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David Erlich

Board Member

Spa Director at Spa of the Rockies, Glenwood Springs

David Erlich is the newest BANA Board Member, appointed at the June annual meeting. His twenty plus years in the hospitality and spa industries led him to Colorado when he accepted the position as Spa Director at Spa of the Rockies, located in Glenwood Springs in its historic bathhouse.

Erlich’s career has taken him across the globe, from Hawaii to the Middle East, and he admits his new locale is quite a change from Hawaii’s near perfect year-round temperatures. As a passionate outdoorsman and competitive triathlete, Erlich says that living in Colorado is a great experience.

Erlich’s career has taken him across the globe, from Hawaii to the Middle East, and he admits his new locale is quite a change from Hawaii’s near perfect year-round temperatures. As a passionate outdoorsman and competitive triathlete, Erlich says that living in Colorado is a great experience.

During his tenure, he has established several health focused spa treatments. He recommends a maintenance program of mineral water soaks and healing massage to maximize one’s physical wellbeing.  “This should be a part of everyone’s lifestyle,” Erlich says.  Promoting maximum health and wellness is the community’s top priority, and it’s Erlich’s passion as well.

“To live and work in a health conscious environment and to have the mineral waters available is part of the reason I accepted the position.”

Q&A with David

My first exposure to hot springs geothermal water was as a young child in Germany. My father was stationed there in the military as a pilot. I was 8-10 years old in Heidelberg, Germany and we traveled throughout Europe extensively during those three years. I have fond memories in Stuttgart and Berchtesgaden along with soaks in Baden-Baden. I have been an avid soaker ever since!

I am currently preparing to co-host a round table discussion at Manitou Springs Waterfest with Deborah Smith that will be a small panel discussion with an open format, discussing hot springs operational challenges and any other topic concluded for this format.

Hot Springs are where it’s at! Based on the most recent industry research from Spa Finder last year.