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  • 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...

  • NSPF Board of Directors Receives Four New Members

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    NSPF welcomes four new members to its board of directors: Troy Franzen, Karl Frykman, Captain Julie Gilchrist and Clark Hale.

    “As our family grows, so, too, does our support from leaders and visionaries to guide our future,” says NSPF Chairman of the Board Bruce Dunn. “It is with great pride that we welcome these four leaders to the NSPF board of directors.”

    Troy Franzen has served as managing director of Zodiac Pool Systems since January 2012. Franzen joined Zodiac as...

  • APSP Joins Forces With Mexican Trade Association

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the Asociación de Profesionales de la Piscina A.C. have announced an international partnership, bringing together two respected organizations committed to the advancement of the pool, spa and hot tub industry.

    APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald and APPAC President Ignacio Barroso signed the historic agreement making a partnership to promote, advance and advocate the interests of the swimming pool, hot tub and spa industry in...

  • 2017 APSP Industry Achievement Award Winners

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    In addition to the Awards of Excellence, APSP honors individuals who have made great strides to help better their communities and the industry at large. These awards include Certified Pool Builder of the Year, Certified Service Professional of the Year, industry Fellows, Young Professionals of the Year, Chapter of the Year and, for the first time, the Retailer of the Year.

     


  • Class (Back) In Session

    by Barrett Kilmer October 2017

    Fifteen years ago, the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals developed a training course aimed at helping commercial operators gain certification in states that required it. A few short years later, the association shelved the program. Now, after extensive updates and modifications, APSP is rolling out a...