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  • 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.,...

  • Last Day to Register For APSP Expo Education

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    Today is the exam registration deadline for APSP University courses at the 2016 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo. This is the last time that attendees will be able to take these courses in person this year. Click here to sign up for courses on topics ranging from construction to service to retail.

    APSP Expo Education at the PSP Expo:
    PSCC Pool & Spa Construction Course: Oct....

  • 2016 Awards of Excellence: Gold Winners (Part II)

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    It’s been a beautiful month here at AQUA. All month long we’ve shared stunning shots of projects from all over North America, each uniquely different than the last. But as they say, all good things must come to an end, and so too does our Awards of Excellence coverage.

    Luckily, we’re closing out with another set of dazzling projects, with everything from meticulous tile and dramatic vistas to show-stopping spas. Take a look at the projects below, each of which comes with the...

  • 2016 Awards of Excellence: Gold Winners (Part I)

    by AQUA Editors October 2016

    All month long, we’ve revealed the winners of APSP's Awards of Excellence — and today, it’s finally time to get to the best of the best, the crème de la crème: the gold award winners.

    For each gold-winning project, we'll share an inside look at the construction, including product and material choices, as well as the behind-the-scenes details about the construction process. (After all, just about every project has a great story behind it.)

    Below,...