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Florida West Coast Chapter

Hernando, Pasco (western portion) and Pinellas Counties – Executive Director: Malinda Howard 727-638-6072
www.FSPAWestCoast.com / FSPAFloridaWestCoast@FloridaPoolPro.com

The Florida West Coast Chapter would like to wish all of our members a Happy New Year!

Thank you again to our 2017 Chapter Board of Directors for all of their hard work and dedication on behalf of the Chapter throughout the past year.  The 2018 Chapter Board of Directors is as follows:  President Rick Howard, Rick’s Pool Service; Vice President Brian Gangelhoff, A Pool’s Best Friend; Secretary Laura Frid, Quality Pool & Spa Services; Treasurer Jim Guszkiewicz, SCP Distributors/Pool Corp.; At-Large Directors Don Ball, The Pool Works of Florida; Tim Converse, Solar Solutions; Amber Couchenour, Horner Xpress; Alex Fletcher, Aquaworx USA; David Oxley, Belleair Pool Service and Supply; and Ray Pearen, Fresh Finish Pools.  Thank you to these members for their commitment to serve the Chapter in the coming year.

The 2018 Chapter Board representatives attended the FSPA Board of Directors Meetings at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on December 8 – 9. Thank you to Alex Fletcher, Brian Gangelhoff, Jim Guszkiewidz, Rick Howard, and Ray Pearen for making that commitment.  Also, one of our Chapter’s FSPA Merit Scholarship recipients, Bryant Howard, addressed the Board thanking them for his scholarship.

The Chapter Board did not meet in December.  The next Board of Directors meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, January 9 at Queen’s Pizza, 1834 N. Belcher Rd., Clearwater.  Hayward Pool Products will be sponsoring the lunch.  Our Board of Directors meetings are usually scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month.  We are always interested in hearing your ideas for Chapter meetings and programs.

FSPA Legislative Days will be held January 16-17 in Tallahassee.  A delegation from the Florida West Coast Chapter will be attending.

Have you registered for the Everything Under the Sunsm Expo on February 9-10 at the Orange County Convention Center?  If not, be sure to do so today at
www.UndertheSunExpo.com!  Don’t forget that the education is FREE for members and their employees (some exclusions may apply).  While you are at the Show, check out who was chosen as the Florida West Coast Chapter Director of the Year.  See you there!

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January 9: Florida West Coast Chapter Board Meeting


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