Fellows Program

The industry’s highest professional award for distinguished contributions in raising professionalism in the aquatic community.

What is the PHTA Fellows Program

The rank of PHTA Fellow is an honor bestowed on prominent individuals who have made distinguished contributions that raise professionalism in the aquatic community through teaching, research and/or exemplary service to others. Nominees for the rank of PHTA Fellow are also evaluated on their professional accomplishments and their commitment to the values honored by the PHTA Fellows Program.


  • Commitment to helping others learn.
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards.
  • Commitment to improving the industry’s education initiatives through leadership in industry trade and professional organizations.
  • Commitment to excellence in practice, research and education.
  • Commitment to achieving and maintaining a cohesive professional, collegial, and inclusive community.

There is no single criterion for selection to the ranks of PHTA Fellows. We recognize those who have made lifelong contributions, as well as trailblazers, innovators, and leading thinkers who have created a mark of distinction earlier in their careers. PHTA Fellows may be nominated from any segment of the industry (e.g. builders, service companies, retail, manufacturers and distributors, industry non-profit organizations, etc.)

Designation as a PHTA Fellow is an honor and may not be represented as an endorsement by PHTA of an individual’s technical competence. Fellows may be honored posthumously.

Minimum Requirements for a PHTA Fellow

  • Five years in the industry
  • Membership in PHTA
  • Three years volunteering with an industry organization(s); two years must be in a role dealing specifically with professional development
  • Professional PHTA Certification (recommended, not required)

Recently Named Fellows

2020 PHTA Fellows:

  • Ginnie and Jason Vaughan, National Pools
  • Robert Baron, Baron Pools (Posthumous)
  • Larry Biscornet, LBI Pools (Posthumous)
  • Craig Sears, CSP, Sears Pool Management Consultants, Inc.
  • PHTA Austin Chapter
  • Julie Kazdin Boucher, Kazdin Pools

2019 PHTA Fellows:

  • George Kazdin, Kazdin Pools
  • Angelo Pugliese, Custom Molded Products

2018 PHTA Fellows:

  • Greg Garrett, Pool Chemistry Training Institute
  • Jason Schallock, CBP, CSP, Andreson Poolworks
  • Craig Sears, CBP, CSP, Sears Pool Management Consultants, Inc.
  • Jatinder Sidhu, Coast Spas Manufacturing
  • Rebecca Smith, Splash Pool Management Co.

2017 PHTA Fellows:

  • Nathan Coelho, Master Spas
  • Dick DalPino, CBP, Quality Pools by DalPino
  • Mike McCague,  Watkins Wellness

2016 PHTA Fellows:

  • Frank J. Borrelle III (Posthumous)
  • Dennis Chapman, Multicoat Products Inc.
  • Ed Cohen, CBP, CSP, Ultimate in Pool Care/Chaikin Ultimate Pools
  • Noel Conley, CSP, Miracle Pool Service Inc.
  • Dr. William A. Kent, Team Horner Management
  • Guy Larsen, CBP, CSP
  • Dr. Stanley Pickens
  • Shawn Still, Olympic Pool Plastering
  • Gene Wells
  • Donald H. Witte

2015 PHTA Fellows:

  • Lew Akins, CBP, President & Owner of Ocean Quest Pools by Lew Akins 
  • Kyle Chaikin, CBP & CSP, President of Ultimate in Pool Care, Inc. 
  • Frank H. Goldstein, CBP & CSP, President of Chesapeake Aquatic Consultants, LLC 
  • Steven Gorlin, CBP & CSP, President/CEO/CCO of Gorlin Pools & Spas
  • John Lochren, CEO of Solar Pool Enclosures of NY 
  • Jack Manilla, CBP & CSP, CEO/President/Owner of Portofino Pools 
  • John Migliaccio, CBP, CEO of The Pool & Spa Place
  • Michael Miller, CSP, Owner of Miller Pools
  • Jeff Mitchell, CBP, Owner/Founder of Pools by Dynasty
  • Jerry Pasley, CEO of Bullfrog Spas
  • John Romano, CBP & CSP, CEO of All American Custom Pools & Spas Inc.

2014 PHTA Fellows:

  • Larry Biscornet CBP, CSP, LBI Pools & Spas
  • Robert Blanda, CBP, CSP, Mill Bergen Pool Center
  • Thom Blumenkamp, CBP, Texas Pools
  • Connie Sue Centrella, Horner Xpress
  • Bernice Crenshaw
  • Randy Dukes, Speck Pumps-Pool Products, Inc.
  • Vance Gillette, Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.
  • Dave Knoop (Posthumous)
  • Chris Marcano, Natural Chemistry Inc.
  • Ed Penfield, CSP, Aqua Island Technologies, Inc.
  • Joseph Vassallo, CBP, Paragon Pools
  • Paul Wahler, CSP
  • Doug Winkler, Winkler Pool Management

2012-2013 PHTA Fellows:

  • Jana Auringer, The Pool Lady
  • Steve Barnes, Pentair Aquatic Systems
  • Bob Baron, CBP, CSP, Baron Pool Service
  • Carvin DiGiovanni, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
  • Rick English, CBP, English Pool Consulting
  • Al Inglin, Formerly with Aqua Pool Service & Spa
  • Dan Johnson, CBP, Swim, Inc.
  • Ron Lacher, CBP, Pool Engineering
  • Mark Laven, Latham International
  • Paulette Pitrak, Northeast Spa & Pool Association
  • Albert Rizzo, CBP, CSP, Rizzo Pools
  • Tom Seechuk, Formerly with LaMotte

Pool & Hot Tub Strategic Partners:

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