Susie Ellis, President

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Pete Ellis, Chairman & CEO

Pete Ellis, chairman and CEO of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®, has devoted his career to creating better experiences for consumers. As one of the largest auto dealers in the western U.S., he pioneered consumer-friendly policies in the sale of new and used automobiles. In 1994–95, he launched the first automotive buying and research website, Autobytel.com, effectively revolutionizing an entire industry. Using technology to make pricing and inventory transparent, his visionary marketing platform became the basis for every commercially viable automotive website in existence. After taking Autobytel public in 1999, he formed Jubilee Investments, which became the majority shareholder of Spafinder Wellness. Under his leadership, the company has been transformed from a niche spa information company to the world’s largest spa and wellness marketing and media channel. In 2007, Pete also founded SpaBooker (which became GramercyOne), a leading provider of cloud-based management and marketing solutions. Pete is a founder and chairman emeritus of the Global Wellness Summit and co-founder of the Global Wellness Institute. His Internet technology innovations are part of the Permanent Research Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
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Susie Ellis, President

As president of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®, Susie Ellis is recognized as a leading global authority on spa and wellness. Director of the Spafinder Wellness 365™annual Global Spa and Wellness Trends Forecast, she is a prominent writer and speaker and a respected industry analyst. Susie is also chairman and CEO of the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) and spearheaded the GWI initiative, WellnessEvidence.com, the first online portal that provides easy access to the universe of medical evidence that exists for the most common wellness approaches. Ellis is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne; on the board of the Center for Medical Tourism Research; a member of the Spa Advisory Board for the University of California, Irvine, Spa and Hospitality Management Program; and on the Aspen Brain Forum Board of Advisors. She holds a M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a recipient of the International Spa Association's Visionary Award. Susie began her career in wellness at the famous Golden Door in California and keeps fit with daily workouts and healthy eating.
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John Bevan, Chief Operating Officer

John Bevan brings more than 25 years of marketing and online travel experience to Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® As chief operating officer (COO), he is responsible for global sales, digital marketing, advanced technology products and operations. He also leads strategic planning and the continued growth of the Spafinder Wellness 365™ Network, which includes 23,000-plus spa, fitness and wellness providers around the world. John joined the company in 2013 as managing director and vice president of Spafinder® Europe Limited. He has directed the successful introduction of new wellness travel initiatives, gifting products and technology. Previously he was with Voyage Privé UK Ltd. and Lastminute.com, where he achieved significant business growth for both companies, along with improved working efficiencies and cost reductions. Additionally, John was group marketing and product director of Online Travel Corporation PLC and managing director of Emap Digital Travel. He is married with four children and his favorite holidays involve skiing and spending quality time with his family.
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Neil Kurlander, Esq., Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel

As chief administrative officer and general counsel of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®,  Neil manages internal and external legal matters and corporate administration, as well as overseeing finance, human relations and customer service functions. ​He is also corporate secretary and supervises all corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Spafinder Wellness in 2002, Neil was vice president, corporate legal affairs at Horsehead Industries, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, where he played a major role in the consummation of approximately $1 billion in corporate financings, mergers and acquisitions and other commercial transactions. He has also practiced corporate law at some of the largest law firms in New York City. Neil received his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College and his J.D. from The Hofstra University School of Law, where he was a member of the Hofstra Law Review. His favorite workout is on a bike, both in the gym and on the road.
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Steve Kane, Group President, Gift Sales & Business Development

As group president, gift sales and business development, Steve Kane leads the company’s revenue strategy and execution. He is responsible for sales initiatives, including the company's gift card program, which encompasses retail and digital gift cards and vouchers, and new business initiatives.  Since he joined Spafinder Wellness, Inc.® in 2007, gift card sales alone have increased by over 150 percent, and the program has expanded to over 70 countries around the globe. Steve also leads the company's workplace wellness program, Corporate Wellness 365™, which offers employers incentives fully aligned with health objectives. Steve’s professional experience includes 30-plus years of senior executive sales leadership, with a focus on account management and client relationships. Prior to Spafinder Wellness, he was responsible for the launch and sales of three high-profile fashion accessories brands at Schifter + Partners. Previous positions also comprise vice president, North America, for LeSportsac, Inc., and national sales manager for Liz Claiborne Handbags and Small Leather Goods. Steve is a member of the board of directors of the RGCA and the advisory board of SVS Ceridian, as well as a past board member of the IGCC. He attended Bowling Green University, majoring in Business Administration, and is an avid golfer and sports, music and art fan.
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Mia Kyricos, Chief Brand Officer

Mia Kyricos is a global business leader with over 20 years of experience in the spa, wellness and hospitality industries. A widely recognized expert in wellness travel, which has become the fastest growing sector in tourism, she has been featured in publications ranging from the New York Times to Forbes to Travel Weekly and is a popular speaker at industry events. She also oversees the company's Wellness Travel Awards and co-directs the highly respected Spafinder Wellness 365® Spa & Wellness Trends Report. As chief brand officer of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®, which includes Spafinder Wellness 365, the web’s most trafficked site for spa and wellness consumers, Mia leads the company’s worldwide branding initiatives, and is the creator of the company’s core “Wellness 365” philosophy.  She oversees the company’s market position and value proposition to all of its stakeholders, as well as media relations, research and communications. Prior to joining Spafinder Wellness, Mia was president of Kyricos & Associates, global advisors for the spa, wellness and hospitality industries, and vice president of Core Performance, overseeing operations of corporate wellness centers at Fortune 500 companies. Previously, she was the director of global spa brands & programming at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, where she created six international spa brands for Westin, Sheraton, Le Meridien, W, St. Regis and Luxury Collection hotels. She sits on the boards of the Global Wellness Institute and the University of California Irvine, and she holds a Masters of Management in Hospitality Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Wheaton College.
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Dave Walters, Chief Technology Officer

Dave Walters joins Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®, from the XO Group, Inc., an international publicly traded company, where he was most recently vice president of technology solutions, overseeing technology development and execution at The Knot, The Bump, The Nest and other brands in the XO network. Dave brings 15 years of management experience to Spafinder Wellness and has a diverse background across development, application architecture, project management, systems support, quality assurance and release management. He also plays a key role in the company’s technology vision and strategic planning and is responsible for the management of the company’s information technology infrastructure, including content systems and ecommerce initiatives. He will direct and execute large-scale projects, assuring alignment between technology, business groups and consumers. Dave hails from Long Island, where he is a volunteer firefighter, played college baseball and is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He enjoys participating in obstacle runs and other vigorous exercise programs that test his limits.
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Mike Muller, Senior Vice President, Finance

Mike Muller, senior vice president, finance, leads Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®’s financial operations and is responsible for the company’s financial and accounting policy management, budget planning and forecasting, along with financial reporting and compliance. He has more than 20 years of experience in accounting, finance and managing financial operations for traditional publishing and business media companies, most recently as CFO of Vendome Group, LLC. There, he directed the company’s financial goals, managed relations with investors and lenders and implemented new financial reporting systems. Previously he held positions at Wolters Kluwer (WK), a leading global information services and publishing company, serving as group controller for the WK legal division and business manager for the WK/Aspen Publishers division. Earlier in his career, Mike held senior management positions at Simon & Schuster with the Prentice Hall Professional Information Group. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York and an MBA at Montclair State University.