New Staff Members Announced at the International SPA Association

September 15, 2010

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The International SPA Association, managed by IMG Associations, is pleased to introduce two new staff members to the ISPA team. The ISPA staff provides its members with educational tools, research and networking events. Celebrating 20 years as the voice of the spa industry, ISPA’s staff will be at the helm for the premiere spa event of the year, the ISPA Conference & Expo at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. area/National Harbor, MD from Nov. 15-18.

New hires include:
Hallie Bandy, Public Relations Director – Bandy will work with media to develop stories on the latest spa industry trends, statistics and ISPA member news. Her two decades of experience in communications, with a focus on media relations, crisis management and editorial, provides the perfect background to engage journalists writing about the spa industry.

“The spa industry has a powerful message of health and wellness that I’m eager to engage journalists with,” said Bandy.

Erin Samson, Event Manager – Samson will be focused on event logistics as well as bringing the best speakers and education to ISPA events. She formerly worked as a consultant for the online fundraising firm Pursuant Group, Inc. She is a graduate of McMurry University in Abilene, TX with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

“I am thrilled to be working for ISPA,” Samson said. I am excited to learn more about the spa industry and look forward to meeting members of the association at the 20th anniversary ISPA Conference & Expo.”

“We look forward to working with Erin and Hallie to continue to deliver the best service to our members,” said ISPA President Lynne McNees. “Both ladies will be working directly with the membership to build relationships and move the industry forward.”

About the International SPA Association

ISPA is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization and voice of the global spa industry, providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities to foster professionalism and growth. More details on ISPA are available on

About IMG Associations

IMG Associations is a full-service professional association management company and a proven leader in helping professional and trade associations expand membership, promote their mission, and seize opportunities for growth. IMG’s association clients represent a variety of industries and reach a combined audience of 75,000 members in more than 90 countries. An active member of the Association Management Company Institute and the American Society of Association Executives, IMG Associations is committed to maintain a high level of ethics, service and professional conduct. IMG Associations is a division of IMG (, the world’s premier sports, entertainment and media company. For more information on IMG Associations, visit


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