Monday, May 7, 2012

Education Inadequacies Affecting the Spa Inustry, 2002

Our Senior Advisor, Raoul Andrews Sudre hit the proverbial nail on the head yet again with this week’s article which highlights a continued challenge in the industry ten years later, education. In October, 2002 he exposed the weaknesses in the massage schools by going directly to the source, massage school owners. The statistics quoted in this article discuss the explosion of the number of spas growing from less than 2K to more than 11K from 1997 to 2002. Given this leap ten years ago and the continuing proliferation of “chain” spas it is no wonder there is still a lack of unity in education within a national context, too much growth too fast! His insight ten years ago continues to be relevant and while this article offers no clear solution what is clear is little to nothing has changed. Our education in the states is still minimal at best with no change in sight. Perhaps this will spark the desire to open this dialogue once again.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"Meet Raoul Andrews-Sudre, 2002"

These two interview/articles sum up Raoul’s straightforward, knowledgeable warmth which he conveys when involved in a project or training a student on the art of international massage. The two interviews highlight his longevity, passion for the industry and what drives him and many of us… customer satisfaction. He brings voice in 2002 to what has been echoed in previous blog posts, education, conceptualization and quality of service.

Getting to know our Senior Advisor, Raoul Andrews Sudre’ on an up close professional level has been such an asset to a “veteran” (this is a nice way to say I have been in the industry longer than I care to admit) and while these articles lend a small insight into why he continues to create successful and innovatively unique projects it is just a hint on his wealth of knowledge not just around the hotel and spa industry but world knowledge that brings a depth of insight into foreign business practices, cultural differences and regional customs.

-Jodi Weiner, ASM's Project Manager