The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) has announced the 2014 Industry Summit will be held Aug. 18-20 at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. The theme for the Summit is “Facing Change. Taking Charge.”

Every two years, APSP brings together hundreds of industry CEOs and senior level decision makers to discuss the most substantive topics affecting the pool, spa, and hot tub industry. 

APSP Industry Summit sponsors are Watkins Manufacturing and Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.

Nationally recognized speakers are slated for both days of the Summit and include:

• Louie Anderson, actor & comedian, sharing how swimming saved his life;

• Mike Michalowicz, author & entrepreneur, discussing “Disruptive Technology” – how to recognize and outsmart it;

• David Nelsen, social media guru, presenting an in-depth workshop focused on pool and hot tub industry needs and challenges;

• John Paul Soltesz, economist, shares insight into the industry’s economic trends, market projections, and business opportunities;

• David Cook, best-selling author,  sharing strategies to help companies enhance their performances;

• David Mayer, entrepreneur & director of community at Houzz, explaining how Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the county and around the world.

In addition to having nationally recognized speakers, attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers and share innovative and creative ideas for shaping the future of the industry.

“No other pool and hot tub industry event brings together top decision makers in such an intimate setting like the APSP Industry Summit," APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald said.  “As the industry rebounds from the recession, it’s vital that top industry leaders understand how to navigate the new business landscape and are empowered with tools to enhance their business success.”

The deadline for early-bird registration is May 31. For more information or to register, visitAPSP.org/Summit.

For more information on the 2014 Industry Summit and sponsorship opportunities, visitAPSP.org/SummitSponsorship.

Scott Webb is Executive Editor of AQUA Magazine.