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2 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Florida Pool Prosm © 2022 Florida Swimming Pool Association. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher. 2555 Porter Lake Drive, Ste. 106 Sarasota, FL 34240 (941) 952-9293 / (866) 930-FSPA Fax: (941) 366-7433 www.FloridaPoolPro.com Association Mission: Advancing Florida’s swimming pool industry. Executive Director Elizabeth McMurray Sr. Dir. of Communications & Marketing Charis Tyson Senior Director of Government Affairs Dallas Thiesen Accounting Manager Cheryl Cotten Events & Programs Manager Jessica Johnson Office Manager Valerie Swika PR & Digital Media Specialist Alyssa Holcomb Membership Services Specialist Kelly Sauro President Mickey Sigmon Pool Pro, Inc., Fort Pierce Vice-President Don Ball The Pool Works of Florida, Inc., Largo Treasurer Ben Evans American Pools and Spas, Inc., Orlando Secretary Deidre Bedford West Coast Pools, Bradenton At-Large Director Roy Waldhauer Waldhauer & Son, Inc., Bunnell Past President Maurice Bushroe Blue Ribbon Pools, Daytona Beach Published monthly by the Florida Swimming Pool Association CONTENTS Feeling the luck President's Column S *** You Should Know FSPA's strategic initiatives Executive Director's Column Support PIPAC today! Find your niche Builder Article The impact of attorney fees on Florida workers' compensation claims Insurance Article Confusing commercial pool renovation requirements Commercial Article 50th Anniversary Expo 2022 Design Award Winners Chapter News Calendar 4 4 6 9 10 13 16 17 21 25 38 All FSPA members are welcome to attend state Board of Directors meetings. If you would like more information or to RSVP, visit industry.floridapoolpro.com or call 800-548-6774. March 4 Annual Meeting Orange County Convention Center Orlando
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4 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 FSPA PRESIDENT FSPA President Mickey Sigmon president@FloridaPoolPro.com Feeling the luck A: Once you have your certificate of completion for the course, you will need to apply with the Florida Department of Agriculture Consumer Services to take the Master Qualifiers Exam. Once you have passed the Master Qualifier Exam you will be certified as an LP Gas Master Qualifier and will be able to apply for the LP Gas License for your business with you listed as the companies Master Qualifier. Visit www.fdacs.gov/Business-Services/LP-Gas-Licenses for more info and to download exam and licensing applications. If you have any questions please contact FSPA Senior Director of Government Affairs Dallas Thiesen at 941-952-9293 or at Dallas@ FloridaPoolPro.com. S *** You Should Know Q: I just completed the LP Gas Master Qualifier Certification Course, what do I do now to get certified as a Master Qualifier and get my LP Gas License? I always feel lucky to be part of the FSPA. From the local chapters and events to the massive statewide trade show, our organization has much to offer, and our opportunities for growth are endless. This March, I’m feeling particularly lucky, and here are the main reasons why: 1.Our governor, Ron DeSantis, recognizes our industry as essential, providing the opportunity to grow and prosper in these uncertain times. 2.Our industry is booming despite setbacks from
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 5 FSPA PRESIDENT Covid-19. The shutdown gave homeowners the opportunity to focus on their swimming pools (or their desire for a new one), and we have met their needs and profited as a result. 3.Our membership has “paid it forward” by donating to our Florida Swims Foundation. For example, FSPAmember Ben Evans announced a pledge in 2021 to donate $100 per new pool construction to our Florida Swims Foundation. As a result, the Foundation received a sizable donation from Mr. Evans at the January 2022 Board of Directors meeting, inspiring other members to do the same. 4.Our membership is committed to the safety of Florida’s children through the Florida Swims Foundation in partnership with Step into Swim and the ISHOF's Every Child a Swimmer, spearheaded by our very own Dr. Bill Kent and Maurice Bushroe as well as Rowdy Gaines. These programs provide swimming lessons taught by vetted and qualified swim instructors for children across the state of Florida. How lucky are we to be involved in a group with such a strong commitment to the swimming pool and spa industry? I encourage everyone to step up to the challenge. Spread the luck. Whether it is making donations to our Foundation, becoming more involved in your local chapter, or recruiting new members, do what you can to make the FSPA stronger. We are lucky to have each other. Thank you for your support.
6 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FSPA's strategic initiatives Elizabeth McMurray FSPA Executive Director Elizabeth@FloridaPoolPro.com By the time you read this article, we will all have returned home from our 50th Anniversary Everything Under the Sunsm Expo! The beginning of the year leading up to the show has been a hectic and exciting time for our team. I can’t wait to hear from all of you about your experiences and where you found value and how you feel we might improve. Now that we have the show under our belt, we get to refocus on all the other strategic initiatives our organization has for 2022. An important part of meeting those priorities is ensuring we have the right team in place. As you know, we have been working hard to find new and impactful teammembers. But we should also recognize those who have stuck with us through a year of change and whose efforts really shown through. I’d like to highlight one of those folks now. Dallas Thiesen has been promoted to Senior Director of Government Affairs. Dallas is an integral part of our team here at FSPAand has accomplished some wonderful things for us, not just recently, but since his time with FSPA started about three years ago. Among those accomplishments are the following: • Improving our relationship with DBPR and aligning our teams to allow for industry focus and messaging that impacts our members in a positive way and helps reduce unlicensed industry activity. • Establishing our Florida Swims license plate as a priority for FSPA and the Foundation and getting it included in bill language this legislative session. • Continuing to press forward on our subcontractor bill and having success moving it through the committee process towards an official floor vote this session in both houses. • Establishing our Building Code Task force and creation of a streamlined process with the task force and Board of Directors to create alignment on FSPA’s official position and asks for changes to the Code. • Guiding FSPA through the rule making process with the Florida Department of Agriculture, which allowed for the creation and use of the FSPA/Hayward
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 7 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LP Gas Master Qualifier Certification course, which helps FSPAmembers obtain their LP Gas Installers License. Thank you, Dallas, for all that you do for our members and our association, and congratulations on your promotion! Many of you saw at the show that we had mock ups of our new Florida Swims license plate and were able to vote on your favorite! As we progress through the legislative process to establish a license plate for our Florida Swims Foundation, we have been working behind the scenes to create a design that will appeal to a broad audience. Keep an eye out for further communication regarding the outcome of the voting from the show – and how to engage with our license plate design in the coming months as we work toward finalizing the process with both our state government and our members. We hope you will be interested in purchasing one when the time comes to support our charitable efforts! Happy Spring to all of you – I can’t wait for the warm weather to be upon us so we can open those pools and get back to enjoying them and all our industry has to offer, particularly this time of year! SENSAFE ITSSENSAFE SENSAFE_ITS sensafe.com • firstname.lastname@example.org • 800-861-9712 USING ALTERNATIVE POOL SANITIZERS? SALT LOW CHLORINE COPPER BORATE OZONE TEST WITH THE BEST! SIN0721_½ ad.indd 1 6/18/21 4:12 PM
8 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 FLORIDA POOL PERMITS Permits provided by HBW / www.hbweekly.com County Name January 2021 January 2022 Alachua County 13 20 Bay County 32 27 Brevard County 95 133 Broward County 50 61 Calhoun County 0 0 Charlotte County 114 183 Citrus County 28 45 Clay County 19 24 Collier County 183 229 Dade County 150 188 Duval County 63 106 Escambia County 18 45 Flagler County 31 58 Franklin County 2 2 Gadsden County 0 2 Gulf County 0 2 Hernando County 11 32 Highlands County 9 8 Hillsborough County 174 218 Holmes County 0 0 Indian River County 56 44 Jackson County 1 2 Jefferson County 0 0 Lake County 87 92 Lee County 276 502 Leon County 19 14 Liberty County 0 0 Manatee County 208 356 Marion County 26 37 Martin County 33 42 Nassau County 21 24 Okaloosa County 24 25 Orange County 219 213 Osceola County 26 110 Palm Beach County 275 327 Pasco County 149 139 Pinellas County 77 49 Polk County 93 101 Putnam County 3 2 Santa Rosa County 47 46 Sarasota County 224 283 Seminole County 24 8 St Johns County 156 156 St Lucie County 43 116 Sumter County 63 37 Volusia County 52 98 Wakulla County 1 2 Walton County 37 78 Washington County 0 0 TOTALS 3232 4286 County Name January 2021 January 2022
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 9 PIPAC 2022 is well underway and the Pool Industry Political Action Committee (PIPAC) needs your support as election season ramps ups. Earl ier this year PIPAC kicked off the 2022-2023 PIPAC Fundraising Campaign at the January 2022 FSPA Board of Directors meetings where more than $50,000 in donations were already pledged. In 2022 PIPAC will be working aggressively to support candidates for office in Florida who share the values of the Florida swimming pool and spa industry and will work to make public policy that positively impacts our industry and your business. During the 2020 election cycle PIPACmademore than $80,000 in political contributions and 24 of the 25 candidates PIPAC supported were elected or reelected. Making a donation commitment to PIPAC gives you a voice in how laws and policy are made in Florida, step up today and make your voice heard! Call 941-9529293 today to make your 20222023 commitment to PIPAC! Support PIPAC today! Help advance Florida's swimming pool and spa industry
10 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 “I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.” ~ Herbert Bayard Swope Owning and managing a business has never been easy. We are continuously faced with making decisions that are not clearly right or wrong. Each decision we make affects the next situation that will be presented to us. And to further complicate matters, our decisions not only affect ourselves, but also often our families, our businesses, our employees' families, our community, our industry, and the list goes on. We are at a time in our market like we have never previously experienced. Yes, we have seen good times before, and many of us can recall lean years or downturns in the market. But the market that we are navigating through right now is uncharted territory. We have a virtually unlimited customer base who wants the products we offer. Customers have the ability to pay for our services. This should be exciting times for us in the pool construction industry! This should be the market environment that in times past was only dreamt about. But here we are, entering into 2022. Our marketing conversations have gone from marketing our goods and services to prospective customers, to how to market our business to prospective employees and/or subcontractors trying to fill the ever-increasing demand for our services. And we now negotiate (and sometimes beg) with our suppliers simply for the ability to purchase the products they sell. Who would have thought that simply getting basic construction materials would be such a challenge? If somebody would have told us two years ago that we would be struggling to get concrete and pipe, we would have laughed! Yet, this is exactly the position that we find ourselves in. As pool builders, obviously everything starts with sales. The core business model has always been: sell the job, and then figure out how to build it. Lead times, or selling jobs with a start date months in advance, has always felt like a security blanket. Whatever our lead time comfort level has been, having that “hopper full” has given us, as business owners, the peace of mind knowing that Find your niche By Brent Handy, Paragon Pools / brent@ParagonPoolsOnline.com DIGGING UP IDEAS
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 11 DIGGING UP IDEAS Precision Control & BECS Controller Line • Reliable, 30 Year Track Record • All Items in Stock for Immediate Shipment • In-Field Service & Repair by Factory Techs • Leaders in Remote Control & Communication • ORP & Direct Reading PPM • Control Systems at Every Price Level Commercial Energy Specialists Excellence inWater Quality Control Since 1983 FL/Carribean Master Distributor/Service Center www.CESWaterQuality.com 800-940-1557 we have jobs for the foreseeable future. For some, that comfort level may have been four to six months booked out, for others that comfort level may have been a year or two booked out. But, times are changing! For those of us who intentionally sign a backlog of jobs to begin at a future date, how can we be sure that we can fulfill the agreements that we are signing? Stop for a minute and think about the next job that your company will be starting. How has the industry changed in the short time since the job was signed? If the past couple of years is any indication of what the future looks like, does this reflection impact your direction moving forward? When the job was negotiated with the homeowner, what expectations were given? Both in terms of pricing and scheduling? Can you still comfortably build the agreed upon job for the price and schedule expectation set during the sales process? If the answer is yes, both my company and my customer are happy at the completion of the job, then you are winning! If the answer is no, and either you or your
12 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 DIGGING UP IDEAS customer are unhappy with the experience at the end of the job, then maybe this would be a good time to reflect on your core business model. Some of the best advice that I received early in my career was to clearly define exactly what very specific segment of the industry I wanted to specialize in, and to prioritize work in that area. Customers have more access than ever before to ideas, opinions, pictures, and products they think they want to have installed. Gone are the days of our sales staff presenting ideas to homeowners. Our role as builders is now to take the homeowners concept and to mold that into a project that both parties can agree on. For some builders, true custom projects are their business model. For custom builders, the projects often evolve during construction. With the lead times on products, this means that timelines can be hard to predict. This in turn adds a degree of difficulty to scheduling future work. For other builders, schedule is the more important priority. For this business model, everything revolves around starting pools at the designated schedule. But, of course you also have to finish the pools you start. For this model in today's environment, design changes during the construction process can add a significant degree of difficulty and frustration to completion of the project. So, what is your niche? Have you clearly defined your business model? Do you have a system for deciding which projects to bid on, and which projects would fall outside your preferred business model? Find your niche Continued from page 8
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 13 What might be heard at Mount Rushmore about Salt Water Pools... I keep the pH in the correct range. I add conditioner as needed, honestly. I check the salt level and only use AQUASALT. I clean the cell every 2 to 3 months of use. 7.5 x 4.75 Florida Pool Pro INSURANCE UPDATE Last month we began talking about the big issue of claimant's attorney fees in workers' compensation claims. Despite two major appeals, court rulings barring limits on fees, employers and insurers have continued to cite the need for new legislation. Before those court rul ings, some claimants’ attorneys noted that they could spend many hours on a claim and end up with a relatively small settlement – and a tiny legal fee. The Florida workers’ comp statute had limited attorney By David Griffiths, Insurance by Ken Brown / email@example.com The impact of attorney fees on Florida workers' compensation claims (part 2)
14 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 INSURANCE UPDATE fees to 20% of the first $5,000 of benefits secured and 15% of the next $5,000. On benefits that accrue after 10 years, the fee was limited to 5%. Part of the legislative reasoning behind the fee limits, besides tamping down workers’ comp costs for businesses, was that in many cases, the fee would come out of the claimant’s indemnity award, potentially depriving injured workers of some indemnity compensation. And unlike personal injury cases, in which lawyers often charge 30% to 40% of the award, comp cases can’t include punitive damages paid directly by the defendant corporation or insurer. But the statutory fee limits were disincentivizing attorneys from taking workers’ comp cases and were making it difficult for injured workers to find representation, claimants’ lawyers argued. Since the Castellanos decision, claimants’ attorneys are not limited by the fee schedule. But insurance attorneys said that most claimants’ lawyers continue to use the schedule as a guide or they follow a simple rule of thumb: 10% of the settlement or award, plus $750. If the parties and the judge in the Ambrocio case had followed that rule, the claimant’s attorneys’ fees would have totaled $395,750. But many have said that the Ambrocio case marks a dangerous precedent. Insurers and employers have fretted that claimants’ legal fees have been creeping upwards since the Castellanos decision, adding to carriers’ loss adjustment expenses and threatening to affect comp insurance rates and premiums. Claimants’ lawyers have countered that workers’ comp premiums for most employers in Florida have dropped significantly in recent years, suggesting that plaintiffs’ legal fees aren’t hurting anyone. After regulators approved a 14.5% average rate increase for 2017, due to the anticipated effects of the Castellanos court ruling, rates since then have fallen by more than 40%. The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation approved another average decrease in comp rates, of 4.9% for 2022. The database, covering more than 258,000 claims since 2013, shows that since the Castellanos decision, claimants’ attorney fees have risen steadily. The total amount of claimants’ attorney fees per year have climbed from $128 million in 2014 to $230 million in 2021. The average amount of fees, after remaining steady at about $4,000 in 2014 and 2015, also has risen each year, topping $7,830 in 2021. That’s a 94% increase, about five times the rate of inflation.
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 15 INSURANCE UPDATE It’s uncertain if Florida lawmakers will now act on attorney fees in the legislative session that begins Jan. 11. Some legislators have said the capital will be preoccupied with election redistricting and perhaps further adjustments to property insurance reforms. Claimants’ lawyers have their own ideas on ways to limit litigation costs. One idea is to remove the section of the comp statute that requires comp judges to review legal fees. State law does not require judicial oversight on fees in most other types of litigation, Bichler said. Ending the requirement in comp would save a significant amount of document filing and attorneys’ time, on both sides of the fence, he said. Another idea suggested would be for insurance carriers to concede claimants’ attorney fees early on, before fees end up in dispute and protracted litigation. Claimants’ firms could also buck the recent trend toward larger contingency fees. While some firms now demand 25% of the total, lifetime award, Leavy urged his fellow lawyers to avoid the appearance of greed and stick closer to the statutory guidelines, which reduce the amount of fees on those benefits that accrue after 10 years. For now, however, there are no imminent solutions to this problem. 800.641.9247 www.sgm.cc Spray Deck System combined with unique pattern templates can permanently imprint newly placed concrete with authentic textures to match architectural features or blend into the landscape. The finish can last the lifetime of the concrete and is durable, sanitary and easy to maintain. Required over Southcrete Spray Deck (two-parts: powder and resin) and over One-Step Spray Deck. Kahlua Creme Desert Sand Egg Shell Sea Shell Nickel White Silver Ivory Gun Metal Almond Terracotta Clear Sample colors are as accurate as modern printing can produce. Verify appearance with a test area before installation. Please request a Spray Deck color chart to make a color selection. Actual shade and texture will depend on jobsite conditions, mixing ratio, individual batches and installation methods. Use constitutes acceptance.
16 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 COMMERCIAL CONNECTION My company has been renovating commercial and/or public swimming pools for quite a few years now. We have seen many changes in requirements from local governing departments. Just a few examples are a barrier fence passes a county inspection and shortly thereafter did not pass a health department requirement. We have found that the county building department may not require an up-to-code cross brace ladder and the local health department does. In the past we would courteously sometimes notify county health departments, have a contract with a homeowners association or a management company and proceed with our work, of course up to latest codes. In recent years, probably the last three to five years, public swimming pool renovations have been required to be permitted, and local health departments notified to exactly what we are doing with a pool or spa. That’s ok with me, I believe with all the potential liability which comes with putting your license and reputation on the line, any and all powers that be should be in this together. What I don’t understand is that permitting oversight is not enforced properly from county to county in the state of Florida. Why can’t the state of Florida be unified with building departments and health officials so all licensed pool professionals know exactly the correct procedure for a professional renovation, and have the knowledge that other professionals are also doing the same? Our company has worked with the FSPA with questions on different interpretations of codes from county to county and been highly successful in doing so. Confusing commercial pool renovation requirements By Robert Miller, Palm City Pool and Spa / REMPCPool@aol.com
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 17 EXPO INFO th Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate the 50th anniversary Everything Under the Sunsm Expo! This successful event supports the pool industry in Florida through the work of the FSPA. Many awards were given during the Welcome & Awards Reception, congratulate these winners if you see them! Maurice worked on the Electrical Taskforce in 2016 and has led FSPA to grow its Pool Industry PAC as an action arm of our organization’s government affairs strategy. In 2020 PIPAC contributed more than $80,000, and 24 of the 25 officials FSPA supported were elected or re-elected. In 2021 Maurice led the organization through a change in organizational and staff leadership by prompting the development of a selection committee that seated a new Executive Director. He also lead the implementation of our new association bylaws, the creation of our Young Professionals group, and the dedication of the Brian J. Kelly Board Room in our FSPA T.E.C. Center. Thank you, Maurice, for your continuedpassion for our industry and our association. Each year, the FSPA Chapter presidents select a “Person of the Year” for the Florida Swimming Pool Association. It is based on the individual effort and effectiveness of the individual in providing the FSPA with leadership, commitment and service. Maurice Bushroe has been selected as the 2021 Person of the Year. Maurice served as the FSPA Board President in 2021 and has been a dedicated member of the Executive Committee since 2016. He has served on his Chapter Board since 2015 in various roles and has been a force of change at the state level since that time. 2021 Person of the Year Maurice Bushroe
18 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 EXPO INFO The FSPA Hall of Fame is presented to industry professionals who have demonstrated their dedication to the organization over a period of ten years or more. During their tenure inductees provide exemplary service, go above and beyond the call of duty and serve as role models for future leaders. This year, we are proud to induct John Garner into the Hall of Fame. John has been an active FSPAmember since 2002. During themore than 20 years as a leader in the Northeast Florida Chapter, he has been President no less than seven times. 2022 Hall of Fame John Garner, Sr. During his tenure as a state Board Director, John has been and remains active on the following committees and task forces: Government Affairs, PIPAC, Building CodeTask Force, Builders Council, Commercial Council, Energy & SustainabilityTask Force and more. He has also served as a continuing education certified instructor for FSPA. John also served on the State Board Executive Committee for nine years, during two of which he was the FSPA Board President. He was also selected as FSPA’s Person of the Year in 2015. John is clearly devoted to the Florida Swimming Pool Association, continues to act as amentor to othermembers, and is focusedon the advancement of the swimming pool industry as a whole. Thank you, John, for all your years of volunteerism and your loyalty to the association.
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 19 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS THANK YOU SPONSORS! You made the magic happen! This award is bestowed upon an individual who has exemplified leadership, commitment and service to their local FSPA Chapter. Each Chapter may select one of their members for this recognition. Please thank these volunteers for their hard work on behalf of the swimming pool industry. 2021 Chapter Directors of the Year Shawn Wiseman- Central FL Dino Muggeo - North Central FL Tim Converse - FL West Coast Kerry Tait - East Central FL Brett Scully - Space Coast Chapter Jonathan Mosher - Manasota Nicki Pressley-Rice - Charlotte Harbor Chapter Michele Moser - FL Gulf Coast Misty Knight - Broward Chapter
20 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS FSPA AWARDS Philanthropist of the Year Ben Evans American Pools & Spas Outstanding Volunteer Leadership Award Tim Conroy Team Horner Rising Leader Award Jackson Reeves Odyssey Manufacturing Co. Young Professional of the Year Jon Mosher Signet Pool Workforce Development Champion Rick Howard Rick’s Pool Service Instructor of the Year David Griffiths Insurance by Ken Brown
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 21 DESIGN AWARDS 2022 Best in Show Lucas Lagoons Winners of the 2022 Design Awards were announced and recognized at the Welcome and Awards Reception March 3 at the Everything Under the Sunsm Expo. Congratulations to everyone for their accomplishments! Gold Award - Superior Pools of Southwest FL Silver Award - AquaTech Pools GC, Inc. Silver Award - Indigo Pool Patio BBQ Bronze Award - AquaTech Pools GC, Inc. Gold Award - Superior Pools of Southwest FL Bronze Award - Lucas Lagoons Pool/Spa Combination 501 - 700 sq ft Pool/Spa Combination 250 - 500 sq ft 2022 Design Awards
22 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 Gold Award - Sunsational Pools and Spas, Inc. Gold Award - Lucas Lagoons Gold Award - Lucas Lagoons Gold Award - Lucas Lagoons Pool/Spa Combination 701+ sq ft Gold Award - Almar Jackson Pools, Inc. Silver Award - Lucas Lagoons Bronze Award - Almar Jackson Pools, Inc. Silver Award - AquaTech Pools GC, Inc. Bronze Award - AquaTech Pools GC, Inc. Commercial Water Feature DESIGN AWARDS Technical Achievement Lucas Lagoons
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 23 DESIGN AWARDS Residential Pool 250 - 500 sq ft Gold Award - Ike's Carter Pool Companies Gold Award - Ike's Carter Pool Companies Residential Spas Gold Award - Sunsational Pools and Spas, Inc. Gold Award - Superior Pools of Southwest FL Silver Award - AquaTech Pools GC Bronze Award - Almar Jackson Pools, Inc. Residential Pool/Spa Restoration Gold Award -Ike's Carter P ol Com nies Award of Merit - Indigo Pool Patio BBQ Award of Merit - AquaTech Pools GC, Inc.
24 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 FSPA AWARDS Gold Award - Lucas Lagoons Gold Award - American Pools and Spas Pool/Spa Combination Vanishing Edge Silver Award - Ike's Carter Pool Companies Bronze Award - Almar Jackson Pools, Inc. Gold Award - Lucas Lagoons Silver Award - Lucas Lagoons Residential Water Feature Bronze Award - Lucas Lagoons Residential Fiberglass Pool Award of Merit - Poolwerx Beaches
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 25 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Broward Chapter Coordinator: Diane Michael (386) 538-1083 FSPABroward@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPABroward.com The first meeting back together was held February 16 and was hosted by HornerXpress. What a great turnout for our kickoff to the new calendar year. This “Member Meet & Greet” was a great way for members to get together to learn about all the happenings of Broward Chapter. Thank you so much to everyone for attending! In March, we won’t have a meeting because of the Expo but save the date for the next Chapter meeting happening Wednesday, April 20 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. AquaChamps Swim School will be hosting this month’s meeting with a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of their facility at 509 NE 43 Street, Oakland Park. Plan on attending to gain more information about this member’s programs and services along with learning more about how our Chapter works with them to provide swim lessons to those in need. We will be catering this meeting and will need to know if you plan on eating. Be sure to RSVP to Diane at FSPABroward@FloridaPoolPro.com. Also, remember to invite a future member. Our monthly meetings are the best place for those interested TheBrowardChapter held ameetingFebruary 16. Thank you to everyone who attended! in joining to learn about our Chapter! Thank you! Throughout the year the Broward Chapter Board of Directors supports many local and state programs including donating to Florida Swims Foundation where it is matched twice and then used for programs such as Every Child A Swimmer. To grow our local outreach program and continue to contribute to many valuable organizations and causes, we ask that you ask to see the 2022 sponsorship form. There are many options for your business to gain
26 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS maximum exposure to the members of our Chapter. Please help us grow and support our goals. Contact Diane to receive the options via email. We have a great start to the new year with four new members. Please welcome Patricia Riley (retiree), Deco Pools, Salco Salt, and ABC Design General Services. The 2022 tentative schedule includes no meeting in March so everyone can attend the Everything Under the Sunsm Expo, a Chapter Meeting on April 20, a Fishing Tournament in May, a Chapter Meeting on June 15, a Tabletop & Auction in July, a Chapter MeetingAugust 17, a Chapter Meeting on September 21, a Top Golf event in October, a Chapter Meeting on November 16 and in December a Holiday Party/Havana Nights. Follow us. Please like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FSPABroward and our Instagram at @FSPABrowardChapter. Central Florida Chapter Coordinator: Sonja Dickey (941) 952-9293 FSPACentralFlorida@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPACentralFlorida.com So it all began in 1972 as the Florida Pool Show, a small tabletop event. Over the years it was also known as the Orlando Pool Show and now the Everything Under the Sunsm Expo and we celebrated its 50th Anniversary this year! A job well done to the FSPAstate office for pulling off another year! Thank you to HornerXpress for sponsoring the Welcome and Awards Reception! A round of applause from the Central Florida Chapter goes to Shawn Wiseman, Wiseman Pools, for the Chapter Director of the Year Award and to Ben Evans, American Pools and Spas, for being named Philanthropist of the Year. Another round of applause for American Pools and Spas for their Tops in Truck Fleet Vehicles award and Design Awards. S a v e t h e d a t e f o r a GPS / Te l ema t i c s B e s t P r a c t i c e s f o r D r i v e r & F l ee t Managemen t ( C I LB c ou r s e #0613250 , 1 hr., meets general requirement, FPSA d/b/a FSPA CILB providership #0000917) taught by Sean Yakicic, Amerisure, on April 5 at 6:00 p.m. at HornerXpress. Please watch your inbox for more details and RSVP. Premier Pools of Central Florida is proud to present the 2022 Casino
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 27 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Night and Silent Auction. Please mark your calendar for September 30 for another great night benefiting education and safety around water! Contact Sonja for sponsorship opportunities. We will not have a Board Meeting in March as we are encouraging our members to attend the Everything Under the Sunsm Expo. Our next Board Meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend, will be Tuesday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. at HornerXpress Longwood. Please stay for the CE class immediately following the Board Meeting. We look forward to seeing you there. Your 2022 Board of Directors are working on exciting and educational events. Please let us hear from you with any suggestions for speakers or events. If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page at FSPACentral Florida Chapter to keep up with upcoming events and meetings. Charlotte Harbor Chapter Coordinator: Sonja Dickey (941) 952-9293 FSPACharlotteHarbor@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPACharlotteHarbor.com The Everything Under the Sunsm Expo celebrated 50 years! It all began in 1972 as the Florida Pool Show and now the state office succeeded in their 50th show! Congrats! A round of applause to our very own Chapter president Nicki Pressley-Rice, WEK & Associates, and Chuck Coone, Pool Corp, for hosting the much anticipated Welcome and Awards Night sponsored by HornerXpress. Congratulations to our Charlotte Harbor members who were recognized for their accomplishments: Nicki Pressely, WEK &Associates, is Chapter Director of the Year; TimConroy, Lo-Chlor, received the Outstanding Volunteer LeadershipAward; and Indigo Pool Patio BBQ and Superior Pools Southwest Florida received Design Awards! Job well done! RSVP today for a CE class on March 24 instructed by David Griffiths, Insurance by Ken Brown. Value of Written Contract Agreements (CILB course #0612426, 1 hr., meets business practices requirement, FPSA d/b/a FSPA CILB providership #0000917) will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Pioneers Pizza in Port Charlotte. Save the date for April 21 at 6:00 pm at Beef O Brady’s, Punta Gorda. We have another CE class planned for you. Sean Yakicic, Amerisure, will be
28 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS teaching us about Workplace Safety (CILB course #0006954, 1 hr., meets workplace safety requirement, FPSAd/b/a FSPACILB providership #0000917). Not to mention on May 9 we have another CE class planned. Dallas Thiesen, FSPA Senior Director of Government Affairs, will share his knowledge on the FBCAdvanced Module 2020 Swimming Pool Update (CILB course #0613859, 1 hr., meets advancedmodule requirement, FPSAd/b/a FSPACILB providership #0000917). Location TBD. Wow! There is more! The Chapter will be hosting itsAnnual Golf Tournament benefiting education and safety around water on May 21 at Heron Creek Golf Course. Please register you team and become a sponsor today! Our next Board Meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend, will be on Thursday, March 24 at 5:00 p.m. at Pioneers Pizza. Please stay for the CE class immediately following the Board Meeting. We look forward to seeing you there. Your 2022 Board is working on exciting and educational events. Please let us hear from you with any suggestions for speakers or events. If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page at FSPA Charlotte Harbor Chapter to keep up with upcoming events and meetings. East Central Florida Chapter Coordinator: Diane Michael (386) 538-1083 FSPAEastCentralFlorida@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPAEastCentral.com WaterSafe, Inc., our chosen beneficiary for our Chapter who provides swim lessons for local children who need the support, was our monthly host on February 8 at Houligan’s. Brielle Goldberg updated us on the local and state numbers and explained where funds were allocated from donations from our Chapter from 2021. Thank you, Brielle. Cypress Creek Outdoors also presented WaterSafe with a $1,800 check that the Chapter will submit to be matched twice to provide even more with free swim lessons. Thank you so much, Cypress Creek, for your commitment and donation. Our Annual Corn Hole Tournament is taking place Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell. This event will help support member outreach efforts! Please let us know you will have a team and if
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 29 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS The East Central Florida Chapter would like to thank everyone for attending our February meeting sponsored by WaterSafe. you have a board today! Teams will be $50 each ($10 for kids). Food will be included. Please BYOB. The sooner we have commitments, the better we can plan out food, beverage and the boards. Thank you for your continued support! Sign up today! We aren’t meeting as a Chapter in March due to the Expo so please save the date for Tuesday, April 12 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Houligan’s, off International Speedway in Daytona, for our monthly meeting. Learn more about solar programs, ways to get your clients interested and the benefits of working with member Wayne’s Solar. Be sure to bring a guest! Thank you. Throughout the year, the East Central Chapter Board of Directors support many local and state programs including the Florida Swims Foundation’s swim lessons through programs such as Every Child ASwimmer. To grow our local outreach program and continue to contribute to many valuable organizations and causes, we ask that you ask to see the 2022 Sponsorship form. There are many options for your business to gain maximum exposure to the members of our Chapter. Please help us grow and support our goals. Contact Diane to receive the options via email. All meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. located at Houligans, 1725 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, unless otherwise stated. Dinner cost is covered with a $20 donation for members and $25 for future members. Please be sure to bring guest! Guests are welcome to attend three meetings prior to joining. Your Board has decided to go with a hybrid approach to this year's meetings and events. If you want to sponsor, volunteer, or want more information, let Di know. More details and dates to come. Save the date for meetings this year: March 19 is the Annual Cornhole Tournament,April 12 is aChapter Meeting sponsored by Wayne’s Solar, May 10 is the Annual Bowling Tournament (thank you to Coby Moore for chairing this
30 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS fundraiser!), June 14 is a Chapter Meeting, July 12 is a Silent Auction (thank you to Candice Lucas for chairing this fundraiser!), August 9 is a Chapter Meeting, September 13 is a Chapter Meeting, October is a Golf Tournament (thank you to Keith Quint and Kerry Tait for chairing this fundraiser!), November 8 is a Chapter Meeting sponsored by Jack’s Magic, and December 13 is a Holiday Party/Casino Night (thank you to Larry Drumb and Holly Waldhauer for chairing this fundraiser!). Fol low us. Please l ike our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ FSPAEastCentralChapter and our Instagram @FSPAEastCentralChapter. Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Coordinator: Diane Michael (386) 538-1083 FSPAFloridaGulfCoast@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPAGulfCoast.com Thank you so much to Steve Olds and Dave Ballard, Symbiont Service The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter appreciates everyone for attending the Chapter meetings Please bring future members to the next one! The Florida Gu l f Co a s t Chapter thanks S y m b i o n t Service Corp f o r ho s t i ng the Chapter Me e t i n g i n February. Corp, for hosting our first meeting for 2022! Dave gave an educated presentation on all things geothermal. All who attended walked away with a new grasp on their business and the benefits of geothermal. Thank you to everyone who attended; we welcomed newmember Pool Scouts and enjoyed seeing everyone else. We won’t be meeting in March due to the Expo. Please save the date and we will see you on April 13! This meeting will be hosted at Famous Dave’s in Fort Myers. Dr. Coffey, the general manager of Lo-Chlor and the chemist who made most of the Lo-Chlor products, will be presenting at the Chapter meeting of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter! This is a great
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 31 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS opportunity to invite your employees and come out to see if you can “Stump the Chemist!” Attendees will learn a bit of technical information about chlorine and pool chlorine mysteries that will help reduce blood pressure and increase profits. Huge thanks to Mark Sauro, southwest sales manager for Lo-Chlor® LLC, for always supporting the Chapter! Sunday, May 15 is the Chapter’s Fishing Tournament. We are renting out the entire boat again! Please save the date and RSVP asap to Diane at FSPAFloridaGulfCoast@FloridaPoolPro.com with how many spaces we can save for you. This year, we are heading back to Sea Trek, 18500 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers! It will be from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and we only have room for 40 guests so get on the list today. Sponsorships are available. Thank you to HornerXpress for stepping up to be a sponsor again this year. Instead of our usually meeting in July, we are hosting our Annual Member Appreciation Bowling Bash. This year we are going to move locations to Headpinz Naples, 8525 Radio Lane. Because of the large turnout last year, we have reserved the private bowling area from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.. We are asking for sponsors for this event to help underwrite the costs associated so we can continue to provide this to members for free. More details to come. Thank you to all who continue to sponsor! Throughout the year, the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Board of Directors supports many local and state programs including the Florida Swims Foundations free swim lessons through programs such as Every Child A Swimmer. To grow our local outreach program and continue to contribute to many valuable organizations and causes, we ask that you ask to see the 2022 sponsorship form. There are many options for your business to gain maximum exposure to the members of our Chapter. Please help us grow and support our goals. Contact Diane to receive the options via email. Welcome to the Chapters new member company Pool Scouts and Joseph Golio! Please support new members. We are back to meeting the second Wednesday of the month for 2022. Please disregard all previous posts/mentions of the calendar. This is the updated 2022 calendar. Thank you for your understanding. All monthly meetings are from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Famous Dave’s, Fort Myers, unless otherwise stated. Please be sure to bring guest! Their first dinner is always free to check out our growing Chapter.
32 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS Meetings for 2022: • March – No meeting – See you at Everything Under the Sunsm Expo • April 13 - Chapter Meeting sponsored by Lo-Chlor • May15 – Annual Fishing Tournament – Sea Trek, 18500 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach • June 8 - Chapter Meeting sponsored by Aqua Leak Detection • July 13 – Member Appreciation Bowling Night at Head Pinz, Naples • August 10 - Chapter Meeting sponsored by Fluidra • September 14 - Chapter Meeting • October – Table Top & Annual Auction • November 9 – Chapter Meeting • December 14 – “Not So Silent Night” Holiday Party Follow us at www.Facebook.com/FSPAFLGulfCoast and on Instagram. com/FSPAGulfCoast. We appreciate your continued support! Florida West Coast Chapter Coordinator: Malinda Howard (727) 638-6072 FSPAFloridaWestCoast@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPAWestCoast.com The Chapter Board met Tuesday, February 1 at Bayou Club in Largo. Thank you to John Olden and Gorman Company St. Pete for sponsoring the lunch. The next Chapter Board of Directors Meeting will be held at noon on Tuesday, March 1 at Queen’s Pizza, 1834 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater. Also mark your calendar for April 5 for the same time and location. Our Board of Directors meetings are usually scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month. All Chapter members are welcome to attend. We are always interested in hearing your ideas for Chapter meetings and programs. The 50th Anniversary Everything Under the Sunsm Expo will be held March 4 - 5 at the Orange County Convention Center. While you are at the Show, check out who was chosen as the Florida West Coast Chapter Director of the Year. See you there! It’s time to start putting your team together for the Florida West Coast Chapter’s Annual Golf Tournament! This year’s tournament will be held Saturday, May 7, at Bayou Club, Largo. The tournament will begin with a
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 33 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. Lunch and awards will follow play. Contact the Chapter office regarding sponsorships or registration. Manasota Chapter Coordinator: Sonja Dickey (941) 952-9293 FSPAManasota@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPAManasota.com Wow! Another show in the books! The FSPA state office did it again! The Everything Under the Sunsm Expo celebrated its 50th anniversary with a bang! A huge thank you to HornerXpress for a wonderful evening of awards. Our very own past president, Chuck Coone, Pool Corp, and Nicki PressleyRice, WEK &Associates, put on a good show and presented many deserving awards. Congratulations to Jonathan Mosher, Signet Pools, on receiving the Chapter Director of the Year and being named Young Professional of the Year. Congratulations as well to AquaTech Pools GC and Lucas Lagoons for receiving Design Awards. An extended thank you goes out to FWP, Gorman, Lyon Financial, and Pentair for a fantastic Friday Night Party! Everyone had a great time! RSVP today for our Cheers & Beers Member Night at Big Top Brewery in Sarasota on March 30 at 6:00 p.m. Come solo or bring a friend or even a pool professional who may have interest in learning more about the FSPA! First beer is on us! Find Sonja, your chapter coordinator, at the bar for your complimentary drink ticket. Look forward to seeing you there! Save the date for our FBC 2020 Public Pool Sizing CE class (CILB course #0613706, 1 hr., meets general requirement, FPSA d/b/a FSPA CILB providership #0000917) on April 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the FSPA T.E.C. Center, 2555 Porter Lake Dr., Ste. 106. The class will be taught by Dallas Thiesen, FSPA Senior Director of Government Affairs. RSVP today! We will not have a Board meeting in March as we are encouraging our members to attend the Everything Under the Sunsm Expo. Our next Board Meeting, which all members are encouraged to attend, will be Thursday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the FSPA T.E.C. Center. Please stay for the CE class immediately following the Board meeting. We look forward to seeing you there. Your 2022 Board is working on exciting and educational events. Please let
34 Florida Pool Prosm • March 2022 FSPA CHAPTER NEWS us hear from you with any suggestions for speakers or events. If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page at FSPA Manasota Chapter to keep up with upcoming events and meetings. North Central Florida Chapter Coordinator: Sonja Dickey (941) 952-9293 FSPANorthCentralFlorida@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPANorthCentral.com 50th anniversary! Yes, that’s right! The FSPA state office just pulled off the 50th anniversary of the Everything Under the Sunsm Expo! Fun was had by all! Thank you to HornerXpress for sponsoring the Welcome and Awards Reception. Awards were given out to many industry pool professionals, including the Director of the Year award to Dino Muggeo, Dino’s Pool Service! Thank you for all you do! If you haven’t already, register your team for our 2022 Sporting Clay Shoot on April 2 at Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm at 8:30 a.m. Thank you Paragon Pools of Lake City and National Pool Route Sales for helping make this event happen. There are still sponsorship opportunities available. Watch you Thank you to everyone who joined inon the North Central F l o r i d a C h a p t e r ' s zoommeeting. inbox or our Chapter Facebook page for more information to register and even become a sponsor! Takea lookat our zoomcall picture! Here you’ll see you Chapter Board members plotting and planning for the year! Please come to our next meeting coming up on March 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Milano Italian Grill. Prior to our meeting, we will have Erik Szabo, Shutts and Bowen, LLP, teach us the Fundamentals of Florida Construction Contracts (CILB course #0613190, 1hr, meets requirement, FPSAd/b/a FSPACILB providership #0000917). Escalation
March 2022 • Florida Pool Prosm 35 clauses will be a part of his presentation. Please RSVP today! Your 2022 Board is working on exciting and educational events. Please let us hear from you with any suggestions for speakers or events. If you haven’t already, please like our Facebook page at FSPA North Central Chapter to keep up with upcoming events and meetings. Northeast Florida Chapter Coordinator: Mary Larkin (941) 952-9293 FSPANortheastFlorida@FloridaPoolPro.com www.FSPANortheast.com By the time you read this, the 50th anniversary of the show will have just taken place! A big shout out and congratulations to John Garner, Pools by John Garner, for being inducted into the Hall of Fame! It is nice to see your dedication to this industry has been well rewarded! We are proud you are part of our Chapter! A Chapter meeting was held February 16 at Maggiano’s. Thank you to Jamie Ressler, Wayne’s Solar, for sponsoring the meeting! The next Chapter meeting will be March 15 at Maggiano’s and we are honored to have FSPA’s lobbyist Carlos Cruz, Converge Government Affairs of Florida, speaking at the event. Carlos will have just returned from legislative New FSPA members WELCOME! All Aquatic Engineering LLC Jacksonville Caliber Pool Inspections Gainesville Cannonball Pools of St. Johns County, LLC St. Augustine/CPC1459587 Frontline Pool Service Tampa J&L Clean Pools, LLC dba Pool Scouts Lehigh Acres POOLfection LLC Tampa Southern Waters Pools LLC Jacksonville/CPC1459668 Patricia Riley Retiree