• Business Briefs: February 2016

    by AQUA Editors February 2016

    RB Control Systems Appoints Rick Brunori as CEO

    RB Control Systems has announced the promotion of Rick Brunori as CEO, a move the company says better aligns the company for growth in new markets and expansion into new product offerings.

    Brunori was co-founder of RB Control Systems since the company launch in 2003 and has been responsible for the design and vision of the company’s business management software. Corinne Kraft, co-founder of RB Control Systems, will continue...

  • Portable Spa Competitors Find Common Ground

    by Scott Webb February 2016

    The pool and spa industry is not known for its willing teamwork and collegial spirit. At times, one may think it's an industry of adversaries that would rather sink than swim if swimming means working with rivals, even on projects of common interest.

    For we are all competitors. Every set of eyes moving across this page is working for a body trying to gain at the expense of another. But at the same time, there are areas where cooperation benefits all, and in that area of mutual...

  • APSP U Announces Winter Courses

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    APSP University has announced its slate of winter courses for pool and spa builders,
    designers, and hot tub and service providers.

    Virtual Courses
    (These courses are three or four hours in duration. Check course description for full details.)

    • Pool & Spa Construction Course: February 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17
    • CHTT Certified Hot Tub Technician Course: February 2, 4, 9 and 11
    • CST Certified Service Technician Course:
  • Business Briefs: January 2016

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    Water Tech Names New GM, Executive President of Sales and Marketing

    Marchal DePasquale has joined Water Tech as the new general manager and executive vice president of sales and marketing, reporting to CEO/Owner Guy Erlich.

    DePasquale’s brings more than 30 years of experience...

  • January 2016 New Spa & Pool Products

    by AQUA Editors January 2016

    Avenue Mosaic is excited to unveil its collection of new tile designs. The Tea Box collection (pictured in Blue Lady) consists of 1-by-1-inch tiles, each showcasing a unique blend of wispy brushstrokes in soft tones. Individually, no two tiles are alike — but together, they make a stunning artistic...

  • Pool and Spa Retail Forecast: 2016

    by Phillip M. Perry January 2016

    How will retailers in the leisure aquatics industry fare in 2016? Very well, according to experienced market watchers. After several years of gradual improvement in the economy, the stars are aligning in favor of a more robust selling environment.

    "We expect 2016 will be a good year, with increased...

  • 2016 Outlook: Home Equity Driving P/S Sales

    by Scott Webb January 2016

    Columnists like to paint a rosy picture on January 1, full of hope and optimism for the coming year, because it's easy to be cheery and that sort of blue sky and sunshine goes down pretty well with the readers. But not me — I tell it like it is. By coincidence, however, I am full of hope and optimism for 2016 pool and...

  • U.S. Housing Starts Up 10 Percent in November

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    Home construction rose with enthusiasm last month across the U.S. as builders broke ground at a rate that would, if maintained, lead to an annual total of 1.173 million units. That surge in building was up 10.5% from a month earlier, the U.S. Commerce Department said.

    The smaller category of single-family housing starts picked up at roughly the same pace, and were measured at a rate of 768,000 per year.

    Strength in new home construction is a major leading indicator for...

  • CNA Donates $25,000 to WRW

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    Property and casualty company insurance carrier CNA recently presented The World of Recreational Water Foundation (WRW) with a $25,000 donation.

    WRW’s mission is to foster the safe and responsible use of scarce water resources and represent, defend and promote the sustainable use of recreational water. The foundation supports research into the conservation and energy-efficient use of recreational water, and underwrites education and training to advance recreational water...

  • CPSM in Acquisition Mode

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    CPSM, the Florida-based pool and spa industry aggregator has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all the assets of Lighthouse Pool Supply and Sundook’s Advanced Pool Services. Closing is scheduled for January 4, 2016.

    CPSM has agreed to purchase the assets of Stuart, FL based Sundook’s Advanced Pool Services LLC and their sister company, Lighthouse Pool Supply Inc. for cash and stock. The total value of the transaction will not exceed $215,000. The final total...