APSP announces the appointment of six APSP members to the International Code Council’s 2021 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code Council.

“It is extremely valuable to have a range of perspectives and expertise in helping the ICC address challenges related to industry codes,” says Carvin DiGiovanni, APSP’s vice president of standards and technical. “The ICC received nominations from many highly qualified individuals, and I’m pleased to see such great representation from APSP members.”

ISPSC Council members represent various industry professions that join together to promote a safe and sustainable world. The APSP members admitted to the ISPSC Council will be instrumental in the creation of the 2021 ISPSC and will serve as an advisory body and international forum for discussion and deliberation about building design, construction methods, safety, performance requirements, technological advances and innovative products.

The ICC has incorporated the ANSI/APSP standards into the ISPSC which, when adopted at the state and local level, requires residential pools and spas to have the same level of safety protection that the VGB Act mandates for public pools and spas.

The following APSP members will serve as representatives on the ISPSC Council:

Kenneth Gregory is the manager of compliance and safety at Pentair Aquatic Systems with over 20 years of industry experience. Prior to Pentair, he was the president of Evolution Pool and Construction Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Steve Barnes is the director of science and compliance at AquaStar Pool Products and has been the Chairman of the APSP Technical Committee since 2004. Prior to AquaStar, he was the Safety and Compliance Manager at Pentair. He has been involved with the aquatics and manufacturing industry for over 30 years.

Don Leas is an active retired diving coach, coordinator and author who currently serves on various committees with United States Diving. For over 60 years, he has been involved with diving as both an athlete and a coach. Leas held numerous technical roles with high profile organizations and events including: United States Diving, FINA World Trials, Goodwill Games, FINA World Cup, U.S. Olympic Festival, NCAA, Amateur Athletic Union and the United States Olympic Committee.

Michael Ribnikar is the vice president of operations at Premier Pools and Spas DFW with 40 years of industry experience.

Shajee Siddiqui is the global director of product safety and compliance at Zodiac Pool Systems. Prior to Zodiac, he held various positions at Intertek Testing Services. He spent 35 years working in product safety and compliance evaluation and held leadership positions in a variety of industry technical development standards. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Syracuse University.

Shawn Still is the president and CEO of Olympic Pool Plastering & Shotcrete and served on the board of directors for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce for 10 years. Still is the director of the APSP Georgia Chapter. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and English from the University of Alabama.