2009 – Lance Armstrong
  • 2010 – Doc Hendley
  • 2011 – Bert Jacobs
  • 2012 – Lisa Ling (accepted via video)
  • 2013 – Blake Mycoskie
  • 2014 – Jewel
  • 2015 – Alice Waters
  • 2016 – John Ondrasik
  • 2017 – Peyton Manning
  • 2018 – Daymond John
  • 2019 – Mick Ebeling

Past Humanitarian Award Recipients

ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award

The ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award is given to an active ISPA member who has contributed significantly to the growth of the association. The recipient will have demonstrated leadership and commitment to ISPA and has extensively assisted in the promotion of the association, as well as its mission and vision. The 2019 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award was presented to Bryan Williams at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo.

Past Dedicated Contributor Award Recipients:

  • 1999 – Richel D’Ambra
  • 2000 – Bernie Burt
  • 2003 – Jane Segerberg
  • 2004 – Peter Sng
  • 2005 – Jack Morrison
  • 2006 – Gayle Brady
  • 2007 – Dr. Jonathan DeVierville
  • 2008 – Robin Zill (posthumously)
  • 2009 – Pat and Juanita Corbett
  • 2010 – John and Karen Korpi
  • 2011 – Angela Cortright
  • 2012 – John C. Gray
  • 2013 – Mary Bemis
  • 2014 – Jim Root
  • 2015 – Sharilyn Abbajay
  • 2016 – Jean Kolb
  • 2017 – Dr. Mary Wisnom
  • 2018 – Jeff Kohl
  • 2019 – Bryan Williams

Past Dedicated Contributor Award Recipients

ISPA Visionary Award

The ISPA Visionary Award is presented each year to someone in the spa industry who has made significant contributions to both the definition and positive movement of health and wellness over the lifetime of their career, a true spa industry visionary. The 2019 ISPA Visionary Award was presented to Jeremy McCarthy at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo.

Past Visionary Award Recipients:

  • 1999 – Sheila Cluff
  • 2000 – Werner Mendel
  • 2003 – Frank Van Putten
  • 2004 – Edwin Neill II (posthumously)
  • 2005 – John and Ginny Lopis
  • 2006 – Sylvia Sepielli
  • 2007 – Clodagh Aubry
  • 2008 – Robin Zill (posthumously)
  • 2009 – Dr. Howard Murad
  • 2010 – Deborah Szekely
  • 2011 – Not Awarded
  • 2012 – Susie Ellis
  • 2013 – Horst Rechelbacher (accepted via video)
  • 2014 – Jane Iredale
  • 2015 – Boldijarre Koronczay
  • 2016 – Geraldine Howard
  • 2017 – Sue Harmsworth
  • 2018 – Lori Hutchinson (posthumously)
  • 2019 – Jeremy McCarthy

Past Visionary Award Recipients

From time to time, a special award is presented to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the association and spa industry as a whole.  This award, known as the ISPA Pioneer Service Award has been awarded twice:

1998 - Mel and Enid Zuckerman
This award was given in recognition of Canyon Ranch's innovative approach to wellness and its influence on the "wellness movement" in the United States.

1994 - Bernie Burt
This award was given in recognition of Bernie Burt's long-time service to ISPA and the spa industry.