Expert Team Page – Universal Companies
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Meet the Spa Development & Equipment Team

Our spa development and equipment advisors are here to answer your questions, whether they’re about a particular piece of equipment or outfitting your entire business. With years of experience directing projects large and small, they can talk you through the steps it takes to make good decisions and create successful projects. Schedule a 15-minute meeting to get in touch with the perfect person for the job.

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Philippe Therene

I hold a master’s degree in International Hotel Management from Cornell-Essec in Paris, France. After working in Morocco and France, I came to Calistoga, California and founded SpaEquip, a spa equipment distribution company. I am passionate about spas and wellness and how they benefit people to lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Expertise In:

spa equipmentteam-buildingproject-managementhydro therapyconsultation

John Weaver

I have more than 40 years of experience in design in the salon and spa industry. Nine of my projects won Salon & Spa of the Year awards. For the past 15 years I have been a key account manager at SpaEquip / Universal Companies, overseeing sales, design, and project management—including cabinet manufacturing and installation of salon and spa projects.

Expertise In:

product developmentestheticsspace planninginterior design

Dafne Berlanga

I have worked with Spa, Medical and Medical Aesthetic Equipment for 18 years domestically and internationally. I understand how selecting the right mix of equipment throughout a complex project or a small treatment room impacts ROI. Having worked with multidisciplinary teams, corporate accounts, franchises, and my knowledge of multiple technologies allows me to transform the big picture into successful projects. I speak English, Spanish and French.

Expertise In:

spa equipmentmedical-aesthetic equipmentautonomous equipmentproject managementconsultingwellness

Jason Woolf

Over the past 14 years, I have played an instrumental part in the development and growth of the distribution company SpaEquip, serving the wellness spa industry. As director of corporate accounts, I manage a staff of sales representatives, account managers, and project managers. I am also responsible for the Preferred Vendor status for most major resort brands, and I handle much of the sales effort to these major customers.

Expertise In:

resort facilitiesspa equipmentproject managementplanning

Jorge Pelaez

I believe it’s important to listen to customers to understand their goals regarding spa equipment. I have been in the spa industry for six years, and I offer a full range of skills to help you make decisions on your equipment purchase. Complex projects are a welcome challenge. I am bilingual, speaking English and Spanish.

Expertise In:

massage equipmentinstallationfinancingmarket research
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