Deborah Evans Deborah Evans Parker

Deborah Evans Parker is an industry expert in the spa and wellness industry with over 25 years experience.  She has created, designed, developed, consulted, marketed and managed select destination, resort and day spas and salons.

Deborah is a dynamic visionary and recognized
industry leader in planning, programming, marketing and public relations and successful
management of hotel and spa operations.

Ms. Parker oversaw the development and repositioning of two leading destination
spas, Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas and Red Mountain Spa in St. George,
Utah.  Serving as General Manager of both of these “top ten” spas, Evans oversaw the
re-tooling of “Bermuda Inn” to “Lake Austin” and “National Institute of Fitness” to “Red
Mountain Spa”. Sensing a need and an opportunity in the industry, Deborah developed
and conducted a spa management training program and founded her spa consulting
business in 1995 and was selected to develop The Grand Floridian Spa at Disney World
in Orlando, Florida as her initial project. A partial list of additional projects include Lake
Austin Spa Resort, Austin, Texas; Red Mountain Resort & Spa, St. George, Utah; Ritz
Carlton, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Mission del Sol, Cuernavaca, Mexico; PGA National
Resort and Spa, Palm Beach, Florida; The Greenhouse, Dallas, Texas; Hidden Orchard
Spa, La Porte, Indiana; Jacques Dessage, Shadyside, Pennsylvania; The Retreat, New
Braunfels, Texas; Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine; Eaglewood Resort & Spa,
Ithaca, Illinois; Stonewall Resort & Spa, Roanoke, West Virginia; The Chattanoogan,
Chattanooga, Tennessee, Sorrel River Ranch, Moab, Utah and Eleven Las Vegas, Las
Vegas, Nevada.
Deborah is now leading the spa and hospitality consulting and development team
for Lake Austin Wellness Partners in the corporate office in Dallas, TX. Lake Austin
Spa Resort’s new division is a development, management and consulting agency that
offers a wide range of services to the spa, wellness, hospitality and real estate
development industries.
As a spa industry expert, Ms. Parker has been interviewed and quoted in hundreds of
publications and by most leading spa, health, and beauty and travel publications,
including:
• Spa Finder Magazine
• Spa Magazine
• Healing Lifestyles and Spas,
• Conde’ Nast
• Travel & Leisure
• Travel Savvy
• Robb Report
• Forbes FYI
• Vogue
• “O”
• Andrew Harper’s
• People
• In Style
• Country Living
• Sunset
• Prevention
• Shape
• Fitness
• Health
• Self
• Men’s Journal
• Bon Appétit
• Cooking Light
• Southern Living
• Wall Street
Journal
• New York Times
• LA Times
• Washington Post
• USA Today
• And many others.
As an author of three books, including her last book, Spa Specialties which sold
over 26,000 copies, Deborah has been a frequent guest on many television and radio
programs as well. She is also a frequent speaker on spa development, marketing and
public relations, industry trends, spa residential development and resort and spa
operations and has presented at The International Spa Association Conference, Club
Industry, Luxury Travel Expo, Cornell Spa Symposium, Cornell Hotel Society, Spa
Exec, IECSC and IATOS.
Ms. Parker has served on The International Spa Association Board of Directors
and Foundation Board. She currently serves as President of the Spa Consulting
Chapter of the Institute of Management Consultants and is dedicated to setting ethical
standards and certification for spa consultants. She is a member of the International
Spa Association, The Day Spa Association, The Institute of Management Consultants
and The Green Spa Network. She is an on-line instructor for the University of
California, Irvine and teaches Spa Marketing and Branding.


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