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Mr. Stoup

David Stoup

Chairman, Trilogy Spa Holdings, LLC

David Stoup is the Chairman of Trilogy Spa Holdings, a boutique spa management company dedicated to leveraging international beauty brands and its owned brand portfolio to create unique high performance hospitality spa environments in four and five star properties. Examples include the Guerlain Spa at The Plaza, and Well & Being at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Mr. Stoup is also the Co-Chairman and CEO of Healthy Lifestyle Brands, LLC (HLB), a pure play licensing company, whose mission is to be the leading resource for education, information, products and services based on the principles of integrative medicine. Healthy Lifestyle Brands is the owner of the website www.drweil.com, the leading Integrative Medicine website on the internet. HLB also licenses the IP of a variety of healthcare authorities and wellness advocates onto healthy consumer products including, Martha Stewart, Jessica Simpson, Zac Brown, the Environmental Working Group and Tieraona Low Dog, MD. Over his 30 plus year career, Mr. Stoup both founded and re-invented a variety of companies, concentrating on upscale consumer products and services firms. Mr. Stoup's experience includes co-founding La Prairie, Inc., Phillip Kingsley Products, Inc., Colours & Scents and Perry Ellis Shoes, all of which were sold to strategic buyers. In 1992, Mr. Stoup secured the exclusive worldwide rights to operate the Red Door Spas under the Elizabeth Arden trade name from Unilever. As CEO, Mr. Stoup oversaw the growth of Elizabeth Arden Salon Holdings from two Red Door spas to 142 day spas in 26 markets throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, until its sale to private equity. Mr. Stoup's passion also extends to the non-profit world. He serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Amazon Conservation Team, Founder of YPO's Global Youth Exchange and as a Board Member of St. Joseph's Medical Center. He is also an active member of World Presidents Organization (WPO) and Chief Executives Organization (CEO). Mr. Stoup attended the University of Missouri where he majored in Finance. He received his Juris Doctor in 1977 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and immediately began practicing commercial real estate, corporate law and business.

Mr. Stoup can be contacted at 602-432-3252 or DStoup@trilogyspaholdings.com

Coming up in July 2018...

Hotel Spa: Oasis Unplugged

The driving force in current hotel spa trends is the effort to manage unprecedented levels of stress experienced by their clients. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed by demanding careers and technology overload, people are craving places where they can go to momentarily escape the rigors of their daily lives. As a result, spas are positioning themselves as oases of unplugged human connection, where mindfulness and contemplation activities are becoming increasingly important. One leading hotel spa offers their clients the option to experience their treatments in total silence - no music, no talking, and no advice from the therapist - just pure unadulterated silence. Another leading hotel spa is working with a reputable medical clinic to develop a “digital detox” initiative, in which clients will be encouraged to unplug from their devices and engage in mindfulness activities to alleviate the stresses of excessive technology use. Similarly, other spas are counseling clients to resist allowing technology to monopolize their lives, and to engage in meditation and gratitude exercises in its place. The goal is to provide clients with a warm, inviting and tranquil sanctuary from the outside world, in addition to also providing genuine solutions for better sleep, proper nutrition, stress management and natural self-care. To accomplish this, some spas are incorporating a variety of new approaches - cryotherapy, Himalayan salt therapy and ayurveda treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Other spas are growing their own herbs and performing their treatments in lush outdoor gardens. Some spa therapists are being trained to assess a client's individual movement patterns to determine the most beneficial treatment specifically for them. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.