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PSP/Deck Expo Reunites the Industry in Dallas

The premier event for pool, spa, patio, decking, and outdoor living professionals brought colleagues together to reconnect and conduct business in-person



PSP/Deck Expo Reunites the Industry in Dallas

Dallas, Texas (December 9, 2021) – The International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, co-located with Deck Expo (PSP/Deck Expo), by Informa Markets, was thrilled to reunite the industry for its first in-person event since November 2019. Thousands of professionals gathered in Dallas to connect and engage with their peers, discover the latest products and technology, and learn from top industry experts.

The event is the first in-person co-location of PSP Expo and Deck Expo. PSP/Deck Expo is sponsored by two associations in the outdoor living space: the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) and the North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA).

Thousands of members (10,481) from the pool, spa, patio, decking and outdoor living community attended PSP/Deck Expo to connect, see innovations, grow their business, and expand their network of peers.

“Attendee and exhibitor enthusiasm was evident at this year’s event, and proof that the industry was ready to be back together in person, for connections, innovations, and growth,” said Ray Giovine, group director at Informa Markets, which is the parent company of PSP/Deck Expo. 

Giovine said that the show’s location in Dallas – centrally located in the U.S. and in a state with a large pool market, helped to drive attendance.

Photo Credit: Joe Trusty / Pool Magazine

“What an extraordinary event it was – uniting the vendors who have the latest tech with the builders, retailers, and service techs who are creating amazing outdoor spaces for their clients,” Giovine continued. “That we were live and in-person is just a perfect way to cap the year. We hope everyone returned home with the latest knowledge, some great leads, and renewed energy as we dive into 2022.”

Attendees covering the entire spectrum of the industry explored 100,800 square feet of exhibit space during the three-day event. More than 350 vendors displayed the latest products, services, and technology for the pool, spa, patio, outdoor living and decking industries, including notable companies such as Hayward Pool Products, Fluidra, and Versatex.

“After a long but successful year for us and our industry as a whole, it was great to come together in person and see many of our customers face-to-face again,” said Brad Parker, Vice President, Marketing at Fluidra.

Photo Credit: Fluidra

PSP/Deck Expo 2021 brought new measures and education to enhance the attendee experience, in addition to restoring special events from previous years. The Keynote, which had not occurred in a few years, returned and featured two icons of the aquatics industry: Dr. Wallace “J” Nichols and Olympian Rowdy Gaines. Also, the BBQ Bash wrapped up the second day of the event, and Deck Workshops made their debut as a Show Floor Education area.

“Our goal at this year’s Pool | Spa | Patio Expo was to create awareness of our robust offerings of programs and ways that PHTA supports our members and the industry as a whole,” said Pool & Hot Tub Alliance President and CEO Sabeena Hickman, CAE. “We had a productive week with our committees and councils and recruited over 30 new members, provided valuable training to over 500 industry professionals, and showed the industry all PHTA has to deliver.  We value the partnership with Informa and appreciate all they did to launch such a successful event for our industry.”

Jimi Smith giving a course on pool photography in the GENESIS Pavilion at the PSP/Deck Expo
Photo Credit: Joe Trusty / Pool Magazine

Besides a robust expo hall and more than 100 education opportunities during the week, event highlights included: 

  • Keynote
  • Grill + Chill Area 
  • Deck Education 
  • BBQ Bash
  • Welcome Party 
  • Product Showcase
  • Pool Prize Party 
  • Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge 
  • Various Special Events from Event Partners 

NADRA Executive Vice President Michael Beaudry was ecstatic to return to in-person and bring the outdoor living associations together.

“The vendors we talked to were thrilled to be in Dallas, to see their customers, and to display new products,” he said. “It came down to engagement – conversations were happening, connections were being made, and attendees were learning. There is so much momentum going into next year – everyone is so well set up to have great success in 2022.”

In the Expo Hall, one attendee favorite was the Product Showcase. Vendors submitted their new technologies as part of a contest for attendee voting. With 26 products submitted, the winners were: 

Best in Show
Product: Chlorine Genie
Vendor: Chlorine Genie

Best New Product – Spa Related
Product: CCW25 AOP Spa System
Vendor: Clear Comfort

Best New Product – Service Industry
Product: Ultimate Pool Tools 3X17/Hyperpole
Vendor: Ultimate Pool Tools

Best New Product – Outdoor Living
Product: SwamCam
Vendor: SwamCam

Best New Product – Equipment Pad
Product: Hayward Universal HC Series Dual-Fuel Technology Gas Pool Heater
Vendor: Hayward

Best New Product – Pool Construction
Product: Modular Tile for Tabletop
Vendor: Meridian Tile

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. During the event, Pool & Spa Professional, the new digital media brand of the PSP/Deck Expo, was launched. Pool & Spa Professional provides backyard solutions for the builder, retail, and service professional. Both PSP/Deck Expo and P&S Pro are Informa Markets brands; P&S Pro can be viewed at

For more information about the event, visit


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

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


Megan Magaña

Senior Marketing Manager, PSP/Deck Expo

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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

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



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.”

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

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

*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


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


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 and state-level information can be found at

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



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

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.

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.

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 To learn more about becoming a local Pinch A Penny franchise owner in your community, visit

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Hayward Earns 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award



Hayward named Energy Star Partner Of The Year

Manufacturer receives the highest level of recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. – May 5, 2022 — Hayward Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HAYW) (“Hayward”), a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad portfolio of pool equipment and technology, today announced the company has received the 2022 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award—the highest level of recognition for corporate energy management programs given by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award recognizes businesses that perform at a superior level of energy management, demonstrating best practices as well as industry leadership, product innovation and an overall commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency and ENERGY STAR.

“At Hayward, we’re committed to building better pool solutions—and a steadfast focus on energy efficiency is a major part of how we do that,” said Matt Kimball, Vice President of Marketing at Hayward. “We are exceedingly proud to have earned the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for 2022, and we look forward to continued innovation.”

Hayward’s pool equipment portfolio contains the broadest range of ENERGY STAR certified pool pumps, including their industry-leading line of ultra-high efficiency pumps: the #1 rated pumps in energy efficiency*. Omni® SmartPad™ pool and spa automation products—which allows pool owners to set schedules and adjust their pool equipment remotely via their smart device—provide another energy-saving standout.

“I salute the 2022 ENERGY STAR award winners,” said Anne Idsal, EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. “These leaders demonstrate how energy efficiency drives economic competitiveness in tandem with environmental protection.”

The ENERGY STAR recognition builds on Hayward’s ongoing research and development initiatives in water conservation, automation and alternative sanitization options which help make pools more environmentally friendly.

For more information about Hayward products and ENERGY STAR certified products, visit

*Based on TriStar® VS 900 among in-ground pool pump ratings, per U.S. Department of Energy efficiency metrics as of April 1, 2022. Visit for details.

About Hayward Holdings, Inc.

Hayward Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HAYW) is a leading global designer and manufacturer of pool equipment and technology all key to the SmartPad™ conversion strategy designed to provide a superior outdoor living experience. Hayward offers a full line of innovative, energy-efficient and sustainable residential and commercial pool equipment, including a complete line of advanced pumps, filters, heaters, automatic pool cleaners, LED lighting, internet of things (IoT) enabled controls, alternate sanitizers and water features.

This press release contains certain statements that are “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and releases issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Such forward-looking statements relating to Hayward are based on the beliefs of Hayward’s management as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, us. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about Hayward’s strategies, plans, objectives, expectations, intentions, expenditures and assumptions and other statements contained in or incorporated by reference in this release that are not historical facts. When used in this document, words such as “guidance,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “intend,” “potential,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “plan,” “target,” “look forward,” “predict,” “project,” “seek” and similar expressions as they relate to Hayward are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Important factors that could affect Hayward’s future results and could cause those results or other outcomes to differ materially from those indicated in its forward-looking statements include the following: its ability to execute on its growth strategies and expansion opportunities; its ability to maintain favorable relationships with suppliers and manage disruptions to its global supply chain and the availability of raw materials; its relationships with and the performance of distributors, builders, buying groups, retailers and servicers who sell Hayward’s products to pool owners; competition from national and global companies, as well as lower-cost manufacturers; impacts on Hayward’s business from the sensitivity of its business to seasonality and unfavorable economic and business conditions; Hayward’s ability to identify emerging technological and other trends in its target end markets; Hayward’s ability to develop, manufacture and effectively and profitably market and sell its new planned and future products; failure of markets to accept new product introductions and enhancements; the ability to successfully identify, finance, complete and integrate acquisitions; Hayward’s ability to attract and retain senior management and other qualified personnel; regulatory changes and developments affecting Hayward’s current and future products; volatility in currency exchange rates; Hayward’s ability to service its existing indebtedness and obtain additional capital to finance operations and its growth opportunities; impacts on Hayward’s business from political, regulatory, economic, trade, and other risks associated with operating foreign businesses; Hayward’s ability to establish and maintain intellectual property protection for its products, as well as its ability to operate its business without infringing, misappropriating or otherwise violating the intellectual property rights of others; the impact of material cost and other inflation; the impact of changes in laws, regulations and administrative policy, including those that limit U.S. tax benefits, impact trade agreements and tariffs, or address the impacts of climate change; the outcome of litigation and governmental proceedings; impacts on Hayward’s business from the COVID-19 pandemic; and other factors set forth in “Risk Factors” in Hayward’s annual report on Form 10-K.  The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this report. Unless required by United States federal securities laws, Hayward neither intends nor assumes any obligation to update these forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in Hayward’s expectations.

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