Scott Webb
Scott Webb has been with AQUA magazine in one capacity or another since April 2001; he now serves as executive editor. Scott has a degree from University of Cincinnati in aerospace engineering and lives in Madison, Wisc. To get in touch, email him at scott@aquamagazine.com.
  • Wednesday, July, 03, 2019 A Backyard Aboveground, Neat as a Pin

    The backyard aboveground has been around for a long time, but it's never been quite this … cute. And tidy. One might be tempted to say "tiny," because this pool comes from Tiny in a Box, the people who have become famous for delivering tiny homes. And they sell this pool as a "Tiny Pool," but in fact even the small size...

  • Thursday, June, 27, 2019 Ontario’s Provincial Logo Raises Questions

    Sometime back in 2006, a small gathering of bureaucrats sat in a conference room in Ontario and gazed at a design proposal for the new provincial logo. It was a semi-abstract image, the artist said, of a trillium (flower) bloom.

    It was a busy day, the logo looked like a flower — and Canadians especially...

  • Tuesday, June, 18, 2019 Can ‘Reverse Internships’ Help Grow the Labor Force?

    Baby boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 a day — taking their technical and institutional knowledge with them — leading to a shortage of skilled workers. But thanks to an innovative collaboration between pool pump manufacturer Nidec and Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Mo., more young people are learning about pool pumps and plumbing every day.

    In 2017, Nidec installed a test stand for pool and spa pump motors at Ranken, and since that time, students in the school’s...

  • Thursday, June, 13, 2019 Check Out This Crazy, Funny, LEGENDARY Video!

    The Legend is calling on AQUA readers to share your craziest, funniest stories from the working world of pool and spa pros! Maybe you’ve got a customer that drinks from her own pool. Maybe you’ve got a route dog that can empty a skimmer basket. The best stories will be featured in the September issue of AQUA. If your story is chosen you will receive lifetime Legendary status, AQUA glory and some sweet swag.

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  • Thursday, June, 06, 2019 New App Keeps Sales Process Organized

    The pool salesperson has long had a wide selection of design software and apps from which to choose for drawing up pools and estimating costs. However, according to Mark Richter, vice president of sales for Pool Pro Office, there's never...

  • Thursday, May, 23, 2019 Upselling Spas in the Internet Age

    There was a time when someone contemplating a hot tub purchase had little more than personal experience to draw on. The prime source of hard information was the salesperson at the local retail store and the brochures that might be found there. Those days are long gone, of course. Now when a customer walks through the door, a salesperson regards a prospect armed with hours of website study.

    Amazingly enough, one of the principal drivers of this change (along with convenience) has...

  • Tuesday, May, 21, 2019 SOI Service Report 2019: Overdrive

    With the North American economic engine running at about 3,000 rpm with pools and spas going in faster than any time in the last decade, the service sector as a whole is cruising into the summer of 2019.

    Not that service depends to a great degree on construction. It depends on the overall pool and spa base and consumers' love of convenience, but still, adding more installations at a rapid rate only helps. And new pools provide a service department's best opportunity to lock in a...

  • Monday, May, 06, 2019 Back In Hot Water

    When you're in the joint, you talk about all the things you'll do when you get out. Big, thick Porterhouse steaks float before your eyes, or perhaps rows of beer glasses filled to overflowing. Maybe you imagine riding your Harley again.

    Apparently, for one lady, a relaxing soak in a hot tub was high on the...

  • Thursday, April, 04, 2019 APSP/NSPF Alliance Underway — Details to Follow

    The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance officially launched April 1, unifying the former NSPF and APSP. While crucial details of the merger — who will lead the Alliance as permanent CEO, where the new headquarters will be located, what staff will be retained, how the two organizations will mesh their respective programs, etc. — have not been worked out, the paperwork of the historic union has been signed and the new organization is operating...

  • Tuesday, March, 26, 2019 Scott Webb Commentary: Economic Canaries Still Chirping

    As a rule, I try to keep a weather eye on the general economy — it’s the single most important factor in how many pools and spas we sell. And sales affect everything we do.

    At the macro level, when the flow of goods and services starts to constrict, when confidence wanes, when the movement of cash and capital through the system starts to slow, we in the pool and spa business feel it first because we make the products people cut first. We are the canaries of the economic coal...