Business Briefs: January 2013

Inter-Fab: Pedal Pushers for Charity Inter Fab Tour De Tucson TeamInter-Fab, Inc., a leading manufacturer of swimming pool slides, diving board and pool accessories, pedaled for local charities in the 30th annual El Tour de Tucson bike race. More than 9,000 cyclists from all over the world participated in the recent race, which is rated one of the top three fundraising rides in the country. This is the 12th consecutive year that the Inter-Fab cycling team has participated in the event, this year with 40 riders.  

The Inter-Fab cycling team is made up of employees, vendors and sales representatives nationwide that take great pride in the event. Inter-Fab’s Memphis Branch Manager, Steve Fermanich, is consistently one of the top finishers in the 111-mile race and this year was no exception; Mr. Fermanich beat his record from last year with a new time of just time of 4:47:23.

During the last several years, Inter-Fab Inc. has raised over $50,000 for El Tour de Tucson charities. The El Tour de Tucson event raises thousands of dollars annually for local and national charitable organizations while providing on-going educational efforts for the promotion of safe cycling.

APSP Announces Organizational and Staff ChangesBill Weber, president and CEO of The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, announced staff changes to better serve the organization’s diverse membership and more effectively deliver a broad range of services to members. 

The new appointments include: Terry Brown, Director, Operations & Strategic Support; Corey Ruple, Director of Membership; Jack Goodson, Manager, Communications and Billie Dee Tate, Member Services Coordinator.

“As issues facing the pool, spa and hot tub industry grow in complexity, we are adjusting to the changing member services environment,” Weber says. "APSP’s membership represents the entire supply chain of the pool, spa and hot tub industry. Our goal is to recruit and retain employees with unique skills to deliver our brand promise of business success for members."

NSPF Evolves With New Board MembersThe Board of Directors for non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation elected new officers, announced the retirement of one Board member, and appointed three new Board members. All changes took effect on November 1, 2012.

D. Scot Hunsaker, President, Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates, St. Louis, Mo., was elected President of the Board. He succeeds John Puetz, Director of Technology at Advantis, a Lonza Company. Franceen Gonzales, Vice President, Risk Management, Great Wolf Resorts, Madison, Wis., serves as Secretary and G. Bruce Dunn, President of Mission Pools, Escondido, Calif. serves as Treasurer. Don Witte retired, and the Foundation thanks him for his nine years of wisdom and dedication.

The Board and CEO Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., welcomed new members Rob Butcher, Diane Dahlmann, William Kent and Judy LaKind, Ph.D. They join a Board that governs the Foundation’s activities as they continue to further the organization’s mission. “The National Swimming Pool Foundation has a 47-year history of enhancing healthier living by increasing aquatic activity through education and research,” Hunsaker says. “The new members’ unique skills complement the existing Board’s talents to help NSPF continue to define and refine strategic goals and grow in our impact."

“Our Board brings together strong minds and caring hearts that set our future course and act as our conscience. It is an honor to serve under their direction,” Lachocki says.

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