Our History



The Float Conference began in 2012 when the owners of Float On decided to organize and host an event for anyone and everyone interested in floatation and the float industry. The conference had a simple goal: to foster growth in the float community by literally bringing everyone together.

Word started to spread, and in October of 2012, float center owners, manufacturers, researchers, and enthusiasts all gathered in Portland, Oregon for the first ever Float Conference. It was the largest float event that had ever been held, and it was so much fun that it simply had to become an annual event.

The conference has seen incredible growth over the years, expanding to include workshops and community run activities, and bringing larger and larger groups together from every corner of the world.

In 2018, after seven years of running the event, Float On decided it was time to pass the torch. The Float Conference was converted into a 501(c)(6) non-profit and setup to be run as a collaborative effort amongst members of the float industry. A board was established, as well as an operations team, and for the first time ever, the event moved from Portland and began traveling to a new city each year.

The Float Conference is now only possible thanks to members of the float industry pitching in to help. If you’d like to help out, sign up for our conference planning mailing list below! We will send updates and callouts to that list when there are roles that need to be filled.


Our Team

Board of Directors

Roy Vore

Dr. Roy Vore is the senior consultant with Vore & Associates LLC, a consulting company specializing in aquatic facility management, operator training, and risk management. He is internationally recognized as the pool and spa sector's leading authority on recreational water illness. Since 1991 he has been the aquatics industry’s voice, translating the complexity of microbiology into the everyday language of operators. His efforts include drafting portions of the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code, writing the NSPF’s recreational water illness manual, and a variety of fact sheets on microbial issues for APSP. Dr. Vore has over 90 scholarly papers and presentations on the selection and use of industrial biocides, biocide testing methodology, the microbiological of swimming pools and spas, and the governmental regulation of biocides. Roy became interested in floating due to the unique physiology of float tanks and the potential for non-pharmaceutical treatments for our overly stressed society. Roy’s hobbies include making beer and bird watching – which usually includes drinking the beer.

Andy Larson

Andy opened Float Milwaukee in August of 2015. Float Milwaukee was the Milwaukee, WI area’s first dedicated floatation center. Float Milwaukee has expanded to include three float pods and two open float pools. Andy has past and current experience as a director and treasurer of nonprofit boards and is excited to be part of the transition of the Float Conference to a nonprofit endeavor. Prior to starting Float Milwaukee, Andy worked for Joy Global for over four years as State Tax Manager, where he was responsible for the entire state and local tax function. Previously, he worked in public accounting for Ernst & Young and Grant Thornton for eight years. Andy is a CPA in the state of Wisconsin. He has an MS in Taxation from UW-Milwaukee and BBA degrees in Accounting and Finance from UW-Whitewater.

Kevin McCulloch & Jacob Resch

Kevin and Jacob founded and operate Float STL, and have since organized and hosted the Rise Float Gathering. Jacob also co-curates Third Wave, a float industry magazine. Kevin is a business school dropout turned psychotherapist. As it relates to the business of floating, Kevin has an interest in marketing, customer service, management, and organizational culture. From a personal and spiritual perspective, Kevin believes in the interconnectedness of all beings, is here to give and receive love, and to be in service to others. Jacob earned undergraduate degrees in psychology, chemistry, and nursing, and completed a masters in psychology. Having over a decade of experiences in these fields, Jacob has evolved and honed his passion for exploring and understanding the human condition, consciousness, and love.

Ashkahn Jahromi & Graham Talley

Graham and Ashkahn are two of the founders of Float On, a float center located in the misty beer-filled land known as Portland, Oregon. They had the pleasure of founding this conference and organizing it for seven years before turning it into an industry run non-profit. They now serve on the board mostly to crack jokes during the board calls that they find funny and everyone else finds disruptive and mildly unprofessional. They hope to one day follow in the footsteps of Lot’s wife and be turned into pillars of salt.

Kim Hannan

With more than 15 years of training and marketing experience, Kim is passionate about helping individuals and business owners create a ripple effect on the world. She is a registered yoga, meditation, and mindfulness teacher, co-owner of Sukhino Float Center & Salt Cave, founder of Sukhino Yoga on the Go, and founder and creative director of Mindfull Solutions, whose sole purpose is helping the people who help people. She is most fulfilled when she's able to share the knowledge she has gathered along the way in order to help others have fun, be successful, and live a peaceful life. Her "multipotentialite" ways means she's always taking on fun and interesting projects, including jumping in to serve the float community as a board member.

Sean Lavery & Jesse Ratner-Decle

Jesse and Sean met at university in '05 and have been friends ever since. They are both former athletes that wandered down the path of health and wellness to help ease a couple decades of physical exertion. They eventually found the floatation experience and never looked back. Now they run Float Toronto, a 5 tank centre in Ontario. They have a deep appreciation for the collaborative nature of the float industry and have been invited to speak twice at the Float Conference to share their strategies on marketing and community building in order "keep your tanks full."

James Harder

James opened Float Harder in Portland, Maine with his wife/business partner Amy. Some time after his first float in Denver in 2011 they decided to share with their community. Since opening in 2016, Float Harder has hosted over 21,000 floats! More importantly, it has donated over $14,000, through the quarterly “Float For Philanthropy” and supported dozens of community events to date. In 2018 James and Amy began operating New England Float Partners offering float tank installation, maintenance, service, and repairs throughout the North East. In 2019 James took a position on the Float Tank Association interim board. He joined the Float Conference team in 2019, helping with sponsorships. As a board member, James looks forward to helping one day bring the conference to Portland, MAINE!

Gloria Morris

Challenged with juggling her responsibilities as a mom, big data technologist, and consultant, Gloria found balance when she floated for the first time in 2015. Float Sixty (her baby) was born nine months later. Now with three locations and two more in early development she is putting her consulting skills to the test in her own businesses. Gloria has a bachelors and masters degree in management and technology adoption but her real education comes from constantly tinkering with software and data.

Matthew Smith & Jamie Phillips

From floating a thousand people out of their basement to now operating 6 tanks in Edmonton, AB, Matt and JP have always been hooked on what floating could really do for people. These guys love the industry and entrepreneurship, admiring how people from all walks of life, from all over the world, are building businesses and lifestyles that support their communities. In a weird twist of fate, with Matt originally hailing from a wellness background and JP having years of industrial mechanical experience, these two besties happen to be a great combo for operating a float center.


International Liaisons

Vivian McKinnon

Hydro-ease

Multi award winning speaker, author, and entrepreneur Vivian McKinnon is qualified and experienced in many therapeutic approaches. The idea to open a float centre came about during her first float in Edinburgh in 2004 where Vivian knew instantly this ‘strange and a bit different therapy’ could help other people; especially those living from addictions, physical and mental pain. Vivian set up Hydro-ease, Northern Irelands only dedicated floatation centre in September 2015. With lived experience in these areas, Vivian knew in that moment her life’s purpose became clear. She now dedicates her work to empowering people to heal from the pain of their past. To identify and utilise the skills and tools in the life they have, to create the life they desire and, In the process, release the magic from within.



Operations Team


Jocelyn Jester, CMP

Float Conference

Jocelyn is an event planner with a focus on non-profits. After earning a BS in Tourism Management from Indiana University, Jocelyn spent some time in Colorado planning a conference at which she met the Float On crew. Later, the Float Conference became her main gig. Jocelyn moved back to Indiana for a few years, and is now settling in to Portland, Oregon. When she isn’t working, Jocelyn can be found practicing yoga, drinking delicious beers, or petting cats.


Esther Paul

Float Conference

Esther started floating recreationally as a teenager. After a car accident, she began floating as a healing modality for a back injury. Now she can't get enough! Esther enjoys being a part of bringing so many awesome people together through her position with the Float Conference. Other passions of Esther’s include coffee, yoga, hiking, and world religions/spirituality. She lives in sunny San Diego, but loves to travel all over the world.





Non-Profit Administration

The Float Conference is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. That means that we belong to you, the float industry. As such, we thrive to maintain a level of reporting and transparency aimed towards giving you an understanding of how the organization runs. Below you will find our Bylaws and Procedures, a financial breakdown of each year of the conference, and notes from all of our board meetings. We have taken the time to summarize and format this information to make it easily digestible for you. Please let us know if there's any other information about the Float Conference that you would like to see!