How long have you been a member of PHTA?
I joined the National Spa & Pool Institute in 1984, when I got my first Pool Contractor’s license. It was renamed the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals in 2005 and has evolved into the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance - and I am proud to be a member of the PHTA!
Why did you join PHTA?
To take advantage of their educational offerings, to work with others in the association, to educate politicians and building officials regarding our codes and standards, improving local building codes, and to associate with other members, sharing ideas.
What committee/council/chapter do you currently volunteer with?
FSPA Sarasota Chapter, Member
ISPSC Writing Committee, Chairman
APSP-5 Writing Committee, Chairman
APSP-13 Writing Committee, Member
APSP-7 Writing Committee, Member
APSP-15 Writing Committee, Member
APSP Technical Committee
What do you enjoy most about volunteering?
The advantage of volunteering is that those with whom you interact share ideas, events, experiences, and all involved gain knowledge. Everyone grows.
What is your current occupation? How long have you been in the pool and hot tub industry?
I sold my pool construction company in 2016, but I started my design, consulting, and expert witness company, Clean Water Design, LLC, in 2009 and continue to work in that company.
What do you love most about the pool and hot tub industry?
I have enjoyed making customers happy since I started in the industry. Building pools was wonderful – focus on quality, tell the customer what you will do, and then do it. Their smiles and gratitude for what you have created nourishes your soul.
How do you define success?
See my answer to 6 above! Quality, communication, and performance.
Who inspires you?
Those who work to improve our industry and lift our level of professionalism. Over the years, people like Carvin DiGiovanni, Brian Van Bower, Steve Barnes, etc. Too many to name – and there are many more, including those who are working to make PHTA better daily!
If you could choose anyone as a mentor, who would you choose? Why?
What’s one thing - either industry-related or not - you learned in the last month?
I learned, from one of my daughters, that raising bees to create and market honey is an incredibly complex task and bees have an amazing ability to do extraordinary things. Queen bees live approximately 2 – 3 years and the worker (foraging) bees who gather the components that create honey only live approximately 14 to 28 days… Queen bees lay approximately 1,200 to 1,400 hundred eggs a day! And, one colony of bees is capable of making 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year!
What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?
I’m more often than not more accurate than the weather man on TV at predicting tomorrow’s weather! I’ve lived here a very long time…
What’s the last book you read? Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson. Great read – Steve was an independent thinker.
What’s the first concert you ever attended?
Bob Seeger & the Silver Bullet Band – and they rocked!
If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Can’t answer this one – too many choices...