JGL, Inc.

168 Woodloch Springs

Hawley, PA 18428


PH: 570.685.8610
FX: 570.685.8612
jgl@jglspa.com





 
John E. Lopis, Ph.D. * Ginny Michel-Lopis, M.A. Principals

John and Ginny Lopis are founders of JGL inc., one of the foremost spa design, development and management teams in North America. With their extensive background in both the academic community and in resort spa design and operations, the Lopises bring a unique combination of proven talents and expertise to their projects.

After receiving a doctorate in program design from Michigan State University, John Lopis was a professor in the college of education at Michigan State for 12 years, specializing in educational psychology and interpersonal communication. While at the university, Dr. Lopis became one of the leading developers of interpersonal process facilitation skills, which JGL now uses in all phases of their work. Ms. Michel-Lopis was an educator of English and journalism for six years, and has a Master's Degree from Michigan State, also in educational program design.

With their background in program design and development, and their personal belief in the importance of a healthy lifestyle, the Lopises decided in 1981 to apply their program design skills to the concept of lifestyle management, especially in the resort environment.

They did not, however, make a direct transition from academia to consulting as is often the case. For nearly 10 years, they dedicated themselves to understanding the operational details of managing resort properties, and to learning first hand what it takes to create the highest degree of guest satisfaction

John and Ginny Lopis have both held top management positions at several of the finest spa resorts in the country. They have experience in all phases of resort operations and have worked in a variety of resort settings. They were responsible for the operational and program criteria which guided facility design and construction, and for overseeing the positioning, opening and management of one of America's most exclusive spa resort properties, the $40 million Doral Saturnia International Spa Resort in Miami.

With Dr. Lopis as general manager and Ms. Michel-Lopis as director of operations, they managed the launching of this property from initial construction to complete and successful operation as a world-class spa resort. Doral Saturnia was the first destination spa resort in the United States to receive the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award.

Dr. Lopis and Ms. Michel-Lopis also served as executive director and director of human resources and program development, respectively, at the renowned Canyon Ranch Vacation/Fitness Resort in Tucson, Arizona. There, they developed the highly publicized Executive Renewal program and other innovative programs.

In addition, Dr. Lopis was president and Chief Executive Officer of Topnotch at Stowe, a 100-room luxury resort and spa in Stowe, Vermont. Ms. Michel-Lopis was vice president and general manager. The Lopises oversaw all resort operations and the refurbishing of the resort property, as well as the design, development, construction and management of a new 23,000 square foot luxury spa facility.

Since forming JGL in 1990, as spa consultants, John and Ginny Lopis have brought numerous properties on line from ground breaking to the coordination of gala openings as well as creating the organizational structures and hiring and training entire staffs.

In 1991, John and Ginny Lopis were two of eight founders of the International Spa Association (ISPA), the first and most prestigious spa association in America. Dr. Lopis served as Vice President on the first elected Board of Directors. Today, ISPA's membership includes more than 2,000 spas, resorts and industry related professionals, representing numerous countries around the world.

John and Ginny Lopis are considered leading authorities on spa design, trends, programming and management, and have been widely quoted in more than 30 consumer and trade publications including USA Today, Vogue, Town & Country, Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Travel Weekly, Lodging, Spa Management, Hotel Business, American Spa, and more.

In September 2005, John and Ginny Lopis both received one of the highest honors in the spa industry, ISPA's Spa industry Visionary Award, which recognizes significant contributions and positive movement of the spa, health and wellness industry.


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