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Ms. Segerberg

Jane Segerberg

Founder & President, Segerberg Spa Consulting, LLC

Jane Segerberg is founder and president of Segerberg Spa Consulting, LLC. Her commitment to excellence is the foundation of a distinguished, 30-year career of achievement and leadership in the inter-related disciplines of the wellness, hospitality and spa industries. With 18 years of Five-Star resort experience and 11 years in the spa design and consulting business, Ms. Segerberg is recognized as an eminent authority on spa operations and business strategies. As President of SSC, Ms. Segerberg directs all aspects of the firm's consulting services including concept and facility design, operations and program development, staffing and training, marketing, facility openings and spa management. She worked with Sea Island Company, Sea Island, Georgia for eight years before opening the Sea Island Spa and managing its operations for an additional ten years. Under her leadership and innovative programming and business acumen, Sea Island Spa was the first spa chosen by Travel & Leisure magazine as The Best Spa in North America, as well as receiving numerous other awards. Sea Island Spa remains on the Travel & Leisure lists of top resort spas. As an esteemed consultant, Ms. Segerberg has provided design and operations expertise to a broad array of spa and resort projects, traveling extensively to spas worldwide and developing a broad knowledge and understanding of the international spa industry. Ms. Segerberg recently served three elected terms as Chairman of the International Spa Association and continues to serve on the Past Chairman's Council and the Leadership Development Task Force. She is the recipient of the prestigious ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award and is credited with the tremendous growth of ISPA. The largest spa industry trade association, ISPA has grown to be a global organization with over 3,200 members representing 86 countries. Members include spa owners, directors and service providers. Ms. Segerberg was recently recognized by American Spa Magazine as one of four top spa consultants as voted by the magazine's Professional's Choice Awards in which readers-who are the top decision makers at resort and destination spas, day spas and medical spas-vote for their favorites in the industry. The Awards have become the standard for recognizing spa industry leaders. As a highly sought-after consultant and lecturer, Ms. Segerberg has spoken internationally to various organizations and has been featured in radio, television and internet interviews including Fox TV, National Public Radio, and WebMD. As a leading authority on spa trends and programming, Ms. Segerberg has been widely quoted in key publications such as WorldTravel & Tourism Development, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Allure, American Spa, Businessweek.com, ABC News.com, Resort & Recreation and Hotel Executive Magazine. She holds a Bachelors degree in Health and Physical Education from Heidelberg University. She is certified by The American College of Sports Medicine, Cooper Aerobics Research Institute, American Council on Exercise and has appeared in Who's Who in American Women.

Ms. Segerberg can be contacted at 912-222-1518 or janesegerberg@yahoo.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.