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PHTA Reveals The 2022 International Awards Of Excellence Winners

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2022 PHTA Awards of Excellence

(Alexandria, Va.) – The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is proud to announce this year’s winners of the PHTA Awards of Excellence. PHTA’s International Awards of Excellence program is one of the largest, most well-renowned design competitions in the pool and hot tub industry. These distinguished awards recognize exceptional installations of pools, spas, hot tubs, and water features that showcase the most beautiful, creative, and innovative work in the industry. Each year, hundreds of entries are submitted by builders across the U.S. and the world.

The PHTA Awards of Excellence competition is open to PHTA members who are pool, spa, or hot tub builders as well as installers, designers, retailers, or service companies that receive payment for the submitted project. The judging panel is comprised of industry professionals.

See below for the list of 2022 PHTA International Award of Excellence Winners:

GOLD                                                                                         Category

Atkinson Pools, Charleston, SC                                         Recreation/Leisure Pools

Cascade Custom Pools, Austin, TX                                  Technical/Engineering Achievement

Cascade Custom Pools, Austin, TX                                  Swim Spas

Cascade Custom Pools, Austin, TX                                  Pool Renovations

Aqua Blue Mosaics Aqua Blue Mosaics Aqua Blu Mosaics Pool Tile Mosaics Tile Grout Hardscapes & Pavers Outdoor Living Accessories

Claffey Pools, Southlake, TX                                              Traditional

Claffey Pools, Southlake, TX                                              Commercial Water Features

Dal Pino Quality Pools, Inc, Auburn, CA                          Freeform

Goodall Pools & Spas, Camp Hill, PA                                Fiberglass Pools

J&M Pool Company, Senoia, GA                                        Vinyl-Lined Pools

J.Brownlee Design / Watermark Pools, Franklin, TN   Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Keith Zars Pools, San Antonio, TX                                     Traditional

Morris Pools LLC, Mesa, AZ                                                 Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Ozzie Kraft Enterprises Inc, Las Vegas, NV                    Geometric

Ozzie Kraft Enterprises Inc, Las Vegas, NV                    Pools with Automatic Covers

Radelli Design | Build, Oak Point, TX                                 Geometric

Regal Pool and Design, LLC, Spring, TX                           Elevated Pool and/or Spa Structure

Ryan Hughes Design Build, Tampa, FL                            Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Ryan Hughes Design Build, Tampa, FL                            Screened Enclosed Pools

Ryan Hughes Design Build, Tampa, F                              Traditional

Shasta Pools / Creative Environments, Phoenix, AZ  Geometric

Shehan Pools, Florence, KY                                                 Spas Built in Conjunction with Swimming Pools

Texas Pools Inc, The Woodlands, TX                                Freeform

The Green Scene Landscaping and Pools, Chatsworth, CA              Residential Water Features

Venture Custom Pools, Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX                Geometric

SILVER                                                                                       CATEGORY

Backyard Oasis, Inc, Tomball, TX                                      Geometric

Claffey Pools, Southlake, TX                                              Geometric

Claffey Pools, Southlake, TX                                              Pool Renovations

Claffey Pools, Southlake, TX                                              Traditional

Claffey Pools, Southlake, TX                                              Traditional

Concord Pools & Spas, Latham, NY                                  Vinyl-Lined Pools

Cosgrove Custom Pools, Loomis, CA                              Pools with a Vanishing Edge

DIFFAZUR PISCINES, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France   Pools with Automatic Covers

DIFFAZUR PISCINES, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France              Recreation/Leisure Pools

DIFFAZUR PISCINES, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France   Traditional

DIFFAZUR PISCINES, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France              Technical/Engineering Achievement

DIFFAZUR PISCINES, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France   Residential Water Features

Ike’s Carter Pools, Oakland Park, FL                                 Freeform

Ozzie Kraft Enterprises Inc, Las Vegas, NV                    Elevated Pool and/or Spa Structure

Russell Pool Company, Baton Rouge, LA                        Geometric

Ryan Hughes Design Build, Tampa, FL                            Geometric

Ryan Hughes Design Build, Tampa, FL                            Screened Enclosed Pools

Southernwind Pools, McKinney, TX                                 Geometric

Superior Pools of Southwest Florida, Inc,                      Spas Built in Conjunction with Swimming Pools

Fort Myers/Port Charlotte, FL

Texas Pools Inc, The Woodlands, TX                                Traditional

BRONZE                                                                                    CATEGORY

California Pools of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV                Geometric

DIFFAZUR PISCINES, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France   Geometric

Alpine Pools Cranberry Twp, Cranberry Twp, PA         Vinyl-Lined Pools

Cascade Custom Pools, Austin, TX                                  Elevated Pool and/or Spa Structure

Claffey Pools, Southlake, TX                                              Traditional

Claffey Pools, Southlake, TX                                              Pool Renovations

Cody Pools, Inc, San Antonio, TX                                      Traditional

DIFFAZUR PISCINES, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France              Recreation/Leisure Pools

DIFFAZUR PISCINES, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France              Technical/Engineering Achievement

DIFFAZUR PISCINES, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France   Spas Built in Conjunction with Swimming Pools

Elite Luxury Pool & Landscaping, Omaha, NE               Pools with Automatic Covers

Elite Luxury Pool & Landscaping, Omaha, NE               Freeform

J&M Pool Company, Senoia, GA                                        Geometric

J.Brownlee Design / Watermark Pools, Destin, FL       Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Leisure Living Pools, Frisco, TX                                          Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Shehan Pools, Florence, KY                                                 Freeform

Superior Pools of Southwest Florida, Inc,                      Screened Enclosed Pools

              Fort Meyers/Port Charlotte, FL

Tipton Spires Design | Build, Houston, TX                      Geometric

MERIT                                                                                        CATEGORY

A Oasis Pools and Outdoor Living, Midlothian, TX      Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Acuarium Piscinas & Spas, San Jose, Costa Rica         Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Acuarium Piscinas & Spas, San Jose, Costa Rica         Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Almar Jackson Pools, Jupiter, FL                                       Freeform

Artisan Pools NC, Kitty Hawk, NC                                     Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Atkinson Pools, Charleston, SC                                         Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Backyard Oasis, Inc, Tomball, TX                                      Geometric

Burton Pools & Spas, Fort Smith, AR                               Vinyl-Lined Pools

Cajun Pools & Spas, Breaux Bridge, LA                            Pools with a Vanishing Edge

California Pools of Austin, Austin, TX                              Geometric

Cascade Custom Pools, Austin, TX                                  Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Claffey Pools, Southlake, TX                                               Geometric

Claffey Pools, Southlake, TX                                              Freeform

Cody Pools, Inc, San Antonio, TX                                      Geometric

Dal Pino Quality Pools, Inc, Auburn, CA                          Geometric

DIFFAZUR PISCINES, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France   Geometric

DIFFAZUR PISCINES, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France   Elevated Pool and/or Spa Structure

DIFFAZUR PISCINES, Saint-Laurent-du-Var, France              Recreation/Leisure Pools

Easton Pool & Spa, Inc, Easton, MA                                  Pools with Automatic Covers

Elite Luxury Pool & Landscaping, Omaha, NE               Geometric

Flowing Wells Landscape & Pools, Chandler, AZ          Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Green O’Aces Pools & Landscape, Las Vegas, NV        Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Harold Leidner Company, Dallas, TX                               Geometric

Heritage Pools, LLC, North Charleston, SC                    Geometric

Ike’s Carter Pools, Oakland Park, FL                                 Pools with a Vanishing Edge

J.Brownlee Design / Watermark Pools, Franklin, TN   Pools with a Vanishing Edge

LIQUID EVOLUTION POOLS, Scottsdale, AZ                  Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Melo’s Pools and Outdoors, Palm Desert, CA               Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Ozzie Kraft Enterprises Inc, Las Vegas, NV                    Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Ozzie Kraft Enterprises Inc, Las Vegas, NV                    Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Riverbend Sandler Pools, Plano, TX                                  Geometric

Riverbend Sandler Pools, Plano, TX                                  Geometric

Riverbend Sandler Pools, Plano, TX                                  Geometric

Riverbend Sandler Pools, Plano, TX                                  Geometric

Riverbend Sandler Pools, Plano, TX                                  Traditional

Riverbend Sandler Pools, Plano, TX                                  Traditional

Rumo’s Pool and Spa, LLC, Sandy Springs, GA             Traditional

Russell Pool Company, Baton Rouge, LA                        Geometric

Ryan Hughes Design Build, Tampa, FL                            Geometric

Ryan Hughes Design Build, Tampa, FL                            Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Shasta Pools, Phoenix, AZ                                                   Pool Renovations

Silver Fox Contracting LLC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates       Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Southernwind Pools, McKinney, TX                                 Geometric

Southernwind Pools, McKinney, TX                                 Geometric

St. John Pools, Pearland, TX                                               Geometric

Stainless Aquatics, A Division of                                       Elevated Pool and/or Spa Structure

Island Construction Corporation, Del Mar, CA

Superior Pools of Southwest Florida, Inc,                      Screened Enclosed Pools

              Fort Myers/Port Charlotte, FL

Texas Pools Inc, The Woodlands, TX                                Geometric

Texas Pools Inc, The Woodlands, TX                                Geometric

The Green Scene Landscaping and Pools, Chatsworth, CA              Geometric

The Green Scene Landscaping and Pools, Chatsworth, CA    Pools with a Vanishing Edge

Tipton Spires Design | Build, Houston, TX                      Freeform

Tipton Spires Design | Build, Houston, TX                      Freeform

“We were absolutely blown away by this year’s Awards of Excellence submissions,” says Sabeena Hickman, CAE, President and CEO of PHTA. “It was tempting to give an award to every entry, but the judging panel did a phenomenal job narrowing down the finalists. This year’s winners are truly the best of the best. We are proud of all of our 2022 winners!”

The winning entries are featured in the October issue of AQUA Magazine and the winning companies will be honored during the Awards of Excellence Reception on November 14 at PSP/Deck Expo in Las Vegas.

A video featuring photos of all the Awards of Excellence winning entries can be found on the PHTA Awards of Excellence webpage.

For more information, please contact Amy Willer, PHTA’s Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, at [email protected] or 703-838-0083, ext. 121.

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About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance
The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with over 3,600 members from around the world, was established in 1956 to support, promote, and protect the common interests of the $36.5B pool, hot tub, and spa industry. PHTA provides education, advocacy, standards development, research, and market growth to increase our members’ professionalism, knowledge, and profitability. Additionally, PHTA facilitates the expansion of swimming, water safety, and related research and outreach activities aimed at introducing more people to swimming, making swimming environments safer, and keeping pools open to serve communities. For more information, visit www.phta.org.

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KIK Consumer Products Celebrates Grand Reopening of BioLab Lake Charles Facility

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New state-of-the-art $250M trichlor facility reopens with significantly increased production flexibility and enhanced safety features, in readiness for 2023 pool season

LAKE CHARLES, La., November 2, 2022 –KIK Consumer Products (“KIK” or the “Company”), a global leader in pool, household cleaning, and automotive products, today marked the successful rebuilding of its subsidiary BioLab’s state-of-the-art trichlor production facility located in Westlake, Louisiana, outside of Lake Charles, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Senator Bill Cassidy, Congressman Clay Higgins, and Don Pierson, Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development joined BioLab employees, retail partners, construction and other local partners including the Lake Charles Metal Trades Council, as well as other members of the community in the celebration of the event.

“Today marks a new beginning for BioLab and is the culmination of over 26 months of planning, engineering, construction, and commissioning,” said Jeff Schmitt, COO of KIK Consumer Products. “Our plant stands here today as a demonstration of the resiliency of our workforce and the people of Louisiana who have made this project possible. With the support of the people, businesses, and institutions across Lake Charles, including the Louisiana State Police and local fire department and law enforcement, we have delivered on our promise of rebuilding and reinvesting in the future of not only this facility – but the future of this community.”

Following the unprecedented impact of Hurricane Laura in 2020, the Company invested over $250 million in rebuilding and reopening its damaged facility. The new facility will employ nearly 80 high-paying, local union jobs and reflects BioLab’s commitment to building on its deep-rooted legacy in Louisiana, where it has operated for decades. Importantly, the facility is reconstructed with improved production flexibility, which will enable BioLab to more effectively meet the demand for pool cleaning products. The facility will also operate with numerous enhanced safety features, including improved structural ratings, an elevated control room and ride out shelter, and improved fire detection and extinguishing systems.

“We are delighted to reopen our BioLab facility in time to support the 2023 pool season and to meet our promise to the Lake Charles community to rebuild,” said Michael Sload, CEO of KIK Consumer Products. “Our thanks go to our valued stakeholders who have made this milestone possible – from our dedicated employees, to our trusted retail partners, to the entire community at large. We look forward to furthering our more than 40-year history in Lake Charles for years to come, bringing products to millions of American families that help keep their spas and swimming pools safe and clean.”

Don Brunette, BioLab’s Plant Manager, echoed this sentiment: “Our BioLab employees are excited to get back to work and honored to celebrate this moment together with all our stakeholders. We are pleased to be welcoming our team back to our newly rebuilt facility, which is one of the most advanced trichlor production facilities in the world and even stronger and safer than before.”

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About KIK Consumer Products

Since 1993, KIK has successfully grown from a single-plant operator in store-branded (private label) bleach to the leading North American independent marketer and manufacturer in household cleaning products and a global leader in pool and spa treatment and automotive products, with brands including BioGuard®, Clorox® Pool&Spa™ (under license), Prestone™, Spic and Span™, and Comet™. In entering these segments, KIK capitalized on an opportunity to leverage its core manufacturing and marketing competencies to drive scale in fragmented industries. KIK has transformed its businesses through a combination of organic growth initiatives and strategic add-on acquisitions and has continued to experience strong growth in all categories. For more information, visit www.kikcorp.com.

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Coverings 2023 Announces Event Registration, Preferred Hotel Options and Annual Award Programs

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Nov. 2, 2022 – ARLINGTON, Va. – Coverings (www.coverings.com), North America’s premier ceramic tile and natural stone event, announced this week the official commencement for event registration, special-rate hotel reservations and award program submissions for Coverings 2023, scheduled to take place April 18-21, 2023, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Professionals from all segments of the tile and stone industry can now easily register to attend Coverings 2023 at Coverings.com. Registering prior to the end of 2022 to attend the international tradeshow and exposition will provide access to event and program notifications, special promotions and product sneak peeks.

“From the enthusiastic feedback we have already received from tile and stone professionals around the globe, Coverings 2023 is expected to be one of the most energetic and well attended shows in many years,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies, the event management company for Coverings. “Attendees will be able to make valuable industry connections through productive networking; gain cutting-edge knowledge and insights; experience hands-on installations; and peruse the newest, most innovative and trend-setting products the worldwide tile and stone industry has to offer.”

Hoff and her event team are also planning a creative and diverse lineup of live demonstrations, panel discussions, active podcasts, engaging activations, and one-on-one experiences from which eventgoers can benefit and interact with peers and new contacts. The four show tenets back by popular demand – “Health & Wellness,” “Sustainability,” “Outdoor Spaces,” and “Timeless Luxury” – will be highlighted in the Coverings Lounge and throughout the learning opportunities and exhibits.

Coverings 2023 Official Hotels

Coverings 2023 official hotels are accepting reservations through the event’s exclusive hotel provider, onPeak. Attendees and exhibitors of Coverings 2023 can secure rooms at discounted rates from a curated selection of Orlando hotels. The list of participating hotels offers convenient and affordable options, which can be booked with no risks, restrictions or deposits. Room reservations can be canceled with no penalties three-to-seven days prior to arrival.

Individuals and business groups are encouraged to reserve hotel rooms only through onPeak, avoid other third-party companies offering hotel assistance, and check individual hotels for their specific cancellation policies. Rooms can be booked through onPeak via the Coverings website at Coverings.com/hotel.

The opening of Coverings 2023 event registration and hotel bookings also includes the official call for submissions and nominations for the 2023 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards and the 2023 Rock Star Awards programs. The submission deadline for both popular award programs is December 16, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards

The CID Awards will celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of ceramic tile and stone in residential, commercial and institutional projects. Architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers, and other industry professionals may submit their projects through the CID project submittal portal by the December 16, 2022, deadline.

Projects will be judged and awarded based upon eight categorical designations: Residential Ceramic Tile Installation, Residential Ceramic Tile Design, Residential Stone Installation, Residential Stone Design, Commercial Ceramic Tile Installation, Commercial Ceramic Tile Design, Commercial Stone Installation, and Commercial Stone Design. Multiple national and international projects may be submitted free of charge via separate forms, and all projects must have been completed between January 2021 and December 2022 for review eligibility.

CID Award winners will be chosen by a vetted panel of judges, using a blind format based on “Excellence in Execution,” “Inspiring + Original Use” and “Overall Purpose.” Winning projects will be celebrated onsite at Coverings 2023; in various publications; and on Coverings’ website, blog and social media channels. Winners will also receive a complimentary one-night stay or an equivalent gift card at Coverings 2023 and recognition at the CID Awards Reception during the show.

Coverings Rock Star Awards

The Coverings Rock Star Awards, the popular and annual “Emerging Leaders Program,” will recognize the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone industry from the past year. Rock Stars are nominated by industry leaders, and the program underscores Coverings’ ongoing mission to support the growth and success of the industry by recognizing top-notch talent and fostering networking and educational opportunities. Nominations may be submitted through the Coverings Rock Stars nomination portal by the December 16, 2022, deadline.

Eligible nominees must be 35 years of age or younger and employed within one of the following professions to qualify: Architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, trade association, or manufacturer.

A committee of industry leaders will assess each nominee’s experience levels; professional certifications or affiliations; previous awards or accolades; prior speaking engagements at industry events; quantity of published works; impact in the tile and stone industry; and traits that set them apart as emerging leaders in the industry.

Winners of the Coverings 2023 Rock Star Awards will be honored onsite at Coverings 2023; included in a Coverings 2023 press release distributed to dozens of industry and consumer media outlets; and recognized on Coverings’ website, blog and social media channels throughout the year following the event.

Learn more about Coverings 2023 and register to attend at no cost at Coverings.com.

Prospective exhibitors may gather information about the benefits of exhibiting and request booths through the Coverings 2023 Exhibitor webpages.

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Coverings’ Social Media:

Facebook: facebook.com/CoveringsShow

Twitter: @Coverings, #Coverings2023

Instagram: instagram.com/CoveringsShow

Vimeo: Watch Coverings videos

LinkedIn: Coverings LinkedIn showcase page

Blog: coverings.com/blog

About Coverings: Coverings is the largest and preeminent ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and exposition in the United States and North America. It features exhibitors from more than 30 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition and conference, with more than 30 years of successful history, serve as a valuable and complimentary continuing education resource for all segments of the industry, with dozens of educational opportunities throughout the show. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders, real estate developers, as well as journalists, reporters and bloggers who cover the vital tile and stone industry.

Key sponsors of the show are Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association of Spain (ASCER)/Tile of Spain, Tile Council of North America (TCNA), National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), and Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA).

The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.

For more information about attending, sponsoring or exhibiting at Coverings 2023, contact Taffy Event Strategies at 571-313-5801 or [email protected].

For press registration, photos, content, and interviews, contact Eberly & Collard Public Relations at 404-574-2900 or the email addresses at the top of this release.

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Heritage Pool Supply Group Announces 7 New Greenfield Locations

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McKinney, TX – November 1, 2022 – Heritage Pool Supply Group, Inc. (“Heritage”) announced today that it opened 7 greenfield locations in the 2022 fiscal year, enhancing its growing national network of independent distributors. The 7 locations are:

  • Chandler, Arizona – Pool & Electrical Products
  • Modesto, California – Pool & Electrical Products
  • Rancho Cordova, California – Pool & Electrical Products
  • Lee’s Summit, Missouri – Aqua-Gon
  • Lakewood, New Jersey – Bel-Aqua Pool Supply
  • Katy, Texas – Texas Pool Supply
  • Frisco, Texas – Texas Pool Supply

The opening of new locations in high-growth markets reflects the Company’s continued focus on expanding its national footprint and mission to be the preferred supplier to its customers. The locations include additional presence in existing markets as well as entry into new geographies that allow Heritage to enhance service to more customers. Greenfields play an integral role in the Company’s path to building the strongest national network of independent distributor brands in the industry.

Matt McDermott, President of Heritage, commented, “We are pleased to cap off a foundational year of growth across the pool industry. Heritage continues to assemble a world-class team at all levels that is ready to provide the best customer service in the industry. Our greenfield expansion pipeline remains full and this is only the beginning. We continue to work diligently to support the growth of our customer and supplier partners across our markets.”

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About Heritage Pool Supply Group

Heritage Pool Supply Group’s vision is to grow by forming a network of the best independent distributors to provide exceptional customer service while increasing our value as a trusted growth partner to top manufacturers in the industry. Our mission is to help our family of companies achieve new heights and provide opportunities for all employees to grow, thrive, and advance with the company for decades to come. Heritage currently operates under a family of 17 local brands encompassing more than 100 locations across 26 states. Heritage Pool Supply Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of SRS Distribution Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing privately held wholesale distributors in the United States.

Source: https://www.heritagepoolsupplygroup.com/

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