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.
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.
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!
Owing to unprecedented growth in the USA market, Organic Beauty and Lifestyle brand VOYA is delighted to announce the hire of Maggie Wright as their new Business Development Manager for Western USA.
With 13 years of experience in sales, education and management within the global spa industry, Wright has worked with some of the top skincare brands in the world including: Decleor, Elemis & Epicuren. She brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for wellness and nature to the role, along with a hunger for building relationships and growing partnerships, her motto is: “If you can believe it, you can achieve it”. Wright will join the current Eastern USA Business Development Manager Cindy Childers, and together they will continue to nurture and develop the VOYA brand in both the American, South American and Caribbean markets. VOYA is a multi-award-winning spa led brand, boasting a certified organic status, a family ethos and tangible relationship with its core ingredient seaweed. A global provider of luxury retail, spa products and treatments in over 42 countries and trusted by brands such as Woodhouse Day Spas, Emirates, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Waldorf Astoria and Canyon Ranch at Sea.
VOYA’s award-winning products are available at all VOYA spas and online at voya.ie. Samples and images of each product are available upon request and the luxury organic spa treatments are available to review for press outlets, upon request. Owners of VOYA, Mark and Kira Walton are also available for interview requests so please do contact the press office on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Leya Nicolait has been in the spa and wellness industry for over 12 years. She has had the fortunate opportunity to work in all sides of the business: Spa operations, product sales and education, health and wellness education, marketing and website design, and has held an active aesthetic licence for the duration. She is passionate about living well and enjoying an active and healthy lifestyle in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
As a mother Leya knows the importance of passing down lifestyle habits that help future generations enjoy this amazing world we all live in. She came to spa through a culinary and food and beverage background and still believes after 25 years that the most important thing you can learn in life is how to feed yourself and those around you. Beauty from inside out is key.
The JW Marriott Hill is Shane Kelly’s 8th hotel since beginning his career 25 years ago. Shane began his career 2in Las Vegas working for MGM Resorts International, as a pool attendant. After spending the summer at the pool, Shane took advantage of staying on staff at the resort and joined the spa team.
After a few years in the Spa, Shane went on to open a new property in Biloxi, MS. Returning back to Las Vegas, he joined the team at Bellagio, and spent the next twelve years developing his knowledge about all things spa and furthermore about the Las Vegas market.
Shane was able to rise to the level of Spa Manager at the Bellagio, before seizing an opportunity to become a Spa Director with Four Seasons. The Spa industry has allowed Shane the opportunity to experience living and indulging of such places as Hawaii, Costa Rica, Chicago and now San Antonio.
Shane is a true believer in the “Golden Rule” (Treat others how you would expect to be treated), and tries to apply this principal personally as well as professionally.
Life Outside of Work Born in Hawaii, then moving to Guam, Japan, Okinawa, and California before finally residing in Las Vegas for a substantial part of his life, Shane has always enjoyed, while also being intrigued by learning new cultures and or customs. He has a passion for travel and really believes in living in unique places to get a better understanding of these places. He enjoys outdoor activities, but most importantly just spending time with his wife Alana, and kids Abigail and Cooper.