Ispa honours Geraldine Howard with posthumous Visionary Award

The International Spa Association (Ispa) is dedicating its 2016 Visionary Award to the memory of Aromatherapy Associates founder Geraldine Howard.

The award, which will be presented at the Ispa Conference & Expo in Las Vegas in September, is given annually “to someone in the spa industry who has made significant contributions to the movement of health and wellness”.

The award will be accepted by Howard’s husband Peter Redman.Ispa president Lynne McNees said of Howard, who passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer: 

“Geraldine was a trailblazer for aromatherapy and we are honoured to celebrate her life and the impact she made on the community.”

Past winners of the Visionary Award, which was first presented n 1999, include skincare brand founders Jane Iredale, Dr Howard Murad and Horst Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda, and Global Wellness Summit chairman and chief executive Susie Ellis – among others.