Many fresh and novel products will be on display at this year’s PSP show in New Orleans, along with something else that’s new: genuine anticipation of improved prospects for the pool and spa industry.

These buoyant expectations can be seen in an exhibitor lineup that is up a full 20 percent, and includes major manufacturers such as Pentair, Hayward, Zodiac, Waterway Plastics and BioGuard, as well as spa companies such as Caldera/Watkins, L. A. Spas, Coast, Clearwater and Bullfrog.

Adding to the excitement is the promise of new culinary and cultural adventures in a host city steeped in history and southern charm, quite distinct from Las Vegas, the usual show venue.

New Orleans is known for its fascinating French Creole architecture, as well as its Cajun cuisine, music (it’s the birthplace of jazz) and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. In short, NOLA knows how to kick back and have a good time, and when the Expo shuts down for the night, the city will be ready to show 10,000 conventioneers why they call it “the big easy.”

As you venture out into the night, consider bringing a jacket. Yes, it’s the Deep South, but according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), while the average high temperature in November is 71 degrees, the average low is 51. So if you plan on staying out into wee hours or attending some of the early morning seminars, you’ll need an extra layer.

One last thing: If you haven’t before, don’t forget to sample the “beignets“ for breakfast — they’re little square-shaped fried pastries that could perhaps be called “French doughnuts,” although it’s a bit of a stretch. Have a Muffuletta sandwich for lunch and indulge yourself in boiled crawfish, seafood étouffée, or maybe some jambalaya for dinner. You never know when you’ll see NOLA again.

26th Annual Fellowship Breakfast

The 2012 edition of the Swimming Pool and Spa Industry’s Christian Fellowship Breakfast will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Wednesday, November 7, in Meeting Room #266 at 7:00 a.m.  Everyone is invited to this non-denominational time of fellowship.  Reservations are not required, but for more information please contact: KFisher777@gmail.com or phone 661-714-1901. Just mark the date on your calendar and come enjoy the food and fellowship.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6EXHIBITS OPEN 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Education and events

8:00 am - 9:45 am

Selling to Today’s Digitally Oriented ConsumerTake Charge of the Numbers: Find the Profit Secrets They Hide Sponsored by: TSYS Merchant SolutionsMake More Money: Calculate Accurate Labor, Equipment, Materials and Overhead Business 308: Attracting and Working with High-End ClientsUnderstanding the Unique Challenges of Salt Water Pools Builds Loyal CustomersEnergy and Hydraulics: How to Comply with ANSI-5, 15 and 7 – One Size Fits AllConstruction 402: Best Practices of Cast-in-Place Concrete Construction as Designated by ACIDesign 175: Frank Lloyd Wright – American Architect: 1867 - 1959

10:30 am - 11:30 am

DESIGN 131: IDENTIFYING NEW BUSINESS & DESIGN TRENDS

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

CONSTRUCTION 205: POOL TILE: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

FPSIE/NSPF: CERTIFIED AQUATIC ENERGY AUDITOR INTRODUCTION SEMINAR

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

NATIONAL PLASTERERS START-UP CERTIFICATION

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

BUSINESS 111: GENESIS 3 LIFESTYLE PROGRAM – WINE TASTING WITH GARY EBERLE [non-accredited]

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

ACI SHOTCRETE NOZZLEMAN CERTIFICATION EDUCATION SESSION presented by American Shotcrete Association

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Target Your Water Safety Message to Create Loyal CustomersCharacteristics of a Successful BusinessCutting the Costs: Increase Profits in Service and RepairThe Candid Contractor: Learn from the Mistakes of Others and SAVE Thousands of Dollars!Understanding Pool Stains: Removal and PreventionFinding Leaks – Turn Headaches into ProfitsTen Common Fiberglass Pool Installation Problems and SolutionsAdvancements in Commercial Chlorine Generators

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

WELCOME PARTY AT MARDI GRAS WORLD

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7EXHIBITS OPEN 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Education and events

8:00 am - 9:00 am

The Value of Manufacturers’ Agents

8:00 am - 9:15 am

Ten Common Social Media Marketing Mistakes and How to Fix Them!The New Art of Creating Value - Selling Value NOT PricePortable Hot Tub Industry: Navigating, Building and Maintaining Local Government RelationshipsROCK Your Pool Business with Video and YouTubeFired Heaters – Proper Installation and Set-UpConstruction 171: Project Profiles – An Interactive Discussion on Design and Construction

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Profitable Pool InspectionsDesign 181: Major Renovation of Pools – Design and Construction ConsiderationsConstruction 308: Beauty of the Edge – the Definitive, Internationally Acclaimed Vanishing Edge and Water in Transit Design

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

ACI SHOTCRETE NOZZLEMAN CERTIFICATION EDUCATION SESSION (presented by American Shotcrete Association)NATIONAL PLASTERERS START-UP CERTIFICATION

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Winning the War for Talent in Today’s Turbulent Times or Hire Tough So You Can Manage EasyEffectively Showcasing Merchandise in Stores with Smaller Footprints: Case Study for 4,500 Sq. Ft. and BelowSocial Media Strategies for the Portable Hot Tub DealerThe Shocking Truth about ElectricityInnovative Repair Techniques for Cracked and Leaking PoolsGaining Access: Navigating the Evolving Landscape of the ADA

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

DESIGN 222: APLD: WE DEFINE LANDSCAPE DESIGN AROUND WATER FEATURES

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

NATIONAL PLASTERERS START-UP CERTIFICATION EXAM

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

FPISE/NSPF: Certified Aquatic Energy Auditor Introduction SeminarU.S. Pool Market ReportsDESIGN 223: APLD: WE DEFINE LANDSCAPE DESIGN AROUND YOUR PATIO

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Getting Up Close and Personal: Competing in a Mouse-Click WorldTen Ways to Improve Your Social Media Marketing: Ask the Experts!Enticing Customers to Shop Your Entire Store: A Case Study for Stores 5,000 Sq. Ft. and UpHot Water and Healthy Living – Using Warm Water Immersion in Your Sales and Marketing PlanEnergize Your Sales with Landscape LightingIdentifying and Overcoming Common Test Interferences for More Accurate Water AnalysesConverting Energy into Money: Benefits of Using Energy Efficient PumpsBlue Pools: “Green” Design and Construction Techniques = New Source of ProfitImplementing Ozone as a Secondary Disinfection System in Public SwimmingVenues Using MACH Guidelines for RWI Prevention

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

SABER GRILLS BBQ & JAZZ FEST

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

GENESIS 3 FAMILY REUNION & WINEMAKER DINNER AT LE FORET RESTAURANT

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8EXHIBITS OPEN 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Education

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Building Your Social Marketing Success StoryStaying Ahead of the Curve – Understanding What the New ISPSC Model Code Means to YouLitigation 101: Blame it on the Pool TechThe Art of Powerful “Seal the Deal” Sales StrategiesFire Features: A Custom Builder’s TricksConstruction 403: Best Practices for Shotcrete Construction as Designated by ASA and ACI

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Engineering 181: Major Renovation of Pools – Structural and Hydraulic ConsiderationsDesign 161: Innovative Natural Watershape Design

10:30 am - 11:30 am

ENGINEERING 121: Natural Swimming Pools – The Pool Reinvented; Plants Instead of Chemicals

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Engineering 191: Building efficient Equipment Pads

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

BUSINESS 111: Genesis 3 Lifestyle Program – Book Signing with Anthony Archer-Wills [non-accredited]

APSP MEETINGS

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Board of Directors

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5

8:30 am

APSP Annual Membership Meeting

9:00 am

Board of Directors

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Service Council

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

EPA Energy Star Meeting

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Builders Council

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Manufacturers Council

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Manufacturers Agents Council

8:00 am – 11:00 am

Retailers Council

7:00 pm

Past Presidents/Chairmen Dinner (by invitation only)

APSP BUILDERS INSTITUTE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Applied Hydraulics for Building Professionals

9:45 am - 12:00 pm

Vanishing Edge & Perimeter Overflow Pools: Design Theory, Engineering & Construction Best Practices

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Vanishing Edge & Perimeter Overflow Pools: Applied Knowledge

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Dynamic Fountains for Small Spaces

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Social Media and the Internet Have Created a Major Shift in Marketing Strategies: Find Out What IT All Means and How to Capture It!

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Know Your Numbers - Estimate Accurate Job Costs to Always Make a Profit!

APSP TECHNICAL SERVICE INSTITUTE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4

8:00 am - 9:15 am

Energy Efficiency Strategies Customers Expect

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Calculated Hydraulics vs. Actual Performance: What You Need To Know

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Research Results: What Consumers Want From Service Companies

2:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Powerful People: Recruiting and Training Top Talent for Your Business

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5

8:00 am - 9:15 am

Stop Thinking Like a Manager: How to Lead Your Business

9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Preparing for the 3 “S’s”: How to Make Your Business Sound for Succession, Sale & Sustainability

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Plaster Problems: Prevention and Solutions

2:45 pm - 5:15 pm

How to Protect Yourself from the Pool Popping and Floating Liner Epidemic

APSP HOT TUB TECHNICIAN COURSE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

APSP CERTIFIED BUILDING PROFESSIONAL PREP (CPB) COURSE AND EXAM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

CBP Exam Prep Course

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CBP Exam

APSP CERTIFIED SERVICE PROFESSIONAL (CSP) PREP COURSE AND EXAM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

CSP Exam Prep Course

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CSP Exam

GENESIS 3 INTRODUCTION TO PERSPECTIVE DRAWING

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

GENESIS 3 ELEMENTS OF CONSTRUCTION

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

GENESIS 3 DESIGN SCHOOLS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

DESIGN 271: 20th Century Architectural Styles DESIGN 211: Elements of DesignDESIGN 202: SketchUp

NSPF CERTIFIED POOL-SPA OPERATOR BASIC COURSE

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4

7:30 am - 6:30 pm

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5

7:30 am - 6:30 pm