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  • Conserve and Protect: A Close Look at the APSP-13 Standard

    by Barrett Kilmer February 2017

    Early in 2016, as Californians braced themselves for another hot and dry summer, the clouds opened up and rain poured on the state, temporarily easing the squeezed water districts who had threatened homeowners with backyard pools. Fall brought further relief, buoying hopes that a good rainy season could even bring the historic drought to an end, at least in the north.

    But for Dan Johnson, a builder and consultant in Sarasota, on Florida's water-wealthy Gulf Coast, the rain did...

  • APSP: Expo Exposed!

    by APSP January 2017

    The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo was truly where it all came together for the pool and spa industry. Council meetings, seminars, training and parties took center stage as members mingled, conducted business and renewed acquaintances. Award winners were celebrated and recognized by their peers, leaving us all with a great reminder of what is good and honorable in our industry.

     

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  • APSP University Announces Winter Courses

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announces its winter lineup of live virtual, in-person and online self-paced courses for individuals in the aquatic field.

    "We have the training and professional certification courses for every level of experience and every budget," says APSP Director of Education Maria O'Hara. "Our winter course lineup gives students the flexibility they need in terms of timing and location."

    The list of classes includes:

  • APSP/NSPF Merger: What Happened?

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    As the industry digested the news this week that there will be no structural unification of APSP and NSPF, several questions have emerged. Among them — Why were the two boards unable to reach goals set forth in April, 2016, despite significant motivations? Where does the matter stand at present? What are the prospects going forward?

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  • Opinion: APSP/NSPF Merger Breakdown a Shame

    by Scott Webb January 2017

    When I first got word that the two most prominent industry associations were going to combine forces, honestly, I was inspired. They were attempting something heroic — reaching beyond their own individual interests for the good of all.

    More than just the practical benefit of representing the industry with a more powerful, unified voice, this was leadership. It was showing us how it's...

  • APSP, NSPF Unification Fails

    by AQUA Editors January 2017

    In a surprise announcement today, APSP and NSPF said they were ending efforts aimed toward the unification promised in April of 2016. At that time, the two organizations declared that they would join together for the good of the industry, providing new focus for advocacy efforts.

    Over the months since the initial declaration that the groups would merge, speculation has grown as to the shape of the new combined...

  • The Manilla File

    by Barrett Kilmer December 2016

    On November 1, Jack Manilla will begin his first term as chair of the APSP Board of Directors. It'll be the culmination of more than 20 years of service to the industry, both as owner of Portofino Pool Services in...

  • Meet the Young Professionals of the Year

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    In addition to the Awards of Excellence, APSP doles out an array of individual awards for the people who aspire to better the pool and spa profession. Here, we share the recipients of this year's Young Professionals of the Year Award, which recognizes forward-thinking leaders under the age of 40 who will be the voice of the next generation of pool, spa and hot tub professionals.

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  • Seminar Spotlight: 'How to Maximize Your Profits Using Manufacturer's Agents'

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    For the past five years, APSP's Manufacturers' Agents Council has presented an eye-opening seminar at the PSP Expo. The program is led by veteran manufacturer representative Charlie Gunter of WEK & Associates, a rep firm that covers the Southwest and Southeastern U.S. representing numerous manufacturers and their product lines.

  • There's One Last AOE Award Up for Grabs — Vote Now

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Update 10/25/16: Time is running out to vote! Make sure you vote for your favorite project by next Tuesday.

    While judging for this year’s Awards of Excellence has wrapped, and this year’s winners notified, there’s one award that’s still up for grabs: the Fan Favorite award.

    As its name implies, the honor goes to the project voted by industry peers and to be the best of the best. The award was introduced last year, and went to Presidential Pools of Gilbert, Ariz.,...