• National Water Safety Month Kicks Off Next Week

    by Scott Webb April 2015

    National Water Safety Month (NWSM) begins next week on May 1, as aquatics industry leaders push for safer water practices to prevent drowning and water related injuries in the coming summer season.

  • Business Briefs: February 2015

    by Cailley Hammel February 2015

    APSP Announces Strategic Staff Changes
    The APSP has announced two strategic staff shifts within its ranks, including the addition of Patrick Giambalvo, Jr., and a promotion for Carvin DiGiovanni. 
    Patrick Giambalvo, Jr., joins APSP as vice president of business development. Giambalvo comes to APSP from InfoComm, the trade association for the audio/visual industry where he served as the director of membership, education and certification...
  • Industry Pioneer Enters New Phase

    by AQUA Editors February 2015

    photo of Bill Rowley, P.E.
    Bill Rowley, P.E., Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
    photo of Bill Rowley, P.E.

    Despite four decades spent engineering some of the world’s finest aquatic facilities, Dr. William N. “Bill” Rowley has always shied away from spotlight. Therefore it’s...

  • Teaching Future Generations How to Swim

    by AQUA Editors January 2015

    photo of instructors teaching kids to swim

    When you teach a kid to swim, you teach generations of kids to swim. Because research shows it’s an inherited skill — children of swimmers tend to become swimmers, too.

    Generations of swimmers were created in New York State last summer where Learn to Swim programs were held with the support of the National Swimming...

  • Business Briefs: Late January 2015

    by Cailley Hammel January 2015

    Former APSP Staffer Moves to NSPF

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation announced that Lauren Stack has joined its leadership team as mission development director – national accounts. Stack brings more than 20 years of experience and passion for growing the swimming pool, hot tub and aquatic...

  • CPSA Reports Results of Study, Drought Efforts

    by Scott Webb January 2015

    The California Pool and Spa Association has received results of a study commissioned to determine the economic impact of the pool and spa industry in California. John Norwood, CPSA president, has issued the following report which includes an assessment of efforts to represent industry interests in the face of California’s ongoing drought:

     “It’s the start of a new year for California, and even though it’s just beginning...

  • APSP/IHTA Works To Align Int'l Spa Standards

    by Scott Webb December 2014

    The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP)/International Hot Tub Association (IHTA) has joined the European Portable Hot Tub Standards Harmonization Work Group, a standards task force spearheaded by the British and Irish and German hot tub associations. The alliance of national organizations will work together to harmonize global safety standards for portable hot tubs.

    Standards alignment is important because governments look to standards as the basis for their...

  • Dates, Location Announced for 2015 WAHC

    by Cailley Hammel December 2014

    Organizers of the World Aquatic Health Conference have announced the 2015 show dates and location. The event, now in its twelfth year and hosted by the NSPF, will be held at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., on October 7 to 9, 2015.

    Each year, the WAHC spotlights advances that can generate growth for the aquatic field and industry. A slew of seminars are offered across a spectrum of subjects, including recreational...

  • APSP And Canadians Form Alliance

    by Scott Webb December 2014

    Yesterday, the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the Pool & Hot Tub Council of Canada (PHTCC) announced an affiliation agreement at the Canadian Pool & Spa Conference & Expo in Toronto.

    APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald and PHTCC Executive Director Robert Wood signed the historic agreement making a partnership to promote, advance and advocate the interests of the swimming pool, hot tub and spa industry across North America. 

    Under the...

  • APSP Board of Directors Welcomes New Members

    by Scott Webb November 2014

    Three new members of the Board of Directors have been appointed at APSP's Annual Meeting.

    Joining the Board of Directors are:

    Donna Williams, General Manager, Sales, Marketing and Product Management for Pool Corp

    Chris Curcio, President of Litehouse Products

    Maurizio Vozza, CEO/President/Owner of Nordic Products, Inc.

    These individuals join current Board Members: Jeff Fausett, CBP, Chairman; Rich Garbee, GLI Pool Products; April Nielsen, Lonza; Bob Blanda,...