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The WTS Team

Gary Henkin
Gary HenkinPresident

Gary can be reached directly at
+1.301.625.2000.

As President and Founder of WTS International, Mr. Henkin has over 30 years of experience in the planning, design and management of health clubs, spas and fitness facilities of all types. He has also coordinated and developed numerous needs assessment studies for prospective spa and/or health club properties. WTS International has grown during the past three decades to become one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing fitness and spa consulting and operating firms. At present, the firm has approximately 1,000 employees worldwide and provides its services to hotels, resorts, luxury residential properties, exclusive golf and country clubs, day spas and real estate developments throughout the United States and overseas. A frequent speaker at industry and real estate conventions, Mr. Henkin has also published numerous articles related to spa design, health club design and fitness and spa management in such publications as Real Estate Today, Hotel Business, Club Management, Club Business Magazine, Real Estate Forum, Resort Management Magazine, Club Director and Boardroom. His speaking engagements include addresses to the attendees at B.O.M.A. (Building Owners and Managers Association), I.H.R.S.A. (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association) and Club Managers Association of America national conventions. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland in 1966. Presently, Mr. Henkin resides in Maryland with his wife and is active in a number of Washington, D.C. charitable foundations.
Frank Guengerich
Frank GuengerichChief Operating Officer

Frank can be reached directly at
+1.301.622.7800, ext. 129.

Frank Guengerich has been extensively involved in the health club, spa and tennis industries for the past 25 years. Mr. Guengerich is recognized industry leader and is regularly invited to speak at internationally recognized conferences such as the IHRSA/ISPA International Annual Conference, NAHB Conference, CMAA Annual Conference and many others.

Frank has been with WTS International a combined total of 18 years, starting in 1986 as a Tennis Professional. Mr. Guengerich has also been in executive and leadership roles with other public and private companies such as Sport and Health, Town Sports International (NASDAQ-CLUB), and Life Time Fitness (NASDAQ-LTF).

Mr. Guengerich has extensive experience in working with equity investors, real estate developers, hotel and resort general managers, residential property managers and health club and spa service providers. He is responsible for all aspects of facility operations including financial performance, client communications and quality control at WTS affiliated spa, health club, recreation and leisure sites worldwide.

Susan Hammer
Susan HammerVice President, Spa Division

Susie can be reached directly at
+1.301.622.7800, ext. 110.

Susan started as a marketing intern with WTS in 1996. After graduating from Penn State with a degree in Marketing and International business, Susan immediately began working as a WTS Fitness Director within the Hilton Corporation, while pursuing a master’s degree in Health Fitness Management. In 2000, Susan moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands to become the Fitness and Spa Director for the Westin Resort St. John. From there, Susan went on to become the Director of Spa Services for the Sanderling Spa, a Condé Nast Gold winner. After successfully completing the million dollar expansion of the Sanderling Spa, Susan became a regional account executive for WTS in North Carolina. From this role, Susan easily made the transition to WTS’ Vice President, Spa Division.
Ralph Newman
Ralph NewmanSenior Vice President

Ralph can be reached directly at
+1.301.622.7800, ext. 116.

Ralph Newman has been active in the spa, fitness and wellness industry since 1978. Joining WTS International in 1998, Mr. Newman oversees development and operations for WTS affiliated leisure properties. Mr. Newman received a BA from The University of Virginia and an MA in Exercise Science from George Washington University. He worked for the Department of Defense for over 11 years in management, educational and research capacities where he concluded his career in the public sector as an Assistant Professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. In 1989, Mr. Newman joined Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts where he developed and managed their flagship spa and fitness facility at their Georgetown property in Washington, D.C. for almost a decade. He also worked on the conceptual development, spa design and fitness design for numerous other Four Seasons’ properties throughout the United States and Canada prior to joining WTS. Mr. Newman has been a frequent lecturer on design and operations of spas and health club facilities at industry conventions nationwide. Most recently, he moderated the spa panel at the Condo Hotel Conference.
Scott Krosnowski
Scott KrosnowskiSenior Vice President,
Finance and Information
Technology
Scott can be reached directly at
+1.301.622.7800, ext. 103.

For over fifteen years, Scott Krosnowski, has been extensively involved in the financial and information technology operations for resort, residential and private club spas and fitness centers throughout the United States and abroad. Mr. Krosnowski specializes in spa and fitness accounting, forecasting and financial reporting. His expertise ranges from constructing financial budgets for new facilities in their pre-opening stages to auditing and recommending growth strategies for existing properties.

In addition, he is responsible for site software selection, specifically client and staff systems that provide data and reports essential to efficient spa and health club management. Mr. Krosnowski works closely with our clients and staff, ranging from architects and developers to general managers and spa directors, to develop and implement the most appropriate and cost effective financial and information technology systems and procedures.

Mr. Krosnowski graduated from the American University in Washington D.C. with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with focus in Accounting and Finance.

Kim Matheson Shedrick
Kim Matheson ShedrickSenior Vice President

Kim can be reached directly at
+1.301.622.7800, ext. 161.

Kim Matheson was president of her own company, Natural Resources, for 15 years, offering spa consultancy services including design and pre-opening support, for a diverse range of upscale clients including hotels, resorts, residential and real estate developments. Some of Kim’s most recent projects are the Four Seasons Moscow, Dubai, Disney Orlando and New York. Other recent five-star projects include Dove Mountain Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis Princeville. Matheson has also worked for Montage, Rosewood Menlo Park, Kiawah Island and Doonbeg, and Lapis at Fontainebleau.

As Senior Vice President for WTS based in New York City, Kim’s primary responsibilities include developing the local market and new business opportunities while overseeing international accounts. Kim also assists in the development of new spa concepts and provides advice to WTS clients on retail sales and marketing.

Dr. Abhishek Jain
Dr. Abhishek JainVice President,
SE Asia, India & Middle East

Abhishek can be reached directly at
+91.981.088.6525.

Dr. Abhishek Jain brings 16 years of extensive experience in luxury hospitality, spa & wellness industries including pre-opening and successful operations of award winning properties worldwide. Dr. Abhishek is recognized as industry leader in the Indian region and is regularly invited to speak at regional conferences such as Dept. of AYUSH, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Wellness Conference and many others. He is currently on panel of FICCI’s National Wellness Committee.

After graduating from RGUHS, Bangalore, India with a degree in Integrative Medicine, he immediately started working as a Research Scholar at National Institute of Naturopathy under Ministry of Health, Government of India. Later, he pursued a Masters in Hospital & Health Systems Management from renowned BITS, Pilani. In 2008, Dr. Abhishek was tasked to lead the pre-opening of the first authentic Ayurvedic Centre outside of India at the world’s leading destination spa resort, The BodyHoliday at LeSPORT, St. Lucia, in the Caribbean. He soon became the Senior Leader at this Spa that delivers 250 treatments every day. He then completed a Certification Program in Strategic Hospitality Management from Cornell University and General Management Program from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

In 2011, Dr. Abhishek joined the iconic luxury beach Resort in Goa, India for the reputed chain The Leela Palaces, Hotels & Resorts. During this period, Leela group’s ‘jewel in the crown’ property, The Leela Palace, Udaipur, became ESPA’s first managed property in India. And in 2012, Dr. Abhishek was handpicked to lead the ESPA at The Leela Palace, Udaipur, which had the unique distinction of being India’s first and only luxury tented lakeside Spa. Under his leadership, the Spa consistently won awards with Conde Nast Traveller, India, and was selected amongst the World’s Top 10 best designed Spas by Asia Spa Magazine. The Spa won Conde Nast Traveller’s Favourite Hotel Spa in India, 2014 and Travel + Leisure’s Best Destination Spa in India, 2014.

Allen Jakubauskas
Allen JakubauskasSenior Vice President

Allen can be reached directly at
+1.562.505.9110.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut and Long Beach State University, with degrees in Kinesiotherapy and Recreation Administration, Mr. Jakubauskas spent several years working in Clinical rehab, commercial fitness centers and community recreation center management prior to joining WTS International in 2000.

Over the years he has been involved with numerous openings and day to day operations of spas, fitness centers and residential community clubhouses throughout the western United States. With extensive experience in working with master planned residential communities, hotels and resorts and private golf clubs, he is responsible for supervising design consultation, pre-opening and daily operations services for WTS affiliated leisure facilities ranging in size from 3,000 to 50,000 square feet. He has worked extensively with WTS Spa, Fitness, Lifestyle and Activities Directors throughout the Western region.

Mary Lynn Mellinger
Mary Lynn MellingerDirector of Planning
& Design Services

Mary Lynn can be reached directly at
+1.301.622.7800, ext. 144.

Mary Lynn serves as the lead design associate for key accounts with the WTS spa, fitness and recreation portfolio. Mary Lynn brings a wealth of knowledge within the field of hospitality design. She comes to WTS from the H. Chambers Company in Baltimore, MD where she was the Senior Interior Designer for private country clubs. Additionally, Mary Lynn’s background extends into the health and wellness field, having worked with several high-end Senior Living facilities throughout the country to include Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing units and Dementia Care. Mary Lynn is a professionally licensed interior designer, after passing the profession’s benchmark NCIDQ exam for professional qualification, as well as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited.
Maria Antonela Axinte
Maria Antonela AxinteRegional Director,
MENA Region

Maria can be reached directly at
+971.50.441.9881.

Maria has worked in the industry for the past 15 years. She has developed expertise and in-depth knowledge of spa facilities management, having worked for a range of well-established international hotel brands including Starwood and Rotana but also individual 5 star facilities as Paris Gallery Spa and the state-of-the-art Heart and Soul Spa at Al-Barari.

After completing her MBA in international business, she started her career in the hospitality sector in Romania. This was soon followed by an opportunity in Saudi Arabia and her extensive and impressive experience in the spa and wellness industry gathered momentum, taking her across the GCC to work as a Project and Management Consultant in a host of exclusive resorts and hotels.

Maria is a constant presence at industry’s events and conferences; being invited as a guest speaker over the years, to forums like Hotelier Middle East, Hotelier Spa and Wellness Forum where she also has been honored to be part of the 2016 advisory panel.

Maria’s passion, enthusiasm and creative outlook for spa and wellness was conveyed into the establishment of the Wellness Consultancy Division at H2E2. In her role as Wellness Consultant, Maria was responsible for the business plan, working on the implementation and execution as well as delivery of the overall business concept and logistics of individual projects. She focused in particular on the strategic positioning of each business, that will capitalize on the ROI.

Currently Maria is representing WTS International as Regional Director for MENA region.

Andrea Dubois
Andrea DuboisSenior Design Associate

Andrea can be reached directly at
+1.301.622.7800, ext. 143.

Andrea Dubois, a Senior Design Associate for WTS International, joined the company in 2008. Since graduating from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Interior Design, Andrea has worked designing luxury senior living communities, corporate environments, as well as healthcare facilities. Some of Andrea’s most recent projects for WTS include The Rittenhouse Spa & Club, Philadelphia, PA, the new Trump International Hotel, Washington D.C., and The Ivy Hotel, a boutique property in Baltimore, MD. Recent international projects include Kimpton Grand Cayman Resort and Spa, Ritz-Carlton Xi’an, and Bulgari Hotels in Beijing and Dubai. She has also worked extensively on spa projects for Marriott International and Wyndham Worldwide, primarily in the Asia Pacific region. Andrea is a professionally licensed interior designer and has passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam. Andrea’s extensive technical expertise in spa and fitness design provides WTS clients with the utmost hospitality expertise.
Jasmine Yang
Jasmine YangRegional Director,
Asia Pacific

Jasmine can be reached directly at
+86.186.1298.2504

Jasmine comes to WTS with 10 years of experience in the spa and wellness industry. For the past 10 years, Jasmine has worked with companies such as the InterContinental, Hyatt, Westin and Anantara in various locations throughout China. She has represented such companies in management roles directly responsible for obtaining successful operations through proper financial management, staff training and marketing. In joining WTS, Jasmine will represent the company and its interests in the Asia Pacific market, ensuring the highest of standards of service for WTS clients around the world.
Melanie Silver
Melanie SilverCorporate Operations Director,
Spa Division

Melanie can be reached directly at
+1.301.622.7800, ext. 114

As WTS International Director of Spa Operations, Ms. Silver brings over 20 years experience in the luxury hospitality, spa and salon industries. She started her career working in the salon industry, eventually owning and operating her own salon in Pennsylvania. Melanie then joined the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company where she spent the majority of her career working as the Director of Spa at a luxury resort. Melanie then joined Columbia Hospitality as the Director of Spa, eventually working domestically and internationally on spa consulting, management and all openings. She also spent 2 years as the Director of Rooms for a luxury hotel in Seattle, Washington.
Penny Kriel
Penny KrielCorporate Operations Director
for Spa

Penny can be reached directly at
+1.301.622.7800, ext. 133

Originally from Mafikeng, South Africa, Penny Kriel gained an Honors and CIDESCO Diploma in Advanced Skin Care and Cosmetology, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Massage Therapy from the Tina Scholtz Health and Skin Care Academy in Potchefstroom. She began as a therapist onboard Crystal and Princess Cruises which then led her to be appointed as the lead therapist and later, business development manager for the Image Institute in Rosebank, South Africa.

Penny ran spa operations at the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park, London and was the Spa Director in Washington D.C. for seven years. She then joined the Salamander Resort & Spa as the pre-opening Spa Director. The Salamander, a luxury historic destination that features integrative and regionalized treatments, focuses on holistic, results-driven therapies.  During her tenure, she assisted in creating Spa Standard Operating Procedures, Spa Service Standards and helped develop signature treatments.  As WTS’ Corporate Operations Director for Spa, she will be directly responsible for overseeing WTS accounts within the Northeast region. She will work directly with WTS clients and onsite directors to ensure successful operations, marketing and financial performance.

Janice Nichols
Janice NicholsCorporate Operations Director

Janice can be reached directly at
+1.301.622.7800, ext. 178

Janice brings over 27 years of experience in the beauty and wellness industry. She worked for companies such as Elizabeth Arden and the Aveda Corporation; most recently as the Vice President of Spa Operations for Serenity Day Spas, owned by the Sport & Health Clubs. Janice assisted in the launch of the successful Serenity Day Spa brand and was responsible for the development of their revenue focused marketing plan, collateral development and operational and training procedures. She also served as a mentor for their team of Spa Directors. Janice’s years of experience within the day spa market will bring a unique perspective to WTS spa sites to increase local capture rates. As Corporate Operations Director, she will oversee a set portfolio of accounts within the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions responsible for maintaining successful operations, marketing and financial performance.
Henry Gudelsky
Henry GudelskyDirector of Training
and Development

Henry can be reached directly at
+1.301.622.7800, ext. 115

Henry comes to WTS with 15 years of experience in the service and hospitality industry. For the past 9 years, Henry worked with Town Sports International. During his tenure there, he served as a General Manager, Area Manager, Regional Sales Training Manager, and Manager of Training and Development. Henry was responsible for the design, implementation and oversight of all training for staff involved in sales, operations, and service and performance development. As WTS’ Director of Training and Development, Henry is responsible for incorporating our Forbes Customer Service standards in the development of training tools, standards and processes to better assist our managers in their own training and development as well as to provide them with the appropriate tools to train staff in the field.
Susan Shanmugham
Susan ShanmughamProject Designer

Susan can be reached directly at
+1.301.622.7800, ext. 120

Susan Shanmugham comes to WTS with a background in interior design, having received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Upon graduation, she focused on promoting wellness in healthcare facilities through evidence based design and sustainability. She is a LEED accredited professional whose recent projects include a hospital patient tower that has received LEED Silver certification. In addition, she has extensive knowledge about sporting facilities, having contributed to gymnasiums, stadiums and field houses while working in the education sector.