One-On-One with Spa Industry Association president Allan Share

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Who or what inspires you?

I was fortunate to have to amazing mentors; my Dad who taught me street smarts and my father-in-law who taught me business.

What’s your favorite part of the day?

Absolutely a morning person. I’m always excited to get out of bed.

What makes your company unique?

Our association has a free membership option. I started this when I took over in 2010, recognizing the recession gave our members limited resources, but needed the information we provide.

What’s the most fun part of your job?

The people. I’m a relationship person and I feel like I have 10,000 friends in our industry.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Be better at slowing down. I feel like a cook in the kitchen and have to work  hard to meditate, massage, slow down in general.

What keeps you up at night?

I sleep like a baby.

What part do you find most challenging?

Lemons to Lemonade. I’ve always embraced the challenges, bring them on!

Tell us something most people don’t know about you.

I am a voracious reader (and I love action movies).

What’s your favorite family activity?

Having them around. I’ve been married 33 years, 3 kids, 3 grandkids and it makes me smile when we’re together.

Mover and Shaker: Mina Chang

CareCredit, a part of Synchrony Bank, has been helping patients access care for 30-plus years. CareCredit’s health, wellness, and beauty credit card offers promotional financing options to help your guests fit the treatments and procedures they want into their monthly budget.  Mina Chang, Relationship Manager with CareCredit, has 9-plus years of cosmetic industry expertise and relationship-management experience.  

Reach out to Mina: (855) 860-9034

Mover and Shaker: Julia Sutton

Julia Sutton currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for exhale enterprises, Inc, a leading lifestyle brand in the spa and wellbeing industry that operates 28 properties in 11 markets. As a member of the founding team, Ms. Sutton developed and scaled the Company’s operating infrastructure that today successfully delivers dozens of award-winning wellbeing, spa, and retail programs and supports an employee base of 2000.

Ms. Sutton is a recognized spa industry leader with a successful track record for developing and launching spa, fitness and retail in a number of different markets. Prior to joining the exhale team, she served as National Spa Operations Director for Wellbridge, where she directed ten spas across the country from Honolulu to New York.

Ms. Sutton has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and International Business from Manhattan College. She also completed the OPM program at Harvard Business School. Julia belongs to several groups (COO network, American College of Sports Medicine, HBSCNY) and enjoys coaching basketball, playing tennis, hiking and surfing.

Mover and Shaker: John Morris

Meet today’s Mover and Shaker John Morris the General Manager of Sundara Inn and Spa, a world class destination spa resort located in the Wisconsin Dells region of Central Wisconsin. He was promoted to this position from his role as Spa Director in January of 2019. 

With over 20 years experience in the industry at various resorts ranging from Vermont to Florida to Wisconsin he now oversees this luxury adult only property consisting of 36 overnight accommodations and 28 treatment rooms.

Check out a featured article Skin Inc. did on John in their July 2019 magazine!

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Mover and Shaker: Natasha Prybyla

Natasha Prybyla has been a self employed massage therapist for almost a decade. At first, she went to school for massage in hopes of working on a cruise ship, then she realized that there is much more to massage than just the feel good aspect of things. In 2014, her private practice bloomed into a wellness spa! Over the years, her passion for a healthy body has evolved into a love for sustainable business.

Natasha always thought it was important to be kind to the environment, so every day she tries to inspire her guests and employees to make decisions based on environmental wellness. Sloco has become the home of guilt-free self-care, meaning that they do right by their employees, their community and the environment. Sloco is the first day spa in the world to become a Certified B Corp (basically means that they place purpose before profit and use business as a force for good). They were the first spa in California to become part of 1% for the Planet.

The spa signed on to be part of GSN’s tree planting initiative. Sloco was also among the first in SLO County to become part of the California Green Business Network. Sloco was just voted Poly Picks Best Massage by Cal Poly SLO!

Natasha’s husband, Ryan Heath, works full time at the spa with her. They have two dogs, Willow and Ranger. Her family has been super supportive of this journey. Her in-laws helped her pursue massage school and her parents helped them get the business loan. And her sister has always been her HR expert and sounding board.

When Natasha is not working, you can usually find her husband and she going on adventure walks, watching movies or planning their next vacation!

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