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Dick Dal Pino (left) and Dan Johnson (right) are recipients of the 2013 CBP Certified Building Professional of the Year Award.

For the first time in the contest’s seven-year history, two winners were chosen for the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals Certified Building Professional of the Year Award. This year, the honor went to both Dick Dal Pino and Dan Johnson, who accepted the award during IPSPE in Las Vegas. 

The CBP of the Year Award is a peer-nominated award given to a certified pool builder who has furthered the pool building profession with outstanding projects and a proven dedication to the industry.

"APSP is extremely pleased to honor Dick Dal Pino and Dan Johnson as recipients of the 2013 CBP of the Year Award," says APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald. "Both men are committed to elevating the pool, spa and hot tub industry, whether it's through education, volunteering or advocacy.

Dal Pino, president and CEO of Dal Pino Quality Pools, Inc., has volunteered with APSP for 25 of his 26 years as a member of the association. A three-term president of the APSP’s Sacramento chapter, he was a member of the APSP Board of Directors during the association's transition from the National Spa & Pool Institute to APSP and has served as Chairman of the APSP Builders Council. He’s been CBP certified since 1996.

An ardent supporter of education, Dal Pino played a chief role in establishing the Foundation for Pool & Spa Industry Education. He also served as an editor for the third edition of the APSP Builders Manual and as a reviewer for the Service Technician Manual, fourth edition.

Johnson, owner of Swim Incorporated, is one of the nation's leading experts on drainless technology. A member of APSP since 1978, he has held a position on the APSP Technical Committee since 1995, contributed to a number of APSP Standards writing committees and has served on the APSP Board of Directors.

Inducted into the Florida Swimming Pool Association Hall of Fame in 2009, Johnson continues to promote advocacy and education across the industry as an APSP instructor and government liaison.

"Dan Johnson and Dick Dal Pino exemplify leadership," says APSP Senior Director of Technical and Standards Carvin DiGiovanni. "These men are successful builders who have selflessly given back to this industry through countless hours of volunteer service at all levels. This is a deserved recognition for both men."

APSP's CBP designation is earned through a standardized written examination that measures knowledge of residential and commercial pool and spa construction. Applicants for the designation must meet industry experience requirements and, once the designation is earned, participate in ongoing education to maintain the certification. The program emphasizes a commitment to ethical standards and to the highest standards of construction and workmanship through adherence to national pool and spa standards.