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  • Thank You For Subscribing!

    by AQUA Editors January 2019

    Thank you for subscribing to AQUA Product Update emails, sent periodically from our advertisers, to keep readers up-to-date on new spa and pool products, product updates and industry-specific services and events.

    We hope you find them as useful as 18,000+ of your peers do!

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  • Thank You For Subscribing to AQUA Today!

    by AQUA Editors January 2019

    Thank you for subscribing to AQUA Today, our twice-weekly e-newsletter providing pool and spa professionals with pertinent, fast-reading nationwide stories.

    We hope you find them as useful as 18,000+ of your peers do!

    Please note that you may opt-out anytime by clicking "Click here to unsubscribe" at the bottom of any Product Update email, or by following this...

  • Effective Immediately: New Rules for the Industry

    by Steve Goodale December 2018

    One of the winners in Pleatco's Perfect Pool Guy/Gal Contest was none other than AQUA's own Steve Goodale, who was awarded the 2018 Industry Leadership Award. After taking home the prestigious honor, Goodale shared a few thoughts (or, rather, "rules") that he would like to propose as an industry leader. We...

  • Tommy Tomson: The Works of a Modern Master

    by Eric Herman December 2018

    The works of seminal landscape architect, civic planner and swimming pool pioneer Tommy Tomson will be exhibited at Modernism Week 2019, Feb. 14-24 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in Palm Springs, Calif.

    Tomson rose to prominence in 1920s Los Angeles, and worked with some of the most famous architects of the time including Gordon Kaufmann, Roland Coate, Wallace Neff, Paul Williams, Cliff May and Welton Becket.

    According to landscape historian Steven Keylon, who has...

  • Is the Customer Always Right?

    by Erik Eikevik December 2018

    Three years ago, I merged my father’s company with my grandfather’s nearly 70-year-old company, one of the oldest companies in the country. Both worked their entire lives in the pool and spa industry and so have I, starting at age eight, but the merger took place without either of them. Both passed away from cancer years ago; my grandfather when I was 18, and my dad when I was 30. You could say I learned everything about pools from them, and boy, did they know a lot. But I haven't been able...

  • What Did You Learn This Last Year?

    by Tom Grandy December 2018

    Most of us have heard, "Do you have thirty years' experience or one year of experience repeated thirty times?" The other one we have heard is, "The definition of insanity is 'Doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results!'" The point is the same in either case. Are we learning and changing?

    As the new year begins soon, it's important to reflect on our victories as well as our failures. What did the company do really well over the past year, and, just as...

  • Disciplining Employees: What to Keep in Mind

    by Erik Taylor December 2018

    One of the most challenging things you take on as a manager is disciplining employees. You have to walk a fine line: If you’re too easy on them, you won’t be taken seriously, and if you come down too hard, you’ll have a lot of turnover.

    Turnover is especially important to consider. It’s a job candidate’s market right now, meaning employees are hard to find in just about any line of work — but for the trades in particular. Given the time and training it takes to get a new person up...

  • Giving Thanks Year-Round Can Help Business

    by AQUA Editors December 2018

    Gratitude should not stop after Thanksgiving is over. In fact, we should be giving thanks all year-round, especially business owners. According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals, showing gratitude can strengthen business relationships, extend goodwill and even re-establish one’s brand.

    Here are ways employers can best say “thank you” to their customers and employees to benefit business.

    THANKING YOUR CUSTOMERS

    Customers, new or old, help to...

  • Courage and Experimentation

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    Juxtaposition, contrast and even contradiction – all are words that describe this impressive design by Bradley Renken, president of Hearthstone Luxury Pools + Outdoors in Marietta, Ga. To that list, Renken also adds...

  • All Precision, No Pretention

    by Barrett Kilmer November 2018

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    They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that goes double for Dallas. The Big D is the largest city in a state synonymous with size. It’s also home to Pool Environments, an award-winning builder that operates out of an...