Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) November 16, 2012
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces the establishment of the APSP Fellows program as the industry’s top recognition for contributions that enhance the professionalism of the pool and spa industry. The peer nominated honor was developed by the APSP Board of Directors to recognize industry leaders who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to learning and development through the presentation of educational programs, technical and business publications, and industry related research.
The inaugural cadre of Fellows was named during the APSP Board of Directors Luncheon at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo November 5. They are: Jana Auringer, The Pool Lady; Bob Barron, CBP, CSP, Baron Pool Service; Steve Barnes, Pentair Aquatic Systems; Dan Johnson, CBP, Swim Inc.; Mark Laven, Latham International; Ron Lacher, CBP, Pool Engineering; Albert Rizzo, CBP, CSP Rizzo Pools; Rick English, CBP, English Pool Consulting; and posthumously honored were Al Inglin, Aqua Pool Service & Spa; and Tom Seechuk, LaMotte.
“APSP is very pleased to recognize these individuals as APSP Fellows,” said Bill Weber, APSP president and CEO. “Each one has distinguished themselves in their own special way, and collectively they represent a true passion for excellence, a commitment to the industry and selfless contributions to the learning and development of others.”
There is no single criterion for selection to the ranks of APSP Fellows. Fellows can be nominated by their peers in the pool and spa industry. Each year, APSP will recognize twelve individuals as Fellows who have made lifelong contributions to the industry, as well as those who are trailblazers, innovators, and leading thinkers who have created a mark of distinction in their careers. APSP Fellows may be nominated from any segment of the industry and may be honored posthumously.
“The APSP Board of Directors congratulates the first Fellows and recognizes their extraordinary work over the years,” said Steve Gorlin, APSP Chairman of the Board. “Their effort has paved the way for countless certified professionals in our industry and has increased consumers’ confidence in our industry’s products.”
For more information about the Fellows program, visit APSP.org/Fellows or call 703.838.0083 ext. 274.
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The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s oldest and largest association representing swimming pool, hot tub, and spa manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers’ agents, designers, builders, installers, suppliers, retailers, and service professionals. Dedicated to the growth and development of its members’ businesses and to promoting the enjoyment and safety of pools and spas, APSP offers a range of services, from professional development to advancing key legislation and regulation at the federal and local levels, to consumer outreach and public safety. APSP is the only industry organization recognized by the American National Standards Institute to develop and promote national standards for pools, hot tubs, and spas. For more information, visit APSP.org.