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Aqua-Tots Signs Franchise Agreement to Build Confident and Safe Swimmers in New Jersey

World’s largest swim school franchise executes area development agreement to open six facilities.

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Aqua-Tots Signs Franchise Agreement to Build Confident and Safe Swimmers in New Jersey

PHOENIX (Dec. 9, 2021) – Aqua-Tots Swim Schools is gearing up to bring high-quality swim lessons and life-saving skills to children in New Jersey!

The world’s largest swim school franchise signed an area development agreement with franchisees Howie and Pete Berman, as well as a franchise agreement with separate franchise owner group Stephanie and Ruddy Lopez to introduce its year-round, indoor swim instruction to families in New Jersey. New Jersey’s first Aqua-Tots facility opened in Clark on Nov. 18, with its second location projected to open in 2022.

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“We’ve been planning on bringing Aqua-Tots to New Jersey for quite some time and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Howie, Pete, Stephanie and Ruddy lead the way,” Wright said. “Their unique experience and skills are a tremendous addition to our team. We’re confident that both teams will do a great job at spreading Aqua-Tots’ mission far across the state to save lives one swim lesson at a time.”

Seasoned franchise owners Howie and Pete Berman plan to open five Aqua-Tots facilities in New Jersey. The brothers’ new facilities will serve families in northeast New Jersey such as Clark and surrounding communities.  

“We’re overwhelmed by all of the support we’ve received from the Aqua-Tots team,” Howie Berman said. “We’re excited to provide safety and security for New Jersey families with Aqua-Tots’ world-class swim lessons and look forward to meeting our swim school families soon.”

The Lopez’s join the Aqua-Tots family with a passion for entrepreneurship. The business partners and husband- and wife-duo bring multiple years of experience in financial operations and leading architectural projects to the team. They were drawn to spread Aqua-Tots’ mission ever since their daughter attended the school and plans to open their first location in southeast Jersey in summer 2022.

“We’re passionate about bringing Aqua-Tots to our nearby communities to provide job opportunities and new swim classes to local children,” Stephanie Lopez said. “As an Aqua-Tots parent, I stand by their mission to save lives by teaching children all over the world how to become safe and confident swimmers for life. We can’t wait to open our first school in the southeast Jersey area and bring safe water adventures to the community soon.”

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The Aqua-Tots swim journey is comprised of eight levels of comprehensive curriculum that is tried, true and trusted all over the world. Each level is designed to build upon the next, taking children on a journey toward becoming a safe and confident swimmer for life. Children can participate in small class sizes ranging from group to private lessons to help ensure a safe environment to learn to swim. For more information about Aqua-Tots, visit aqua-tots.com.

About Aqua-Tots Swim Schools
Aqua-Tots Swim Schools serves over 120 communities worldwide, offering dedicated, year-round, indoor swim instruction, community outreach and drowning prevention education to children of all abilities from four months to 12 years old. As the world’s largest swim school franchise that is continuing to grow with 90 locations in development, Aqua-Tots’ hand-selected instructors are passionate about teaching children how to remain safer in and around the water. The company uses tried and true curriculum, more than 30 years in the making and trusted worldwide to teach 4 million swim lessons annually. To learn more, visit aqua-tots.com or follow Aqua-Tots on Facebook and Instagram

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Marianne Trusty is a Press Correspondent for the pool & spa industry. A published author and social media influencer reaching over 20 million people around the world each day. Contact Marianne about publishing op-editorials, breaking pool news and press releases at mtrusty@poolmagazine.com.

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AquaStar Pool Products Hires New West Coast Regional Sales Manager

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New hire brings over 2 decades of industry experience to the team

Ventura, CA— May 23, 2022 — AquaStar Pool Products, Inc. announces the hiring of Daniel Nicholas as its new West Coast Regional Sales Manager. Daniel is a long-time industry veteran with over 20 years of experience in sales and territory management. Based out of the San Diego area, Daniel will work alongside Devin Cahn Associates (DCA) to support the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, and Washington. Daniel will report to Mandy Snow, AquaStar’s National Sales Manager. 

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“With the ongoing expansion of AquaStar’s product offerings and incredible sales growth, we needed a strong West Coast leader,” says AquaStar President Olaf Mjelde. “Daniel’s reputation precedes him, and we are confident he will be an incredible member of the AquaStar team for years to come.”

Daniel Nicholas, new West Coast Regional Sales Manager

Daniel’s industry journey began at age 15 at a local pool supply store, followed by a few years at a major distributor in Southern CA. He then transitioned to a sales and design consultant role with Landmark Pools, where he worked for over 7 years. Next, Daniel moved on to a Territory Sales Manager position with Raypak for about 9 years. More recently, for the past 5 years Daniel held a Territory Sales Manager position with Fluidra.

AquaStar Chief Operating Officer Todd Pieri adds “I have watched Daniel’s leadership in the Southern California market with admiration for many years. I’ve always wanted the opportunity to work together, and the timing was right for him to join our fast-moving, fast-growing team.” Daniel’s position is effective immediately, and he can be reached via email at daniel@aquastarpoolproducts.com.   

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About AquaStar Pool Products

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Based out of Ventura, CA and founded in 2003, AquaStar Pool Products is a global leader of safety, compliance, dependability, and innovation in pool and spa technology.  AquaStar’s high-performance and quality products are proudly designed and manufactured in the USA.

For additional information, contact:

Jamie Novak, Director of Branding & Communications

Email:  jamie@aquastarpoolproducts.com 

Phone: (443) 823-2770

Web:    www.aquastarpoolproducts.com

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Pentair Earns 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

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Pentair Energy Star Partner of the year

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Pentair (NYSE: PNR), a leading provider of water treatment and sustainable solutions, is proud to announce it received the 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy. Pentair was the first pool equipment manufacturer to have an ENERGY STAR certified pool pump and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year since 2013.

“Pentair is built on delivering smart, sustainable, energy- and resource-efficient products and solutions,” said De’Mon Wiggins, Group President, Pentair Pool. “We are proud of our continued collaboration with the EPA and honored to be recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year once again. Our efforts, paired with ENERGY STAR’s goals and leadership, are changing the pool industry.”

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Since 2005, Pentair’s ENERGY STAR pool pumps have been responsible for a cumulative 32.6 billion kWh of energy savings, the reduction of 15.4 million tons of CO2 emissions and $3.6 billion in operative cost savings for U.S. consumers.*

In addition to its ENERGY STAR-rated pool pumps, Pentair offers smart, sustainable solutions to help pool owners conserve energy and make thoughtful environmental choices. Through pool solutions like automated controls, heaters and lighting products, Pentair strives to design products that facilitate environmental sustainability. Homeowners can learn more about Pentair’s energy-efficient offerings, its rebate program for select ENERGY STAR certified models, and find helpful ENERGY STAR resources at pentair.com/energystar.

Each year, the ENERGY STAR program honors a group of businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy achievements. ENERGY STAR award winners lead their industries in the production, sale, and adoption of energy-efficient products, homes, buildings, services, and strategies. These efforts are essential to fighting the climate crisis and protecting public health.

Winners are selected from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR partners. For a complete list of 2022 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.

*Savings are based on a weighted average annual kWh savings from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) at $0.11 / kWh. Individual Weighted Energy Factor (WEF) scores and savings may vary by model. For more information regarding the energy efficiency features of current Pentair pool pump offerings, including WEF scores, please visit pentair.com/energystar.

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ABOUT PENTAIR PLC

At Pentair, we inspire people to move, improve and enjoy life’s essential resources for happier, healthier lives. From our residential and business water solutions, to our sustainable innovations and applications, we deliver smart, sustainable solutions for life.

Pentair had revenue in 2021 of approximately $3.8 billion, and trades under the ticker symbol PNR. With approximately 11,250 global employees serving customers in more than 150 countries, we work to help improve lives and the environment around the world. To learn more, visit Pentair.com.

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR® is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency, providing simple, credible, and unbiased information that consumers and businesses rely on to make well-informed decisions. Thousands of industrial, commercial, utility, state, and local organizations—including more than 40 percent of the Fortune 500®—rely on their partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency solutions. Since 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners helped American families and businesses avoid more than $500 billion in energy costs and achieve more than 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions. More background information about ENERGY STAR’s impacts can be found at www.energystar.gov/impacts and state-level information can be found at www.energystar.gov/statefacts.

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Pinch A Penny Named Presenting Sponsor of Special Olympics Texas Summer Games

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CLEARWATER, FL (May 12, 2022) – Pinch A Penny, the nation’s largest swimming pool retail and backyard services franchise, is honored to be named the presenting sponsor for the Special Olympics Texas 2022 Summer Games, which will take place May 12-15 at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas.

This is the fourth year Pinch A Penny’s charitable giving program, Be the Splash, is sponsoring Special Olympics Texas’ (SOTX) largest annual competition, which features soccer, tennis, cycling, track and field, and FUNdamental Sports. Pinch A Penny prides itself on supporting nonprofit organizations whose mission is to promote competitive swimming and fitness programs centered around or in the pool, as well as national programming or services addressing swim safety. Local Pinch A Penny franchisees, Phillip and Valerie Ott, will be volunteering their services at SOTX for their second year in a row.

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Phillip and Valerie Ott - Pinch a Penny Franchisees
Phillip and Valerie Ott – Pinch a Penny Franchisees

Pinch A Penny is America’s largest swimming pool retailer with over 270 locally owned and operated stores providing customers with a complete line of best-in-class pool chemicals, equipment, repair parts, and accessories. In addition to pool supply retail, Pinch A Penny offers ongoing maintenance and repair services including water testing and pool service, as well as pool renovations, pressure washing, landscape lighting and more.

“Our goal is to join forces with great nonprofit organizations like Special Olympics Texas to place an emphasis on promoting healthy living in and around the pool,” said Kendall Large, Vice President of Marketing for Pinch A Penny. “As an organization, we are amazed by the dedication and athleticism of these athletes, and are proud to support each and every one of them in their pursuit of a gold medal,” Kendall added.

Pinch A Penny continues to prioritize its 21-year-relationship with the Special Olympics, a valuable partnership that began in Florida and expanded to Texas in 2019. Since then, Pinch A Penny has garnered the title of Special Olympics aquatic sponsor, Fall Classic Games presenting sponsor, and Summer Games presenting sponsor.

“Giving back to the community is one of our top priorities as a local Pinch A Penny store owner,” said Valerie Ott, owner of the Vineyard Pinch A Penny franchise in San Antonio. “We are passionate San Antonio residents who want to make a difference in any way we can. We look forward to volunteering and rooting for the athletes – it’s truly become an exciting tradition for us.”

Pinch A Penny strongly believes in inclusion, especially with swimming and fitness activities. The organization hopes to further uphold that stance by supporting athletes and their experience at the Texas Special Olympics Summer Games.

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About Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa

Founded in 1975, Pinch A Penny Pool Patio Spa continues to expand beyond its 270 locations across the Southeastern U.S. and Texas. Priding itself on its superior customer service and expertise, the brand has been featured in various top industry rankings including the Entrepreneur Franchise 500, Franchise Business Review Top 200, Franchise Gator Top 100, and Franchise Times Top 200+, as well as Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchises for Women and Top Franchises for Veterans. Additionally, Pinch A Penny was selected as the silver winner for Franchise Update’s prestigious STAR Award for Franchisee Satisfaction.

While economic downturns have handicapped businesses across the country over time, Pinch A Penny has exhibited growth for more than 45 years. In fact, Pinch A Penny’s positive financial performance during the pandemic earned the company a spot as one of the Top 50 Recession-Proof Franchises by Franchise Business Review. For more information about Pinch A Penny, please visit https://pinchapenny.com/. To learn more about becoming a local Pinch A Penny franchise owner in your community, visit PinchAPennyPoolFranchise.com.

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