Ann Brown, Saltability Founder
With almost 20 years of experience in nearly every aspect of the resort spa business, Ann Brown is an industry veteran whose expertise extends from licensed cosmetologist, esthetician, nail technician and massage therapist to accomplished spa director and business manager. In 2014, she founded Saltability to answer the need for a better treatment in the spa industry and conceived a line of Himalayan salt products that benefit clients as well as their therapists. By keeping products and services chemical free and eco-friendly, Saltability offers multiple therapeutic benefits in a single treatment, helping client and practitioner alike. Today, Saltability is a spa industry partner that provides quality Himalayan salt stone treatments and products for resort, day, medical and destination spas.
Serving three years on the board of directors for the International Spa Association and five years on the education committee for the ISPA organization, Brown is trained in all facets of the spa industry and is a founding member of the American Spa Therapy Education and Certification Council, which educates some of the country’s top spas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Florida and contributed to the development of ISPA’s Hiring and Training Guide, in addition to helping co-author two textbooks used for spa management degrees at major universities. She has presented on spa management and modalities at ISPA’s annual conference, the American Massage Therapy Association conference, IECSC and more and has served her community as a board member of several nonprofits.
Diane Trieste, Vice President of Business Development
Diane Trieste brings extensive experience working in pre-opening, concept and design for a variety of big spa-industry brands to Saltability clients. A past member of the International Spa Association Board of Directors, Trieste’s experience also includes serving as vice president of employer and alumni relations for Cortiva Education, a for-profit massage education company, and as director of Shankara Ayurveda Spa, a 30-room boutique hotel and authentic Ayurvedic wellness center. In 2008, she became the principal of Spa Mojo LLC, a health, wellness and spa consulting practice.
A former sports massage therapist who worked with Team USA Track & Field athletes at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona as well as with gymnast and gold medalist Kerri Strug at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Trieste worked for 13 years at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, where she was a member of the development team responsible for startup design, functionality and operations for national and global multisite operations, including Canyon Ranch SpaClub at the Venetian, Canyon Ranch SpaClub at the Gaylord Palms, Canyon Ranch SpaClub onboard the Queen Mary 2 and Canyon Ranch Living facilities. She was also the project manager responsible for the innovative launch of Canyon Ranch products.
Trieste’s knowledge of eco-friendly building, equipment and operational practices — including energy efficiency, organic/fair trade products, supplies and services — makes her an excellent fit for Saltability, which emphasizes environmental responsibility in the company’s products and services.
Eric Stephenson, National Educator
An innovative educator, licensed massage therapist and experienced spa industry veteran, Eric Stephenson is well-known for his continuing education expertise in the spa industry, across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. As Saltability's national educator, Stephenson works to educate spa partners on Saltability treatments as a more environmentally friendly, healthier alternative to traditional stone massage.
Stephenson is a member of the International Spa Association Board of Directors and co-founder of imassage Inc., an education and consulting company dedicated to extending the careers of massage therapists and spa practitioners through customized programs focusing on preventing injury and workers’ compensation claims. He also acts as director of education for Elements Therapeutic Massage, one of the largest massage providers in the nation. A sought-after lecturer, his presentations have included the American Massage Therapy Convention, the International Spa Association Conference, the World Massage Conference and numerous national and international shows.