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  • APSP, NSPF Take Major Step Toward Unification

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    The boards of APSP and NSPF have agreed to hire Washington, D.C.-based AH, a professional services firm, to lead the unification process for the two aquatic organizations.

    AH specializes in helping non-profit organizations achieve their mission, create value, and advance their causes.  President & CEO Bob Waller, CAE, stated, “This initiative will be extremely positive for the aquatics industry and we are excited to be partnering with the APSP and the NSPF on this...

  • 'Imagining' a New Store Concept

    by Cailley Hammel August 2016

    If there's one thing David Ghiz has learned from his years in the pool and spa industry, it's that seeing is believing. So when designing the 15,000 square foot space that would become Imagine Backyard Living (Scottsdale, Ariz.), his top priority was creating a feast for the eyes and the imagination.

    "It was really about trying to change the way people thought about hot tubs, and I felt like if I did it in an experience where they could see them much better set up, they would be...

  • Hot Tubs and the 'Intimacy' Angle

    by AQUA Editors August 2016

    Is it possible that one of the greatest benefits of the “hot water experience” also happens to be one of the trickiest to talk about?

    For the sake of discussion let’s call it “personal intimacy.” We all know what that means and it’s no secret that certain adult behaviors are part and parcel to the hot water experience. Yet, as an industry focused on health and family togetherness, the behavior of couples in spas/hot tubs almost always remains unspoken.

    I delicately bring...

  • Devastating CA Fire Caused By Faulty Hot Tub Wiring

    by Cailley Hammel August 2016

    Last September, the Valley Fire tore through California in Napa and Sonoma counties, killing four people and destroying nearly 2,000 structures, including homes, commercial buildings and other properties. In total, 4,000 firefighters battled the blaze, which would consume more than 76,000 acres of land and cost $57 million to extinguish.

    In the months since, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire, launched an investigation into the...

  • Uber for Pool Service: Will On-Demand Service Take Off?

    by Cailley Hammel August 2016

    Nicole Ruble was on Facebook in late April when an ad caught her eye. It was promoting a new lead generation service, Pool Service on Demand, that claimed it could help pool businesses land new service customers.

    Ruble, sales manager of JFY Pools in Elgin, Ill., was intrigued. But Sean Ruble, her husband and owner of JFY Pools, was uncertain.

    "I was the one that was like, 'All right, let's do it, it sounds really interesting,'" Nicole says. "Sean was the one who was a little...

  • OSHA Jacks Fines by 78%

    by AQUA Editors July 2016

    In accordance with federal legislation which went into effect yesterday, August 1, fines for OSHA infractions by employers nationwide will be raised by 78 percent. The following schedule of fine increases was released by the US Labor Department:

     

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  • Hiring for the Sales Floor

    by Phillip M. Perry July 2016

    Customers are increasing. Sales are improving. Profits are rising. It’s time, you’ve decided, to add a go-getter to your sales staff.

    But how can you pick the right candidate?

    The answer’s critical to success. Hire right and the world’s your oyster. Great employees help your business grow by dealing productively with customers.

    “The best people are self-motivated, talented and trainable,” says Mel Kleiman, director of Houston-based Humetrics, an employment consulting...

  • Burning Bright: Why Fire Features are Hot Right Now

    by Eric Herman July 2016

    "When water goes to bed at night, fire comes out to play." —Chris Anderson, Custom Design Pools & Landscaping

    Although it's difficult to quantify in specific numeric terms, few would question the notion that fire features have enjoyed a long period of sustained growth in the pool business. Once considered exotic, poolside fire is now a common addition to a project.

    Closing the Comfort Gap in Custom Spas

    by Eric Herman June 2016

    The relationship between portable spas and concrete spas is puzzling. At face value, both are aimed at providing relaxation, comfort and hydrotherapy. In practice, however, there has been no comparison. For decades, portable spa manufacturers have been engaged in something akin to an aquatic luxury arms race, each striving to create the most lavish, sumptuous hot water experience.

    By stark contrast, concrete spas, the kind made by pool builders and often attached to a swimming pool,...

  • Time is Running Out to Submit AOE Entries

    by AQUA Editors June 2016

    Each year, APSP honors the most stunning examples of workmanship, creativity and beauty in the pool and spa industry with the annual Awards of Excellence. Thinking about submitting one of your projects for consideration? Act fast — submissions close June 30.

    "Why should I enter?" you may wonder. Several reasons. First: the more submissions APSP receives, the more they can promote the benefits of the pool and spa lifestyle to consumers, which means everyone wins.