Business Briefs: June 2015

Latham says financing is getting popular, Spec Chem Direct announces a new partnership, a familiar face returns to Aloha Fiberglass Pools and more.

Latham’s Financing Program Sees Success

Thanks to a new low-interest consumer financing program, loan approvals have doubled for Latham Pool Product dealers, while funding has tripled in 2015 alone. 

“We know in today’s economy many consumers are cutting back on vacations and looking to spend more time at home, says Latham President Mark Laven. “With LighStream financing at very favorable rates, dealers are able to make it more affordable for customers to create their perfect backyard environment featuring a new or upgraded inground pool.” 

Financing is available to customers with good credit for purchases of Latham steel and polymer package pools, vinyl liners, fiberglass pools and safety covers. Financing can also be used for Latham’s new Pool Renovation Packages, which are product bundles that help dealers upgrade their customers’ existing pools by adding a new Ultra-Seam vinyl liner, safety cover, steps and tanning ledge. 

A close look at what the new ControlOMatic site looks like.A close look at what the new ControlOMatic site looks like.ControlOMatic Launches New Training Site

ControlOMatic’s popular PoolWarden swimming pool and spa controller has just launched a new training website designed specifically to help pool professionals with tips, tricks and training on the Pool Warden products. The website includes everything from installation videos, technical data, brochures, a troubleshooting section with solutions for the most common installation and operational questions. The new website even has an open forum section where people can ask questions and get answers directly from the Pool Warden community as well as the customer service and engineering department personnel at ControlOMatic. 

Horner Says ‘Aloha’ 

Aloha Fiberglass Pools is pleased to announce that Earl Horner has re-joined Aloha as a manufacturer’s rep servicing the West Coast. Horner has more than 25 years of experience in the pool industry and is well versed in sales, service, and installation. 

In addition to his vast knowledge and experience with fiberglass pools, Horner designed and patented some of the first LED lights in the pool industry, truly making him one of the industry’s pioneers. He has also designed and engineered fiberglass tanning ledges, which will soon be available to Aloha builders. 

Horner has dedicated much of his career helping to introduce the next generation of pool builders with his hands on training. Horner has a proven track record of harnessing the raw talent of excavators and other sub-trades and helping them to become skilled and profitable fiberglass builders. He has also helped numerous gunite builders learn how to build with fiberglass in order to increase annual pool sales and their bottom line. 

“We are delighted to have Earl Horner on Team Aloha once again,” says Aloha Fiberglass Pools President, Bill Lohman. “Earl is truly an asset not just to Aloha, but to the entire industry. Pool builders can learn a lot from him.”

Jennifer Goldfinch, Joe Tuttle.Jennifer Goldfinch, Joe Tuttle.Evosus Announces Two Hires

Evosus Business Management Software is pleased to announce the hiring of two new employees: Jennifer Goldfinch as the company’s new payroll manager and Joe Tuttle as the company’s new support specialist.  

Goldfinch is responsible for managing payroll staff and processes in the payroll department which offers do-it-yourself and full service payroll to Evosus clients.  

Jennifer brings over 7 years’ experience in the payroll industry with expertise in payroll data entry, client setup, payroll reporting and peer training as well as a broad range of experience with small tomedium sized businesses.

Tuttle is responsible for assisting with software questions from clients, maintaining the Evosus PSA standards and eventually, new client implementation. He brings considerableexperience to the team in regards to real-life point-of-sale knowledge as well as vast skills in new client implementations.


Meyco Hires Northeast Territory Manager 

Dan Rowan has joined Meyco Pool Covers as the safety swimming pool cover manufacturer’s Northeast territory manager.

Rowan brings more than 20 years of experience in the pool and spa industry as well as extensive sales and technical experience within the industry, especially with safety swimming pool covers.

“Dan is extremely knowledgeable about the specific needs and special requirements dealers in the Northeast have to juggle,” says John Ciniglio, president of Meyco Pool Covers. “Dan has roots there and his passion and dedication to the industry is exactly what we want to always reflect with Meyco Pool Covers.”

Spec Chem

Spec Chem Direct Partners with LoChlor

Spec Chem Direct, the chemical manufacturer dedicated to selling its products directly to brick and mortar dealers and service professionals, has entered an exclusive partnership agreement with LoChlor Australia to be the exclusive distributor of its products in North America.

Spec Chem has now been operating in the U.S. for almost two years. Because of this partnership, it has now increased its product offering from seven to 20 different specialty chemicals that it sells exclusively to brick and mortar dealers.  

“It make sense to partner with a fast growing, high-end specialty chemical manufacturer like SpecChem Direct to accelerate our product exposure in the USA,” says Paul Simons, Lo-Chlor Australia's CEO. “I especially like their direct sales model that benefits both dealers and consumers."

"We're excited and honored to partner with such a reputable company and to be able to offer a full line of high quality specialty chemicals to customers,” says Nick Scappini, president of SpecChem Direct.”



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