Maureen Harris-Vipperman, Host of Spa Talk Radio, Social Media WebMaster, and creator of the Urban Spa Group, has been in the Spa, beauty, Fitness and Wellness industry for nearly two decades. Before creating The Urban Spa Group, Maureen was the Regional director of spas at the famous Glen Ivy Hot Spring Spas in Southern California. Previously, she developed and was the Opening Director the renowned Pacific Palms Resort in Industry, California. She spent two years at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point, California where she served as the Director of Spa and Recreation, managing the daily operations of the resort’s spa and exclusive fitness membership program and 5 years serving as Corporate Director of Spas for Boyne USA Resorts in Northern Michigan.
Maureen holds a degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Alameda University. A certified personal trainer and Certified Sports Nutritionist, Maureen’s expertise and passion lies in the business of spa, fitness and wellness.
A seasoned Director, Coach and host of SpaTalk Radio, Maureen, Founder of the Urban Spa Group, this former U.S. Marine and mother of four began her career in the industry when working with the Aging for the State of Michigan. Saddened and overwhelmed by how our elderly relied on assistance in their day-to-day living to ensure quality of life in their later years, Maureen went to work diligently researching components of healthy living while researching natural and holistic methodologies to treat her mother’s bout with cancer.
While meditation practice, positive thought, physical fitness and healthy eating were important; Maureen is convinced that negative thought and increased stress is the number one cause of disease and premature aging, this ignited this spa maven’s career.
In addition to her duties as a talk radio host, publicist, business consultant, speaker and writer, Maureen, a visionary in the industry is a Professor with the University of California, Irvine, Spa Hospitality and Management Program, A Board Member of Business Week and Glamour Magazines, the winner of the 2006 Skin Inc., 'Best of the Best' award as Top Spa mentor, a two time nominee for The Los Angeles Business Journals "Women making a Difference" Award and Glamour Magazine Beauty Ambassador for Los Angeles and Florida.
My mission is to unite and enhance the success of Spa Businesses Owners by fostering diversity and the inclusion of spa businesses representing all aspects of the industry, expanding marketing visibility and business opportunities for industry businesses professionals on the west coast and facilitating mutually beneficial outreach opportunities for all Urban Spa Group Members.
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I also subscribe to the holistic modalities of better living and over all health and wellness. Because of my own personal health goals five years ago I launched Serenity at Sea Holistic Cruise Seminars - they have been successful, relaxing and a great way to meet others of like mind. This year's cruise is 'Serenity at Sea Holistic Seminars - Portal to Transform Your World, Life and Affairs" Currently, we are reaching out to healers, therapist, coaches, etc who would be interested in facilitating a workshop on the cruise. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks Pia King, MSW, CVBC