It's about time!
I've been working on this new site for what seems like forever. When you have your own sunless business to run (that just opened the city's first retail storefront spray tan location), the first ever national spray tanning conference to host and also try to have a life somewhere in there, too...some things seem to fall by the wayside. This new website was one of them. But, here we are, a couple months behind schedule but FINALLY launching.
I am so proud of the traction that ASTP has gained in the industry since The Sunless Summit 2017 in January. The magnitude of that event STILL has not really sunk in for me. We successfully put 60 sunless professionals in the same room in Las Vegas for the first time ever and the energy that came from those two days was epic. I learned SO many lessons along the way (most the hard way), but we have kicked off planning for the 2018 version of the event and will be bringing you an update on that very soon! It's going to be bigger and better and I truly cannot even fathom what it might actually look like.
The ASTP membership has grown to nearly 100 members and we fully expect to double that by the end of this year. Exciting! We are adding new vendor partners regularly and I can honestly say that our private Facebook group is THE place to be for sunless pros to connect with others in the industry. The one thing you know about our group is that every person there is as passionate about this industry as the next. There is so much open sharing and uplifting communication...and NO DRAMA! Our members are truly some of the best of the best the industry has to offer and I am so grateful to have brought them all together in one place and under the ASTP umbrella.
Last month, I hired Amanda Moore of Infinite Tan in Gardner, Kansas, to be my right-hand gal for all things ASTP. I have no doubt that it will be the best decision I've ever made regarding this organization. She is keeping me on track and will slowly be integrating herself into handling a good portion of the day to day tasks of ASTP while I focus on growing our membership and creating new Vendor Partner relationships. I am so grateful she said "Yes!" to my proposal and think that if all goes as planned, we just might be looking for another team member by the end of 2017. We shall see!
We are working diligently on our communications plan for the rest of the year and will be bringing this blog to life very soon. We are committed to bringing you info on all things sunless tanning and that is exactly what we plan to do. You'll hear from our Vendor Partners, our members and other business pros who can all contribute valuable information to our community.
In conclusion, if you haven't joined ASTP yet...we would love to have you. You can do that here. We are working hard to bring this industry together...finally!...and we would be so grateful for your support.
Stay tuned for a big Sunless Summit 2018 announcement. Until then...
Shonna Dexter, Founder