The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces the winners of its 2016 APSP Awards Program. The program recognizes prominent achievements and outstanding performers in the pool, spa and hot tub industry. Being recognized this year are 74 pool, hot tub and water features in the design competition, and 18 individuals recognized for their contribution to the aquatic industry. One APSP Chapter earned top honors.
All APSP recipients will be officially recognized in the October issue of AQUA Magazine and honored during the APSP Awards Reception, November 1, 2016 in New Orleans. Individual photos of the award winners can be viewed at APSP.org/AwardsGallery.
In its 46th year, the APSP International Awards of Excellence recognizes 74 outstanding pools, spas, hot tubs and water feature installations. Hundreds of entries are submitted each year, representing member firms across the United States and around the world. The award-winning companies and their installations can be viewed at APSP.org/FanFavorite. Viewers can vote and share their favorite installation via social media. Voting begins today and runs through 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 28, 2016. The winner of the fan voting will be announced Nov. 1.
Individual APSP professional honors recognize Jason Schallock, CBP, Certified Building Professional of the Year, and Bob Baron, CSP, Certified Service Professional of the Year.
The rank of APSP Fellow is an honor bestowed on prominent individuals who have made distinguished contributions that raise the professionalism in the aquatic community through teaching, research and/or exemplary service to others. The 2016 Fellow Award recipients are: Frank J. Borrelle III; Dennis Chapman; Ed Cohen, CBP, CSP; Noel Conley, CSP; Dr. William A. Kent; Guy Larsen, CBP, CSP; Dr. Stanley Pickens; Shawn Still; Gene Wells; and Donald H. Witte.
The 2016 recipients of The Young Professionals of the Year Award represent forward-thinking leaders under the age of 40 who are positioned to be the voice and next generation of pool and hot tub professionals. They are: Michelle Ament; Ben Bock; Jacob Durand; Jon Krawczyk; Brandon Miller; Stephanie O'Neil; Brian Porter; Joseph Barrone, CBP, CST; and Jason Vaughan, CBP.
The APSP Chapter of the Year Award went to the Georgia Chapter in recognition for its proactive stance in the state legislature and regulatory arena. This past year the Chapter fought to obtain mandatory statewide adoption of the International Swimming Pool & Spa Code; began licensing discussions; and worked to amend a bill that would have been detrimental to pool safety.
"The pool and hot tub industry has a long tradition of recognizing excellence in design," said APSP President and CEO Rich Gottwald. "Now we have expanded our recognition program to reflect the many contributions of the individual volunteers who have created and strengthened so many aspects of our association and its educational and technical legacy."
For more information and to view award recipients, visit APSP.org/AwardsGallery.