People

As with any industry, it's the people who keep indoor tanning interesting. Whether it's the president of the Indoor Tanning Association, the CEO of a mega-salon chain or the manager of a new single-location salon, all of the industry's professionals bring unique perspective and ideas to the table. Tanning's movers and shakers – along with the occasional dud – are worth keeping an eye on.


  • Vitamin D: A Sufficient Blood Level is Necessary for Optimal Health
    Vitamin D knowledge has undergone a fascinating evolution over the years. First, there was the general understanding that deficiency of this secosteroid hormone was the cause of the childhood disease known as rickets and later, it became known as the key to good bone ...More
    November 26, 2008 Patricia E. Reykdal and Donald L. Smith Posted in Articles
  • Planet Tan’s Tony Hartl Confirms Acquisition By Palm Beach Tan
    Planet Tan Inc. has entered into a acquisition agreement that will transfer ownership of Planet Tan from founder and CEO Tony Hartl to Palm Beach Tan Inc. The merger marks the end of a successful entrepreneurial endeavor for Hartl, who opened the original three Planet Tan ...More
    November 26, 2008 Posted in News
  • Universal Insurance Supports UMOM
    Universal Insurance has always had a strong commitment to its local Phoenix community. This year, the company has decided to support UMOM New Day Centers, a local family-shelter organization, by holding a food and clothing drive, as well as participating in UMOM’s ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Behind The Counter: Electric Beach Tanning Salon
    Name: Jim and Gwen Wint Salon: Electric Beach Tanning SalonCity, State: Odenton, Md. Years in business: 7 yearsQ: How did you get into the industry? A: We acquired an existing indoor-tanning business in December 2001.Q: What is the philosophy behind your success? A: ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in Articles, Operations
  • Be What You Are
    I used to go to a church where the pastor would start out each sermon by stating exactly what he was going to talk about and what he wanted the congregation to glean from his sermon. There was no way in the world you were leaving church without fully understanding what you ...More
    November 21, 2008 Rich Morgan Posted in Articles, Operations
  • Palm Beach Tan Acquires Planet Tan
    Palm Beach Tan, a Dallas-based leader in the tanning-salon industry, announces the acquisition of Planet Tan Inc., a 16-location chain also based in Dallas. “We are pleased to be adding one of the most progressive tanning-salon brands in the industry to the Palm Beach ...More
    November 20, 2008 Posted in News
  • Abate Is Back
    Abate is back in the tanning business—now under the stewardship of Frank Abate. While maintaining a low-key presence for the last few years, Abate has been making some needed changes; now, the company has secured a new headquarters in Phoenix and has opened a ...More
    November 19, 2008 Posted in News
  • Behind The Counter: Chili Pepper’s Tanning Inc.
    Name: Jeff and Charise Davis Salon: Chili Pepper's Tanning Inc. Megastores Location: 11 salons in Michigan (Macomb and Oakland counties) Years in business: 6.5Q: How did you get into the industry? A: About 15 years ago, we owned a nail salon with a couple of tanning beds. ...More
    November 10, 2008 Judie Bizzozero Posted in Articles, Operations
  • Defining Safety: Tanning, Sunscreens, Vitamin D Supplements and Botox
    The recent firestorm of anti-tanning propaganda featuring the false and misleading claim that “there is no such thing as a safe tan” caused us to wonder how tanning compares to sunscreens, vitamin D supplements and Botox injections with regard to safety. But, in ...More
    November 6, 2008 Patricia E. Reykdal and Donald L. Smith Posted in Articles
  • Humiston Loses Congressional Race
    Brian Higgins, a Democrat from Buffalo, N.Y., retained the 27th congressional district seat in New York yesterday, beating Republican opponent Dan Humiston 73 percent to 23 percent. Harold “Budd” Schroeder, the Conservative Party’s candidate, received 4 ...More
    November 5, 2008 Posted in News, Operations