Category Archives: Love Pool Industry

KAPLAN_GARYGary Kaplan
Ike’s Carter Pool Companies, Inc.


Often in the daily routine of service professionals, the perspective of performing a service call follows our client’s view and is only visual.

Did you clean the tile? Can you make sure to system vacuum the pool? Did you brush the sides? When is the last time you cleaned the filter? The biggest question: when is it safe to swim?

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Ken-McKenna-webKen McKenna
FSPA President


As business owners we spend so much time working on getting business we may lose track of the paperwork needed to protect ourselves when we do get a signed contract. Our contract is all we have in protecting ourselves should a matter go to court or arbitration. There have been recent legislative changes that require new language in our contracts. It indicates that pool contracts require Pool Recovery Fund information with the address to contact for homeowners. If you have not updated this, your contract may technically not be enforceable. You should consult an attorney to make sure you have a current, enforceable contract.
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Are you an FSPA member with children in college? Did you know that each year an average of $23,000 is distributed to dependents of pool industry professionals through The Florida Swimming Pool Association Scholarship Program? This program helps members meet the high cost of college expenses for their children. The award is presented by the Swimming Pool Education & Safety Foundation.

Students at all levels of post-secondary education are eligible for merit scholarships based on academic accomplishment, extracurricular activities, contributions to their community and a research paper on a pool industry related topic. This program is only available to dependents of owners and employees of member companies.

The 2017-2018 Scholarship application and materials are due in the FSPA office by end of business on Friday, June 30, 2017.

Click here to download the 2017 Application!

*Sponsoring company must have membership paid in full to participate.

The 2017 SkillsUSA Florida State Leadership and Skills Conference will be held April 24th through April 26th. FSPA will be sponsoring a booth at the World of Possibilities on Monday, April 24 & Tuesday, April 25 at The Lakeland Center, 701 North Lime Street, Lakeland, 33815. Volunteers are needed to work at the FSPA Booth to speak with Students, Instructors and College/School Administrators.

What is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. The national, nonprofit organization serves teachers as well as high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

What is the Worlds of Possibilities?

The Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo will be a premier event of its kind bringing together business leaders in key area industries to give 2,500+ students hands on career exploration opportunity. The purpose of the Expo is to create awareness about career options among students and educators.

Email Mary@FloridaPoolPro.com with your availability (date & time) to assist at booth and if you would like to attend the Opening Ceremonies, Sponsor Social/VIP reception. Please respond by April 14th.  View the conference schedule below.

Schedule for the Conference:

Sunday, April 23

  • Opening Ceremony— 7:00 PM
    • Youkey Theatre located in The Lakeland Center – Contact me if you are interested in attending the ceremony.

Monday, April 24

  • 9:00 AM—3:00 PM—Worlds of Possibilities
  • 4:30 PM—6:30PM—Sponsor Social / VIP Reception – Contact me if you are interested in attending the Sponsor Social/VIP Reception

Tuesday, April 25

  • 9:00 AM—3:00 PM—Worlds of Possibilities

Wednesday, April 26

  • Closing Ceremony—10:00 AM
  • Jenkins Arena – The Lakeland Center.

What is SkillsUSA?

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. The national, nonprofit organization serves teachers as well as high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.

What is the Worlds of Possibilities?

The Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo will be a premier event of its kind bringing together business leaders in key area industries to give 2,500+ students hands on career exploration opportunity. The purpose of the Expo is to create awareness about career options among students and educators.

The Everything Under the Sun Expo is almost here!  Visit www.UnderTheSunExpo.com for all the information and to register to attend.  Don’t forget to register for education seminars, they are filling up fast!  All FSPA member company employees take classes for free!  Be sure to dress in your best 70’s gear  during the Gettin’ Groovy Friday Night Party as we celebrate the 45th anniversary of the show.  Contest for best outfit is at 7:30 p.m.!

Federal judge issues nationwide injunction to overtime regulations

Late yesterday, November 22, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction to the Department of Labor (DOL) overtime regulations that were to take effect on December 1.  FSPA has been reminding our members to be prepared for these changes that would have raised the salary threshold indicating eligibility from $455/week to $913 ($47,476 per year), along with providing automatic updates to the salary threshold every three years, based on wage growth over time.

The judge, Amos L. Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, ruled that the Obama administration had exceeded its authority by raising the overtime salary limit so significantly. The ruling was hailed by business groups who argued the new rules would be costly and result in fewer hours for workers. DOL responded by saying it “strongly disagreed” with the decision and was “considering all of our legal options,” raising the possibility of an appeal in the waning days of the Obama administration.

FSPA will continue to keep its members apprised of further developments; for now, any changes on how you pay overtime to your employees have been put on hold.

FSPA dues are an investment in your business!  What kind of rate of return is it worth?  In 2010 the return on investment (ROI) was figured to be 6x the cost at a value of $3,075.  This year new and current programs were analyzed and discussed by the Board of Directors and the ROI has jumped to 11x the cost at a value of $5,630!

  • Did you or your staff attend any free education classes?
  • Have you gained customers through the online search engine?
  • Have you attended FSPA events that allowed networking or meeting with manufacturers?
  • Have you found useful information in the print or e-newsletters?
  • Did you or your staff use the discount prescription card?

Just two months ago a member let us know they used the prescription discount card and the cost went from $400 to $48!  Be sure to give these to everyone who works for you.  There are no extra fees or charges per employee.  FSPA membership includes your entire company.

As the membership continues to grow, more benefits can be offered and more programs negotiated.  It only takes a few benefit programs directly affecting your business to surpass the cost of membership.  The average cost of dues is about $500 a year.  Just using the SDS hazmat program that is free to members puts you ahead!

The FSPA staff are always working to make membership better, safety better, education better, and the industry better.

Want to increase your return on investment?  Utilize the programs and benefits available!  Visit www.FSPABenefits.com
or call 800-548-6774.

 

recovery fund

Governor Rick Scott recently signed House Bill 535, which includes important updates to sections 489.1401-143, F.S., permitting payments to injured residential consumers from the Florida Homeowners Recovery Fund for both Division I and Division II scopes of work.

Effective July 1, 2016, all licensed contractors, both Division I and Division II, must ensure that the Florida Homeowner Construction Recovery Fund Notice is contained in their residential contracts.

FSPA members should add this information into their contracts if its for over $2,500, effective July 1.

Click here to view important changes to the recovery fund by the CILB. These changes to into effect July 1, 2016.