ISPA Innovate Awards

At ISPA, creative spirit and innovative minds do not go unnoticed. Established to recognize those companies who have launched innovative solutions and products over the past year, the ISPA Innovate Awards celebrate members who have demonstrated creativity and commitment in the face of an ever-changing market. 

Earlier this year, applications for the 2019 ISPA Innovate Awards were submitted by ISPA members and voted on by the ISPA membership. The organization that received the most votes will be awarded ISPA’s Innovation of the Year Award, announced at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo.

2019 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

Leadership & Philanthropy Category:
Conscious Coconut - Organic coconut oil made with love and feeds kids.
Hilton Worldwide - Hilton Worldwide School of Wellness Spa Manager Onboarding Program.
Saltability - $340,000 raised for Alzheimer’s care/support/research through event leadership.
Experiences & Treatments Category:
KNESKO Skin – Rose Quartz Chakra Facial featuring Knesko Natural Collagen Hydrogel Masks.
The Edgewater Spa - Brew-Inspired spa treatments complement urban resort’s Brewgrass Concert Series.
The Spa at Cliff House - Adapting treatments to align with shifts in nature.
Technology & Equipment Category:
Hyperice Inc - Recovery and movement enhancement technology to optimize health and wellness.
Living Earth Crafts - Global Customer Service Phone App for product registration and service.
Technogym - Stationary bike simulating the thrill and challenges of outdoor cycling.
Products Category:
Circadia by Dr. Pugliese - Circadia's Innovative skin science meets HydraFacial's patented vortex technology.
Eminence Organic Skin Care - Organic products proven to dramatically reduce acne in 28 days.
Noel Asmar Group Inc. - Athleisure uniforms use recycled fabric made from repurposed plastic bottles.


2017 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

2016 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

2015 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

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, located in San Diego, California
  • East Village Spa, located in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa, located in Corona, California
  • SpaEquip Inc., located in Calistoga, California
  • The Spa at the Breakers, located in Palm Beach, Florida


  • Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, located in Tallebudgera Valley, Queensland, Australia
  • Montage Resort & Spa, located in Laguna Beach, California
  • Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, located in Ojai, California
  • Spa Gregorie's, located in Newport Beach, California
  • The Spa at Pinehurst, located in Pinehurst, North Carlonia


  • Belmond the Inn at Perry Cabin, located in St. Michael, Maryland
  • Body Bliss, located in Sedona, Arizona
  • Mio Skincare, located in Costa Mesa, California
  • Osea Skincare, located in Malibu, California
  • ResortSuite, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2014 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

2013 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

  • Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, located in Lantana, Florida
  • Fayez Spa, located in London, Ontario, Canada
  • Four Seasons Maui, located in Kihei, Hawaii
  • Glen Ivy Hot Springs, located in Corona, California
  • Hiatus Spa + Retreat, located in Dallas, Texas
  • Hutchinson Consulting, located in Sonoma, California'
  • JW Marriott San Antonio Lantana Spa, located in San Antonio, Texas
  • The Marsh, A Center for Balance and Fitness, located in Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • The Mirage Spa, located in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Miraval Resort & Spa, located in Tucson, Arizona
  • Phytomer Corporation, located in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • School of Resort and Hospitality Management at Florida Gulf Coast University, located in Fort Myers, Florida
  • Spa 4 the Pink, located in Denver, Colorado
  • The Spa at Charleston Place, located in Charleston, South Carolina
  • The Spa at the Peabody, located in Orlando, Florida

2013 ISPA Innovate Award Winners

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ISPA Recipient 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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)

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.