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PSP/Deck Expo Returns to Las Vegas, November 15-17 as the Premier Trade Event for the Pool, Spa, Patio, and Decking Industries

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PSP/Deck Expo Returns to Las Vegas, November 15-17 as the Premier Trade Event for the Pool, Spa, Patio, and Decking Industries

Registration is now open; early bird pricing runs through September 14

The 2022 International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo™, co-located with Deck Expo (PSP/Deck Expo) opened online registration for attendees. The event, put on by Informa Markets, the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA), and the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA®), is November 15-17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Participants may register online at www.poolspapatio.com; early bird pricing runs through September 14.

The event 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. In addition to exhibits and showcases lining the Expo Hall, attendees are encouraged to learn from industry experts’ conference sessions and demonstrations.

“There is always so much to talk and learn about, and PSP/Deck Expo is the perfect place to catch up on what will be happening in 2023 and beyond,” said Ray Giovine, Vice President at Informa Markets. “Attendees can dive deeper into the pool, spa, and outdoor living industry at PSP/Deck Expo than anywhere else and deck out with more new products and solutions to take their businesses forward.”

Attendees who purchase a Super Pass will have access to more than 55 conference sessions, more than 20 show floor educational sessions, the Expo Hall, the Keynote, the BBQ Bash, and the Welcome Party. Attendees who purchase an Expo Hall Pass will have access to the Expo Hall, more than 20 show floor educational sessions, the BBQ Bash, and the Keynote. In addition, all attendees can participate in various special events and training classes for an additional fee.

“Last year’s return to an in-person event was an immense success, and we are even more excited to participate again this year,” said Sabeena Hickman, CAE, President & CEO of PHTA. “We are creating an amazing space for the highest level of education, networking, and exhibiting that attendee have come to expect from PSP/Deck Expo.”

PSP/Deck Expo’s home in 2022, the Las Vegas Convention Center, was awarded the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR™ facility accreditation, considered the gold standard for safe facilities, and was the first facility in Nevada to receive this designation. In particular, the event will be in the building’s West Hall, where the concession stands and food court restaurants have locally sourced, vegan/vegetarian, and organic options. PSP/Deck Expo also supports this initiative by providing these options at all catered functions throughout the week.

“As we get back to doing what we do in the pool and spa industry, intending to use the last few years as a springboard into the future, I can’t think of anything more important than connecting with key partners, searching the expo floor for new opportunities, and taking advantage of the focused education the show provides,” said Jake Ricks, Director of Marketing at Bullfrog Spas, which is exhibiting at PSP/Deck Expo.

During the three-day event, attendees will connect with their peers while experiencing a full range of educational sessions and activities. PSP/Deck Expo 2022 will also feature:

  • Keynote – Kick-off PSP/Deck Expo with inspiration from leaders at top manufacturing companies with a CEO Panel on opening morning. This is a phenomenal opportunity to hear about current trends and expectations for the future of our industry.
  • Welcome Party – The Welcome Party is a networking event on the first evening of the show. Happening on Tuesday, November 15, attendees and vendors can mingle with colleagues, and enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment with a spectacular view from the third floor outdoor terrace at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
  • Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge – Based on a fictitious scenario, designers create an ultimate outdoor oasis with a million-dollar budget. For the first time, designers can win a top prize of $10,000 thanks to Lead Sponsor, Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems.
  • NEW! Breakfast of Champions Powered by PHTA – A new relationship- and idea-building event that connects industry subject matter experts with a group of peers for a deep dive into solutions around a specific topic.
  • Grill + Chill Area – This year’s expo will feature outdoor exhibits in a prominent location just outside the main doors, with vendors specific to deck building, outdoor kitchens and grills, and patio furniture. Vendors are even invited to grill or serve a treat of their choice!
  • 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.
  • 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. Everything from a Young Professionals’ reception to an annual member meeting will take place.
  • Various Special Events from Exhibitors – Returning in 2022 are The Pool Nation Awards™ which recognize companies, products, and individuals in various categories in the pool industry and are chosen by leading Pool Pros in the industry.

“PSP/Deck Expo is the premier outdoor living event of the year,” said Michael Beaudry, Executive Vice President of NADRA, the sponsor of Deck Expo. “Industry manufacturers, suppliers, architects, engineers, builders, contractors, and remodelers will be presenting the most innovative outdoor living products and services,” he said. “And not to mention – the parties! It’s Vegas and this industry knows how to have fun.”

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register by September 14 to take advantage of early bird pricing that offers up to 20% savings. PHTA and NADRA members can receive additional discounts on passes. For a complete listing of packages and pricing, and to register, visit https://www.poolspapatio.com/en/attend/pricing-packages.html.

The show is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2022. PSP/Deck Expo was originally founded in 1957 as an event focused on pools and spas. It grew over time, including a co-location with Deck Expo in 2020. Today, PSP/Deck Expo actively collaborates across the entire pool, spa, backyard, and decking industries to provide participants with 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 PoolSpaPatio.com.

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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

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Excitement is Building for The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City

The Pool & Spa Show promises to be one of the biggest events of the year.

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Excitement is Building for The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City

We’re deep into pool trade show season now and one of the biggest shows of the year is always The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City. Many consider this to be one of the premier events for the industry and it’s widely attended by pool professionals throughout the country.

The Pool & Spa Show is powered by NESPA (Northeast Spa & Pool Association) and features some of the latest and most innovative products, educational courses, and exhibits. Not only is the event a fantastic opportunity to network with peers, but it’s a great chance to make connections with industry leaders, distributors, and educators from around the industry.

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This year’s event promises something for everyone. Already the buzz has begun to circulate on social media that the 2023 Pool & Spa Show may be bigger than ever.

Why Attend The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City?

There are numerous reasons why The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City consistently remains a top draw for pool pros. Three of the main reasons are the exhibitors who will be displaying the latest products and services, the networking opportunities, and of course the educational courses.

Pool professionals from all over the country will be gathered to attend The Pool & Spa Show this year.
Pool professionals from all over the country will be gathered to attend The Pool & Spa Show this year.

NEW PRODUCTS

One of the primary reasons pool industry professionals choose to attend The Pool & Spa Show is that the event provides the chance to see the newest products and equipment that will certainly be making a splash in 2023.

This year’s exhibition hall will bring out some of the largest manufacturers and distributors in the pool and spa industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the newest innovative equipment, accessories, and services long before they make their way into retail stores. Connecting at the show is a great way to find out pricing and ask representatives any product-related questions.

NETWORKING

Whether you’re attending or plan to exhibit at the The Pool & Spa Show, the networking opportunities presented at the event are one of the primary reasons this particular trade show remains an important hub for the industry. Since its inception, The Pool & Spa Show in Atlantic City has been a gravitating point where the entire industry reconnects. Consequently, many industry professionals say it’s one of the most important shows of the year for networking with peers and making new connections.

EDUCATION

Finally, one of the biggest reasons pool pros choose to attend the show in Atlantic City is education. The Pool & Spa Show provides the perfect opportunity to expand one’s knowledge and take courses from PHTA, GENESIS, and Watershape University. The educational courses offered at this event represent some of the best programs available in the industry.

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Schedule

Sunday, January 22, 8:00 AM

Sunday, January 22, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, January 22, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Monday, January 23, 8:00 AM

Monday, January 23, 8:30 AM

Monday, January 23, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Monday, January 23, 9:00 AM

Monday, January 23, 9:00 AM

Monday, January 23, 12:30 PM

Monday, January 23, 1:30 PM

Monday, January 23, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday, January 24, 8:00 AM

Tuesday, January 24, 8:00 AM

Tuesday, January 24, 8:30 AM

Tuesday, January 24, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, January 24, 9:00 AM

Tuesday, January 24, 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Tuesday, January 24, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Tuesday, January 24, 1:00 PM

Tuesday, January 24, 1:30 PM

Tuesday, January 24, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday, January 25, 8:30 AM

Wednesday, January 25, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, January 25, 9:00 AM

Wednesday, January 25, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Wednesday, January 25, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Wednesday, January 25, 1:00 PM

Wednesday, January 25, 1:30 PM

Wednesday, January 25, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Thursday, January 26, 8:30 AM

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Show Hours

Sunday, January 22

Education Conference 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Certification Courses Begin

Monday, January 23

Registration Opens 8:00 AM

Education Conference 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Welcome Party 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tuesday, January 24

Registration Opens 7:45 am

Education Conference 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Wednesday, January 25

Registration Opens 8:00 am

Education Conference 8:30 am – 4:15 am

Exhibit Hall 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday, January 26

Registration Opens 8:00 am

Education Conference 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Exhibit Hall 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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Exhibitors

For those looking to get their products and services in front of pool and spa professionals, The Pool & Spa Show presents unique possibilities to reach a mass audience (56% of attendees are decision makers).

Exhibition Hall Floor Plan
Yellow – Booked | Blue – Still Available

The exhibitor’s hall still has some availability left, but the majority of booths are already spoken for. Those planning to exhibit at this year’s event had better get a move on before spaces are all booked up.

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Stop By Our Booth & Connect With Pool Magazine

Since this is one of the year’s major pool trade show events, Pool Magazine will certainly be in attendance and will be exhibiting. You can find us at booth 3304 and pick up a copy of our latest issue. We can’t wait to see you there!

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International Pool Spa Patio Expo Will Draw The Entire Industry

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International Pool Spa Patio Expo

This year’s International Pool Spa Patio Expo in Dallas, TX is set to draw folks from all over the pool, spa, and outdoor living industries. It’s a time of the year that almost feels like old home week for the industry and a chance not only to network with old friends and colleagues, but to enhance ones education on a variety of different subjects.

Whether you are excited to learn about the latest products and technology, or are looking to learn from veteran industry experts; this year’s International Pool Spa Patio Expo guarantees to have something for everyone.

‘The Show Will Go On’ – Event Organizers

Even with Covid-19, event organizers are optimistic that this year’s expo will be a live event. Some attendees expressed some concern that this year’s show would be changed to a virtual event; a repeat of last year’s scramble to still hold an event under quarantine. The PHTA recently announced that the World Aquatic Health Conference has been switched to a virtual event in light of ongoing health & safety concerns.

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Dallas Expo Will Be A Live Event

“Informa is open for business – Texas is open and the show will go on. We’re not going virtual.” said Ray Giovine, Group Director for Informa Markets during a recent a webinar hosted by Watershape University.

Informa has already held several events this year including the International Roofing Expo which was held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas earlier this summer. The city of Las Vegas required that attendees wear protective masks, but Giovine said that he does not anticipate the mandate to be the same at this years International Pool Spa Patio Expo in Dallas. The current guidelines in Texas recommend wearing masks indoors but do not require them for attendees who are fully vaccinated.

An Emphasis on Safety

Enhanced cleanliness will be something event organizers focus on this year. Hand sanitizer will be made available throughout the venue as well as increased air circulation inside the exhibition hall.

Why Attend The International Pool Spa Patio Expo?

  • Education including sessions offered by the pool industries most respected thought leaders and experts.
  • Exhibits of the latest and most exciting new pool, spa, and outdoor living products to hit the market.
  • Networking is one of the biggest reasons that attendees come to the Expo. It’s a great opportunity to engage with peers and colleagues as well as make new connections.
Traditionally the International Pool Spa Patio Expo is the largest show of the year and brings together folks from all over the pool, spa, patio, decking and outdoor living industries. – Photo Credit: Nstands

If it pertains to the pools, spas, or outdoor living, you’ll find it at this years expo. Below is a sample of products you’ll find:

  • Barbecues / Patio Heaters / Fire Features
  • Business Services / Software
  • Commercial Equipment
  • Chemicals
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
  • Construction Materials & Equipment
  • Covers – Pool / Spa
  • Decking & Fencing
  • Fiberglass Pool
  • Fitness & Disability Equipment
  • FiltersFurniture & Décor
  • Gazebos / Enclosures
  • Green / Eco-friendly
  • Technology
  • Hot Tubs – Portable / Inground
  • Ionizers / Ozone / Chemical Feeders / ORP
  • Ladders / Slides / Diving Boards
  • Landscaping / Garden Accessories 
  • Leak Detection
  • Lighting
  • Magazines / Media / Associations
  • Package Pools / Vinyl Liners
  • Pools – Above Ground / On Ground
  • Pools – In Ground
  • Pumps & Heaters
  • Recreation / Game Room Products
  • Safety Devices
  • Saunas & Tanning Beds
  • Tile
  • Toys / Games / Floats
  • Water Features / Fountains Ponds

Exhibition Dates

  • Tuesday, Nov. 16, 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 18, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Key Note Speakers:

The PSP/Deck Expo will open with two key note speakers in the aquatics industry: Wallace J. Nichols, author of Blue Mind, and Rowdy Gaines, a former competitive swimmer, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Rowdy Gaines – Hall of Fame 3 Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Wallace J. Nichols – Author of Blue Mind

Welcome Party

Event attendees should definitely stop by the Welcome Party. Complimentary drinks and refreshments will be available. It’s a fun event and you’ll have the opportunity to network with friends and colleagues. Trolleys will be available to take folks back and forth from the Omni Hotel (the host hotel of the event). 

Welcome Party
Tuesday, November 16
Gilley’s Dallas 
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

PHTA WAVE Network Young Professionals Reception

Mingle and network with other young professionals in the pool, spa, and outdoor living industries.

Admission is free for PHTA and NADRA members and non-members, but registration is essential due to limited space. Admission includes networking in a relaxed environment, early access to the Welcome Party, and a selection of appetizers and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Transportation will be provided from the Omni Dallas, the host hotel. That event will be heldTuesday, November 16 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (immediately before the Welcome Party).

Grill & Chill Exhibition

This exhibition will feature vendors specific to deck building, outdoor kitchens, grills, and patio furniture. Vendors will be grilling and serving lunch each day of the event during normal expo hours: 

  • Tuesday, November 16: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 17: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 18: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

BBQ Bash

Event attendees are invited to attend a barbecue hosted by Vendors on Wednesday, November 17, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge

Reid Schindler, one of the industry’s rising award-winning designers, and Mike Farley, an award-winning pool designer with over 30 years of experience, are joining together with the PSP/Deck Expo to identify the industry’s top designers in this year’s Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge.

A team of judges will select five finalists (one of whom will be a student) to attend this year’s event. On-site demonstrations of all finalists’ presentations, as well as Mike and Reid’s solutions, will take place during the Expo.

Deck Expo

The Deck Expo has relocated to a new location in conjunction with PSP Expo. Together, the two events expand the assortment of outdoor items and technologies. This year, PSP/Deck Expo will provide education focusing on decks not only during the pre-conference workshops, but also throughout the main conference.

GENESIS® Winemaker Dinner

Genesis will be hosting their 21st annual winemaker dinner and annual family reunion at the Tower Club on the 48th floor of the Santander Tower in the heart of the downtown Dallas business district. Tickets are $195 and registration is required. That event is being held November 17, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Genesis Winemaker Dinner Reunion

Pool Prize Party

With plenty of fun, excitement, and giveaways, the Pool Prize Party caps off the final day of the expo and is a great way to end your time at the event. That’s happening Thursday, November 18 at 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm on the show floor.

Tailgate Party

Watershape University will also be hosting a fun tailgate party and WU students, International Watershape Institute members, faculty, and corporate partners are invited to attend. That’s on November 15 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Watershape University Tailgate Party - Dallas, TX

The International Pool Spa Patio Expo – A Great Opportunity To Expand Your Education

One of the biggest draws for attendees are the various courses and workshops that can be taken at the expo. The opportunity to learn from industry veterans and leading experts presents a unique chance to get an education from the masters. The programs presented at this years expo offer world class educational courses from some of the brightest minds in the pool & spa industry.

The International Pool Spa Patio Expo presents a great opportunity to make the most out of several intense days of educational courses.
The International Pool Spa Patio Expo presents a great opportunity to make the most out of several intense days of educational courses. Photo Credit: Pool & Spa Marketing

Pre-Show Education is available from Saturday, November 13, through Monday, November 15, and includes a variety of options. You can continue your study after completing a Pre-Show Education course! Each course in the Pre-Show Education series includes a Super Pass or an Expo Pass.

2021 Conference Sessions – International Pool Spa Patio Expo Day by Day

Here is a day by day breakout of what will be going on at the 2021 International Pool Spa Patio Expo in Dallas, TX.

November 13, 2021

Saturday, November 138:00 AM – 5:00 PMC201: GENESIS Construction School: Concrete Pools (Day 1 of 3)GENESIS
Saturday, November 138:00 AM – 5:00 PME211: Fluid Hydraulics for Pools & Spas (Day 1 of 2)GENESIS
Saturday, November 138:00 AM – 5:00 PMPHTA Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT) Course (Day 1 of 2)PHTA
Saturday, November 138:00 AM – 5:00 PMPHTA Certified Maintenance Specialist (CMS) Course (Day 1 of 3)PHTA
Saturday, November 138:00 AM – 5:00 PMPHTA Certified Service Technician (CST) Course (Day 1 of 3)PHTA
Saturday, November 138:00 AM – 5:00 PMWatershape CON 4111: Advanced Watershape Construction (Day 1 of 3)Watershape University
Saturday, November 138:00 AM – 5:00 PMWatershape ENG 4311: Advanced Fluid Engineering (Day 1 of 2)Watershape University

November 14, 2021

Sunday, November 148:00 AM – 3:00 PMICC | PHTA Presents the 2018 International Swimming Pool & Spa CodePHTA
Sunday, November 148:00 AM – 5:00 PMC201: GENESIS CONSTRUCTION SCHOOL: Concrete Pools (Day 2 of 3)GENESIS
Sunday, November 148:00 AM – 5:00 PMD180: Drawing for Professsionals (Day 1 of 2)GENESIS
Sunday, November 148:00 AM – 5:00 PMD231: Color Theory and It’s Application (Day 1 of 2)GENESIS
Sunday, November 148:00 AM – 5:00 PMD271: Architectural Styles (Day 1 of 2)GENESIS
Sunday, November 148:00 AM – 5:00 PME211: Fluid Hydraulics for Pools & Spas (Day 2 of 2)GENESIS
Sunday, November 148:00 AM – 5:00 PMPHTA Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT) Course (Day 2 of 2)PHTA
Sunday, November 148:00 AM – 5:00 PMPHTA Certified Maintenance Specialist (CMS) Course (Day 2 of 3)PHTA
Sunday, November 148:00 AM – 5:00 PMPHTA Certified Service Technician (CST) Course (Day 2 of 3)PHTA
Sunday, November 148:00 AM – 5:00 PMPool & Spa Operator ® (CPO®) Certification Course (Day 1 of 2)PHTA
Sunday, November 148:00 AM – 5:00 PMWatershape CON 4111: Advanced Watershape Construction (Day 2 of 3)Watershape University
Sunday, November 148:00 AM – 5:00 PMWatershape ENG 4311: Advanced Fluid Engineering (Day 2 of 2)Watershape University

November 15, 2021

Monday, November 158:00 AM – 12:00 PMNADRA’s Deck Evaluation/Inspection CertificationDeck
Monday, November 158:00 AM – 3:00 PMICC | PHTA Presents the 2021 International Swimming Pool & Spa CodePHTA
Monday, November 158:00 AM – 5:00 PMC201: GENESIS CONSTRUCTION SCHOOL: Concrete Pools (Day 3 of 3)GENESIS
Monday, November 158:00 AM – 5:00 PMD180: Drawing for Professionals (Day 2 of 2)GENESIS
Monday, November 158:00 AM – 5:00 PMD231: Color Theory and It’s Application (Day 2 of 2)GENESIS
Monday, November 158:00 AM – 5:00 PMD271: Architectural Styles (Day 2 of 2)GENESIS
Monday, November 158:00 AM – 5:00 PMPHTA Certified Maintenance Specialist (CMS) Course (Day 3 of 3)PHTA
Monday, November 158:00 AM – 5:00 PMPHTA Certified Service Technician (CST) Course (Day 3 of 3)PHTA
Monday, November 158:00 AM – 5:00 PMPool & Spa Operator ® (CPO®) Certification Course (Day 2 of 2)PHTA
Monday, November 158:00 AM – 5:00 PMWatershape CON 4111: Advanced Watershape Construction (Day 3 of 3)Watershape University
Monday, November 158:00 AM – 5:00 PMWatershape DGN2211: Essential Principles of Design WorkshopWatershape University
Monday, November 151:00 PM – 4:00 PMMaster Deck Professional Certification – CODEDeck
Monday, November 156:00 PM – 8:00 PMPHTA 2021 International Awards of Excellence

November 16, 2021

Tuesday, November 167:30 AM – 8:45 AMB306: Elements of LitigationBusiness
Tuesday, November 167:30 AM – 8:45 AMBest Practices for an Optimized Service DepartmentService
Tuesday, November 167:30 AM – 8:45 AMC125: Fiberglass ConstructionBuilder
Tuesday, November 167:30 AM – 8:45 AMD109: Design Fees – Charging for DesignBusiness
Tuesday, November 167:30 AM – 8:45 AMDeck Design for Hot TubsDeck
Tuesday, November 167:30 AM – 8:45 AME151: Do’s and Don’ts of EngineeringBuilder
Tuesday, November 167:30 AM – 8:45 AMSaltwater Pool Troubleshooting: Beyond the EquipmentService
Tuesday, November 167:30 AM – 8:45 AMSelling During & After A Pandemic: Coming Out StrongerBusiness
Tuesday, November 168:00 AM – 4:00 PMASA Curso de educación para el lanzador de concreto (shotcrete) Presentado por la American Shotcrete Association (ASA)Additional Education
Tuesday, November 168:00 AM – 4:00 PMASA Shotcrete Nozzleman Education Course (English)Additional Education
Tuesday, November 168:00 AM – 5:00 PMNPC’s Start-Up Technician Certification CourseAdditional Education
Tuesday, November 169:00 AM – 10:20 AMIt’s a Water-full LifeSpecial Events
Tuesday, November 1610:45 AM – 11:30 AMPicture-Perfect Baluster LayoutDeck Workshops
Tuesday, November 1610:45 AM – 11:30 AMPicture-Perfect Baluster LayoutDeck Workshops
Tuesday, November 1611:00 AM – 12:00 PMD235: The Impact of Color on Your BrandGENESIS Solution Center
Tuesday, November 1611:00 AM – 12:00 PMPHTA Apprenticeship Program For the Service Industry. Powered for You!School of Business
Tuesday, November 1611:00 AM – 12:30 PMJandy Variable Speed Pumps Installation, Programming and the New Dedicated Purpose Pool Pump Regulations with Hands-on InstructionFluidra Pro Academy
Tuesday, November 1611:15 AM – 12:15 PMExposing Dangerous Drains – Renovation of a Commercial PoolCommercial
Tuesday, November 1611:30 AM – 12:15 PMLeak-proof Deck Ledger FlashingDeck Workshops
Tuesday, November 1611:45 AM – 12:30 PMThe 3 Critical Aspects of a Tried and True Ad Plan to Grow Your Retail BusinessSpa Retail Academy
Tuesday, November 1612:30 PM – 1:30 PMAdvanced Oxidation ProcessSchool of Business
Tuesday, November 1612:30 PM – 1:30 PMC352: Splash Pad ConstructionCommercial
Tuesday, November 1612:30 PM – 1:30 PMD325: Mind Reading Your ClientsGENESIS Solution Center
Tuesday, November 1612:45 PM – 1:45 PMTBDPHTA
Tuesday, November 161:00 PM – 1:45 PMDeck Ledger Attachment: Codes and Installation PracticesDeck Workshops
Tuesday, November 161:00 PM – 2:30 PMNext Level Connection Tips and Trick for Web Based Automation for the Pool & Spa IndustryFluidra Pro Academy
Tuesday, November 161:45 PM – 2:30 PMChallenging Deck Ledger Installations – and SolutionsDeck Workshops
Tuesday, November 161:45 PM – 2:30 PMFrom Search to Sold – 100% DigitallySpa Retail Academy
Tuesday, November 162:00 PM – 3:00 PMBUSINESS 2231: Create a Culture of AccountabilitySchool of Business
Tuesday, November 162:00 PM – 3:00 PMD215: Intro to Pool PhotographyGENESIS Solution Center
Tuesday, November 162:00 PM – 3:00 PME312: Understanding Water CurrentCommercial
Tuesday, November 163:00 PM – 4:30 PMIntroduction to ION Pool Care SoftwareFluidra Pro Academy
Tuesday, November 163:15 PM – 4:00 PMDeck Lateral Load ReinforcementDeck Workshops
Tuesday, November 163:30 PM – 4:30 PMC310: Interview with a MasterGENESIS Solution Center
Tuesday, November 163:30 PM – 4:30 PMEnhancing Your Digital FootprintSchool of Business
Tuesday, November 164:00 PM – 4:45 PMSizing Wood Deck Joists and Critical Installation DetailsDeck Workshops
Tuesday, November 165:00 PM – 6:00 PMPHTA WAVE Network Young Professionals ReceptionSpecial Events
Tuesday, November 166:00 PM – 8:00 PMWelcome PartySpecial Events

November 17, 2021

Wednesday, November 177:30 AM – 9:00 AM10 Steps to Be an Outstanding Pool and Outdoor Living DesignerBuilder
Wednesday, November 177:30 AM – 9:00 AMBuilding Your Own Online StoreRetail
Wednesday, November 177:30 AM – 9:00 AMCompatibility of Hydraulic ComponentsService
Wednesday, November 177:30 AM – 9:00 AMHow to Produce Videos for Websites, Social Media, Drip Marketing and Beyond!Business
Wednesday, November 177:30 AM – 9:00 AMLarger Pools Equal A Larger Potential For LeaksService
Wednesday, November 177:30 AM – 9:00 AMUse AUTOMATION To SELL More and SATISFY More, Without More Manpower!Business
Wednesday, November 177:30 AM – 9:00 AMWhat Women Want From Your Business
Wednesday, November 177:30 AM – 10:30 AMD345: The Art of Landscape / Architectural Lighting and How to Paint a Lighting PortraitBuilder
Wednesday, November 179:15 AM – 10:30 AM7 Crucial Marketing Secrets Every Pool Builder Should KnowBusiness
Wednesday, November 179:15 AM – 10:30 AMBasic Water Chemistry & Testing 101Service
Wednesday, November 179:15 AM – 10:30 AMD131: Identifying New Business & Design TrendsBusiness
Wednesday, November 179:15 AM – 10:30 AMHiring, Managing, and Leading People In Pool ServiceService
Wednesday, November 179:15 AM – 10:30 AMHow to Prepare for Existing Federal Pool Pump RegulationsService
Wednesday, November 179:15 AM – 10:30 AMOutdoor Living – The Design ProcessBuilder
Wednesday, November 179:15 AM – 10:30 AMWood and Water: Deck Considerations at Swimming PoolsDeck
Wednesday, November 1711:00 AM – 12:00 PMHow Adding Fiberglass Pools to Your Offering adds Profits to your ProjectsSchool of Business
Wednesday, November 1711:00 AM – 12:30 PMD415: Designer Dialogues: How I Deal with Client Changes : Power PanelGENESIS Solution Center
Wednesday, November 1711:00 AM – 12:30 PMIntroduction to ProEdge Build SoftwareFluidra Pro Academy
Wednesday, November 1711:30 AM – 12:30 PMDeck Guardrail Post to Frame ConnectionsDeck Workshops
Wednesday, November 1711:45 AM – 12:30 PMTBDSpa Retail Academy
Wednesday, November 1712:30 PM – 1:30 PMHow to Get More and Better Leads OnlineSchool of Business
Wednesday, November 1712:30 PM – 1:30 PMStay Current in Pools: The Activities of the Recreational Water Quality Committee (RWQC) – A PHTA ResourceCommercial
Wednesday, November 171:00 PM – 1:45 PMDeck Ledger Attachment: Codes and Installation PracticesDeck Workshops
Wednesday, November 171:00 PM – 2:00 PMC310: Interview with a MasterGENESIS Solution Center
Wednesday, November 171:00 PM – 2:30 PMIntroduction to Fluidra Pro AppFluidra Pro Academy
Wednesday, November 171:45 PM – 2:30 PMChallenging Deck Ledger Installations – and SolutionsDeck Workshops
Wednesday, November 171:45 PM – 2:30 PMTBDSpa Retail Academy
Wednesday, November 171:45 PM – 2:45 PMMillion Dollar Pool Challenge SessionPSP/Deck Expo Stage
Wednesday, November 172:00 PM – 3:00 PMIn-Floor Cleaning SystemsSchool of Business
Wednesday, November 172:30 PM – 3:30 PMSmall Group DiscussionGENESIS Solution Center
Wednesday, November 173:00 PM – 4:00 PMBuilding Your Brand to become the Deck star in your CommunityDeck , PSP/Deck Expo Stage
Wednesday, November 173:00 PM – 4:30 PMJandy Variable Speed Pumps Installation, Programming and the New Dedicated Purpose Pool Pump Regulations with Hands-on InstructionFluidra Pro Academy
Wednesday, November 173:15 PM – 4:00 PMLeak-Proof Ledger FlashingDeck Workshops
Wednesday, November 173:15 PM – 4:00 PMTBDSpa Retail Academy
Wednesday, November 173:15 PM – 4:00 PMTBDSpa Retail Academy
Wednesday, November 173:30 PM – 4:30 PMBUSINESS 2342: Managing High Lead VolumeSchool of Business
Wednesday, November 173:45 PM – 4:45 PMSmall Group DiscussionGENESIS Solution Center
Wednesday, November 174:00 PM – 4:45 PMSizing and Designing Wood Deck BeamsDeck Workshops
Wednesday, November 175:00 PM – 6:30 PMBBQ BashSpecial Events
Wednesday, November 177:00 PM – 10:00 PM21st Annual GENESIS Family Reunion and Winemaker DinnerGENESIS

November 18, 2021

Thursday, November 187:30 AM – 9:00 AM5 Keys to a Lasting Positive Sales AttitudeBusiness
Thursday, November 187:30 AM – 9:00 AMB331: Job Costing for Profit Versus ExistenceBusiness
Thursday, November 187:30 AM – 9:00 AMC225: Quality Shotcrete Placement for Pool ContractorsBuilder
Thursday, November 187:30 AM – 9:00 AMD111: Small Space DesignBuilder
Thursday, November 187:30 AM – 9:00 AMElectricity, Bonding and Controls for Service ProfessionalsService
Thursday, November 187:30 AM – 9:00 AMHow Google Has Changed Since Covid and What To Expect for 2021 OnlineBusiness
Thursday, November 187:30 AM – 9:00 AMHow to Find, Recruit, Attract, Hire, Motivate and Retain Great TalentBusiness
Thursday, November 187:30 AM – 9:00 AMSuccessfully Integrating Pools & Water Features into the LandscapeOutdoor Living
Thursday, November 189:15 AM – 10:30 AMFinding Leaks – Turn Headaches into ProfitsService
Thursday, November 189:15 AM – 10:30 AMHidden Design – The Importance of Designing Things You Can’t SeeBuilder
Thursday, November 189:15 AM – 10:30 AMMaking Time Count (Time Management for People Who Don’t Think They Need Time Management)Business
Thursday, November 189:15 AM – 10:30 AMPro-Active Systems & Strategies To Achieve Construction Project & Field Production ResultsBusiness
Thursday, November 189:15 AM – 10:30 AMShould I use Borates in Pools?Service
Thursday, November 189:15 AM – 10:30 AMSwimming Pool Structural Failures: How to Avoid Them and How to Fix ThemBuilder
Thursday, November 189:15 AM – 10:30 AMTake your Retail Game to the Next Level- Top 10 Retail Pitfalls to AvoidRetail
Thursday, November 1810:45 AM – 11:30 AMDeck Lateral Load ReinforcementDeck Workshops
Thursday, November 1811:00 AM – 12:00 PMSERVICE 2311: Automating a Service Dept.School of Business
Thursday, November 1811:00 AM – 12:00 PMSmall Group DiscussionGENESIS Solution Center
Thursday, November 1811:00 AM – 12:30 PMNext Level Connection Tips and Trick for Web Based Automation for the Pool & Spa IndustryFluidra Pro Academy
Thursday, November 1811:30 AM – 12:15 PMDeck Guardrail Post to Frame ConnectionsDeck Workshops
Thursday, November 1811:30 AM – 12:30 PMThe “Ins and Outs” of Chlorine Delivery SystemsCommercial
Thursday, November 1812:30 PM – 1:30 PMHow to Create & Execute a Growth PlanSchool of Business
Thursday, November 1812:30 PM – 1:30 PMSmall Group DiscussionGENESIS Solution Center
Thursday, November 181:00 PM – 1:45 PMSizing and Designing Wood Deck BeamsDeck Workshops
Thursday, November 181:30 PM – 2:00 PMPool Prize PartySpecial Events
Thursday, November 181:45 PM – 2:30 PMSizing Wood Deck Joists and Critical Installation DetailsDeck Workshops

Show Floor Education:

  • Hayward School of Business
  • Fluidra Pro Academy
  • Bullfrog Spas Spa Retailer Academy
  • Think Wood Deck Workshop
  • Genesis Solution Center
  • Aquatics International PSP / Deck Expo Stage

That’s just a sneak preview of what you can expect at this year’s International Pool Spa Patio Expo in Dallas. Pool Magazine will also be attending and you can find us at Booth 1624 in the Genesis Pavillion, we can’t wait to see you there.

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Fiberglass Resin Shortage Affecting Manufacturers

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Fiberglass Resin Shortages Causing Construction Delays With Builders

The global covid-19 pandemic brought about many changes in the pool industry. Currently, there is shortage of many essential parts and supplies for swimming pools. More aspiring pool owners are getting disappointed by the day. Manufacturers have enormous backlogs of pending orders. But why has their been such dramatic and sudden slow-downs of inground pool construction during the height of the season? One of leading causes among fiberglass builders this season has been slow delivery of shells which has a direct correlation to ongoing resin shortages.

Fiberglass Resin Shortage Affecting Manufacturers

Understanding the fiberglass resin shortage at an in-depth level

As mentioned earlier, there has been a delay in pool construction due to a shortage of fiberglass resin material. As a result, the prices of liquid vinyl ester resin and fiberglass have significantly gone up. Subsequently, many fiberglass manufacturers are turning down shell orders amid the high demand for fiberglass pools nationwide and a lack of raw materials to facilitate orders.

Pool Magazine received word from numerous builders that they had been notified by Latham that shell deliveries would be delayed up to 8 weeks because of ongoing shortages. We reached out to America’s largest manufacturer of fiberglass inground pools to see how they are handling the ongoing resin shortage.

“Latham’s manufacturing facilities remain open and operational.”said Crist Leigh Wunsch, spokesperson for Latham, “Homeowner interest in our products is stronger than ever, and our teams are working hard to meet the increased demand. We are facing intermittent raw material shortages, along with the rest of our industry, which has resulted in some temporary manufacturing inefficiencies at our facilities.”

“We have been leveraging our strong relationships with our suppliers to navigate this issue,” continued Wunsch, “and we have looking at alternative resin sources to continue to diversify our supply chain. Despite this, Latham continues to deliver solid growth. The strong underlying secular trends of our industry remain intact, and we feel well positioned to continue to meet growing consumer demand for pools.”

Manufacturers Everywhere Are Feeling The Pinch

Kent Wooldridge, president of the United Marine Manufacturers Association, says, “Indisputably, it is extremely painful to turn down orders from loyal clients. Telling pool owners that they have to halt their businesses just because you cannot supply them with the required raw materials is hard. Even worse, you cannot refer them to another person who can offer them the appropriate raw materials. In addition, those who have these materials sell them at crazy prices.”

“The majority of suppliers are overburdened by the fiberglass shortage. The winter storms that damaged the chemical plants producing resin were therefore a big disaster.”

president of board manufacturer Aipa Surf Co, DUKE AIPA

Have raised import tariffs made the shortage situation worse?

Usually, the United States is responsible for producing only a tiny fraction of fiberglass cloth. The country mainly relies on affordable fiberglass supplies from China. However, since Trump’s administration, there have been obstacles preventing the smooth import process. In particular, since 2018, a 25% import tariff was placed on fiberglass cloth and resin. This discouraged most manufacturers from importing fiberglass. On the flip side, Chinese manufacturers raised their export prices.

In 2020, the coronavirus outbreak made the supply chain worse due to travel restrictions. The lockdown also forced Chinese chemical plants to shut down. At the same time, there was increased demand for pool construction services since most homeowners were looking for ways to upgrade their backyards.

The effect of natural calamities on fiberglass resin shortage

This year, the winter storm in Texas disoriented a broad spectrum of activities in the pool industry. The freezing weather conditions forced the chemical manufacturing plants in Houston to shut down. Moreover, the storm forced Hexion Inc and Olin Corp., the biggest epoxy producers, to stop operating.

Manufacturers report that once they finally get a truckload of resin, it doesn’t stick around very long. It’s already earmarked for a back-order. In fact, in most instances, all the resin coming in has already been pre-sold. This has been the situation for the past few months.

Are manufacturers affected?

Kirk Sullivan, a Florida pool builder, had to refund 250 orders due to the fiberglass resin shortage. Sullivan says that he received very few supplies this year during the summer. Therefore, his company has been unable to continue taking new pool construction orders. Fortunately, all his staff members are still at work, hoping for things to get better.

Regional manager, Todd Prestage, says, “Before, it used to take approximately six weeks to get a Surf Hardware International Board. Now, it takes six months.”

Several fiberglass manufacturers have tried solving this issue by importing a more significant percentage of raw materials from Asian countries that don’t incorporate high import tariffs. But they still find themselves raising their prices due to all the labor and shipping costs involved. Consumers, on the flip side, have no other choice but to pay more.

The bottom line

Other than taking longer to reach consumers, prices for resin have skyrocketed. Consequently, very few pool companies are finding it easy to adjust. One Latham Grand Dealer we spoke to said, “The resin shortage is making it more difficult for smaller companies like ours to get shells and obviously it’s been costing us all sales. The big guys are fortunate since they have guaranteed delivery based on their order flow”

One thing is for absolute certain, as the summer begins to wind down, this industry certainly has it’s work cut out toward improving the supply chain issues that have hindered so many this pool season.

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