• Spa Builder Becomes School Builder for Jamaican Kids

    by Kathryn Howard March 2018

    When Sherry Lauter, wife of Master Spas' CEO Bob Lauter and former teacher, first discovered NAZ Children's Centre in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she was shocked by the condition of the elementary school.

    "[The students] were on top of each other. These rooms didn't even have walls up to the ceiling....

  • Pulliam Pools Recognized as Volunteer Business of the Year

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    Pulliam Pools was recognized as the Careity Foundation Volunteer Business of the Year at the 2017 Celebrity Cutting Event in Fort Worth, Texas.

    The award acknowledges a business that “genuinely exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism and humanitarianism in the workplace. This company has demonstrated a commitment to Careity Foundation’s work in preserving and enhancing quality of life for cancer patients and children.”

    Pulliam Pools prides itself on being community-oriented...

  • RB Control Systems Honors Fallen Warriors

    by AQUA Editors January 2018

    RB Control Systems was a sponsor of the National Wreaths Across America Day on December 16. Members of the RB staff placed wreaths on graves as part of the ceremonies held at Union Cemetery and Immaculate Concept Cemetery in North Huntingdon, Penn.

    National Wreaths Across America Day coordinates the ceremony to lay wreaths on the graves of veterans at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Other...

  • Builder Rivalry Tempered By 3 Wishes

    by Kathryn Howard December 2017

    Like many pool and spa businesses, Eagles Pool Services (Moncton, New Brunswick) has a local rival: Waterworks Pools & Spas. Regularly bidding for the same jobs is enough to create a sense of competition between firms, but according to Eagles Pool Services owner Cory Eagles, there’s a shared history, to boot. Years before, Eagles worked for Brad Cross, Waterworks’ project manager, before starting his own company.

    “We were both young at the time,” Eagles says. “Probably didn’t...

  • The Hot Tub Store Pledges Help For Fire Victims

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    To help victims of the California fires, The Hot Tub Store is donating $5,000 to the Redwood Credit Union North Bay Fire Relief Fund. Through Oct. 31, all five locations will also donate 10 percent of all paid invoices.

    “We all know several people who have lost their homes, friends and customers. We want to help,” says Sky Matula, president of The Hot Tub Store.

    The Hot Tub Store has roots in Sonoma County, which has been affected by the fires. All Sonoma County-based team...

  • 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,...