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DSA, IMSA Under New Leadership

Posted: July 30, 2010
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The Day Spa Association and The International Medical Spa Association announced the sale of their combined associations to DSA World, Inc., headed by Allan Share, an acknowledged leader in the spa industry for more than 20 years.

Share is very excited for the future of these two important associations. As the new DSA and IMSA president, his plans call for continued support and growth of the spa industry, as well as expanding the associations to include wellness practitioners of every kind.

Share notes, “Consumers are asking our industry to change and to see wellness as an essential part of spa and beauty. Hannelore Leavy has done more than almost any other individual to shape the course of our industry. Our vision is to build upon that legacy. Our goal is to make the DSA and IMSA the leading trade associations in the professional spa, esthetics and wellness industries. We will bring together the dispirit parts of our industries by providing them with a one-stop-source for information, the place to learn about allied professions and fields as well as an easy connection to other colleagues in the U.S. and around the world.”

Hannelore Leavy, founder of the DSA and IMSA as well as the current executive director, will stay on as chairman of the advisory committee. “I am pleased to be able to pass the helm to someone who understands the vision behind the creation of these associations and will continue expanding the impact the associations will have on our industry. I am sure the industry will support DSA World and Allan Share’s efforts as they have supported mine for the past 2½ decades,” said Leavy.

Allan Share’s previous companies include New Life Systems, founded in 1990, and Lotus Touch, founded in 1999. Share sold both companies to Scrip Companies—owners of Scrip/HESSCO, Massage Warehouse—in 2007, where he stayed for three years as director of spa operations.