Spa People in the News
ISPA to Recognize John and Ginny
Lopis as Visionaries in the Spa Industry
Ky. - Two designers, developers, managers and innovators in the spa
industry will be honored during the 2005 International SPA Association
Conference & Expo, Sept. 30 - Oct. 3 in Dallas, Texas, United States.
John E. Lopis, Ph.D. and Ginny Michel-Lopis, founders of JGL
Inc., are the recipients of the ISPA 2005 Visionary Award.
"As two of the eight founders of ISPA, the vision
shared for the association by John and Ginny Lopis is profound,"
said ISPA Chairman Kate Mearns. "As visionaries, they lead by example
and encourage others to transform words into actions. ISPA is pleased
to have the opportunity to recognize John and Ginny Lopis as tremendous
visionaries for the spa industry."
The ISPA Visionary Award is given to an active ISPA member
who has contributed significantly toward both the definition and positive
movement of health and wellness over the lifetime of their career
John and Ginny Lopis had the following to share about
being chosen as the recipients of the ISPA 2005 Visionary Award, "We
are truly honored to be recognized by our friends and colleagues, many
of whom have unselfishly contributed to our success, and in our minds,
share in this award. We are amazed and humbled to receive this special
and unexpected honor - there are so many deserving people who have contributed
so much to ISPA, and to the spa industry, over the years."
The Lopises have not only supported ISPA since its inception,
but have also continued to contribute time and expertise to the association.
In 1991, John Lopis served as vice president on the first elected ISPA
Board of Directors and the couple served as the first ISPA Conference
chairs. More recently, John Lopis served on the ISPA Nominations Committee.
This multi-talented pair is one of the foremost spa design,
development and management teams in North America. An extensive background
in both the academic community, and in resort spa design and operations,
enables the Lopises to bring a unique combination of proven talents
and expertise to their projects. As spa experts, this couple is also
frequently quoted in consumer and trade publications.
John and Ginny Lopis will receive the ISPA 2005 Dedicated
Contributor Award on Saturday, Oct. 1, during that day's General Session.
Recent past recipients include the late Edwin Neill II, former chief
executive officer, Neill Corporation and Frank van Putten, president,
In its 15th year, the ISPA Conference & Expo is the
spa industry's proven resource for education and networking. For additional
details on the Conference, visit www.experienceispa.com.
ISPA is recognized worldwide as the leading professional organization
and voice of the spa industry. Founded in 1991, ISPA's membership is
comprised of more than 2,500 health and wellness facilities and providers
from 73 countries. ISPA strives to advance the professionalism of the
spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities,
to promote the value of the spa experience to society and to be the
authoritative voice of the spa industry.
Spas are entities devoted to enhancing overall well-being
through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal
of mind, body and spirit.