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  • NSPF Honors Top Instructors for 2017

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    NSPF honored its instructors for their performance over the past year with an award ceremony at the 14th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference in Denver, Colo. Representatives from NSPF presented the awards during the International Instructor Update Meeting.

    “It is the efforts of NSPF instructors that allow us to work towards our mission,” says Michelle Kavanaugh, mission...

  • WAHC 2018 Dates Announced

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    Organizers of the World Aquatic Health Conference invite industry pros to save the date for this year’s event: October 10-12 at the Charleston Marriott in Charleston, S.C.

    The WAHC is an educational conference designed to help aquatic industry professionals discuss, learn and network with like-minded people. Each year, attendees report having gained new information and valuable connections that directly benefit their field of...

  • APSP's 2017 In Review: An Aggressive Agenda

    by Barrett Kilmer January 2018

    By any measure, 2017 was a good year for the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals. The trade group invested heavily in education and advocacy, its core competencies, and created a commercial council and a networking group for budding pool pros, all while managing to end the fiscal year in the black. Rich Gottwald, APSP's president and CEO, is understandably proud of what his staff, the volunteers and the association's membership accomplished in the past year and the firm footing it...

  • APSP Water Conservation Efficiency Standard Approved by ANSI

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals announce that the American National Standards Institute has approved its ANSI/APSP/ICC-13 2017 American National Standard for Water Conservation Efficiency in Residential and Public Pools, Spas, Portable Spas and Swim Spas.

    This Standard covers methods and technologies to increase the efficient use and conservation of water. It applies to both new and existing facilities to address water use by pools, spas, portable spas and swim spas,...

  • International Alliance Launched to Advance Global Pool and Spa Industry

    by AQUA Editors December 2017

    Representatives from 16 countries gathered at the Aquanale conference in Cologne, Germany, last month to form the World Alliance of Pool & Spa Associations, or WAPSA. The United States, represented by APSP President & CEO Rich Gottwald, joins Australia, Germany, France, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Austria, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Turkey in the new union.

    Designed to protect and promote the industry, the WAPSA will specifically...

  • APSP Names New CEO

    by AQUA Editors December 2017

    APSP announced this afternoon that its board of directors has unanimously voted to install industry veteran Lawrence Caniglia as its new president and CEO.

    Caniglia comes from NESPA, where he served as the organization’s executive director for nearly 14 years. In his position, he provided benefits and services to nearly 850-member companies while also directing activities of the NESPA Foundation. In September, he

  • NESPA Names New Executive Director

    by AQUA Editors December 2017

    After a months-long search, NESPA announces its new executive director: Dominick Mondi.

    Currently, Mondi serves as president of the Associated Building Contractors, New Jersey Chapter, and previously held the position of executive director of the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association. He began his career as a landscape...

  • APSP's CMS Course Now Available Online

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    APSP announces the new online format for its Certified Maintenance Specialist Course. The CMS course gives industry students a foundation in understanding all aspects of pool and spa maintenance.

    Designed to meet the needs of today’s industry students, the self-paced online format features videos, interactive exercises and quizzes. Course attendees have the option to purchase the full course or a specific module, such as...

  • PSP Expo Receives High Marks in Orlando

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    Show organizers report the 2017 PSP Expo, held Nov. 1-3 in Orlando, Fla., was a rousing success. More than 9,500 pool, spa and outdoor living professionals, representing 49 states and 73 countries, attended. A total of 463 companies exhibited on the expo floor, 56 of which were in the Outdoor Living Pavilion.

    This year’s special events — the Welcome Party at Howl at the Moon and the PSP Block Party — received the highest turnout in years.

    “It was unclear how Hurricane Irma...

  • APSP Announces New Appointments to Board of Directors

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    APSP announces the appointments of two new members to its board of directors: Scott Frost of Zodiac Pool Systems and Jon Viner of Bio-Lab.

    “We are honored to have Scott and Jon join our board of directors,” says Rich Gottwald, president and CEO of APSP. “As we continue to move the industry forward, their experience will be an invaluable asset to APSP.”

    Jon Viner is the president of Bio-Lab, Inc, the global pool chemical...