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Ms. Brown

Ann Brown

Founder, Saltability

With more than 20 years of experience in nearly every aspect of the resort spa business at various properties, Ann Brown is an industry veteran whose expertise extends from licensed cosmetologist, esthetician, nail technician and massage therapist to accomplished spa director and business manager.

In 2014, she founded Saltability to answer the need for a better treatment in the spa industry and, in doing so, conceived a line of Himalayan salt products that benefit clients as well as their therapists. Ms. Brown's biggest goal in creating Saltability was to introduce multiple benefits in a single treatment, and by keeping products and services chemical free and eco-friendly, the innovative therapeutic benefits help the client and practitioner alike. Today, Saltability is a spa industry partner that provides quality Himalayan salt stone treatments and products for resort, day, medical and destination spas.

Ms. Brown serves as vice chair of the Global Wellness Salt & Halotherapy Initiative and is involved in the Global Wellness Institute Mentorship Program . She has been a World Spa & Wellness Awards judge since 2010, and she previously served as a member of the International Spa Association board of directors and on the ISPA Education Committee. Additionally, she was a founding member of the American Spa Therapy Education and Certification Council. 

In addition to her vast spa industry experience, education and licensing, Ms. Brown contributed to the development of ISPA's Hiring and Training Guide, the first handbook of its kind for ISPA members, and helped co-author two textbooks used for spa management degrees at major universities. She has been a presenter on spa management and modalities at ISPA's annual conference, the American Massage Therapy Association conference, IECSC and more, in addition to serving her community as a board member of several nonprofits. 

Please visit http://www.saltability.com for more information.

Ms. Brown can be contacted at 888-210-9918 or ann@saltability.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.