• CPSA Launches Drought Awareness Campaign

    by Scott Webb March 2014

    The California Pool and Spa Association (formerly SPEC) kicked-off its new name change and Drought Crisis Awareness Campaign, titled “Let’s Pool Together,” last Thursday evening at the Western Pool & Spa Show in Long Beach, California.  Chairman Mike Geremia and President John Norwood made comments before a crowd of more than four hundred pool and spa professionals representing all segments of the industry. 

    In response to California’s...

  • CPSA Wins Clarification on Permitting Regulations

    by AQUA Editors March 2014

    The California Pool and Spa Association has succeeded in clarifying a law that would have otherwise caused California pool and spa pros headaches in the permitting process. 

    The law in question is SB 407, which the California Legislature passed in 2009 and went into effect January 1, 2014. According to SB 407, any person who pulls a permit to make improvements to a residential/commercial structure or real...

  • Business Briefs: Mid-February 2014

    by Cailley Hammel February 2014

    Pentair Purchases Assets of Emperor Aquatic 

    Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems, Inc. is excited to announce it has purchased the assets of Emperor Aquatics, Inc., a leading supplier of UV disinfection and water filtering solutions. 

    With the addition of EAI, Pentair is well positioned to address the...

  • NSPF Launches Online Course For Service Pros

    by Cailley Hammel February 2014

    NSPF is launching a new online course for new and seasoned pool operators and service pros who wish to master the art of routine pool maintenance.

    The course, 

  • WAHC Announces Dates for 2014 Gathering

    by Cailley Hammel January 2014

    Mark your calendars — the 2014 World Aquatic Health Conference is scheduled for October 8-10, 2014 in downtown Portland, Ore. 

    Hosted by the National Swimming Pool Foundation, 2014 marks the 11th consecutive year of the event, which brings together academic, industry, and government experts to...

  • P.K. Data: Retail Store Location is Important for Industry Success

    by Cailley Hammel December 2013

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    Recently, we took a look at a graphic from P.K. Data that revealed where inground residential pools are most common across the U.S. This week, we delve into that a little...

  • APSP And IHTA Join Forces

    by Scott Webb November 2013

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the International Hot Tub Association (IHTA) have agreed to work as a single entity to unite and strengthen the portable spa industry in North America and abroad. 

    The Board of Directors of both organizations unanimously voted to combine forces to speak with one voice on all technical and governmental issues related to hot tubs. The agreement calls for combined financial resources to gain operating efficiencies and...

  • APSP Presents CBP of the Year Award

    by AQUA Editors November 2013

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    Dick Dal Pino (left) and Dan Johnson (right) are recipients of the 2013 CBP Certified Building Professional of the Year Award.

    For the first time in the contest’s seven-year history, two winners were chosen for the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals Certified Building Professional of the Year Award. This year,...

  • National Plasterer's Council Searching for New Leader

    by Cailley Hammel November 2013

    It’s a time of change for the National Plasterer’s Council. After 10 years, Mitch Brooks is stepping down from his position as executive director. Brooks, the CEO of Visioneering Consultants Inc., which has collaborated with the NPC for the last decade, cited personal reasons as the motive for his resignation.

    As a result, the NPC is in the early stages of a search for a replacement and has begun by forming a search committee. In the meantime, NPC Chairman Edgar Sanchez,...

  • A Chat with APSP's New President and CEO

    by Eric Herman November 2013

    Richard GottwaldIn case you haven’t heard, APSP has a new top executive.

    Richard Gottwald took over the reigns from outgoing president and CEO Bill Weber on September 16. Gottwald, 53, is a native Bostonian and graduate of The University of Lowell (now known as the University of Massachusetts Lowell) where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Plastics...