ISPA Presents Jim Root with Dedicated Contributor Award

March 11, 2014

The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present Jim Root with the 2014 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award at the 24th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. from October 13 – 15, 2014.

“Jim is the ultimate cheerleader for the spa industry. Every step of the way he has leant his supportive and motivating attitude to ISPA,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “I can’t imagine what the spa industry would have been without his dedication and commitment.”

Root is the chief executive officer and president of Glen Ivy Hot Springs, a 154-year-old spa and hospitality management company. Glen Ivy welcomes some 200,000 guests per year with a team of 300 employees, between its two locations in Corona and Brea, California.

“Jim’s positive attitude is contagious. He has always been an example of positivity to me as I navigated leadership roles within the association,” said Michael Tompkins, ISPA Chairman. “It is an honor to be able to present such a well deserving award to someone as dedicated as Jim Root.”

With a 37-year career in spa and hospitality management, Root is a past chairman of ISPA. Within the industry, he has been acknowledged for his team building skills, stewarding organizational and operational change and crafting memorable and life-changing experiences for spa guests.

“First and foremost, I’ve always been a member that got engaged and who has stayed connected throughout my career. The community of ISPA is a very real connection in my life, so this recognition is especially gratifying,” said Root.

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.

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