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Getting Ahead: Face & Body 2009 Spa & Healthy Aging Conference and Expo

The crowds at Face & Body 2009.

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  • Networking Luncheon

    Networking Luncheon

    The networking luncheon, one of the three options features a la carte this year, offered attendees time to chat with fellow spa professionals while enjoying a light lunch.

    Face & Body 2009 networking luncheon

    Show photography by Eric Hoffman for Convention Photo by Joe Orlando, Inc.

  • Winery Tour

    Winery Tour

    The winery tour was another of the a la carte options, allowing attendees to taste local wines and get to know each other outside of the spa business setting.

    Face & Body 2009 winery tour

    Show photography by Eric Hoffman for Convention Photo by Joe Orlando, Inc.

  • Interaction at Expo

    Interaction at Expo

    Spa owners and estheticians discussed products and treatments one-on-one with spa suppliers.

    Owners and suppliers interact at Face & Body 2009

    Show photography by Eric Hoffman for Convention Photo by Joe Orlando, Inc.

  • Dr. Pugliese at Advanced Education Conference Program

    Dr. Pugliese at Advanced Education Conference Program

    Peter T. Pugliese, MD, draws in attendees during his discussion about cosmetic chemistry during the product-neutral Advanced Education Conference Program.

    Dr. Pugliese at Face & Body 2009
  • Face & Body Crowds

    Face & Body Crowds

    Crowds spilled onto the expo floor at Face & Body 2009, snapping up products, learning new treatment techniques and connecting with industry suppliers.

    Face & Body 2009 crowds

    Show photography by Eric Hoffman for Convention Photo by Joe Orlando, Inc.

  • In-person Experience

    In-person Experience

    Attendees were able to get in-person experience with new product offerings and ingredient trend knowledge.

    Attendees at Face & Body 2009 booth

    Show photography by Eric Hoffman for Convention Photo by Joe Orlando, Inc.

  • Revitalash Cash Giveaway

    Revitalash Cash Giveaway

    Revitalash's Gayle Brinkenhoff, left, and Hannah Murray, right, drew the names of eight $1,000 winners in the cash giveaway the company held during the expo.

    Revitalash's booth at Face & Body 2009

    Show photography by Eric Hoffman for Convention Photo by Joe Orlando, Inc.

  • On-floor Demonstrations

    On-floor Demonstrations

    Getting to experience the treatments themselves, spa professionals were able to make informed decisions on the expo floor before purchasing products and equipment to take home to their spas.

    People watching demonstration from Face & Body 2009

    Show photography by Eric Hoffman for Convention Photo by Joe Orlando, Inc.

  • Conference Attendees

    Conference Attendees

    Interested conference-goers attentively listened and jotted notes during presentations at the product-neutral Advanced Education Conference.

    Three female attendees at Face & Body 2009

    Show photography by Eric Hoffman for Convention Photo by Joe Orlando, Inc.

  • Attendees Catching Up

    Attendees Catching Up

    Face & Body attendees had the opportunity to catch up with their fellow industry professionals before, during and after conference sessions and while perusing the expo floor.

    Two people chatting in a crowd at Face & Body 2009

    Show photography by Eric Hoffman for Convention Photo by Joe Orlando, Inc.

By: Abby Penning
Posted: September 25, 2009, from the October 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

With an exciting new city to call home, the Face & Body® 2009 Spa & Healthy Aging Conference and Expo hit San Jose, California’s, San Jose McEnery Convention Center from Saturday, July 11, to Monday, July 13, offering attendees an array of business-improving opportunities to enjoy.

Savvy spa owners crowded the classrooms during the product-neutral Advanced Education Conference Program and combed the expo floor for new products and industry information. They also checked out the city and its spa industry, and learned a little bit more about each other by taking advantage of the show’s new options: a spa tour, a networking luncheon and a tour of two local wineries.

Brimming with education sessions on timely topics, featuring a wide selection of companies selling products and offering information about different technologies, and providing the chance to speak with fellow industry professionals about their business experiences, this year’s conference and expo was a must-attend event for spa owners working to maintain and expand their enterprises. And with some of the industry’s biggest names in attendance teaching classes and sharing their knowledge, this year’s Face & Body was the perfect place to go to move a spa business forward.

Tours, talks and tastings

Saturday, the first day of Face & Body 2009, began with the debut of the à la carte options that could be chosen individually or as a package. They provided attendees with the opportunity to get to know each other outside of the business arena while also offering the chance to obtain unique insights into the spa industry.

The sold-out spa tour kicked things off, taking attendees to three different spas around San Jose. The first, Ayoma LifeSpa in the Hotel Valencia Santana Row, encouraged attendees to explore the facility while also learning more about the ayurvedic and skin care services the spa provides. Next up, tour-goers watched demonstrations of teeth-whitening and a cellulite-reduction treatment at Beautiful By Design day spa, and the tour then concluded at Tova Day Spa in The Fairmont San Jose hotel, where attendees got a behind-the-scenes look at the variety of treatments and services offered at the destination spa-like day spa. Throughout the tour, attendees also asked questions and interacted with the owners of the tour’s spas, picking up helpful advice and the abundance of knowledge the owners have spent years cultivating.