Lecturers & Presenters
Created by: Nikola Georgiev
Prof. Bistra DIMITROVA, PhD
Richard TILAND, Professional Spa Consultant
Richard Tiland, brings several years of professional experience to the luxury spa industry.  Richard’s expertise encompasses business plans, business development and sales, product training and presentations, unique marketing plans, and short and long range strategic planning. 

Richard’s professional experience in the beauty industry is diverse.  He held his first professional position in office management and customer relations with an upscale five star salon, Gene Juarez, in Seattle, Washington.  It was in this role that he learned the essentials of running a successful salon and providing excellent customer service.

Next, Richard was a Sales Representative for Kenneth Cole and then a Counter Manager in the skin care division at Nordstrom.  These positions furthered his knowledge of legendary customer service and enhanced his expertise in skin care products and make up application.

It was Richard’s employment with La Jolla Spa MD that took his career to the next level.  As Product Development Director and the CEO’s protege, Richard provided high-level support and operations management to this leading medical spa.  Richard developed a strategic plan for the company that helped grow their customer base and brought brand recognition to the spa.  He also served as a skilled public relations representative for the company, developing materials for press releases highlighting the spa’s services and products and participating in appearances with the CEO on local and national networks such as KUSI, FOX, ABC, NBC and CBS.  Richard also coordinated numerous fashion shows, client seminars and product launches.  During his tenure, sales revenue increased by 50% attributing to American Spa Magazine naming La Jolla Spa MD the “Best Medical Spa in America.”

Most recently, Richard served as the Western Regional Director of Dragonfly Spa Import Luxury Products, where he increased business by 20% in his first six months of employment and is responsible for securing several new accounts with some of the west coast’s most prestigious spas.
Prof. Bistra Dimitrova was born 19.04. in Bulgaria. Her educational levels includes: Educational   body ,National sport Academy - 2005 ,National sport Academy - 1993 National sport Academy - 1977 - 1981. Her field of education :Professor - Assocociated by the Bulgarian government ( PhD scientific degree , Bachelor degree, Master degree)

She worked as international adviser and supervisor:
United nations Ambassador in “Sport for the social development”
European Expert-evaluator of the General Directorate “Research” in Brussels;
Governmental expert for the Ministry of education, youth and science;
Governmental adviser of the Vice-Minister of sport and physical education.
Supervisor of “The Balkan SPA capital” – 5-th Anniversary event 2013
Supervisor of “The International Water bridge”- UN world campaign certified event
Supervisor of “The international SPA managers Club”
Head of project and coordinator of international projects on education, ecology, culture and science;
President of the Bulgarian committee “Woman and Science ” and the “Global Water Health” LTD
Scientific Adviser at the Ministry for Youth and sport in Kingdom Morocco
Her career as international lecturer in Bulgarian, French, English and Russian :
Program Head of the educational programs on “master” and “doctoral” degree at the National Sports Academy in Sofia – “SPA culture, east and aqua practices”
Program Head of the educational programs on “master” and “doctoral” degree at the National Sports Academy in Sofia – “SPA culture, hydro, Lyto and Thalasso practices”
Program Head of the educational programs on “bachelor”, “master” and “doctoral” degree at the National Sports Academy in Sofia – “Sport animation in tourism”
Program Head of the educational programs on “bachelor”, “master” and “doctoral” degree at the National Sports Academy in Sofia – “Theory and methodology of the Olympic sport Synchronized swimming”
Educational modules in “Sport theory and methodology” for the French swimming Federation
Educational modules in “Sport theory and methodology” for the Greek swimming Federation
Educational modules in “Sport theory and methodology” for the Turkish Olympic Committee
Educational modules in “Sport theory and methodology” (1 year) at State University in Saint Louis, Indianapolis – USA
She is author of many books and Original scientific papers and also has an impressive career as international sport expert.
Maria Ivanova is Master of Law, Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". She is Director of the "Tourism Policy" at the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism. The main functions of the Directorate are: developing a strategy for tourism development and short-term concepts and programs; coordinate with other agencies the establishment of standards for the construction of special tourist infrastructure; coordinates the integration of tourism with other sectors of the Bulgarian economy.
Imad Barrakad has been chairman of the Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development (SMIT) since 2011. Prior to joining SMIT he was head of sales and marketing at the Moroccan National Office of Electricity, an experience which equipped him with excellent and wide-ranging field knowledge. Mr. Barrakad has global experience in project management and financial planning. In the past few years he has also had extensive interest and involvement in social marketing as well as project development. Mr. Barrakad is an industrial engineer and has a master’s degree in project management.
The president of Medical SPA Association of Serbia, the professor of "wellness programs" on Basic studies and "Health tourism" in advanced studies VZSSS Beogradu. Her fields of interest: Forest medicine in programs of medical tourism, the Balkans wellbeing concept and promotion of healthy lifestyles . She is Co-author of two books: "Guide to Wellness" in 2006 and "Wellness in Serbia", 2010.
VASILIJE VLATKO Stijepovic,prof.
Director of the Medical Spa Association of Montenegro, President of the Organizing Committee of the Conference "Health Spa and Wellness Tourism" Montenegro, which is held annually at the Hotel Splendid Becici, technical manager of the largest urban spa and wellness center in Montenegro - HL CITY SPA AND WELLNESS CENTER BAR, the director and organizer of the Health festival Montenegro which for five years has successfully maintained and represents the largest lifestyle event in Montenegro, director and organizer of the of SPA & WELLNESS Academy MONTENEGRO, institutions for training of staff in the spa and wellness industry. Director and organizer of the Festival cosmetics care and medical aesthetics Montenegro. Director and founder of the First Counseling center for athletes and sportsmen in Montenegro-Association of Sports Medicine Montenegro with headquartered in Podgorica The author of three books and several papers in the field of physical exercise, supplements and nutrition in sport and recreation . Editor and host of the most popular shows about health and medicine "No instructions" and "TV Konzilijum " on RTV Atlas. Lecturer at a number of conferences and meetings in Montenegro and the region on topics: physical exercise, supplements and doping, healthy lifestyles , the promotion of active holidays as segment of tourism, promotion of health spa and wellness tourism in Montenegro.
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