The first thing I did way back when I decided that I was going to launch Alchimie Forever in the US to spas, of course, was to become a member of ISPA. Since 2005, I have benefitted so from the International Spa Association. I have learned from spa professionals. I have met numerous spa owners and managers. I have learned from peers throughout my Task Force involvement. I have made BFFs. And, perhaps most significantly, I met my husband. Since 2005, throughout these experiences, both personal and professional, I have had the pleasure of getting to know Lynne McNees, President of ISPA. I know not to discuss politics with her; I know she gets up earlier than I do most mornings; I know she loves Wyoming. Yet I did not know much of the below… and I now have a new must-read book on my list!
AP: What city were you born in? LM: Okinawa, Japan. My dad was in the US Army. I really “grew up” in Dallas, TX but moved to Washington, DC my senior year in high school… ouch!
AP: What city do you live in? LM: Georgetown, Kentucky, about 30 minutes outside of Lexington.
AP: What is your middle name? LM: Jeanice, but I use my maiden name Walker now.
AP: What is your astrological sign? LM: Capricorn.
AP: What is your favorite thing about the beauty industry? LM: The entrepreneurial spirit and inventiveness.
AP: Least favorite thing? LM: The unnecessary and excessive packaging.
AP: What is your most prized possession? LM: Can I say my cute husband? If not, our two longhaired miniature dachshunds Jackson Hole and Teton Spirit would be my final answer!
AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? LM: I’ve landed on an aircraft carrier in the middle of the ocean. I’ve stood on the DMZ. I flew a fighter jet during mid-air refueling.
AP: Do you wear a watch? If yes, what model? LM: Sometimes. The model varies depending on my mood.
AP: Diamonds or pearls? LM: Diamonds – definitely diamonds.
AP: If you could have dinner with the person of your choice, who would it be? LM: Paul McNees, my husband’s father who passed away when Barry was in college.
AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? LM: I will never be balanced! Balance is a daily practice I work at with a lot of great friends, hard exercise and a great bottle of Oregon Pinot Noir.
AP: What are your three top tips for travel? LM: 1. Water. 2. Hiking. 3. Humor.
AP: What is your favorite book? LM: China Calls by Anne Collins Walker (my mom). It’s about my Dad advancing President Nixon’s historic trip to China.
AP: What is your cocktail of choice? LM: Other than Oregon Pinot Noir, Bourbon and Ginger.
AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? LM: Experimenting with all the fun ISPA member products and LOTS of water!
AP: What fragrance do you wear? LM: Aromatherapy Associates – Revive! I am addicted.
AP: Botox or not? LM: Why not?
AP: Hair color: natural or not? LM: Luckily – my natural color but now I have to cover the gray!
AP: 3 songs on your ipod right now. LM: “Its 5 o’clock in the morning” by Lily Allen. “The Walk” by Mayer Hawthorne. Everything Garth Brooks and Willie Nelson.
AP: Quote to live by. LM: Clear eyes. Full heart. Can’t lose.
AP: Who is your mentor? LM: I’m lucky, every ISPA Chairman and their unique style has been a valuable mentor to me. Additionally, both my parents with their unique (and distinct) approach to business.
AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. LM: Hard work prevails (and, never underestimate the impact of a handwritten thank you note!).