The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance has named Sabeena Hickman as the organization's new president, chief...
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After a 15-year hiatus, the Journal of the Swimming Pool and Spa Industry is returning as an...
VivoPools Appoints Industry Icon to Advisory Board
VivoPools, a leader in swimming pool service management, has announced the appointment of Vance Gillette to the company’s advisory board. In this role, Gillette will draw on his 45 years of knowledge and expertise to help drive VivoPools’ continued national growth. In this position, Gillette will work closely with VivoPools’ leadership on strategic alliances and product development efforts.
“Since its inception four years ago, VivoPools has experienced rapid growth, and we are always looking for insight and guidance from top talent in the industry to sustain that expansion,” says Willan Johnson, CEO and founder of VivoPools. “Appointing Vance Gillette, a champion and advocate of enjoyable pool experiences, to the advisory board is an incredible opportunity for me and the entire VivoPools’ team to partner with one of the most innovative and connected industry leaders. He will bring a reinvigorated sense of passion to the company as we work to meet our aggressive growth and customer satisfaction goals.”
“I am delighted to be joining the VivoPools team as an advisor,” Gillette says. “It is exciting to see the vision and energy that Willan Johnson and his team are bringing to the industry, and I look forward to partnering with VivoPools as it continues to grow. The company’s innovation and focus on the client experience is exactly where the industry needs to go.”
Hydro-Quip National Sales Team Now Includes Blake Sales Associates
Blake Sales Associates, which includes a team of five sales representatives, is now responsible for helping Hydro-Quip grow its presence out west in California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Hawaii, Colorado, Wyoming and Washington.
Hydro-Quip’s national sales team provides sales support, customer service and education for new and existing customers on the features and benefits of all Hydro-Quip products.
DeltaUV joins forces with Professional Lines of Florida
DeltaUV, manufacturers of a complete line of residential and commercial ultraviolet water treatment products, has joined forces with rep group Professional Lines of Florida, an independent group of representatives that will be promoting Delta UV and its products in Florida as well as Latin America.
“We are very pleased to have this rep group helping us expand our product reach in Florida, which will continue our double-digit growth in the region,” says Jeff Boynton of Delta UV.
From left to right below: Jeff Boynton of Delta UV and Professional Lines' Fernando Barragan and Tony Gonzalez.
Fox Pool Corporation Hires Campbell as National Account Manager
Fox Pool Corporation, manufacturer of well known Fox brand of package pools and vinyl liners, is pleased to announce it has hired Steve Campbell (see photo, left) as the company’s new national account manager for the Mid-Atlantic region. His responsibilities include customer relations, marketing, and sales for Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. With a degree in architectural design, he also brings 20 years of construction experience in a related field. Campbell can be reached at (717)-818-0586 or by email: email@example.com.
John Romano Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
The president of All American Custom Pools & Spas, located in Norwalk, Conn., was recently honored with a special “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 2014 Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City.
“This is John’s last year sitting on the APSP board, but he will continue to sit on the NESPA board,” said Robert Blanda, former president of NESPA, while presenting the award. “In addition to being a member of both boards, in years past John has been chair APSP and NESPA, chair of the APSP Builders Council, chair of the APSP Retailers Council and he continues to sit on the board of the Plasterers Council. John is one of the authors of the APSP Builders Manual, which is used to train and certify builders in the pool and spar industry today. To one who has devoted his life to our industry, we make this award.”
In receiving the award, Mr. Romano said that it is a bittersweet time for him. “I want to thank my families past and present including my NESPA extended family for this great honor. Although I am leaving these boards, my connections and the friendships I have developed over the years will remain forever. I will continue my work with the Connecticut Spa & Pool Association (CONSPA), NESPA, the National Builders Council and Builders Education.”
New this year from Pentair is the Master Service Program, a tiered incentive program to reward service techs and retailers who dedicate themselves to product education and training.
“We thought this might be a nice way of enticing someone to educate themselves and become stronger in their knowledge of our products, and also how to install them and troubleshoot them,” says Sue Robach, Pentair national training manager.
The program currently has...
After years of campaigning, surfing is expected to make its long-awaited Olympic debut at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. To help athletes prepare to hang ten and stay in peak physical condition, USA Surfing has announced a partnership with hot tub giant Jacuzzi. Per the three-year agreement, Jacuzzi will provide portable spas at USA Surfing training facilities and competition sites.
Hot tubs and sports go hand-in-hand: football teams use them in recovery regimens and divers use...
After 17 years serving as the face of Tara Manufacturing, Ron Shults, the company's vice president of sales, is leaving the company to retire. Chastity Erby has been promoted to lead the sales department for Tara as national sales director.
Shults' lengthy tenure at Tara began in...
In an effort to level the playing field between brick-and-mortar dealers and online sellers, Hayward Industries has announced significant changes to its trade-exclusive policy.
First, Hayward’s Expert Line will dramatically expand — more than 900 SKUs will be taken offline, meaning 80% of Hayward’s products will be strictly limited to pool professional Hayward dealers only.
Second, products in the open line (or products allowed to be sold online) will be increased in price...