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  • 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...

  • ‘Blue Mind’: An Exploration of the Benefits of Being Near Water

    by Eric Herman November 2016

    We all know that human beings have an innate love of water, but do we really know why? Is it that our bodies are comprised mostly of water, or is it because the earth’s surface is nearly three quarters aquatic? Or is it something else?

    In what should arguably be required reading for those of us in the aquatics industries, author Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist, offers a wonderfully comprehensive analysis of those questions in “

  • Overtime Regulations on Hold

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    New overtime regulations enacted by the Obama Administration this summer are now on hold after a Texas judge filed a nationwide injunction last week.

    The regulations, initially scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1, required employers to pay overtime to employees earning up to $47,476 each year. Currently, the threshold is $23,660, which was last updated in 2004.

    As Melanie Trottman and Ruth Simon of the

  • Tara Manufacturing Named POOLCORP Vendor of the Year

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Tara Manufacturing, a leader in vinyl pool liners and pool safety covers has been named the POOLCORP Vendor of the Year for 2016.

    The award honors the vendor that demonstrates superior operational performance and profitability. POOLCORP, the worlds largest distributor of pool products, has more than 800 active...

  • Joseph Vassallo Wins State Honor for Water Safety Program

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Water safety activist and APSP Fellow Joseph M. Vassallo was presented with the 2016 Nevada Governor's Points of Light Award for his long-running “Float Like A Duck” water safety public service campaign.

    Nevada Volunteers, the Governor's Commission on Service held the awards ceremony on September 29, 2016 in Las Vegas honoring...

  • Meet Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy 2016: Cory Eagles

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Service is a little different in the Far North, where 2016 Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy Cory Eagles takes care of pools. There are fewer people and pools per square mile, and the swim season is pretty darned short. But that doesn't mean the service business is any less demanding or rewarding.

    Little secret about the Northlands: When you only have six months of...

  • Q&A: 2016 Pleatco Perfect Pool Gal Jennifer Del Vaglio

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    Nine years ago, Pleatco launched a contest to honor the men and women who elevate the service profession with superior technical prowess, excellent customer service skills and, above all, a love for the industry in which they work. Today, the Pleatco Perfect Pool Guy/Gal is one of the most coveted awards in the industry, drawing more than 100...

  • An Important Lesson for Service Techs

    by Tom Grandy November 2016

    Here's a question I get on a fairly regular basis: "Tom, my techs install and repair equipment. Why should I waste time explaining what it costs to run a company? They are techs, not owners."

    Think about that for a moment. More than 90 percent of all owners in the trade industries used to be...

  • World Aquatic Health Conference Sets New Attendance Record

    by AQUA Editors November 2016

    The 13th-annual World Aquatic Health Conference, hosted by NSPF in Nashville, Tenn., drew a record number of attendees at its recent conference. The conference, held October 19 to 21 in Nashville, Tenn., welcomed 412 attendees, including 158 first-timers. Attendees included representatives from aquatic facilities, service providers, consultant companies, parks and recreation, water parks, manufacturers, academia, associations, builders,...

  • Lawful or Successful

    by Steve Sherwood November 2016

    Before I moved to Los Angeles earlier this year, I ran a pool company in New Jersey for the better part of a decade. My brother and I had a residential and commercial service company and also taught CPO classes for the National Swimming Pool Foundation. We taught around 200 courses in 15 states, certifying upwards of 3,000 students a year.

    After a successful run in the East Coast pool industry, I was pretty confident about my prospects on the other side of the country with its huge...