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PSP/Deck Expo Keynote Speakers Will Highlight the Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Benefits of Water

PSP/Deck Expo brings together builders, installers, service professionals, spa dealers, outdoor living retailers, and other industry professionals. The LIVE & IN-PERSON event takes place Nov. 13–18 in Dallas, Texas; registration available now.

Dallas, Texas (November 3, 2021) – Informa Markets, the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), and the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA), are pleased to host two keynote speakers for the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, co-located with Deck Expo (PSP/Deck Expo). Registration for the event is now live, and industry professionals are showing their enthusiasm to reunite in person.

PSP/Deck Expo takes place November 13–18, 2021, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas Texas. Pre-show education occurs November 13–15, with the main conference education and expo hall happening November 16–18. To kick off the event, a keynote address will feature two icons in the aquatics industry: Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols and Rowdy Gaines. The keynote is on Tuesday, November 16, at 9:00 a.m., and is included with all registration types.

Called a “Keeper of the Sea” by GQ Magazine, Dr. Nichols is an entrepreneurial scientist, renown marine biologist, wild water advocate, and bestselling author. His current focus is on what he refers to as Blue Mind, a powerful new universal story of water. This story accurately describes the physical, ecological, economic, cognitive, emotional, psychological, physical, and social benefits of healthy oceans and waterways. By connecting neuroscientists and psychologists with aquatic experts and artists to ask and answer exciting, new questions his work is transforming many sectors, including health and wellness, education and parenting, arts, architecture and design, real estate and urban planning, travel and leisure, and sports and recreation.

“The Earth is covered in more than 70% water,” said Nichols. “Our connection to it is intrinsic. We feel better – mentally and spiritually – when we’re around bodies of water. This industry knows even small watershapes, like pools and spas, offer incredible benefits. Humans are ‘heart-wired’ to love water – and the pros in the pool industry are helping their clients gain safe and healthy access to it.”

Nichols will speak first and then hand the microphone to Gaines, who is often referred to as “Swimming’s Greatest Ambassador.” He broke 11 world records leading up to 1980. After a brief hiatus, Gaines returned to the water and made the U.S. team for the Olympic Games in 1984. There, he won an individual gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle and anchored the gold-medal winning teams for the 400-meter freestyle relay and the 400-meter medley relay. Despite being inflicted with a life-threatening neurological disorder at the age of 31, Gaines made a comeback to his sport and was the oldest swimmer to qualify for the 1996 Olympic Trials. He decided not to compete, but instead became the swimming commentator for NBC. Gaines is a regular television commentator on NBC and NBC Sports for swimming and sporting events.

“This event will be a fantastic way to reunite the industry,” said Gaines. “From the Olympic-sized pools I’m familiar with, to a family backyard pool, swimming is a fantastic activity with tremendous health benefits, in addition to providing the opportunity to connect with others. Swim lessons, competitive meets, community pools – are all ways to connect – with water as a base.”

PSP/Deck Expo brings together builders, service techs, retailers and distributors. Thousands of members from the pool, spa, patio, decking and outdoor living community attend PSP/Deck Expo to engage with the latest products and services and to network. These interactions come in the form of new and existing connections, education sessions, demonstrations and more.

In addition to the keynote, a robust expo hall and more than 100 education opportunities during the week, event highlights include: 

  • NEW! Grill + Chill Area – This year’s expo will feature outdoor exhibits, with vendors specific to deck building, outdoor kitchens and grills, and patio furniture. Vendors are invited to grill and serve lunch.
  • NEW! Deck Education – In spring 2020, the Deck Expo moved to its new home, as a co-location with PSP Expo. Together, the two events create a broader selection of products and technology for outdoor living. This year, PSP/Deck Expo will feature deck-focused education in not only the pre-conference sessions but in the core conference and show floor education, too.
  • RETURNING IN 2021! BBQ Bash –We’ll fire up the grill, and attendees can kick up their feet and enjoy a chill area while networking with industry professionals. Once the expo hall closes on Wednesday, the BBQ Bash starts, outdoors, in the Grill + Chill Area. Attendees can enjoy refreshments, and devour the goodies being roasted, grilled, poached, and more.
  • Welcome Party – The Welcome Party is a networking event that kicks off the PSP/Deck Expo. Happening on Tuesday, November 16, it takes place at a local landmark – Gilley’s Dallas! Attendees and vendors can mingle with colleagues, and enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment.
  • Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge – Based on a fictitious scenario, designers create an ultimate outdoor oasis with a million-dollar budget.
  • Various Special Events from Event Partners – The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), the official Show Sponsor; GENESIS®, the official Show Endorser; and the North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA), the official Show Sponsor of Deck Expo will be holding special events during the week. Between these organizations, everything from a Young Professionals’ reception to an annual member meeting will take place.

The PSP/Deck Expo actively collaborates across the entire pool, spa, backyard, and decking industries to provide participants the most comprehensive array of networking, education, and technology available. The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is the official Show Sponsor, GENESIS® is the official Show Endorser, Pool and Spa News (PSN) is the official Show Publication, and the North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) is the Deck Expo Show Sponsor.

For more information, visit https://www.poolspapatio.com/en/home.html  

Interview Opportunities
Interviews can be arranged with one or both keynote speakers. To arrange, please contact Megan Magaña, Senior Marketing Manager for PSP/Deck Expo.
Megan Magaña | megan.magana@informa.com | (817) 637-8508


About the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo™, co-located with Deck Expo
The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo™, co-located with Deck Expo is where all segments of the industry (pool, spa, patio, decking, and outdoor living) gather to stay well-informed of the trends, market directions, and technology. The event offers industry professionals a large selection of educational sessions, an expo hall, and various networking opportunities. The event partners with The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) as the official Show Sponsor, GENESIS® as the official Show Endorser, Pool and Spa News (PSN) as the official Show Publication, and the North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA) as the official Show Sponsor of Deck Expo. The event is owned and produced by Informa Markets. www.poolspapatio.com

About Informa Markets
Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. We provide marketplace participants around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, targeted digital services and actionable data solutions. We connect buyers and sellers across more than a dozen global verticals, including Pharmaceuticals, Food, Medical Technology and Infrastructure. As the world’s leading market-making company, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year. For more information, please visit www.informamarkets.com

Informa AllSecure: Enhanced Health & Safety Standards Informa’s Events in a Post-COVID-19 World
Informa AllSecure is Informa’s approach to enhanced health and safety standards at our events following COVID-19. Informa collaborated and coordinated with tradeshow industry association partners including UFI, AEO and SISO, other organizers including Reed Exhibitions and Clarion, venue partners, suppliers and contractors; as well as with a range of health, government and local authorities, to develop the AllSecure best practice guidelines and standards that raise the bar on delivering safe, hygienic, productive and high-quality organized event experiences.


MEDIA CONTACTS:

Megan Magaña

Senior Marketing Manager, PSP/Deck Expo
Megan.Magana@informa.com

Lauren Lamb

Vice President of Marketing, Infrastructure & Construction, Informa Markets

Lauren.Lamb@informa.com

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Southwest Pool & Spa Show Promises Something For Everyone

Everything is bigger in Texas, including this years Southwest Pool & Spa Show.

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Southwest Pool Spa Show in San Antonio, TX

As tradeshow season commences in full swing, the next big event that will be drawing huge crowds to check out the latest products, equipment, technology and education is the Southwest Pool & Spa Show in San Antonio. This incredibly popular tradeshow brings folks out from all over the Southwest region and will be going on from January 19-22, 2022. For industry professionals that are PHTA, TPSC (Formerly APEC), IPSSA or GENESIS members, attendance to the show is FREE! For non-members, the fee is only $45 for a day pass.

As one of the largest pool & spa shows in the country, the Southwest Pool & Spa Show is guaranteed to bring out some of the biggest names in pools, spas, hot tubs, retail, and service. After a brief hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the SWPSS will be a live event this year and promises to have something for everyone.

Make sure to attend SWPSS (Southwest Pool & Spa Show) this year in San Antonio, TX – Photo Credit: Southwest Pool & Spa Show

The industry is already focused on making 2022 the biggest year ever for rolling out new products, and this years list of exhibitors is impressive. The fact that the SWPSS event has returned as a live event is great news for many in the industry; who say that this show in particular, is one of their favorites and was sorely missed last year.

Decision-makers and buyers from across the Southwest and Mexico will be flocking to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to see the latest advancements in equipment, newest products, and service providers in the industry. SWPSS is a major event attracting pool builders, remodelers, service and retail professionals from all over the industry.

Educational sessions will be ongoing during each of the 4 days of the event. The last two days, Friday – January 21st and Saturday – January 22nd the exhibition hall will be open. Expect a who’s who from the pool and spa industry in attendance to see the latest products and innovations.

On Friday night from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. will be the Welcome Industry Party in the Hemisfair Ballroom. Make sure to attend as it’s a wonderful opportunity to network with peers and colleagues from around the industry as well as make new acquaintances.

Awards of Excellence

The SWPSS Awards of Excellence 2022 Winners will be formally announced during the Southwest Pool & Spa Show in San Antonio, TX. Hundreds have submitted entries for consideration. The awards themselves recognize achievements in the installation and design of pools and spas. The competition, which is open to all Pool & Hot Tub Association (PHTA), Independent Pool and Spa Service Association (IPSSA) or Asociación de Profesionales de la Piscina (APP) members, brings in hundreds of entries from all over the Southwest (Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming as well as Mexico).

For attendees who plan to stay a few days in town, there are group rates available at two conveniently located hotels. The Marriott Riverwalk located next to the Convention Center and the Marriott Rivercenter located a short walk away are both terrific options.

Education Schedule

This year’s education panel at the SWPSS features a deep roster of industry thought leaders and experts from the pool, construction, service, marketing and retail sectors. There are a large number of free classes available. Make sure to check the Education Schedule below as well as on the SWPSS website.

January 18, 2022

GENESIS C201: CONSTRUCTION SCHOOL: Concrete Pools; Three Day Course 24 Hours | 2.4 IACET CEUs | DBPR/CILB-FL #0612786 – 24 hours – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Speakers: Greg Andrews, Terry Brannon, P.E, Randy Dukes) – Room: 004 PAID COURSE

January 19, 2022

GENESIS C201: CONSTRUCTION SCHOOL: Concrete Pools; Three Day Course 24 Hours | 2.4 IACET CEUs | DBPR/CILB-FL #0612786 – 24 hours– 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Speakers: Greg Andrews, Terry Brannon, P.E, Randy Dukes) – Room: 004 PAID COURSE

GENESIS D265: Master Designer Methods: Crafting the Outdoor Space as a Living Art Form; Two Day Course 16 hours | 1.6 IACET CEUs – Speaker: Kirk Bianchi – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Room: 006A PAID COURSE

Pool Chemistry Training Institute – Pool Chemistry Certified Residential Course; One Day Course (Speakers: Terry Arko, David Gilbreath) – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm -Room: 007A PAID COURSE

NPC Certified Start-Up Technician Course – Speaker: Jana Auringer – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Room: 007B PAID COURSE

Succeeding in the World of Landscape Design/Build – Don’t Make My Mistakes, Learn from Them – One Day Workshop – Speaker: Marti Neely – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Room: 007C PAID COURSE

Preparation for the Texas Residential Appliance Installer License (RAIL or TRAIL) Course; One Day Course – Speaker: Kevin Tucker – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Room: 007D PAID COURSE

PHTA Certified Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) Certification; Two Day Course 16 hours | 1.6 IACET CEUs – Speaker: David Turnage – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Room: 006C PAID COURSE

WaterShape University CON 2711: Major Renovations Workshop – 16 Hour Course / CEUs 1.6 – (Speakers: Bill Drakeley, ACI, IWI Rick Chafey, IWI) – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Room: 008A PAID COURSE

Watershape University DGN 2321: History of Water in Architecture Workshop for Beginners- 16 Hour Course / CEUs 1.6 – (Speakers: Don Gatzke, FAIA, Michael Nantz, WU Dean of Culture, IWI Leadership Team) – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Room: 008B PAID COURSE

Tributary Revelation Tile Summit: (Speakers: Curt Rapp, Danilo Bonazza, Harold Evans, Jimmy Reed, Ray Corral, Vito Mariano) – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm – Room: Exhibit Hall B4 PAID COURSE

January 20, 2022

GENESIS C201: CONSTRUCTION SCHOOL: Concrete Pools; Three Day Course 24 Hours | 2.4 IACET CEUs | DBPR/CILB-FL #0612786 – 24 hours – – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Speakers: Greg Andrews, Terry Brannon, P.E, Randy Dukes) – Room: 004 PAID COURSE

GENESIS D265: Master Designer Methods: Crafting the Outdoor Space as a Living Art Form; Two Day Course 16 hours | 1.6 IACET CEUs – Speaker: Kirk Bianchi – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Room: 006A PAID COURSE

PHTA Certified Pool & Spa Operator® (CPO®) Certification; Two Day Course 16 hours | 1.6 IACET CEUs – Speaker: David Turnage – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Room: 006C PAID COURSE

WaterShape University CON 2711: Major Renovations Workshop – 16 Hour Course / CEUs 1.6 – (Speakers: Bill Drakeley, ACI, IWI Rick Chafey, IWI) – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Room: 008A PAID COURSE

Watershape University DGN 2321: History of Water in Architecture Workshop for Beginners – 16 Hour Course / CEUs 1.6 – (Speakers: Don Gatzke, FAIA, Michael Nantz, WU Dean of Culture, IWI Leadership Team) – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Room: 008B PAID COURSE

POOL SALES: You Had Me At “Hello” – Speaker: Brett Abbott – 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 007A FREE COURSE

Don’t Kill Your Golden Goose – Protect & Perpetuate Your Business – Speaker: Larry Oxenham – 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 007B FREE COURSE

How to Generate More, Better Leads in 2021 – Speaker: Bruce Porter – 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 007C FREE COURSE

PHTA | ICC Present the International Swimming Pool & Spa Code – 6 Hour Training | 6 PHTA CEUs – Speaker: Kevin Tucker – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm – Room: 007D PAID COURSE

Advertising with Google, Facebook and More – Speaker: Brett Abbott, 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 007AFREE COURSE

Scale Your Company for Continued Growth, using no additional labor. Transform Your Website into a 24/7 Sales Assistant. Proven Tactics That Work for Builders, Service Companies and Retailers – Speaker: Pam Vinje Isbell – 10:15 am – 11:45 am, Room: 007BFREE COURSE

LSI Based Plaster Startup.. What is it and Why? – Speaker: Jarred Morgan, 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 007CFREE COURSE

7 Crucial Marketing Secrets Every Pool Builder Should Know – Speaker: Brett Abbott, 12:45 pm – 2:45 pm – Room: 007A FREE COURSE

The Art of the Proposal – Speaker: Marti Neely, 12:45 pm – 2:15 pm – Room: 007B FREE COURSE

Increasing Pool Sales by Understanding Human Behavior – Speaker: John J. Kimmel, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Room: 007A FREE COURSE

Geofencing, IP Address Retargeting, Website and CRM Remarketing, Google Local Services, Instagram Shops, Tik Tok and More! Understanding Your Expanded 2022 Ad Options! – Pam Vinje Isbell – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm FREE COURSE

Enhance Your Digital Your Digital Footprint for 2022 – Speaker: Bruce Porter, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Room: 007C FREE COURSE

January 21, 2022

TSPC Business Summit – One Day Paid Course – (Various Speakers) – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Room: 007APAID COURSE

GENESIS C215: What’s New with Tile: Working with Large Format 1.5 hours | 0.2 IACET CEUs – Speaker: Greg Andrews, 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 004 FREE COURSE

WQC Session: Let’s Clear the Air – Air Quality for Indoor Swimming Venues – 1.5 hours | 1.5 PHTA CEUs 1.5 hours | 1.5 PHTA CEUs – (Speakers: Kenneth Gregory, Terry Arko, Jody O’Grady, John Weber) – 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 006A FREE COURSE

Basic Water Chemistry & Testing – Speaker: Wayne Ivusich, 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 006B FREE COURSE

Shift Happens: How Your Pool & Spa Businesses Can Differentiate & Win – Speaker: Steve Berens – 8:30 am – 10:00 am, Room: 006C FREE COURSE

How to Promote Your Pool Inspection Business – Speaker: Kari Shaw, 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 007B FREE COURSE

Horrific Events & How To Survive – (Speakers: Renee Porter, Stacie Powdermaker) – 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 007C FREE COURSE

Watershape University: DGN 2561: Five Elements Theory: Air, Earth, Fire, Water and Space / 01:30 – CEUs: 0.20 – (Speakers: Don Gatzke, FAIA – Michael Nantz, WU Dean of Culture, IWI Leadership Team) – 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 008A FREE COURSE

Hot Water Chemistry: It’s Not Just A Little Pool – Speaker: Alicia Stephens – 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 008B FREE COURSE

GENESIS D111: Small Space Design 1.5 hours | 0.2 IACET CEUs – Speaker: Kirk Bianchi – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 004 FREE COURSE

Advanced Infinity Pool and Spa Inspections – (Speakers: Michael Shaw, Kari Shaw) – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 007B FREE COURSE

Mastering the Mustard Monster – Speaker: David Sage – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 007C FREE COURSE

D.O.T. and Your Pool Service Vehicles. Are You In Compliance? – Speaker: David Turnage – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 007D FREE COURSE

Watershape University: Con 2221: Steel Reinforcement for Shotcrete Applications – 01:30 – CEUs: 0.20 – Speaker: David Peterson, P.E., IWI, WU Co-Founder – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 008A FREE COURSE

Beyond the Sanitizer: Maximizing Water Quality with Ancillary Products – Speaker: Alicia Stephens – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 008B FREE COURSE

The Pool Brothers– 2 Old Pool Guys Tell Their Dirty Little Secrets! – (Speakers: Charlie Wise, Lew Akins) 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 006A FREE COURSE

Technical Installation and Comparisons Between Avia and Series 22 Raypak Gas Heaters – Speaker: Ricardo Gonzalez, 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 006B FREE COURSE

Chemical Injections As A Solution for Expansive Soils – Speaker: Tim Taborsky, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Room: 007C FREE COURSE

How to Prepare for Federal Pool Pump Regulations That Will Impact Your Business and Boost Sales – 1.5 hours | 0.2 IACET CEUs 1.5 hours | 0.2 IACET CEUs – Speaker: Carlos Gomez – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Room: 004 FREE COURSE

Water Balance 101 – The LSI is Your Friend! – Speaker: Wayne Ivusich – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Room: 006B FREE COURSE

How to Develop the HMAC Commercial Pool Business – Speaker: Kenneth Gregory – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Room: 006C FREE COURSE

Understanding Legionella and Legionnaire’s Disease in Recreational Aquatic Systems – Speaker: Vance Fiegel – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Room: 007B FREE COURSE

Fundamentals of Advanced Oxidation Process – Speaker: Rick Taylor – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Room: 007D FREE COURSE

Watershape University: CON 3681: The Plasterer’s Guide to Shotcrete/Gunite Issues – 01:30 – CEUs: 0.2 – Speaker: Bill Drakeley, ACI, IWI – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Room: 008A FREE COURSE

All About Pumps, Filters & Hydraulics…The Next Generation! – (Speakers: William Ainsworth, Rex Godbee, Flash Rose) – 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Room: 008B FREE COURSE

An In-Depth Look in Installation, Operation, & Troubleshooting of the Polaris 280, 380, 3900, and Quattro Pressure Side Cleaners – Alex Krajewski – 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm – Room: 006A FREE COURSE

January 22, 2022

GENESIS E111: Introduction to Pool Hydraulics and Plumbing 1.5 hours | 0.2 IACET CEUs – Speaker: Terry Brannon, P.E, 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 004 FREE COURSE

Troubleshooting Pools: Identifying, Treating, and Preventing the Most Common Pool Issues – Speaker: Alicia Stephens, 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 006B FREE COURSE

Provide More Value, Make More Profits, Regardless of the Season – Speaker: Brant Rydberg – 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 006C FREE COURSE

Web Connected Device for the Pool and Spa World – Speaker: Alex Krajewski – 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 007A FREE COURSE

Colloidal Silicates – What They Are, When to Use and How They Help! – Speaker: Trevor Foster – 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 007C FREE COURSE

Sneaky & Destructive Water Chemistry – Speaker: David Turnage – 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 007D FREE COURSE

Watershape University: BUS 1421: Protect Your Money – Avoiding Fraud in the Workplace – 01:30 – CEUs: 0.2 – Speaker: Paul Oman, IWI Leadership Team, ATM – 8:30 am – 10:00 am – Room: 008A FREE COURSE

Solids vs. Liquids: The Latest and Greatest Information on Chlorine and CYA – (Speakers: Terry Arko, David Gilbreath) – 8:30 am – 10:00 am – 8:30 am – 10:00 am FREE COURSE

The Power of No! – Designing Your Pool Business for Success – Speaker: Todd Gustafson – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 007B FREE COURSE

GENESIS C308: The Beauty of the Edge – The Definitive, Internationally Acclaimed Vanishing Edge & Water-in-Transit Design 1.5 hours | 0.2 IACET CEUs | 2 PHTA CEU – Speaker: Skip Phillips – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 004 FREE COURSE

Saltwater Pool Troubleshooting: Beyond the Equipment – Speaker: Alicia Stephens – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 006B FREE COURSE

The Basics for A Complete Pool Inspection Company – (Speakers: Michael Shaw, Kari Shaw) – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 006C FREE COURSE

The Unique Aspects of Hot Water Chemistry – Speaker: Wayne Ivusich – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 007A FREE COURSE

Low Pressure Water Conditioning Device – Speaker: Kenneth Gregory – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 007C FREE COURSE

Getting the Most Saving from a Variable Speed Pump and How the Department of Energy 2021 Law Affect the Industry – Speaker: Alex Krajewski – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 007D FREE COURSE

Outdoor Living Products Targets Profits and Long Term Business – Speaker: Rickie Hagan – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 008A FREE COURSE

Extraordinary Tips and Tricks From 25 Years of Pools – Speaker: David Sage – 10:15 am – 11:45 am – Room: 008B FREE COURSE

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PHTA Announces 2021 Award Recipients

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PHTA Announces 2021 Award Recipients

(Alexandria, Va.)—The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance is proud to announce the winners of its 2021 Awards, including Builder of the Year, Certified Service Professional of the Year, Retailer of the Year, and Young Professional of the Year. 

This year’s award winners are as follows: 

Builder of the Year

Joseph Vassallo, Jr., Paragon Pools

The Builder of the Year Award is a peer-nominated award. It is awarded to a CBP who has advanced the pool building profession through outstanding achievements and dedication to the industry.

Las Vegas Pool Builder - Joseph Anthony Vassallo, Vice President & Chief Design Executive of Paragon Pools was named the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) 2021 Builder of the Year

Joseph Vassallo, Jr. has influenced the advancement of the industry through his commitment to providing pools and spas that exceed the industry and state standards, earning him and the company a multitude of industry and professional awards. These awards and recognitions credit his extensive knowledge of design and building of superior pools/spas as well as acknowledges his integrity as a professional businessman. Beyond that, he has been involved both personally and through his company Paragon Pools in a variety of charity programs and activism over the years. He has provided finances, resources, given of his time, and recruited others to support worthy causes in the community. His involvement shows the residents, fellow businesses, and media how devoted he (and the company) are to the building a sustainable community bringing positive awareness of pool industry professionals.

Certified Service Professional of the Year 

Noel Conley, Miracle Pool Service, Inc.

The Certified Service Professional of the Year Award is a peer-nominated award. Each year, it is awarded to one CSP who has advanced the service profession through outstanding achievements and dedication to the industry.

Noel Conley, Miracle Pool Service, Inc. - Certified Service Professional of the Year 

Noel Conley served for nine years as a subject matter expert for the industry and was instrumental in creating the North Texas Chapter’s Dive into Recovery program to help disabled veterans. He also teaches PHTA’s certification courses and helps develop testing and training material. He has served on the Texas Pool and Spa Coalition, the North Texas Chapter Board of Directors, the PHTA Service Council, the PHTA Education Committee, and was named a PHTA Fellow in 2016.

Retailer of the Year

Crystal Pools, Elizabethtown, PA

The Retailer of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding retailer that has advanced the retail profession through outstanding achievements and dedication to the industry. 

Crystal Pools - Elizabethtown, PA - PHTA Retailer of the Year

This company’s success is due to the focus it has on training its employees. Each employee working in the store must go through extensive product training so that they can answer questions and assist in product selection based upon their customers’ needs. Beyond that, they are active within their community. They are engaged with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and annually provide and install aboveground pools for very ill children.

Josh Culp accepted the award on behalf of Crystal Pools.

Young Professional of the Year

Allen Jerabeck, Tarson Pools & Spas

The Young Professionals of the Year Award recognizes forward-thinking leaders under the age of 40 who will be the voice and next generation of pool and spa professionals.

Allen Jerabeck is a pool and spa specialist for Tarson Pools & Spas in North Syracuse, NY. Allen is a CPO and a member of WAVE and has received numerous awards of excellence for his service and skill over the past 6 years. Originally from California, Allen spent the past two years elevating his company by not only using better components in his builds, but also focusing on creating better processes and applying new technologies.

Allen Jerabeck, Tarson Pools & Spas - PHTA Young Professional of the Year

“We are proud to honor each of these outstanding pool and spa professionals,” says PHTA President and CEO Sabeena Hickman, CAE. “Thanks to the incredible work of these dedicated leaders, our industry continues to grow, evolve, and flourish. Congratulations to all of our 2021 winners!”

For more information, please contact Janay Rickwalder, PHTA’s Vice President of Communications and Public Relations, at jrickwalder@phta.org or 703.357.3918.

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About the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance 

The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), a non-profit organization with nearly 3,500 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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Latham Announces Acquisition of Radiant Pools

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Latham Acquires Radiant Pools for $90 million

LATHAM, N.Y., Nov. 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Latham Group, Inc. (“Latham” or “the Company”), the largest designer, manufacturer, and marketer of in-ground residential swimming pools in North America, Australia, and New Zealand, today announced that it has acquired Radiant Pools for approximately $90 million. The acquisition expands Latham’s product portfolio into vinyl-lined, aluminum-walled swimming pools, which are an affordable option that allow consumers to create the ultimate backyard experience, and which provide solutions for a variety of backyard pool applications.

Based in Albany, NY, Radiant Pools was formed in 2005 following its acquisition of Trojan Pools, who invented the vinyl-lined, aluminum-walled category in 1957. Radiant Pools uses patented technology, derived from aerospace engineering, to make structurally insulated wall panels, which makes its products a durable and aesthetically pleasing option for homeowners. Vinyl-lined, aluminum-walled pools can be installed fully in-ground or fully above-ground, depending on homeowner needs. They can also be installed on slopes and be partially in-ground and partially above-ground.

“Radiant Pools is an excellent addition to Latham’s product portfolio since it complements our existing business and enables us to expand our addressable market,” said Scott Rajeski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Latham. “Radiant Pools primarily serves the Northeastern U.S., giving us the opportunity to roll its outstanding products across North America in partnership with Latham’s industry-leading dealer network. We are excited to welcome Radiant Pools to the Latham family and look forward to working with Tony Sirco, Radiant Pools’ prior owner, who will stay on as a partner and oversee its integration into Latham.”

“Radiant Pools pioneered the vinyl-lined, aluminum-walled swimming pools category with a premium quality product. Latham has been a long-standing partner of ours, and we share a dedication to providing superior products to dealers and homeowners,” said Tony Sirco, President of Radiant Pools. “As part of the Latham family, we believe that we can accelerate our strong growth, and we look forward to a bright future together.”

Radiant Pools generates approximately $35 million in annual sales. The acquisition was funded through a combination of Latham’s existing cash and incremental borrowing under the Company’s revolving credit facility, which was amended to provide for incremental term loans in an aggregate principal amount of $50 million. The acquisition is expected to have no material impact on Latham’s fiscal 2021 outlook.

About Latham Group, Inc.
Latham Group, Inc., headquartered in Latham, NY, is the largest designer, manufacturer and marketer of in-ground residential swimming pools in North America, Australia and New Zealand. Latham has a coast-to-coast operations platform consisting of over 2,000 employees across 32 facilities.

About Radiant Pools
Headquartered in Albany, NY, Radiant Pools is the market leading manufacturer of vinyl liner aluminum swimming pools that can be built completely in-ground, semi-in-ground, or above ground. Radiant Pools products are sold directly to swimming pool dealers throughout North America.

Forward-looking Statements
Some of the statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would” and, in each case, their negative or other various or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements reflect our views with respect to future events as of the date of this release and are based on our management’s current expectations, estimates, forecasts, projections, assumptions, beliefs and information. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to have been correct. All such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of our control, and could cause future events or results to be materially different from those stated or implied in this document. It is not possible to predict or identify all such risks. These risks include, but are not limited to: secular shifts in consumer demand for swimming pools and spending on outdoor living spaces; slow pace of material conversion from concrete pools to fiberglass pools in the pool industry; general economic conditions and uncertainties affecting markets in which we operate and economic volatility that could adversely impact the Company’s business, including the COVID-19 pandemic; the Company’s ability to integrate Radiant Pools effectively and exposure to unforeseen or undisclosed liabilities of Radiant Pools, the ability of the Company’s suppliers to continue to deliver the quantity or quality of materials sufficient to meet the Company’s needs to manufacture the Company’s products and other risks, uncertainties and factors described under the section titled “Risk Factors” in the registration statement on Form S-1 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) by the Company, as well as other filings that the Company will make, or has made, with the SEC, such as Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this press release and in other filings. We expressly disclaim any obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

Investor Contact:
Nicole Briguet
Edelman for Latham
latham@edelman.com

Media Contact:
Crista Leigh Wunsch
CristaLeighWunsch@lathampool.com

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