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By Rick Myers, Team Horner / rmyers@teamhorner.com

Recently I had the pleasure of teaching the FPPS class for one of my customers, and they had 14 of their service techs, managers, and office staff there.  The experience level in the room ranged from people just new to our industry to service techs who have been in the field for close to 20 years.  However, they all had one thing in common, their desire to learn more about our industry. 

Why is this so important, especially for some people who have been around so long?  They either know everything, or at least they believe they know how to perform their jobs at a high degree of competence.  The answer is of course that learning is a lifelong process, and the minute we believe we know everything or don’t need to learn anymore is the exact same minute we are now behind.

In today’s pool industry, technology moves so rapidly that the total extent of your learning may just be to keep up with changing technology.  Products change, codes and laws change, and even the way we have become accustomed to doing business changes.  If you do not keep up, you will be lost in the shuffle and be just another company, just another salesperson or just another pool technician or service company.  However, the good news is that knowledge is available everywhere, in most cases it is at low cost, or no cost.  In many cases if the person you are getting your knowledge from is as invested as you are in personal and company growth, they will learn as much as you do and they are the teacher!  I know whenever I teach a FPPS class, I always learn about some new product or new way of working that is better than the way I thought before.

   We all belong to a great organization that promotes knowledge and learning as one of its key mission statements.  From the annual trade show which has three days of education, to each chapter offering meetings throughout the year that are about some type of business help or product knowledge, to our distributor members that offer counter days on a regular basis, it is almost difficult not to find some type of personal enrichment learning or class going on weekly.   And to top it off, we can read and study on our own to help ourselves.  

If you are truly invested in yourself, your employer, and your industry you will always have in your heart a desire and a thirst to learn more.  If you have that, success is not about knowing the right people or being in the right place at the right time, but success will find you.  It has been said that if you are the smartest person in your group, then you need to find a new group.  I challenge each and every one of you to continue to grow, and success and self-pride will follow.

Strengthen and leverage your collective voice with the Pool Industry PAC (PIPAC)

The Pool Industry PAC

  • Assists the legislative and political efforts of the Florida Swimming Pool Association.
  • Strives for the improvement of government by taking a more active and effective role in government affairs.
  • Encourages pool professionals to understand the nature and actions of their government.
  • Supports candidates for election at the local and state levels who share the views on issues important to the pool industry.

Why give?

The pool industry has been dealing with monumental issues including the scope of work within a pool license, potentially impacting daily operations of your businesses. FSPA has been in reactive mode because of decisions being made by bureaucrats, individuals and boards who may not have the expertise of pool industry professionals.

PIPAC funds will allow FSPA to strengthen and leverage the collective voice in support of sound public policy regarding the safety of the products produced and installed by the pool industry, and create and sustain an environment in which their businesses can grow.

PIPAC funding will help FSPA to

  • Mobilize pool professionals, vendors and customers on key local and state issues.
  • Contribute to candidates who support the views of FSPA.
  • Implement PIPAC fundraising initiatives.
  • Tap into advocacy campaign support services and tools, such as state voter database to help target messages, and consulting services to help FSPA maximize their political impact.
  • Make independent expenditures on behalf of candidates who support the FSPA agenda. PIPAC members will decide how funds are spent

What you get: 

PIPAc and FSPA will protect the profitability and future of your business. Every day this organization is advocating for you on issues that impact your business, such as scope of licensure, water quality and safety of your customers. We are also fighting for policies which benefit both your vendors and customers. You need to be able to run your business without excessive government intervention.

Visit www.poolpac.com to make your pledge today!

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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So you’ve decided to make an addition to your household: your very own pool. You’re excited to have your own water oasis to relax, have friends over, or simply just play in. But first: where do you go to make this dream a reality?

You could just mindlessly enter questions into Google and see what comes up. Luckily the Florida Swimming Pool Association offers a search bar to find pool pros near you! Just enter your ZIP code and see for yourself.

What makes our database different than what Google finds? Our database is comprised solely of FSPA members. FSPA members agree to a code of ethics when they sign up. All members are carefully selected making sure their licenses are up to date. When you hire an FSPA member to do your pool you are guaranteed honest work and people.

Of course we encourage you to do your own research as well; you will be the one working with whichever company you choose. Some things to think about when choosing a pool contractor:

  • How long has their business been around? Do they have pictures of past work?
  • Check their social media. What do their reviews look like? What does their communication look like? Also check them on Yelp and BBB.
  • Are they licensed? Do they have their licenses listed? You can also search for their licenses on the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s (DBPR) website.

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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