Past Chairman of the International Spa Association (ISPA) board, Michael has spoken extensively as a spa and wellness expert. He helped found the New York Spa Promotion Alliance and has served on its board for three years.
A trend-setter and visionary in the luxury hospitality industry, Michael began his 20-year career as a registered nurse and transitioned to hospitality at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts where he served in many executive positions. He subsequently served as Vice President of Hotel and Spa Operations at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. His key role in the overall 500 million dollar Turning Stone expansion helped earn the company two AAA Four Diamond hotels ratings and contributed to his being named 2007 Executive of the Year by the New York State Hospitality Association. Michael recently transitioned from destination spa brands to the wellness lifestyle movement in his new role as Co-CEO of PALM Health.
Michael has written a novel, served as contributing author on four other health and wellness books and is on the University of Arizona Science/Biosphere 2 Board. He is also a think tank consultant to the Los Angeles film company Moving Art and consults at Huffman Hospitality. Past credits include The Skana Spa, Tompkins’ project from concept to completion and chosen as 2007 Best New US Spa. More recently, Tompkins served as Chief Executive Officer at Miraval Resorts where he was instrumental in the establishment of renowned projects including the Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins and the Andrew Weil, M.D. Integrated Wellness Center. He also played a dominant role in facilitating the completion of development at The Villas at Miraval, now one of the fastest selling, luxury lifestyle real estate projects in the country. Tompkins helped catapult the Miraval brand to unprecedented industry heights, the name now recognized as a world leader in spa innovation.