APSP announces the formation of its new Commercial Council, a group dedicated to tackling key issues, risks and opportunities facing the design, construction, operation and servicing of commercial pools and spas.

“As APSP sharpens our focus on advancing the industry and its interest, we look forward to strengthening the commercial pool and spa industry segment,” says APSP president and CEO Lawrence Caniglia. “The creation of this council helps us keep moving the industry forward.”

The eight-member council is made up of representatives from a variety of pool and spa industry segments. Members include:

Derek Downey (Principal, Legal Pools) is an experienced pool contractor and acknowledged expert in the swimming pool design, construction and maintenance industry. He has been providing expert deposition and testimony since 1995. Downey has been highly active with APSP, formerly NSPI, for 20 years. He  served on the NSPI Board of Directors from 1998-2005, the APSP Builders Council from 2014-2015 and has served on three Standards Writing Committees.

Jason Schallock (CBP, CSP) is the general manager at Anderson Poolworks and highly active with APSP on both the national and local level. Schallock was APSP’s 2016 CBP Certified Building Professional of the Year and a founding member of the APSP Northwest Pacific Chapter. He is highly active with the National Plasters Council and has worked on the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Tech Support Committee on recirculation and filtration.

Steve Barnes is the director of science and compliance at AquaStar Pool Products. Prior to AquaStar, he served as the Safety and Compliance Manger at Pentair Aquatic Systems. For more than 30 years, he has been involved with the aquatics and manufacturing industry. Since 2004, he has served as Chairman of APSP’s Technical Committee.

Dennis Berkshire is the president at Aquatic Design Group. He boasts more than 30 years of experience in the aquatics industry, with field experience in swimming pool design, construction/operation and training. As an expert on swimming pool operation, he has worked with several states on swimming pool environmental health codes. In addition, Berkshire is an instructor for the Certified Pool Operator course and the Aquatic Facility Operator course and has trained nearly 1,000 swimming pool and aquatic facility operators.

Kris Bridges is the Building Official for the City of Martinsville, Va., and a Master Code Professional. For more than 22 years, he has had several positions in the industry including Property Maintenance and Amusement Inspector and Combination Code Inspector for Danville, Va., up through Building Official. He holds 22 ICC certifications.

Kenneth Gregory is the manager of compliance and safety at Pentair Aquatic Systems and has more than 20 years of industry experience under his belt. Prior to Pentair Aquatic Systems, 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.

Stephen Neville is the Director of Business Development and Aquatic Operations with Island Construction Corporation. After joining Island Construction Corporation, he co-founded Stainless Aquatics, a Division of Island Construction Corporation, which focuses on rooftop and podium deck pool, spa and water feature installations in stainless steel and shotcrete applications. For over 17 years, Stephen has been highly active with the industry primarily in the commercial segment and has served on the APSP Builders Council since 2014.

Doug Winkler is the president of Winkler Pool Management. He has over 40 years of experience in the aquatics industry. Doug is highly active with APSP — he serves on APSP's National Board of Directors and holds the Treasurer position with his local Mid-Atlantic APSP Chapter.

“I’m honored to be part of the founding leaders of this council,” says Commercial Council Co-Chair Jason Shallock. “I look forward to working with this council to create a solid foundation for representing this industry segment. The individual and collective talents of this council will effectively advance its mission in our local, national and international markets.”

The new Commercial Council plans to hold its first meeting May 1 in Denver. Open to APSP members and parties interested in the commercial and municipal pool and spa sector of the industry, this first meeting will lay the foundation for the group to identify important issues and create a plan of action and timeline.

“APSP serves to protect and grow our members businesses through advocacy, codes and standards and professional development. Focusing our efforts on the commercial and municipal pool and spa sector of our industry, is extremely important and long overdue,” says Carvin DiGiovanni, vice president, technical and standards. “Through identifying and addressing the issues of our commercial pool and spa stakeholders, APSP can effectively devote its resources towards finding solutions to help grow the commercial pool and spa segment.”

The formation of APSP’s Commercial Council will include forming several Task Forces to assist the Council on hot topic issues. For more information about APSP’s Commercial Council, email Lawrence Caniglia.