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2014 PSP Expo

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. Exhibits: Nov. 5-7 Conference: Nov. 2-7

Between ever-warm temperatures, theme parks and attractions, Florida has a lot going for it as a family-friendly destination. Another big piece of the (key lime) pie: swimming. According to P.K. Data, Florida ranks second in the country when it comes to pools, both in total count and new installs. For hot tubs and commercial pools, Florida also comes in second in total units across the country.

All of the above explains why, for the first time in seven years, the PSP Expo is heading to Florida. But it’s not only the shift in locale that has people buzzing — this year’s show features the co-location of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers’ International Landscape Design Conference. As more designers begin to think outside the pool and create entire backyard masterpieces, the co-location will offer attendees of both events the opportunity to cross-pollinate and expand their skill set.

“This strategic partnership brings a great opportunity to both groups of show attendees,” says Tracy Garcia, CEM, director of the PSP Expo. “APLD brings a valuable perspective to the industry.”

The APLD show will feature a 1,000-square-foot landscape pavilion and offer a keynote presentation from Ray Jungles, a landscape architect whose private garden and resort hotel landscape designs have been honored with more than 35 design awards.

Also new to the Expo this year is Houzz, the interior/exterior design website that’s taking the industry by storm. At their 2,000 square foot exhibit, attendees can get one-on-one training and professional help setting up their online Houzz profiles.

As always, the Expo offers an impressive gamut of education about the latest design trends, marketing tactics, management strategies and more. For those who aspire to design magazine-worthy waterscapes, Genesis 3 will also be on hand with its own Design-Build-Landscape Pavilion and educational sessions. Not to mention the more than 1,400 exhibition booths, providing an endless undulating aisle of exploration.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the PSP Expo if there wasn’t some fun involved. The annual Welcome Party is scheduled for Nov. 5 at B.B. King’s Blues Club. Expect to groove on some great music, meet some new people and enjoy a few Southern-inspired appetizers. “With new key partnerships, our APLD co-location event and the incredible wave of exhibitors and products being presented at the 2014 PSP Expo, it is going to be a stellar event for the industry,” Garcia says.

Be sure to pack your swimsuit and sunglasses — we’ll see you on the show floor.

Sunday, Nov. 2

8:00 a.m.

  • G301 – APSP Certified Service Technician Course
  • PSCC – Genesis 3 CONSTRUCTION 201: Basic Pool Construction (Day 1 of 2)
  • PSCC – Genesis 3 DESIGN 101: Introduction to Perspective Drawing
  • APSP Pool & Spa Construction Course

5:00 p.m.

  • NSPF Certified Pool-Spa Operator (CPO), Basic Course — 2.5 day course

Monday, Nov. 3

7:30 a.m.

  • NSPF Certified Pool-Spa Operator (CPO), Basic Course — 2.5 day course

8:00 a.m.

  • APSP Certified Hot Tub Technician Course
  • APSP Certified Service Technician Course
  • Genesis 3 CONSTRUCTION 201: Basic Pool Construction (Day 2 of 2)
  • Genesis 3 DESIGN 204: Pool Studio (Day 1)
  • Genesis 3 CONSTRUCTION 251: Commercial Pools & Waterparks (Day 1)
  • Genesis 3 ENGINEERING 211: Basic Fluid Engineering (Day 1)
  • APSP Pool & Spa Construction Course
  • APSP Train the Trainer

Tuesday, Nov. 4

7:30 a.m.

  • NSPF Certified Pool-Spa operator (CPO), Basic Course — 2.5 day course

8:00 a.m.

  • APSP Certified Hot Tub Technician Course (CHTT)
  • APSP Certified Service Technician Course
  • Genesis 3- CONSTRUCTION 201: Basic Pool Construction — Day 3
  • Genesis 3- DESIGN 204: Pool Studio — Day 2
  • Genesis 3: CONSTRUCTION 251: Commercial Pools & Waterparks — Day 2
  • Genesis 3- ENGINEERING 211: Basic Fluid Engineering — Day 2
  • APSP Pool & Spa Construction Course

9:00 a.m.

  • APSP Volunteer Leadership Forum

Wednesday, Nov. 5

Exhibits open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

  • DESIGN 461: Waterfalls for Swimming Pools and Landscapes
  • CONSTRUCTION 405: Translucent Glass Tile Installation
  • ENGINEERING 201: State-of-the-Art Spa Details
  • 25 Tips to Improve Your Retail Store
  • Blame it on the Pool Tech
  • Develop, Form and Build Leadership for your Pool Business
  • How to Hire Winners Not Whiners
  • Innovative Sanitizing Technologies

10:30 a.m.

  • G3 Lifestyle Program — CONSTRUCTION 171: Project Profiles — An Interactive Discussion on Design and Construction. Booth #310
  • Houzz — Three Tips to Maximize Your Exposure on Houzz. Booth #3808

11:00 a.m.

  • Hayward School of Business — Hire Education 101: The Keys to Acing the Final. Booth #4507
  • U.S. Residential Pool Markets Report

11:30 a.m.

  • Houzz — Landscaping Trends in 2014, Booth #3808
  • Examining Pump Room Efficiency, Booth #4635

12:00 p.m.

  • G3 Lifestyle Program — CONSTRUCTION 323: Outdoor Kitchen Construction, Booth #310

1:30 p.m.

  • Hayward School of Business — Three Killer Marketing Secrets for Pool Builders. Booth #4507
  • Houzz: What Your Clients Want: Insights from Largest-Ever Consumer Study of Home Renovation and Landscaping

2:00 p.m.

  • Houzz: Three Tips to Maximize Your Exposure on Houzz, Booth #3808
  • ASA Shotcrete Nozzleman Education
  • Water Chemistry for Commercial Pools — The Science and the Regulations, Booth #4635
  • Exams: APSP Certified Building Professional (CBP), Certified Service Professional (CSP), Certified Service Technician (CST) and Certified Hot Tub Technician Course (CHTT)

2:30 p.m.

  • G3 Lifestyle Program — BUSINESS 111: Wine Tasting, Booth #310

3:00 p.m.

  • Hayward School of Business — Building Morale in a Tough Environment: Basics of “Mullet” Management, Booth #4507
  • Houzz: Landscaping Trends in 2014, Booth #3808

3:30 p.m.

  • Making Best Use of your Retail Space
  • How to Become a Magnetic Manager: The Boss No One Ever Wants to Leave
  • Mobile Technology for Service Techs: Improve efficiency, response time and communication
  • Sustainability: A Path to Succession
  • Water Features

5:30 p.m.

  • Welcome Party at B.B. King’s Blues Club

Thursday, Nov. 6

Exhibits open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

  • How to Maximize Your Profits Using Manufacturers’ Agents
  • ASA Shotcrete Nozzleman Education
  • National Plasterers Start-Up Certification
  • CONSTRUCTION 111: Genesis 3 Position Statements
  • Uncover the Real Secrets of: What Women Want from your Outdoor Living store!
  • Ignite Your Sales with Fire Features
  • 15 Things Successful Companies have in Common
  • Variable Speed Pool Pumps: Make them make your job easier
  • Store Layout & Merchandising — Turn your store from Ordinary into EXTRAordinary!
  • 5 Keys to Sales and Success in 2015
  • CONSTRUCTION 309: Beauty of the Edge — Vanishing Edge, Grass Edge and Perimeter Overflow Pools — Part 2

9:45 a.m.

  • DESIGN 141: Landscape Lighting Design
  • ENGINEERING 306: Introduction to Indoor Pool Installations
  • COUNTER-INTUITIVE! Design & Build your own cast concrete countertops
  • Intermediate Water Chemistry
  • Secrets to Maximizing Retail Success on a Budget!
  • Cash Flow & Cash Flow Budgeting
  • Designing and Installing Portable Spas

10:30 a.m.

  • Houzz: Three Tips to Maximize Your Exposure on Houzz, Booth #3808

11:30 a.m.

  • G3 Lifestyle Program — DESIGN 341: Submerged Lighting, Booth #310
  • Houzz: Landscaping Trends in 2014, Booth #3808
  • Making Commercial Water Better: Enhanced Filtration for The Prevention of RWI’s in Commercial Pools, Booth #4635

1:30 p.m.

  • G3 Lifestyle Program — DESIGN 123: Trends in Outdoor Design, Booth #310
  • Hayward School of Business — Swimming Pool Sales Tips From a Marketing Guy, Booth #4507

2:00 p.m.

  • Houzz — Three Tips to Maximize Your Exposure on Houzz, Booth #3808
  • Science and Re-emergence of UV, Ozone and Advanced Oxidation for Commercial Aquatic Venues, Booth #4635

3:00 p.m.

  • CONSTRUCTION 171: Project Profiles — An Interactive Discussion on Design and Construction, Booth #310
  • Hayward School of Business — Labor Pricing for a Profit, Booth #4507
  • Houzz: Landscaping Trends in 2014, Booth #3808

3:30 p.m.

  • Leading Edge Swimming Pool Hydraulics (Drains not Required)
  • Closing the Sale: A Fresh Look
  • Pool Shell Structural Failures — Case Studies
  • What is the Consumer Thinking? How your business needs to evolve with the “New” consumer
  • WAVE Young Professionals Network: Valuation & Purchase Strategies of Pool and Hot Tub Businesses
  • Fire and Water: A Custom Builder’s Tips and Tricks
  • Dive into Solar Pool Heating

Friday, Nov. 7

Exhibits open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

8:00 a.m.

  • CONSTRUCTION 408: Construction Techniques for a Vanishing Edge Pool
  • DESIGN 423: Outdoor Living: How to Create Beautiful, Comfortable Outdoor Rooms
  • BUSINESS 261: Coaching to Win
  • 10 Common Website Mistakes and How to Fix Them All
  • Make Google Work for You
  • Common Mistakes we all make as Service Professionals: Interactive Discussion

10:30 a.m.

  • G3 Lifestyle Program — RETAIL 403: 3 P’s of Retailing to increase PROFIT! Booth #310
  • Houzz: Three Tips to Maximize Your Exposure on Houzz, Booth #3808
  • Understanding Emerging Pool Cleaning Technologies
  • Keynote: A Presentation of Raymond Jungles, Inc. Recent Work

11:30 a.m.

  • Houzz: Landscaping Trends in 2014, Booth #3808

12:00 p.m.

  • G3 Lifestyle Booth — BUSINESS 111: Book Signing