• APSP Chair Jack Manilla Publishes Autobiography

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Jack Manilla, APSP Chair and owner of Portofino Pools (Jacksonville, Fla.), recently released his autobiography “Secrets of the Pink House.”

    “Secrets of the Pink House” is Manilla’s personal story of how he was led to a career in the pool...

  • Pooling Together Volunteers

    by Kathryn Howard October 2017

    When Ryan Johnson, owner of Suburban Pool Service (Folsom, Calif.) stopped by the property for the first time, he was taken aback by what he saw — grounds in disarray:

    "The fence was falling over, the grass...

  • RB Control Systems Plays Kickball for Charity

    by AQUA Editors September 2017

    To help give back to the local community, RB Control Systems participated in the Fifth Annual Kickball Tournament, an annual charity event hosted by Metal Photo Service.

    A total of 16 teams participated in the event, which took place August 12. RB Systems both played on the field and served as a platinum sponsor.

    While the RB team didn’t win the tournament, it helped raise a total of $12,300 was raised and donated to the Schwartz family, whose three-year-old son is battling...

  • Taking Confidence Mobile

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    When Diana Goodwin first took swim lessons as a kid, she hated it. “I would sit on the edge of the pool and refused to get in the water,” she recalls. “At first it seemed like I was a hopeless case.” Her parents didn’t give up and decided to give private lessons a try. “That was all I needed, just a little one-on-one instruction so I could gain confidence.”

    At the end of her first private lesson, the instructor threw Goodwin in the water in front of her parents. “I popped right back...

  • Paragon Pools Sponsors YMCA Safety Around Water Program

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    Paragon Pools renewed its sponsorship of YMCA of Southern Nevada’s Safety Around Water Program. The sponsorship is part of the pool company’s commitment to water safety education in association with its award-winning Float Like A Duck water safety initiative.

    “The YMCA of Southern Nevada has been a long-standing partner with our Float Like A Duck program,” says Joseph M. Vassallo,...

  • Step Into Swim Announces Grant Recipients

    by AQUA Editors August 2017

    The National Swimming Pool Foundation announces the recipients of the 2017 Step Into Swim campaign, a 10-year initiative to create one million more swimmers. The following organizations will benefit from $78,750 received in donations this year: Angels of America’s Fallen, EVO Swim School, Jewish Community Center Association, New York State Parks, SwimToday, YMCA, and 14 individual...

  • The Future of VGB

    by APSP July 2017

    On the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, APSP testified on Capitol Hill and called upon senators to recognize and support statewide adoption of the...

  • Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to Benefit the Quechan Tribe

    by AQUA Editors July 2017

    APSP awarded the 2017 Dr. R. Neil Lowry Grant to Quechan Parks and Recreation. The award was presented at the National Environmental Health Association/Department of Housing and Urban Development...

  • ASP Launches 2017 Veteran Program

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    America’s Swimming Pool Company is excited to announce the 2017 ASP Veteran Program is open for entries. The program, now in its third year, seeks to thank a distinguished veteran for his/her service by helping them get their own ASP franchise off the ground — and waiving the franchise fee.

    (For perspective, 2016 winner Brad Baglio's$65,000 franchise fee was completely covered by...

  • NESPA Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

    by AQUA Editors June 2017

    NESPA announces Hannah Melissen of Chalfont, Pa. and Emmah Evangelista of Collingswood, N.J. are the 2017 H. J. “Duke” Ellington Memorial Scholarship awardees.

    Melissen was nominated by Ray Calvitti of Blue Haven Pools & Spas (Hatfield, Pa.). She will receive a $3,000 scholarship award. Evangelista was nominated by Aimee Speas of Blue Wave Pools (Audubon, N.J.). She will receive a $2,000 scholarship award.

    Since 1985, NESPA honored the memory of Harold J. “Duke”...