By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
Ann Brown’s business comes from the earth, so she is all about giving back to nature.
Brown is the founder and CEO of Saltability, which is a Boca-based company that delivers Himalayan salt stone products for spas across the globe.
Her products come from 100 percent pure pink Himalayan salt mined from the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan. The spa industry veteran started the company in 2014. She patented a warmer for spas to use to heat up salt stones for Himalayan salt stone massages.
She is exporting her salt products from her Boca warehouse to 10 countries. Saltability products can be found in resorts and day spas like Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Four Seasons in London and Hong Kong, Montage Laguna Beach and the MGM Macau, to name a few.
Because her company is all about natural products and she lives near the ocean, she knew she wanted to get involved in helping Gumbo Limbo. Brown and her daughter love sea turtles, too.
To support the Boca nonprofit, which supports the care and feeding of Gumbo Limbo’s turtles and continued conservation efforts on Boca Raton beaches, Brown began a new campaign within her business.
For every new account opened with Saltability for professional items, the company makes a donation for local sea turtle hatchlings. Saltability clients whose accounts result in the donation will receive a certificate of adoption from the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center for the new hatchlings they helped support.
“My kids have been a major source of inspiration for giving back to the community,” Brown said. “My daughter and I love sea turtles, so I’m always thinking about new ways I can make a positive impact on their ecosystem. I decided to partner with Gumbo Limbo because they do incredible conservation work for sea turtles, sea life and beach restoration.”
Her adoption program isn’t her first fundraising effort for the nature center. Saltability sponsored the 2019 Gumbo Limbo 10K, an annual noncompetitive race hosted by Friends of Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
Brown provided support on the event committee and helped double the fundraising efforts from the year before to total $34,000. She will serve as co-chair of the 2020 race.
Brown said Gumbo Limbo is currently raising money to build a new tower. The nonprofit needs to raise $500,000 to complete the project. Their goal is more than half-way completed thanks to a donation from Sharilyn and Steve Kosowsky to honor their son Jacob’s love of the ocean, conservation, and sea turtles.
When Brown isn’t working on her spa business or volunteering her time at Gumbo Limbo she “isn’t sitting on her hands.”
She is active with the Downtown Boca Raton Rotary Club and was named the Rookie Rotarian of the Year in 2018. She has been working on the club’s new CHOW initiative, Children’s Health on the Weekend, which raises money to feed kids and their families over the weekends. She said a donation of $375 can feed a family for a year on the weekends.
Brown is also involved with the YMCA, Habitat for Humanity and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Clients who wish to open a new Saltability account for professional items and support the sea turtle hatchling initiative can do so by contacting Saltability at 561-515-5142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.