Ann Brown and Stewart Griffith decided to create Himalayan Source because of the beneficial capabilities of Himalayan salt, a trend that Ann says will "last for years." They saw a need to increase awareness of Himalayan salt in spas around the world. Through their collaboration with Himalayan Source, they combine quality spa products and Himalayan salt to provide economical and long lasting salt walls, panels, lounge chairs, and tables..
Ann Brown, Himalayan Source Partner and Saltability Founder
With almost 20 years of experience in nearly every aspect of the resort spa business, Ann Brown is an industry veteran whose expertise extends from licensed cosmetologist, esthetician, nail technician and massage therapist to accomplished spa director and business manager. In 2014, she founded Saltability to answer the need for a better treatment in the spa industry and conceived a line of Himalayan salt products that benefit clients as well as their therapists. By keeping products and services chemical free and eco-friendly, Saltability offers multiple therapeutic benefits in a single treatment, helping client and practitioner alike. Today, Saltability is a spa industry partner that provides quality Himalayan salt stone treatments and products for resort, day, medical and destination spas. Serving three years on the board of directors for the International Spa Association and five years on the education committee for the ISPA organization, Brown is a founding member of the American Spa Therapy Education and Certification Council, which educates some of the country’s top spas. She has been a World Spa & Wellness Awards judge since 2010, and she serves as vice chair of the Global Wellness Salt & Halotherapy Initiative. In addition, she is involved in the Global Wellness Institute Mentorship Program, and she contributed to the development of ISPA’s Hiring and Training Guide and helped co-author two textbooks used for spa management degrees at major universities. She has presented on spa management and modalities at ISPA’s annual conference, the American Massage Therapy Association conference, IECSC and more and has served her community as a board member of several nonprofits.
Stewart Griffith, Himalayan Source Partner and Touch America President For more than 35 years, Stewart Griffith has been developing and manufacturing innovative spa and salon equipment solutions through his company, TouchAmerica. When Robin Zill, a new massage therapist, needed a portable massage table, Griffith built her one. This led to the two of them not just creating a family together, but also a family company that manufactures a complete line of quality wellness equipment and furniture.
Under Griffith’s leadership, the formula for success in TouchAmeria’s growth has been its emphasis on conveying a quality product to customers and a quality environment appreciated by long-standing employees. TouchAmerica offers and continues to develop a full range of spa and salon equipment, custom furniture, cabinetry and merchandising solutions, as well as salt room and halotherapy products. TouchAmerica manufactures products in North Carolina, where it all started.
TouchAmerica’s wholly-owned subsidiary Touch International also custom designs and manufactures for some of the biggest names in the spa, hotel and beauty industry.
Bringing more than 10 years of beauty, spa, and wellness experience, plus experience in the Himalayan salt field, Rachel Williams joined Himalayan Source in 2019. She started her career as a spa manager at a local spa, then worked her way up in a Fortune 5000 cosmetic company from customer service representative to tradeshow & marketing manager to the director of customer service & account management. Rachel has a true passion for the spa and wellness industry, and she strives to build long lasting relationships while providing the best customer experience.
A passion for wellness and beauty has led Liliana Dominguez-Grajales through a two-decade career in the spa and hospitality industry. A management veteran of Four Seasons, Hyatt, The Ritz-Carlton and the Biltmore hotels, she was one of the original board members for Florida Spa Association and a cofounder for the Caribbean Spa Association.
Her spa career began in 1999 at the Four Seasons hotel in Newport Beach, California, before moving on to Florida. Liliana was instrumental in reopening the Biltmore spa in Coral Gables, Florida, after a hurricane struck in 2005. While serving as executive spa director with The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Liliana and her team created several unique services indigenous to Florida’s South Beach that were highlighted in Ocean Drive magazine and South Florida Insider website. Under Liliana’s leadership, the spa continued to show a profit even as many Ritz-Carlton spas struggled during the recession of 2008. Her Spa Members Club is still in use today within the Marriott brand.
Since 2011, Liliana has worked in luxury brand sales and consulting projects for medical spas, day spas, boutique hotel spas and even glamping. More recent ventures include pop-up spas, events and training seminars as well as opening her fitness clubs in Colombia.
Himalayan Source — Transforming spas and wellness centers with Himalayan salt walls and salt products