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The rank of APSP Fellow is an honor bestowed on prominent individuals who have made distinguished contributions that raise professionalism in the aquatic community through teaching, research and/or exemplary service to others. Nominees for the rank of APSP Fellow are also evaluated on their professional accomplishments and their commitment to the values honored by the APSP Fellows Program.
Greg GarrettPool Chemistry Training Institute, Chandler, Ariz.
Greg Garrett boasts a lengthy tenure in the industry — 45 years strong — and has held several positions in APSP (as well as NSPI) and the National Plasterers Council. An education veteran, Garrett teaches between 40 and 50 seminars a year at national trade shows and regional venues and currently serves as a member of APSP's Recreational Water Quality Committee, which develops valuable resources for APSP members on water quality and treatment. More recently, he co-launched Pool Chemistry Certifi cation - Residential, the first chemistry course specifically for residential pool professionals.
Jason Schallock, CBP, CSPAnderson Poolworks, Wilsonville, Ore.
Jason Schallock, general manager at Anderson Poolworks (Wilsonville, Ore.), has completely immersed himself in the aquatic industry. Over the course of his 22-year career, he has held several leadership positions within APSP and currently sits on APSP's Service and Commercial Councils, as well as leading APSP's Northwest Chapter as president. Recently, he worked with the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code to develop an ad hoc committee for swimming pool ventilation and indoor air quality. In addition to his council and committee participation, Schallock is a proponent and speaker for correcting aquatic air quality issues nationwide and works closely with the Oregon and Washington state's environmental health authorities.
Craig Sears, CBP, CSPSears Pool Management Consultants, Inc., Atlanta, Ga.
When nominating Craig Spears for this honor, Shawn Still of Olympic Pool Plastering (Norcross, Ga.) wrote that "he is, to put it mildly, an absolute rock star in the pool industry in our state." It's easy to see why. In his seven years as president of APSP's Georgia Chapter, he's helmed several ambitious initiatives to better the industry on the local and national levels, including resurrecting the Georgia APSP Tech School, serving on a task force to evaluate the PPSO program and even launching a non-profit called the Greater Atlanta Water Safety Alliance to advocate for swim lessons and reduce drowning incidents.
Jatinder SidhuCoast Spas Manufacturing, Langley, BC, Canada
Much of his work may be behind the scenes, but Jatinder Sidhu's efforts have helped push the hot tub industry into new territory. In his work with the IHTA Engineering Committee, for example, he has played an instrumental role in updating the materials for the Certified Hot Tub Technician course to correspond with current ANSI/APSP standards. He has also been appointed to the U.S Technical Advisory Group (USTAG for IEC/TC61), where he plays an active role in shaping consumer safety and manufacturing standards for hot tub and swim spa brands worldwide.
Rebecca Smith, CSPSplash Pool Management Co., Dallas, Ga.
According to APSP Director of Education Silvia Uribe, Rebecca Smith carries a deep passion for the pool and spa industry. "She has always exhibited a tireless work ethic and willingness to do whatever it takes to improve aquatics, advocating for regulations, collaboration and training that will translate to consumer health and safety." On the national level, she serves on several APSP councils, providing valuable input on APSP training materials. She is also part of the APSP's Georgia Chapter where she diligently promotes training and education. (And if her name sounds familiar, it's because she was named 2017's CSP of the Year.)
Veteran pool and spa pros have survived the Great Recession, successfully battled online competition and kept pace with the rapidly evolving technological landscape. The next hurdle, however, is especially steep: finding young leaders to replace them.
Fortunately, APSP has identified a budding class of young professionals who have proven the future of the industry is in capable hands. Take a look at the winners of the 2018 Young Professionals award below — these are the names you’re...
The Awards of Excellence is just one component of APSP's awards program. Additionally, the organization offers special honors for individuals who have made their mark on the industry. These honors include CBP of the year, CSP of the Year, Retailer of the Year, Chapter of the Year, Young Professionals of the Year and APSP Fellows. The winners below were nominated by their peers and represent the best of the best our industry has to offer. Bravo!
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At last year's PSP Expo in Orlando, APSP met to gauge interest in developing a group that would focus on the commercial side of the pool and spa industry.
The response was overwhelming. The event played out to a standing-room-only crowd, with a vigorous exchange of ideas among all assembled.
“As we continued on in that meeting and asked questions of what people were interested in, we found a great alignment within the entire industry,” says Donna Williams, chief marketing...