Clifford Korn Presented with 2019 John Balletto Distinguished Service Award

Posted:Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) President, Douglas Nelson, announced Clifford W. Korn, as the Massage Therapy Foundation John Balletto Distinguished Service Award recipient on October 25, 2019, at the 2019 MTF Donor Reception event at American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 2019 National Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. Cliff was recognized for his many years of service to the profession and his generous and long-time support of the Foundation.

Cliff has been a professional massage therapist since 1993. He is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and is a Florida Licensed Massage Therapist. Cliff is a Past-President of the AMTA’s New Hampshire Chapter. He is a supporting member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and a past Chairman of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Cliff served his profession for seven years as the inaugural Editor of Massage Today and was a 2009 inductee in the World Massage Festival’s Massage Therapy Hall of Fame. Cliff currently serves as Chair of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) and is a past Trustee and Vice President for MTF.

“It was an honor to present Cliff Korn with the Foundation’s John Balletto Distinguished Service Award. Cliff’s longstanding service to the massage therapy profession puts him in a league of his own. We have been deeply grateful to have the benefit of his expertise and dedication for many years,” said MTF President Douglas Nelson.

Executive Director, Gini Ohlson, said, “Cliff is one of the Massage Therapy Foundation’s longest and staunchest supporters. His industry knowledge, business acumen, financial support, kind manner, and sense of humor have all been tremendous assets on our Board of Trustees in helping to move the Foundation’s important work further.”

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