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New York Spa Alliance

The role of the New York Spa Alliance is to position the Empire State as a premier destination for spa and wellness related industries, and to serve as a resource for information, education, advocacy and action for our member businesses.

The 2017 New York Spa Alliance Symposium takes place at 6 E 44th Street, The Cornell Club in NYC on May 17.   Breakfast snacks begin at 7:30am – the day includes an elegant luncheon buffet and closes with a wine and cheese networking session from 4:30-5:30pm.

 This year’s symposium focuses on recent and rapid changes in hospitality, spa/wellness, beauty, real estate and development areas (mergers, acquisitions and partnerships)?  How will these changes affect structure, price, organization and innovation?


7:30am                Breakfast – Ivy Room, Cornell Club

8:30am                 Prof. Mary Tabacchi, Cornell University, Conference Chair and Nancy Davis, SVP, Global Wellness Summit: Welcome

8:40am                 Prof. Mary Tabacchi, Cornell University, Conference Chair: This is not your mother’s spa and wellness concept

9:00am                Abhishek Jain, PwC, Director, Financial Markets & Hospitality: Shake up in the hospitality industry

9:25am                 Mia Kyricos, President & CEO, Kyricos & Associates: What happens to spas when the hotel industry consolidates?

9:45am                Nancy Davis, SVP, Global Wellness Summit/Global Wellness Institute: What’s it all about?

9:55am                 David Gutstadt, Chief Investment Officer, Equinox Hotels: Hudson Yards Project – What does this mean for spas?

10:25am                Coffee Break – Ivy Room, Cornell Club

10:35am                Allie Hope, SVP Development, Virgin Hotels; Miranda Mancuso, VP, Standard Hotels; Serena Rakhlin, SVP, JDS Development:  Real estate and spa/wellness development

11:00am                Yael Alkalay, Founder, Red Flower and Aarti Kapoor, VP, Moelis & Company: Why investments in wellness and spas are increasing?

11:25am              Brigitte King, Deputy GM, Strategy & Acquisitions, L’Oreal Luxe: Consolidations in the beauty industry, why?

11:50am              Tehmina Haider, VP, L Catterton: Hudson Yards and other projects in wellbeing and spa

12:15pm              Annbeth Aeschbach, Founder, Exhale; Barbara Close, Founder Naturopathica; Denise Dubois, Founder, Complexions Spa; Matt Walsh, Owner, The Spa at Traditions: Are spa and hospitality M & As a threat or opportunity for smaller spa concepts?

12:50pm              Lunch – Ivy Room

2:00pm               Samer Hamadeh, Founder, Zeel: Zeel: opportunity or threat for hotel and independent spa services?

2:25pm                Thomas Klein, Chief Operating Officer, Canyon Ranch Corporate: Where and how is Canyon Ranch expanding?

2: 50pm                Rachel Hogancamp, Managing Partner, Rasa Spa and Sue Edinger, VP, Inns of Aurora: Spa and hospitality development in Upstate New York

3:15pm               Julie Surago, Senior Consultant/Valuation, CBRE Hotels and Mark Van Stekelenburg, Managing Director, CBRE Hotels Consulting: What does shake up and consolidation in hospitality and spa/wellness industry mean for structure, operations, profits, and innovation?

3:40pm                 Kathryn Friedrich, CMO, Thrive Global and Nicolas Ronco, Founder, YeloSpa: The need for corporate wellness!

4:05pm                  Wine & Cheese Mixer – Ivy Room

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