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  • What Would You Do? Non-Compete Agreements

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    Non-compete agreements can prevent employees from working for a competitor in their next position. Are they necessary? Industry pros share their insights:

    The Question:

    Darren Sollek
    Elite Pools | Madison, Miss.

    “Do any of you require your employees to sign a non-compete agreement?”

    Answers:

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  • Gone Fishing

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    As the economy slowly healed after the Great Recession, the pool and spa industry saw encouraging signs of improvement. Phones were ringing again. Retail stores bustled with business. Consumer confidence was growing stronger and property values were escalating.

    Yet despite these positive signs, for some industry pros it's been difficult to let go of the recession mindset. Out of an abundance of caution, many industry pros are retaining the lean staffing practices of the recession,...

  • Service Sidekicks

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    Essential for both technicians and homeowners alike, the automatic pool cleaner is a trusty service sidekick, helping service technicians multitask and saving pool owners from extra work. Patrolling the pool floors and climbing walls, no debris big or small is safe within a cleaner's path. Quick and efficient, they are an invaluable industry tool and, for the entrepreneurial technician, a bestseller.

    As technology evolves, APCs continue to gain new and exciting features that make...

  • The Mod Squad

    by Dana Robinson November 2018

    The well-dressed backyard once consisted of a few plastic lawn chairs, a picnic table and a modest charcoal grill. Today, the Joneses have stepped up their game considerably, as the backyard has gone from a mere patch of grass to a hub of entertaining — a space that plays host to everything from children's birthday bashes to elegant evening dinner parties.

    Today, outdoor kitchens are a big part of that backyard aesthetic. By allowing the homeowner to prepare and serve meals...

  • In Review: 2018 PSP Expo

    by AQUA Editors November 2018

    The pool and spa industry took Las Vegas by storm last week at the PSP Expo, with thousands walking the aisles, taking in industry education, networking and, of course, having fun along the way. (Which is never hard to come by in Las Vegas, especially when the first day of the show falls on Halloween.) Below you’ll find just a few highlights from the show floor and beyond.

  • Customizing the Cure

    by Eric Herman November 2018

    For most people, running a pioneering manufacturer of cartridge filter elements would take up all their time. For Christine Schaeffer, vice president of Meissner Mfg. Co., the parent company of Unicel, it's only part of her professional life.

    Away from her responsibilities at the company, which was founded in 1956 by her father, Richard Meissner, Schaeffer is deeply involved in advancing the state of the healthcare industry. Her resume includes a long list of health-related...

  • Water Tech Strikes Back Against Patent Infringement

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    Water Tech Corporation recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit in federal court against Kokido, a Chinese company, and Menards, a large home-improvement retailer based in the Midwestern U.S. Water Tech claims Kokido has been manufacturing a handheld pool vacuum using Water Tech technology, then selling the product back into the U.S. through several online and brick-and-mortar retailers, including Menards stores.

    According to the complaint, Water Tech manufactured and sold a...

  • A Spooky Time in Las Vegas

    by AQUA Editors October 2018

    The PSP Expo is just around the corner, and the very first day of the show happens to fall on Halloween. Interested in making your Vegas trip a little spookier? In the "spirit" of the holiday (pun intended), we developed a list of just some of the Halloween activities you can enjoy while in town. From big bashes to eerie museums (and a whole lot of zombies) there's something for everyone. See you in Vegas!

     


  • How to Manage a Challenging Hire

    by Erik Taylor October 2018

    Hiring and training new employees isn’t a black-and-white process — in fact, there’s quite a bit of gray area. That’s because there’s a lot of emotion and opinion involved, and everyone approaches it differently.

    For example: What do you consider satisfactory job performance? How much time do you think is required to properly train an employee? How long should it take before a new hire “gets it”?

    And what would you consider to be poor performance and/or unsatisfactory...

  • Covers Go Custom

    by Eric Herman October 2018

    The advantages of automatic pool covers are well documented. From safety to increased heating efficiency, ease of service, aesthetics and convenient operation, owners of both high-end and middleclass pools are opting for automatic covers in greater numbers.

    Complicating matters for auto cover manufacturers, however, is increasing customer interest in customized pools, pushing manufacturers to create covers than can cooperate with the myriad features that can be found in today's...