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  • 2015 PSP Expo Wins Big in Vegas, Grows Attendance

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The 2015 PSP Expo was a big winner in Las Vegas, bringing an impressive display of industry products, education and networking opportunities. This year’s expo drew 11,556 attendees — an increase from last year’s attendance of 11,103 — from across the country and around the world, a strong showing from the global pool, spa and outdoor industries. Attendees experienced a 137,600 square foot exhibit hall packed with brand new industry product launches, innovative show floor features, and an...

  • NSPF Instructors Honored

    by AQUA Editors December 2015

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation honored the organization’s Active Instructors recently for their extraordinary performance over the past year. Many individuals and three companies received awards for their commitment and excellence in keeping pools safer and open. The recipients who attended the annual instructor meeting were given their awards by NSPF representatives just before the twelfth annual World Aquatic Health Conference, which took place in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    “The...

  • 11 New APSP Fellows Honored

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    APSP welcomed its fourth cadre to its Fellows Program during a reception November 9 at the 2015 PSP Expo in Las Vegas.

    The newest Fellows include:  Lew Akins, CBP, Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins; Kyle Chaikin, CBP, CSP, Ultimate Pool Care; Frank H. Goldstein, CBP, CSP, Chesapeake Aquatic Consultants; Steven Gorlin, CBP, CSP, Gorlin Pools and Spas; John Lochren, Solar Pool Enclosures of New York; Jack Manilla, CBP, CSP, Portofino Pools; John Migliaccio, CBP, The Pool & Spa Place;...

  • Builder Awards Go to John Migliaccio and Bill Shehan

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    APSP has recognized John Migliaccio, CBP, The Pool & Spa Place, and Bill Shehan, CBP, Shehan Pools, as the 2015 co-recipients of the CBP Certified Building Professional of the Year Award.

    The CBP of the Year Award, now in its ninth year, is given annually to a CBP who has advanced the pool building profession through outstanding achievements and dedication to the industry.

    Migliaccio and Shehan received this peer-nominated award during the 2015 International Pool | Spa |...

  • 2015 PSP Expo Closes With a Bang

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    Today marks the final day of the 2015 PSP Expo, and show organizers are making every minute count with one-of-a-kind events and seminars. But first, a quick recap of a few show highlights:

    • Lucas Congdon, of Lucas Lagoons and Animal
    ...
  • Must-See Products at the 2015 PSP Expo

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    On the hunt for cool products in Vegas? Here's just some of the new and bestselling products you’ll find on the show floor:

    Pleatco
    The filtration needs of spas are very specific and fundamentally different in many ways from pools. With that in mind, Pleatco researched, developed and...

  • Seeking and Finding at PSP Expo

    by Eric Herman November 2015

    Back in August, I shared some thoughts about the nature of criticism and my belief that it's helpful to use critique as a means of effecting positive change. That column sparked a great deal of discussion and overall I've been gratified by the rich and often colorful exchange.

    This time around I thought I'd offer a follow on to those salvos with a few observations about the PSP Expo, which takes...

  • All Bets on Vegas

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    Everyone wins when they attend a trade show — so it's apt that this year, the PSP Expo returns to Las Vegas, a traditional fan favorite.

    "Las Vegas is the top trade show destination in the world, so it's a great location for the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo," says Show Director Tracy Garcia. "Both attendees and exhibitors repeatedly rate Las Vegas high as a preferred location in our post-show surveys and we are happy to accommodate those requests to return to...

  • NSPF Announces Merger With Genesis

    by AQUA Editors November 2015

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation and Genesis 3 have announced that they are merging operations to deliver a broader spectrum of training programs effective January 1, 2016. Genesis will continue to provide education and leadership for the residential pool and spa design and construction industry. NSPF will continue to advocate and promote the interests of public pools. They look to merge their respective swimming pool service professional certification programs to accelerate training...

  • Beyond the Buzz: Three Good Reasons to Attend Industry Shows

    by Al Curtis November 2015

    In the early days of my pool career, I worked for a builder here in Michigan. From the start, I constantly wanted to learn more. I pored over the magazines that came through the office, devoured the few books I could find on the subject and constantly bugged my boss about going to the trade shows.

    However, he was more interested in keeping the status quo than expanding his horizons, and the pool shows were just not on his radar.

    It's not that he didn't learn about new...