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Above all else, organizers of The Pool & Spa Show have one goal: to keep things fresh and engaging for show attendees. Each year, after poring over post-show surveys, the team makes changes and additions to keep people coming back.
"Everything's new and exciting," says Show Director Trish McCormick. "Our goal for this year moving forward is to make sure everyone has a great experience each and every year."
Concerned about getting more hands-on training? The Pool & Spa Show has you covered. Its biggest initiative this year is The Wall, a large-scale display that focuses on "water in motion." This area will host the greatest in pool hydraulics technology, with advice on designing for maximum performance, superior water quality, energy efficiency and consumer safety.
"There's not much out there for hands-on training in our industry," McCormick says. "This is something you can touch and feel and learn and see right on the show floor."
The Wall is intended to be as educational as it is striking, with three different areas to address various subjects. Demonstrations will be held there, but no appointments are necessary.
"It's going to be something that every person who walks through that building is going to see and be a part of," McCormick says.
In addition, the annual Welcome Party is moving to a new location: T Street, one of Atlantic City's newest nightlife destinations. Modeled after Music Row in Nashville, Sixth Street in Austin and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, T Street features six different venues under the same roof, including an Irish pub, a Texas roadhouse and a Prohibition-era speakeasy.
"This gives us more opportunity for networking, gives us more of an opportunity to cross generations," McCormick says. "There's something for everybody."
The sentiment applies to The Show's education lineup as well, which addresses a wide swath of subjects that affect retailers, builders and service professionals alike. (Check out the schedule on the next page for specifics.) And since The Show is powered by NESPA, there are a couple Northeast-specific seminars of note — Swimming Pool Licensing Facts for Connecticut, Long Island, Rockland County and New Jersey: Roundtable Discussions; and Wastewater Discharge Issues and Solutions (Connecticut Focus).
Education opportunities such as these and an enthusiastic and diverse exhibitor base have made The Pool And Spa Show a top industry attraction for decades. And to celebrate its 35th anniversary this year, The Show will be commemorating the milestone with games and prizes.
The secret to The Show's longevity, McCormick says, is simple: a passion for the industry it serves.
"It's a show that's put on by the industry, for the industry," she says. "There's no one that profits from this show other than the industry."
January 26-27: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. January 28: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. NSPF Certified Pool Operator (2 Day Event S & M)
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist (2 1/2 Day Event S, M & T) APSP Certified Service Technician (CST) (3 1/2 Day Event S, M, T & W) APSP Pool and Spa Construction Course (3 1/2 Day Event S, M, T & W)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist (Day 2) APSP Certified Service Technician (Day 2) APSP Pool and Spa Construction Course (Day 2)
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. NSPF Certified Pool Operator (Day 2)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. National Plasterers Council Start-Up Certification
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. APSP Certified Building Professional Review Course
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. QuickBooks in the Cloud Spa Pack Diagnostics: Advanced Troubleshooting and Repair Skills
12:30 - 2 p.m. Email Marketing: The Workhorse of Online Communications Trends in Outdoor Design Salt Chlorine Generators: Just the Facts Salt Chlorine Generators: Just the Facts (Spanish) The Heat Pump Demystified
12:30 - 3:45 p.m. Sales Coaching - A Customized Approach Time Management and Productivity Techniques A Service Tech's Practical Guide to Electricity Basic Water Chemistry Vinyl Liner Replacement Techniques
2:15 - 3:45 p.m. Profiting From Homeowners' Online Buying Habits: Five Homeowner Buying Personas and How to Effectively Sell to Each Compu Pool Salt Chlorine Generators: Operation, Installation and Troubleshooting Energizing Your Service Company for Today's Consumer Wastewater Discharge Issues and Solutions (Connecticut Focus)
7 - 10 p.m. 2016 Welcome Party at T Street
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. APSP Certified Maintenance Specialist (Day 3)
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. APSP Certified Service Technician (Day 3) APSP Pool and Spa Construction Course (Day 3)
8:30 - 10 a.m. Fighting Back: How To Compete and Win In Today's Market When Your Management Style Isn't Working and Your Employees Aren't Either Automatic Controls: From Simple to Complex Codes, Liability and Safety Issues for Pool Companies: 6 Steps to a Legal Check-up Model Aquatic Health Code: Guidelines for Facility Design and Construction Pentair Salt Chlorine Generators: Operation, Installation and Troubleshooting Workplace Safety for Pool and Spa Technicians (Spanish)
8:30 - 11:45 a.m. ASA-ACI Nozzleman Certification Education (Part 1) National Plasterers Council Start-Up Recertification and Exam Fundamentals of Successful Project Management Social Media: The Do's and Don'ts for Pool Companies Basic Tile, Coping and Glass Tile Installation Construction, Hydraulics and Energy: Coordinating the ANSI/APSP 5, 7 and 15 Pool Standards Hard to Find Leaks: Techniques to Get to the Bottom of Things Intermediate Water Chemistry Safety Covers: Measuring for Success Soils: What to Know Before You Build
10:15 - 11:45 a.m. The Pool and Spa Industry's Role in Assisting the FBI: What Bad Guys Won't Tell You About Bulk Chemicals How To Maximize Value in Selling Your Business Increase Profits Through Customer Loyalty Algae: The Ugly Truth Excavation Safety for the Pool Builder Pump Motor Troubleshooting (Spanish) Zodiac Salt Chlorine Generators: Operation, Installation and Troubleshooting
8 - 11 a.m. APSP Certified Service Technician (Day 4) APSP Pool and Spa Construction Course (Day 4)
8:30 - 10 a.m. Swimming Pool Licensing Facts for Connecticut, Long Island, Rockland County and New Jersey: Roundtable Discussions Strategies To Win In A Challenging Economy Water Testing Services: The Ugly Side Of Your Store Hayward Salt Chlorine Generators: Operation, Installation and Troubleshooting Heaters: Safe Installation Methods Hot Water: Application Considerations UV Technology and Residential Installations
8:30 - 11:45 a.m. ASA-ACI Nozzleman Certification Education (Part 2) Hire Tough, Manage Easy: Recruiting, Selecting and Retaining the Best Secrets To Creating Effective Sales Communications Basic Water Chemistry (Spanish) Major Renovation of Pools - Design and Construction Considerations Model Aquatic Health Code: Water Chemistry Operation and Maintenance Parameters Pool Inspections: Tips and Techniques for Success Solar Panel of Experts: Operation, Energy Savings, Installation and Marketing Swimming Pool Bonding: Recognition and Identification Water Management and Pool Construction
10:15 - 11:45 a.m. A Pool For All Backyards: Hybrid Designs Field Service Management: Now More Than Ever How To Survive (And Thrive) with E-Commerce Advanced Forensics for Plaster Surfaces Automatic Pool Covers: Sales, Installation and Code Considerations AutoPilot Salt Chlorine Generators: Operation, Installation and Troubleshooting Conducting Energy Efficiency Pool Audits Water Testing Methods, Interferences and Techniques
12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. APSP Certification Exam Session
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Are You Hot And Bothered? It's All About Emotions Dealing With Difficult People Stains, Scale and Discolorations: Identification and Troubleshooting Torching Techniques for Cementitious Pool Surfaces Two Misunderstood Chemistry Topics Clarified: Salt Water Chlorine Generators and Cyanuric Acid Vinyl Liner Pools: Why Polymer Panels
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