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Industry Leader Don Aston Passes Away
Northern California industry leader, Don Aston passed away at his home in Sacramento, Calif., from complications of heart disease on Aug. 3. He was 85.
August 13, 2019
Influential California Builder Gene Wells Passes Away
Gene Wells, an award-winning builder and industry leader, passed away on July 17 in Roseville, Calif., succumbing to a long battle with pancreatic cancer, heart disease and other ailments. He was 79.
August 6, 2019
In Remembrance of Robert Matthew "Matt" Markiton
Robert Matthew “Matt” Markiton was born on March 31, 1976 in Houston, Texas to Robert Irvine and Christine Ann Leder Markiton. He attended Lee High School and Blinn College. On June 7, 2003, he married Audrey Jackson in Spring, Texas. Matt was in the hot tub business, both manufacturing and retail, for 25 years. He enjoyed music and old movies but best loved being outdoors, fishing and hunting, especially with his boys. An active member of the Katy community, Matt and his family were honored as Harvey Heroes for their efforts in rescuing and assisting their neighbors in Canyon Gate. He worked hard at his business, loved his family and was known for his quirky, dry sense of humor.
April 23, 2019
In Memoriam: Larry Biscornet
On December 31, 2018, former APSP Board Chair Lawrence (Larry) Biscornet passed away in Safety Harbor, Florida. Biscornet was active in the pool and spa industry for more than 50 years; he was the owner of LBI Swimming Pools and Spas in New Rochelle, N.Y., but he also made industry activism a priority, serving in several leadership positions with NSPI, APSP, NESPA and the NESPA NY/NJ Metro Chapter.
January 15, 2019
Honoring an Industry Stalwart
NESPA's newly named Paulette Pitrak Training Room honors a great contributor to the pool and spa industry.
January 10, 2019
Remembering Claudia Mayhall Buktenica
Pool industry pioneer Claudia Mayhall Buktenica passed away peacefully surrounded by family on October 29 at the age of 97.
December 4, 2018
In Memoriam: Norman Cardinal
Industry veteran Norman Cardinal, known for founding Hydroqual Corporation as well as his active role in promoting education with NESPA, passed away February 1.
February 13, 2018
Remembering Paul Birkbeck
Inventor and advocate for alternative sanitizing technology, Paul Birkbeck passed away Dec. 30 after a brief battle with cancer at his home in Houston. He was 55. An industry veteran with more than 25 years experience, Paul is responsible for a number of inventions including bromine generators manufactured and sold by a number of companies.
January 9, 2018
Remembering Hugh Hefner, Pool Innovator
Hugh Hefner's legacy extends beyond his Playboy persona and into the pool and spa industry.
October 3, 2017
Dino Prisco Passes Away After 50 Years in the Industry
Dino Prisco, founder and owner of Prisco Spas & Pools (Yonkers, N.Y.), died August 11 while surrounded by his family. He was 77 years old.
September 28, 2017
In Memoriam: Jim O'Brien of Odyssey Systems
O'Brien's career spanned more than 40 years in the pool and spa industry.
September 21, 2017
Industry Pro Dies in Barcelona Attack
The pool and spa industry lost one of its own last week. Jared Tucker, son of Chlorine Genie inventor Dan Tucker, was killed in the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain; he was the sole American to perish.
August 28, 2017
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